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Sommers is not doing a biography. He instead is working with actor and dancer Kimberly Richardson (and choreographer Kristin van Loon) to build a movement-based piece that reflects Andersen’s clumsiness and sadness. Sommers calls it a “series of gestures.”
“There is a tone of this awkward clumsiness that we all have in our lives — we’re all clumsy in our own ways,” Sommers said. “You’re not going to be watching a play about H.C. Andersen, but it’s informed by his life.”
That doesn’t mean Andersen isn’t present in the spirit of the performance. Sommers said he has drawn on the writer’s letters and diaries for the language of the piece. Richardson puts those words into movement to explore the psyche of a man who always felt himself a misfit, but worthy of praise for his literary work.
Richardson was last at Open Eye as Ed Norton in “The Honeymooners.” She’s a human rubber band with great comic sensibilities.
Open Eye is recommending the show for audiences age 16 and older. It’s not a sweet fairy tale.
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m. Sun., ends Nov. 17, Open Eye, 506 E. 24th St., Mpls., $22, 612-874-6338 or www.openeyetheatre.org.
Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299