Dates: Aug 1-11, 2019 as a part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
Location: Dreamland Arts (an Independent Venue for the Fringe)
Ages: Recommended for ages 12+.
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.
Glass & Lady M.
presented by Full Circle Theater Company
Two Short, Compelling Theater Pieces – One Imaginative Vision
Created by Lindsey Bushnell and Martha B. Johnson
Directed by Martha B. Johnson
Photos: Top right photo from L to R are Alice McGlave, Charla Marie Bailey, Delinda “Oogie” Pushetonequa, and bottom right is Marci Lucht.
Described by its playwright Lindsey Bushnell as “A Feminist Absurdist Play,” Glass is set in a dystopian world where four women are psychologically trapped and controlled behind glass by an unseen Man. Each woman is an archetype–nurturer (Apple Woman), housekeeper (Sweeping Woman), mother (Rocking Woman), and woman obsessed with body image (Too Woman)–and each has her own views of escape. Glass tackles gender, economic, and societal issues faced by women throughout the centuries.
Conceived by Martha B. Johnson, Lady M. is a reimagining of Lady Macbeth’s iconic sleepwalking scene (“Out, damned spot”) from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Using mythical and ritualistic theatrical techniques, this piece re-envisions Lady Macbeth’s profound remorse and guilt as a wake-up call for America to similarly acknowledge the problematic nature of American history, and to feel the humanizing power of remorse.
Full Circle Theater Company‘s mission is to produce heartfelt, groundbreaking theater that artfully addresses issues of diversity and social justice for 21st-century audiences.
Date: Thu, July 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission
Age Recommendation: Ages 3+ (all ages welcome)
Ragamala Rooted: Myths and Stories – Storytelling by Zaraawar Mistry
In Written in Water, Ragamala Dance Company draws literary inspiration from several myths and stories from both the Hindu and Sufi traditions. These stories frame both a narrative arc for Written in Water and create a world on stage for the dancers to explore the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey.
To learn more about the rich tradition of Hindu myths and stories, Zaraawar Mistry presents Children’s Stories from India, a family-friendly storytelling performance. Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute).
This event is part of Ragamala Rooted: Written in Water. To learn more about Ragamala Rooted, please visit ragamalarooted.org.
Written in Water will be publicly presented at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on February 15, 2020. To learn more about this performance, please visit ordway.org/event/ragamala-dance-company.
Event photo by Charissa Uemura.
Dates: Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 2019 (Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2:00pm)
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission
MPR Art Hounds: A dog’s tale of love and grief
Diggity Dog Days Photo: Bruce Silcox
a puppet show about an irrepressible dog and his aging owner
created and performed solo by Margo McCreary
with live music and original songs composed by Marya Hart,
and drums and percussion by Bruce Wintervold
directed by Zaraawar Mistry
When changes in his aging owner’s life begin to affect his everyday routine, Jack the dog responds doggedly, causing confusion and distress for all. An unexpected adventure to the dog park threatens to only make matters worse, but a brood of neighborly urban chickens intervenes to save the day! Set to a jazzy score with lively original songs, Diggity Dog Days is a paw-lickin’ good frolic on heartache and hope.
Diggity Dog Days premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2011. It has been presented with a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Grant in 2012 at such locations as The Regional Cultural Arts Center in New York Mills, MN, The Playground in Duluth, MN and The Dreamery in Wykoff, MN and will be seen at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival in Minneapolis.
Margo McCreary is a Twin Cities puppeteer. She started with “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre” back in the 70’s. Independent since 1980, Margo performs original puppet shows and teaches puppetry as an artist/ educator. She has been fortunate to collaborate with other talented directors, performers musicians and technicians for the past 35 years.
“Movement grabs me. I am practiced in the world of bringing objects to life with movement, voice, and spark of spirit in the moment. I believe that my creations mirror the generosity of life, and, as an artist, it is this that I want to share with others. My work can be edgy and humorous, but I consider it compost for our earthy spirits!” – Margo McCreary
with Tinne Rosenmeier
Dates: Mon-Wed, June 24-26, 2019 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Attend just one evening or all three. See details below. If you have questions email Tinne Rosenmeier at AShakepearePlayground@outlook.com.
Cost: $30 per workshop or $75 for all three
BUY TICKETS Registrations managed by Tinne Rosenmeier.
These workshops are a fun and engaging way for people who want to break through the Shakespeare mystique to gain confidence and skills. What is he saying? How does that speech tie together?
Each three hour workshop will have three threads:
- First: Ensemble work, using improvisation and movement to unravel rich and often confusing poetic imagery;
- Second: Take-away lessons and practice in verse structures commonly found in the plays;
- Third: Apply those techniques to monologue and scene work.
WHO: Adult actors and non-actors who are interested in exploring Shakespeares rich imagery and language play are encouraged to jump in with a playful heart! Participants are welcome to bring material for coaching and feedback. Dress for movement.
These three workshops are offered as an open, drop in format. Each evening will build on the night before, but are welcoming if you can only come one evening.
TINNE ROSENMEIER is a seasoned theater teacher and actress working in the Twin Cities area. A Shakespeare Playground is a dream job, combining her acting experience and training with years of service in public education. She holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, BA, English Literature, Carleton College, and earned a certificate from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC. She retired from teaching theater in public education settings for thirteen years.
If you have questions email Tinne Rosenmeier at AShakepearePlayground@outlook.com.
Date: Fri-Sat, June 21-22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.
M-SHE Productions presents
Youth Theatrical Workshops & Performances of “American Dream”
Come rock out with us as we celebrate the hard work our youth performers have put in. They have spent a week in an intense environment, learning their show material and developing captivating characters. We are excited to have 2 casts this season. The workshops and performances give them a chance to see what it is like to be a professional dancer and the demands that can entail. We are diving head first into Green Day’s Broadway Musical, “American Idiot.” While looking for the meaning of life and trying to find their freedom, these hardcore dancers just might find out that what they were looking for was there in the first place.
M-SHE Productions is the creation of the husband and wife duo, Maggie Hoadley-Edwards-Culp and Parker Culp. With the eye and soul for all things artistic, M-SHE Productions, provides choreography, instruction, direction, music mixes, recording studio needs, and performers for dance, music, and photography.