The Changelings

Every Sun. from May 22-June 5
4 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from May 20-June 5
7:30 p.m.
$30; pay-what-you-can for those under 30
Since its founding in 1991, Ten Thousand Things has become widely renowned for inventively adapting plays for audiences with little to no theatergoing experience. Equally impressive (if not more so) are the group's original plays, particularly those developed by resident playwright Kira Obolensky. Having already produced four acclaimed works by Obolensky (Raskol, Vasa Lisa, Dirt Sticks, and Forget Me Not When Far Away), anticipation is particularly high for TTT's latest collaboration, a world premiere of The Changelings. Featuring a seasoned ensemble overseen by TTT's founding artistic director, Michelle Hensley, The Changelings is a study of grief and resiliency, as a downtrodden couple sustaining a grim existence of daily drudgery (she works in a rope factory while he squanders all he has gambling) find their monotony shaken by the arrival of a stranger who claims to be their long-lost son. Though the scenario might not be an everyday occurrence, many will no doubt relate to how hope can persist even in the midst of entrenched despair, suggesting that perhaps past defeats needn't prove to be prophetic. The show runs May 13-15 at Bedlam Lowertown (213 E. Fourth St., St Paul; 651-209-0597) and May 20 through June 5 at Open Book (1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 800.838.3006).