Once upon a time, before darkness and cold could be dispelled with the flick of a switch, Yuletide meant more than the promise that light and warmth would soon return. As the creatures of cold and shadow prowl ever closer, a mysterious stranger emerges from the forest, speaking in an unfamiliar tongue. Can this frightening vagrant possibly protect us from ferocious trolls, from the wrath of the unhappy nisse, and even from the dreaded joláköttin?
Through the original work, THE STRANGER, Minneapolis-based theatre ensemble Impossible Salt weaves interactive storytelling with song and music to stir your soul and to bring Nordic myths, legends, and fairytales to life in a way you’ve never seen before. This 45-minute roaming performance begins in the Turnblad Mansion Ballroom and meanders through all six ASI Christmas Rooms.
DIRECTOR: Emilia Seay Allen
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER: Joseph Yé
FIDDLER: Andrew Turbes
COSTUME AND PROP DESIGN: Ashley Burdash & Austin Frizzell
ENSEMBLE: Parker Genné, Sean Hansberry, Greta Jaeger, & Gregory Parks
SAMI CULTURAL CONSULTANT: Chris Pesklo
SWEDISH LANGUAGE CONSULTANT: Chelsea Bowen
SWEDISH MUSIC CONSULTANT: Josefina Östling
SLÖJD MAKER: Greta Jaeger
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Northenscold
- American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN