J. Feist Photography


Keeper of the Light

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Nov. 10-19
7:30 p.m.
$15-$25 (pay-as-able); $5 November 12 and 15.

For Keeper of the Light, artist Katie Kaufmann brings the story of lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis to the stage with music, shadow work, and puppetry. Lewis was dubbed “America’s Heroine” after her death-defying rescues of sailors off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, in the middle of the 19th century. She assumed her father’s role as a lighthouse keeper at the age of 15, but it took more than 20 years to officially be appointed to the position—and that was after saving many lives. The production features dazzling visuals as it probes into isolation, perseverance, and duty, adding a contemporary feminist perspective to the story. The piece is directed by Genevieve Bennett, and is performed by an ensemble cast including Mark Benzel, Benjamin Domask, Leif Jurgensen, Kaitlen Osburn, and Kaufmann herself.