Art Hounds: Clumsy Man, suicide survivors, and a break-up letter turned into a play

Kimberly Richardson in The Clumsy Man at Open Eye Figure Theatre. (Photo credit: Mark Vancleave)

This week’s hounds are moved by a look inside the life of Hans Christian Andersen, a reading for survivors of suicide, and a break-up letter found on a Duluth street which made it to the stage.

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lee kislingCoping with suicide, says Hudson, Wis., poet Lee Kisling, doesn’t have to be a solitary pursuit. Lee is thankful the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis has organized “Left Behind: A Reading Commemorating International Suicide Survivor’s Day.” Writers Juliet Patterson, Melanie Hoffert, and Matt Rasmussen will be the featured readers. Rasmussen’s book of poems, “Black Aperture,” which confronts his brother’s suicide, has been nominated for a National Book Award. The readings take place Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at The Loft.

Irve DellMinneapolis sculptor Irve Dell calls Open Eye Figure Theatre’s “The Clumsy Man,” one of co-founder Micheal Sommer’s best conceived and directed productions. It’s inspired by the life of fairy tale creator Hans Christian Andersen and the unhappiness he felt in spite of his success. Now extended through Nov. 23.

lawrence leeIf you found a black notebook containing a vicious break-up letter in front of your house, asks Duluth actor and director Lawrence Lee, what would you do? This happened to Duluth improv performer Jonathan Manchester and he’s turned it into a one-act play entitled “Everything You’ve Done That Hurt Me.” It also features original music from Manchester’s roommate, Brian Ring. Nov. 21 – 30 at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth.

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