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Written by Crystal Skillman
Directed by Sarah Provencal
Starring Danielle Banks

Nine Performances:

October 15-17, 21-23, 28-30 at 8:00pm

Total run time is 1 hour with no intermission

The Arts Factory at West End Studios

1545 W. Trade St

Charlotte, NC 28216

Tickets available now through BookTix

Advance Purchase Online: $25 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Night of Show at the Door: $30 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Students and Educators: $10 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Discounted pricing available for groups of 10 or more, contact us at to learn more

Health and Safety Requirements:

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for all audiences members. Masks will be required in the theatre at all times. Masks will be required in all other indoor areas unless eating or drinking. 

Read our full policy here.

This show contains adult language and themes, including discussion of trauma to women and the LGBTQ+ community, recommended for ages 16+

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A woman called the Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, yet her performance seems to be attempting the impossible—to save the life of her partner, Jenny.

Directed by Sarah Provencal and starring Danielle Banks as The Magician, this beautiful one-person show is a theatrical magic act exploring love and loss. As an audience member, you are an essential part of this modern LGTBQ+ love story. Is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and, as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.

This show contains adult language and themes, including discussion of trauma to women and the LGBTQ+ community, recommended for ages 16+

What People Are Saying
Front Row Center

“This play is music. It is that song you love. You know that song when every note of it is perfect, every instrument chosen is the correct choice, and the voice of the singer is the kind that lifts you to another realm. It is a poem, a love letter to us, crafted by an artist."

New York Times

"Kristen, the narrator and sole character of [OPEN], executes magic tricks because she is the one who needs to believe. The miracle this lovely show pulls out is that by the end, she does—and so do we.”


"Instead of realism, audiences are given fantasy through which reality can be seen more clearly…OPEN is a lovely one-woman show about the intimate metaphors magic provides us for interpreting our loves, our lives, and ourselves."

Meet the Artists

Danielle Banks
Danielle Banks

The Magician/Kristen

Danielle Banks is an actor and musician. She is currently a sophomore at Winthrop University pursuing a B.A. in Musical Theatre. Prior credits include “Megan” in PUFFS: THE PLAY, “Colleen’ in MR. BURNS: A POST ELECTRIC PLAY, and “Lisarda” in THE COURAGE TO RIGHT A WOMAN’S WRONGS. She couldn’t be more excited to help bring this magical story to life for an audience. She sends her love to her parents, brother, and adorable dog, Lucy. She would like to thank Martha Kelly for her guidance and encouragement, and her boyfriend for his endless love, support, and patience.

Sarah Provencal
Sarah Provencal


Sarah is a theatre director, professor, and teaching artist currently based in Charlotte, NC.  In addition to being a freelance director, I also teach directing, acting, and script analysis courses at Winthrop University and Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

I would like to acknowledge that the spaces in which I work are located on the Indigenous lands of the Sugaree, Catawba, and Waxhaw tribes. Acknowledging my white ancestor’s practices of colonization and erasure, though it is a small step, holds a deep connection to my belief in theatre’s power to create change through empathy. 

Danielle Melendez
Danielle Melendez

Assistant Director and Stage Manager

Danielle graduated from the University of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. She moved to the Carolinas in 2016 from Syracuse, NY where she worked at the Red House Arts Center for 5 years as a director, stage manager, box office manager, and a teaching artist for Pre-K through 5th grade amplifying core curriculum through artistic platforms. Also, during that time, she worked at the Adirondack Arts Center as their Artistic Associate. Since moving to Charlotte, she has worked with Three Bone Theatre as a stage manager, artistic associate, and co-director. She is thrilled to be back on the Three Bone team serving as the assistant director and stage manager for OPEN. Thank you so much to Sarah, Dani, and the Three Bone team for letting me be part of the magic. And an extra special thank you to Mom and Dad for taking care of Harper “The Monster” Houdini while her mom was off making art.

Crystal Skillman
Crystal Skillman


Crystal is an award winning writer who creates darkly funny, high-concept work with heart and edge.

As a playwright she is a four time NYT Critics’ Pick, as well as an award-winner as a bookwriter for the musical  MARY AND MAX  (with composer  Bobby Cronin ), and her comic book credits include work for Marvel and “Adventure Time”.

​A passionate believer in art and activism, Crystal is the author of the play RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, a coming of age story of two teenage climate activists and political thriller PULP VÉRITÉ (The Kilroys).

Learn More

PFLAG Charlotte

Community Partner

The mission of PFLAG Charlotte is to support families, allies and people who are LGBTQ+, to educate ourselves and others about issues important to LGBTQ+ communities, and to advocate in our communities for a more equitable future for all. PFLAG Charlotte, founded in 1987, is a chapter of PFLAG National. We support. We educate. We advocate. PFLAG Charlotte envisions a world where inclusion is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

PFLAG Charlotte
Open Playlist


Spotify playlist of music inspired by the Three Bone Theatre production of Open. Curated by director Sarah Provencal.

Open Playlist
Writing from Shock with Crystal Skillman

HowlRound Theatre Commons

“Writing From Shock” shares writing techniques recently created by Skillman during this Pandemic to be able to write, meet deadlines, and stay creative. These techniques concentrate on accepting reality, letting go of reality, and then using those feelings (or letting go of them completely) to immerse yourself in fiction. Using prompts and writing exercises, and by taking inspiration from the natural world, and the unique mind of each writer, authors will engage with the story they are most interested in writing during this time, discovering new ideas along the way. Recorded April 22, 2020.

Writing from Shock with Crystal Skillman
DPS on Air with Crystal Skillman

Dramatist Play Service

DPS Playwright Crystal Skillman introduces a performance by Megan Hill from the original production of her play “Open” for DPS On Air.

DPS on Air with Crystal Skillman
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