What could cause a creature as fearsome as a giant to remove his heart from his own body? What happens to him once he does? And what becomes of the exiled, imprisoned Heart?
These questions inspire Impossible Salt’s beautiful and haunting exploration of this ancient tale, known as “The Troll With No Heart in His Body” in Norway, “Koschei the Immortal” in Russia, “Punchkin the Magician” in India, and by still other names in Scotland, Hungary, and elsewhere. Even (or perhaps especially) in the United States in 2018, the specter of a monster made invulnerable by his own unthinkable actions continues to captivate us, and demands our attention.
Revived for the Halloween season, HEARTLESS is Impossible Salt’s deepest dive yet into the fear, desperation, and violence that dwell—where else?—in the human heart.
DIRECTOR: Emilia Seay Allen
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER: Joseph Yé
COSTUME AND PROP DESIGN: Ashley Burdash
ENSEMBLE: Parker Genné, Sean Hansberry, & Boo Segersin
PHOTOGRAPHY: James Ford & Tom Northenscold
Nautilus Music-Theater, St. Paul