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Birds Sing Differently Here

NOTE: This is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.
Public performance at the Guthrie Dowling Studio, October 27-29. Thank you!
presented by Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
Directed by Taous Claire Khazem
Dates: Fri-Sun, Aug 18-20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: By Invitation Only
Ages: Recommended for Ages 13+
Duration: 50 minutes. No intermission.

 

Based on the true stories of 12 Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, Birds Sing Differently Here weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery along the way. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, participants come together with a cast of dynamic professional actors to tell the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises; tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death. Birds Sing Differently Here shares the ache of endings and the fullness of new opportunity.

 

Created by Dylan Fresco, Taous Claire Khazem and the Iraqi Voices Participants: Nada Alabbasi, Sumaya Ameen, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Mazin Chilab, Abdullah Flaija, Salwa Mohialdeen, Arwa Naji, Dhifaf Sarhan, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Rawan Al Shaikhli with Mohammed Yabdri, Aamera Siddiqui and Ashawnti Ford.


Iraqi Voices is collaborative art lab operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories. In 2017, 12 Iraqi-Minnesotan immigrants and refugees came together under the direction of theater artists Taous Claire Khazem and Dylan Fresco to create an original and innovative theater performance based on their personal stories.

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.

The Stuffed Animal STATE FAIR Show

Sun, Sep 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $5 (stuffed animals get in for free)
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The Stuffed Animal STATE FAIR Show
The stuffed animals, with the help of the kids, act out having a tiny sized BIG day at the Mini-sota State Fair! Plushies will get to twirl on a tilt-a-whirl, enjoy teeny treats on a stick, judge a prize pig contest, and more all while discovering that winning new friends can be the best prize of all!

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

Photo: Leslye Orr, Zip the Chipmunk and Colonel Beak at the George Latimer Central Library (2016)

COMING UP

Sun, Oct 29 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

Sun, Dec 17 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal HOLIDAY Show

Sun, Jan 28 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show

Sun, Mar 25 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show

To Evaporate

Dates: Thu-Sun, Oct 5-15, 2017 (Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. & Sun at 2:00 p.m.)
Tickets: Pay What You Can $12-$20 sliding scale
Ages: Recommended for Ages 16+
Duration: 75-90 minutes. No intermission.

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Persistent Theatre Productions
presents
To Evaporate
a new play by Alyssa Brooke
Directed by Meggie Greivell
Stage Management by Kasey Jo Gratz
Sound and Lighting Design by Shanna Frasier
Starring Alyssa Brooke, Franklin Wagner and Amanda Kay Thomm

Evaporation Day- the one day a year when you can walk outside your door and evaporate if you want to. This is the government-created reality in a new play by Alyssa Brooke. Hope, a young woman who feels trapped in this world, yearns to make a difference. Dale, her husband, works at the evaporation center. This inevitably creates tension since Hope and a few others are against it. To Evaporate brings to light the fact that society stigmatizes mental illness, making frank conversations about it nearly impossible, despite the increasing number of people in the United States who are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. Come join us in this dystopian performance and walk away with a new perspective on who is at risk To Evaporate.

*Trigger Warning: This show contains themes of suicide. There will be Talk Backs following all performances with local mental health professionals from Walk-In.org and more.