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Dr. Deep

Dr. Deep – “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”

Dates: Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay Any Amount or Nothing At All (because great wisdom shouldn’t have a price tag)
Ages: Recommended for those slightly jaded and older.
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

Dr. Deep: “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”
An all new (2018) lecture on happiness and Ultimate Liberation Philosophy

VIDEO – Excerpts from “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”

VIDEO“Zaraawar Mistry interviews Dr. Deep”

What exactly is happiness and why are we so obsessed with it? In this hilarious lecture, accompanied by a tongue in cheek slideshow, the brilliant Dr. Deep takes apart our obsession with happiness and provides his unique insights into how modern day psychology and neuroscience have helped make the concept of happiness into a multi-billion dollar industry. With this lecture, Dr. Deep, the founder of Ultimate Liberation Philosophy, continues his examination of the intersection of science, spirituality and nonsense.

About Dr. Deep
Dr. Deep is a fictional character, and “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It” is a one-man satirical play written and performed by theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, with recorded music by Greg Herriges.

Dr. Deep’s first lecture (2015), titled “Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead,” premiered at Dreamland Arts and was presented during Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (Star Tribune’s 10 Best Shows of the Fringe).

Best of the Fringe (2015) – Star Tribune

“Rarely has such absolute drivel been delivered with such sly panache.” Read the full review in the Star Tribune by Lisa Brock

“If laughter truly is the best medicine, Dr. Deep might just prove a therapeutic treatment for humor-deprived psyches.” Read the full City Pages A List article by Brad Richason

Dr. Deep and You
Dr. Deep’s lecture can be presented in any large room. The show has been performed at theaters (Dreamland Arts, Mixed Blood, Illusion Theater), art galleries (2001 A Space), yoga studios (IHT Yoga), organic farms (Dreamacres), in office buildings (Ramsey County) and even in people’s homes.

The Cool Train

Date: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15. SOLD OUT
Ages: Ages 13+
Duration: 1 hr. approx.

The Cool Train
a solo performance by Lunga Sinuka
Written by Lunga Sinuka and Zaraawar Mistry
Directed by Zaraawar Mistry

The Cool Train was first presented at Dreamland Arts in 2009.
Lunga Sinuka speaks with Euan Kerr on MPR

The Cool Train is Lunga Sinuka’s memoir of growing up in South Africa during the repressive era of apartheid. From his childhood in a Xhosa village with no electricity or running water, to working as a glass cleaner at one of South Africa’s best hotels, and eventually joining the African National Congress in the violent struggle for freedom, Lunga’s journey reflects the lives of many black South Africans before the end of apartheid in 1994. The Cool Train is a one-man storytelling piece, told through songs and stories filled with warmth, humor and love. Recommended for ages 13+.

Lunga Sinuka was born in South Africa and emigrated to the United States in 1992. He has a B.A. in Public Administration from Cape University of Technology in South Africa and a B.A. in Business Management from Hope College in Michigan. In America, he is currently involved in health care, social services, and social justice. The Cool Train is his first play.


Hand in Hand

Dates: Fri-Sat, Dec 7-8, 2018 (Fri at 7:30 pm & Sat at 1:00 pm)
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Ages: Ages 9+
Duration: 60 minutes, followed by discussion

Hand in Hand
written and performed by Leslye Orr

First performed in 1982, Hand in Hand is a play in which audience members experience a heightened awareness of their own senses. They are seated in a spiral configuration, asked to close their eyes, and brought in touch with the world of Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who was legally blind. A myriad of objects are passed around the spiral while actress Leslye Orr tells a riveting story inspired by the profound letters and witty lectures of the great educator and her spirited pupil. Orr, herself legally blind since birth, created Hand in Hand to share her belief in the “possibilities of disabilities.” Watch video

This workshop-performance has been presented for schools, colleges, at staff trainings for organizations such as Serve Minnesota (Americorps) and for human resources departments at places like the Walker Art Center and Carlson School of Management. In 2012, Leslye traveled to Lithuania, Latvia and Israel with Hand in Hand as a speaker and specialist for the U.S. State Department.

The Loneliest Person in the Universe

Dates: Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2018 (Fri at 7:00 p.m., Sat at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $7
Ages: Ages 6+ (please read “Note” below)
Duration: 45 minutes approx.

Seth Eberle presents
The Loneliest Person in the Universe
a marionette puppet show created and performed by Seth Eberle
directed by Kurt Hunter
recorded music by Blake Brauer

Seth Eberle presented Puppet Double Feature and Dream of Owls at Dreamland Arts.

The Loneliest Person in the Universe follows the historical figure Richard Carrington, the first astronomer to discover the connection between sunspots, the Northern Lights, and electromagnetic storms. In a world that is full of loneliness, how can it be tamed and how can we feel less alone in such a vast universe? What do the northern lights tell us, and why are they connected to the sun? Even in the loneliest of moments where can we find a connection with something bigger than ourselves?

Note: The content of this show is intended for older elementary kids through adults, but children ages 6+ will enjoy this performance as well. The play deals with the emotion of loneliness and how we can handle it in the face of the universe, so having some experience with this feeling will help you appreciate the show more fully. The puppets are all marionettes, or figures manipulated by strings, and after the show audience members are invited to see the puppets up close with a demonstration of how they work.

Seth Eberle is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



Wake-Up Calls

Dates: Nov 16-18, 2018 (Fri-Sat at 7:00 p.m. & Sun at 2:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $15 ($13 students/seniors)
Ages: Ages 10+
Duration: 70 minutes approx.

Du-Al Theatrics presents
Wake-Up Calls
a collection of one-act plays

“On the other hand, most life-changing wake-up calls occur when we are, well, awake”

Co-founders of Du-Al Theatrics, Duane Koivisto and Alan Wittmer, are pleased to announce a new production, Wake-Up Calls, including:

  • “Hamlet and Ophelia” (Excerpted from Hamlet by William Shakespeare)
  • This Never Happened, an original one-act by Jay McMahon
  • The True Death of Socrates by Frank Higgins (produced by arrangement with The Penny Luedtke Agency, New York)
  • Feathers by Judd Lear Silverman (produced by arrangement with the author)

The ensemble also features the talents of: Chad Snyder, Amy Luedtke, Sheila Path McMahon, Jay McMahon, Jim Hamburge and Jerry Koch.