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Keeper of the Light

November 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$5 – $25

KEEPER OF THE LIGHT, a new physical theater piece from devised theater creator and performer Katie Kaufmann, follows an unlikely bond between a modern woman and Ida Lewis, the first woman lighthouse keeper made famous for her heroic rescues at sea in the 1800s.

Incorporating physicality, song and shadow puppetry, KEEPER OF THE LIGHT explores isolation, obsolescence, and perseverance, finding parallels between motherhood and the duty of light keeping.

KEEPER OF THE LIGHT is based on the true story of Ida Lewis who took over as a lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island in 1857 at age 15 when her father suffered a stroke. Lewis quickly became known as "America's Heroine” after rescuing 3 soldiers from a local army base from drowning in the waters off the coast. Throughout her career, she fought for recognition as a woman doing a man's job as she worked tirelessly to tend her light. It was only after 22 years of service and rescuing over 18 people that she was officially appointed to her father’s post.

By Katie Kaufmann. Directed by Genevieve Bennett.
Featuring Mark Benzel, Benjamin Domask, Leif Jurgensen, Katie Kaufmann, and Kaitlen Osburn.

Set Designer: Meagan Kedrowski
Lighting Designer: Heidi Eckwall
Sound Designer: Kalen Keir
Costume Designer: Kathy Kohl
Production Associate: Alana Horton

Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403When:
Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12th at 7:30pm ($5 ticket night)

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm ($5 ticket night)
Thursday, November 16th at 7:30pm
Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 19th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted)

$15 or $25 (Pick your Price)
Purchase advance tickets at

This work was developed as part of Savage Umbrella's Night of New Works program in 2016.

Katie Kaufmann is a fiscal-year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


November 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $25
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Red Eye Theatre
15 W. 14th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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