2016 - 2017 Season


upcoming shows medium

Each year we produce original, company-generated plays for both families and adults. Using visual, musical and movement narratives, in addition to words, In the Heart of the Beast translates complex issues of mind and society into images that breathe with soul and spirit.

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September 23 – October 2, 2016

Grandmothers hold memory and loose memory and lose memory; they have a broad understanding of love- a wide geography that one may get lost in. A grandmother suffers the loss of a grandchild, navigates grief, and retrieves memory - sharing it in a new world run by, loved by, kept whole by a solidarity of grandmothers.

Co-written by Erik Ehn and Junauda Petrus
Directed by Alison Heimstead
Musical Direction by Matt Larson
Created by the Ensemble
Narrated by Laurie Carlos

Tickets $15.00

Buy your tickets HERE

Friday, Sept 23 7:30pm (Pay What You Can)
Saturday, Sept 24 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Sept 25 2:30 pm

Friday, Sept 30 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct 1 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 2 2:30pm

Show length: 1 hour - no intermission

Recommended for Age 16 +

*Star charts by Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg and released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

La Natividad at HOBT

La Natividad

December 15 - December 22, 2016

Were taking the Nativity Story to the Streets!

Angels and shepherds. A suspicious king. A time of social distress. A pregnant woman knocks on the doors of the city, seeking shelter. Who is it that gathers to welcome the little one into this world? This is the Christmas Story, the story of the Holy Child born in our midst. This unique event honors the Mexican tradition of La Posada, leading everyone on a journey to four sites in our community. Enacted with beauty, humor, soulful live music, and an ending feast. (Performed in English and Spanish)

Ángeles y pastores. Un rey sospecho. Un momento de angustia social. Una mujer embarazada va de puerta en puerta por la ciudad, pidiendo posada. ¿Quiénes se reunirán para recibir al chiquito que llegará al mundo? Esta es la historia de la Natividad, la historia del niño santo nacido entre nosotros. Presentado en colaboración con la Iglesia Luterana de San Pablo, este evento único honra la tradición mexicana de las posadas. Caminaremos a la luz da las velas a varios lugares de nuestra comunidad. Imbuido de belleza y humor, con música en vivo y una fiesta con comida. (En inglés y español).

Presented in partnership with St. Pauls Lutheran Church

Directed by Sandy Spieler
Musical Direction by Laurie Witzkowski

Tickets: $23
Children, Seniors, Students or Groups of 10 or more: $17
----No one turned away for Lack of Funds----

Buy tickets HERE

Thursday, December 15  6:30 PM
Friday, December 16       6:30 PM*
Saturday, December 17   6:30 PM
Sunday, December 18     6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 20   6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 21  6:30 PM
Thursday, December 22 6:30 PM

*ASL available on December 16th

Please note: Audiences must be mobile and dressed appropriately for the outdoors. The procession is 2 blocks long, beginning at In the Heart of the Beasts Avalon Theatre (1500 E. Lake St., Mpls) and culminating at St. Pauls Lutheran Church with a fiesta (music and food).

GIFT CERTIFICATES to our productions can be purchased by emailing boxoffice@hobt.org

Previous Mainstage Performances

Basement Creatures

March 2016

The Story of Crow Boy

February 2016

Between the Worlds

2015, 2013, 2002

La Natividad

2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006


January 2014

La Guadalupana/Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 2013

Kid Enkidu

Jan-Feb 2013


October 2012

Winter Dreams

December 2011

La Befana

December 2010 & 2001

A Path Home

November 2009

Beneath the Surface

2009, 2008

Decorate the Well in Gratitude

July 2008

Come to the Well

March 2007

A Company of Angels

2006, 2005, 2004

GOTAMA: A Journey to the Buddha

February 2006

The Pink Dress

November 2005

Lake Street Excavations

March 2005

Wild Swans

December 2003

From the Inside Out

March 2003

Queen Nanny, Queen Nanny!

January 2003

Seed: Awesome Vessel of Power

September 2002

Befriended by the Enemy

March 2002

The Nightingale

February 2002

City Rhapsody

November 2000

Gyre: Song for a Millennium

December 1999

The Reaper’s Tale

October 1989

Table, Table


A Life of HOH


Shoes of Infant Light