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Night Librarians,
The Night Library

What happens to stories that are untold? To characters that are unwritten? How many experiences have been excluded from publication since the invention of the printing press? Explore the dark stacks of The Night Library to unlock hidden narratives and bring untold stories to life. Hennepin County Library staff and artists explore the role of information and the library in society through an interactive collaborative narrative with puzzles, games, humor, and light.


Contributing Artists:

Rhiana Yazzie – writer is a Navajo playwright and filmmaker based in the Twin Cities and the artistic director of New Native Theatre. She is a 2018 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and a 2017 Sally Award winner for Vision. She’s been a Playwrights’ Center fellow (McKnight and Jerome x2), and has just completed QUEEN CLEOPATRE AND PRINCESS POCAHONTAS a play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. In January, Rhiana wrapped principal photography on her first feature film, A WINTER LOVE of which she is the writer/director and starring actor.

Tony Biele – lead designer is a multimedia artist who explores the possibilities of interactive digital technology and its applications in theater, dance, public art installations, and music performance. His work encompasses scenic, lighting, and video design; and he is very interested in creating fully immersive and reactive environments. He also enjoys the diverse challenges of working as a technical advisor and programmer for other artists in a variety of disciplines.

Jon Cole – director is a Minneapolis based theater artist who was a core member of Bedlam Theatre. Jon has worked with many local companies including Red Eye Theater, Frank Theater, Jon Ferguson, Four Humors, In the Heart of the Beast and many others. Jon co-founded Eternal Cult, a frequently touring collaboration, with playwright Savannah Reich. This is Jon’s fourth year working alongside the Hennepin County Library team to create The Night Library experience.

Team Credits:

Skyler Nowinski – sound design

Hennepin County librarians and staff


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Minneapolis Central Library 3rd Floor (check-in table at 1st floor welcome desk)

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9:02pm-2am each night


Rhiana Yazzie
(works) Minneapolis, MN
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Tony Biele
(b.) Duluth, MN
(works) Minneapolis, MN
Jon Cole
(works) Minneapolis, MN