by Savannah Reich
directed by John Heimbuch

April 25 - May 10, 2020

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Open Eye Theatre
506 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

During the Great Depression, the sleepy town of Crosby, Minnesota unexpectedly elected America’s first Communist mayor. “We cannot fail,” Karl Emil Nygard declared! A year later, he had failed. The revolution fizzled, and the good citizens of Crosby very prudently stopped talking about the whole thing. From the playwright behind Hatchet Lady comes this Prairie Home-alternative radio drama about proper Minnesotans, how to be a good radical, and the somewhat-true history of our first Red Mayor.

Book Tickets

Content Warnings: This production contains adult language. Please contact us with any specific questions about content.

Run time: TBA

Tickets: All seating is general admission regardless of price.

If you are a SEASON TICKET HOLDER, or if you have a GIFT CERTIFICATE, please email for reservations.

A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility Tickets are available for each performance (advance purchase only). These tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00am.

Pay What You Can performance on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30. ($5 minimum in advance; $1 minimum at the door on space-available basis.)

Audio Described and ASL interpreted performances TBA

The front row of the auditorium is wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms are non-gendered and ADA compliant. Please let us know about any special seating requirements or accommodations.

Performance times:
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 – Opening night with post-show reception
Sunday, April 26, 2:00 – Matinee
Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 – Pay What You Can performance
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 
Friday, May 1, 7:30 – post-show discussion [May Day]
Saturday, May 2, 7:30
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30
Thursday, May 7, 7:30  
Friday, May 8, 7:30 – post-show discussion
Saturday, May 9, 7:30
Sunday, May 10, 2:00 – Matinee, Closing performance [Mothers’ Day]