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Peer Gynt - Theater Performances by Impossible Salt

Twin Cities musical storytellers, Impossible Salt, come to Norway House this summer with an expanded version of a piece created in partnership with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra (Virginia, MN). The company takes its name to heart, compressing Henrik Ibsen’s 7-hour epic philosophical play into one hour. Experience the raucous, mischievous march into a world of laziness and lies, self-centered protagonists, voices in the dark, women who wait, and of course, trolls.


August 18 at 2pm
August 24 at 1pm & 7pm
August 25 at 2pm

August 10 at 1pm & 7pm
August 11 at 2pm
August 17 at 1pm & 7pm

While tickets start at $20, Impossible Salt offers an option to pay what you can for their shows. Select the price you prefer or enter a custom amount for the correct show date and time.


Peer Gynt, based on Henrik Ibsen’s play and the Norwegian folklore that inspired it. Adapted, produced, and performed by Impossible Salt in partnership with Norway House.

 Original music by Erik Ostrom. Featuring IS ensemble members Sean Hansberry and Amber Lee Olivier and IS newcomers Gaia Mencagli and Stephanie Ruas. Directed by Emilia Seay Allen and designed by Ashley Burdash. Created by the ensemble based on the work of Henrik Ibsen.

DIRECTOR & WRITER: Emilia Seay Allen

ENSEMBLE:  Sean Hansberry, Gaia Mencagli, Amber Lee Olivier, Stephanie Ruas


DESIGNER: Ashley Burdash

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Northenscold


Impossible Salt (IS) tells stories that make all of us – artist and audience alike - thirst for the truth behind the fantastical. We are a diverse, woman-led troupe of roving musical storytellers who create original work inspired by folk tales. Impossible Salt productions are peopled with unexpected characters, embodied by performers who defy gender, racial, and body type standards. We sketch the worlds we inhabit with spare, artfully designed words, sets, props, and costumes, inviting the audience to complete the creation in their own imaginations long after the performance is done.

Impossible Salt was founded in 2014 and has created seven original productions to date: TATTERHOOD, HEARTLESS, THE STRANGER for the American Swedish Institute, THE PROTECTOR OF OSMIR, THE WISHING SKIN for the MacPhail Center for Music Spotlight Series, WISE ONE, again for ASI, and THE MEMBER OF SOME GODS for the MN Fringe Festival. The group has provided numerous storytelling and pop-up performances and teaching residencies, including with the American Swedish Institute, Belwin Conservancy, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Music Company, and the Festival of Nations.

Impossible Salt’s 2015 production, The Stranger, produced with American Swedish Institute, was listed as one of MPR’s 12 Holiday Arts Must-Sees, featured in City Pages in November 2015, listed in L’etoile’s Weekend What’s What, and on WCCO’s Wander, MN.

The Star Tribune called Impossible Salt’s debut production TATTERHOOD “wildly imaginative.” Learn more at

Earlier Event: August 3
Nina Hagerup Grieg
Later Event: August 13
August Member Frokost