Impossible Salt tells stories to make us thirst for the truth behind the fantastical. We are a diverse, woman-led ensemble of musical storytellers who draw on varied folk traditions to create theatre that is at once familiar and surprising. Impossible Salt productions are peopled with unexpected characters, embodied by fiercely talented 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 by Emilia Seay Allen & Parker Genné, both trained opera singers who yearned for a more organic and magical way to tell stories through music. IS has created four original productions to date: TATTERHOOD, HEARTLESS, THE STRANGER for the American Swedish Institute, THE PROTECTOR OF OSMIR and THE WISHING SKIN for MacPhail Center for Music's Spotlight Series, WISE ONE for American Swedish Institute, and THE MEMBER OF SOME GODS, along with numerous storytelling and pop-up performances and teaching residencies, including with the American Swedish Institute, the Festival of Nations, and Minneapolis Music Co.'s Children's Performance Lab and Belwin Conservancy.
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.
In 2014’s production of TATTERHOOD at the MN Fringe Festival, the Star Tribune called lead performer Parker Genné, “feral in the title role […] in this wildly imaginative production.” Learn more: www.impossiblesalt.org
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“Tatterhood,” directed by Emilia Allen, is drawn from Norse mythology. Tatterhood (Parker Genne) is a dirty hussy who rides a goat and carries around a wooden spoon. When a royal seeks to marry her, she agrees, but only on her own terms...
For this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival, we focused on the true newbs. These are artists who are dipping their toes in for the first time, who haven’t achieved the press and PR savvy that comes with experience, or who are simply too young and too green to have made a name for themselves...