Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata

Presented by Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement

Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul, MN

Patrons enter Swede Hollow Park at the Drewry Street Pedestrian Tunnel. Entrance at the intersection of Drewry Lane and Beaumont Street East.

Free (Donations accepted and Reservations Recommended)

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90 minutes

Past performances

Saturday, September 14 6:00 pm
  • Free performance
  • Pay what you can night
Sunday, September 15 6:00 pm
  • Free performance
  • Pay what you can night
  • Pre-show discussion
Saturday, September 21 6:00 pm
  • Free performance
  • Pay what you can night
  • Pre-show discussion
Sunday, September 22 6:00 pm
  • Free performance
  • Pay what you can night
  • Pre-show discussion
Saturday, September 28 6:00 pm
  • ASL interpreted
  • Pay what you can night
  • Free performance
Sunday, September 29 6:00 pm
  • Audio described
  • Pay what you can night
  • Free performance
  • Post-show discussion
 
Drama Dance New work

Audiences will set off on an outdoor, guided, theatrical promenade through the park, stopping along the way to experience moving vignettes within a recreated world that evoke the early history of Swedish immigration to the area in the 1850s. Using Swedish Playwright August Strindberg’s play The Ghost Sonata as a starting point of inspiration, this stellar cast of local, multidisciplinary performers will bring to life the community that once lived in the park, sharing tales that resonate with the ongoing, current day stories and experiences within St. Paul’s East Side.

Working closely with local businesses and organizations, this project also includes additional community events designed to spark conversations about the rich history of this incredible neighborhood.

SWEDE HOLLOW GHOST SONATA AUXILIARY COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Conversations in St. Paul’s East Side Communities
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Monday, August 26th
7:00-9:00 pm
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Join members of the cast, artistic team, and the local community as East Side Freedom Library creates and leads a gathering space for residents, artists, and attendees to share stories about their lives and experiences.

 

Honoring Space and Place: What Does the Site Now Called Swede Hollow Mean to You?
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 15th 
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Indigenous Roots Cultural Center - 788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will discuss the area now known as Swede Hollow; its histories, the cultural communities connected to the land, and its continuing significance in the life of the city.. After the panel, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Walking History Tour of Swede Hollow Park
*TICKETED EVENT - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*
Saturday, September 21st
3:30-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Begins at East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Led by the building’s co-executive director Peter Rachleff, tours begin at the East Side Freedom Library and use Payne Avenue as a spine along which to follow the experiences of such 19th century immigrants as Swedes, Irish, Germans, and Italians, to those of our contemporary neighbors, such as Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen. After the tour, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance in the park.

Stories of Immigration on St. Paul’s East Side
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Sunday, September 22nd
4:00-5:00 pm (pre-show)
Co-presented by and at the East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

Panelists will share personal, historical, and contemporary stories of immigration to St. Paul’s East Side. Following the event, attendees can explore shops and restaurants in the area before making their way to that evening’s performance only a few blocks away.

Resonances and Reverberations: Contemporary Immigration Issues in Minnesota and Beyond
*FREE EVENT - RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*
Saturday, September 28th
8:00-9:00 pm (post-show)
St. Paul Brewing - 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106 

After the performance, patrons and guests are invited join us at St. Paul Brewing for our panelist conversation exploring contemporary issues surrounding immigration to the state and the country. How do the histories of immigration to Swede Hollow speak to the challenges that current migrants face as they move across borders and boundaries? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and all are welcome. 

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This activity is made possible in part by the Knight Foundation, the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization, and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.