Dates: Fri-Sat, Oct 11-12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Pay What You Can ($10-$20) – online or at the door, no extra fees
Run Time: 1 hour, no intermission
Age Recommendation: Adult audiences, but ages 10+ welcome
Raffish Ripoff Productions
Deep in Bear Country
An evening of reflection, complaining and introspection
created and performed by Phil Gonzales
(produced by Raffish Ripoff Productions and presented as a part of Dreamland Arts’ Theaterwalla program)
For four years, Phil Gonzales has entertained hundreds of podcast listeners with “Deep In Bear Country” his ridiculously close analysis of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s “Berenstain Bears” children’s books. Over more than two-hundred episodes, he has investigated, picked apart, theorized and speculated about Bear Country, its denizens, its history and its meaning. Was any of this called for? No. Is it fair to do this to a rather innocuous series of children’s books? Maybe? Has it changed Phil’s outlook on life, art, family, community and legacy? Definitely.
Join Phil for an evening of reflection, complaining and introspection as he brings “Deep In Bear Country” to the stage with “Deep In Bear Country.” He didn’t change the title; he’s got branding to think about! Hear some of Phil’s wilder theories about Bear Country. Learn about Raffish Ralph Ripoff, Phil’s secret hero. Journey into the past to explore the Great Bear War. The Bear Multiverse? He’ll touch on that. Will Phil talk about his own personal demons? Of course he will! Will Phil find peace within himself in just one hour? Find out as he takes you Deep. In. Bear Country!
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: Thu-Sat, Jan 10-12, 2019 at 7:30 pm & Sun, Jan 13 at 2:00 pm
Ages: Ages 16+
Duration: 60 mins.
The Liminal Being
written and performed by Mai Rose
(presented by Mai Rose as a part of the Theaterwalla program)
An earlier version of this play was presented at Dreamland Arts in 2017.
Take a journey through the absurd, tragic, and beautiful life of Mai Rose. Each chapter weaves through their story with the rhythm of life and brings us closer to an understanding of what it means to be human. Pieces of the picture fall into place, bringing poverty, disability, child abuse and sexual assault into stark relief. It reminds us that tragedy and injustice doesn’t only happen to other people, it can also happen to us. Their story may be painful at times, but it is imbued with hope and promise; a testament to the human spirit in us all. This show inspires the audience to be the heroes that the world is crying out for.
About Mai Rose: Mai studied Theater and English at Drake University and has performed as an actor and singer from the Des Moines Playhouse to First Avenue. They graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology and Communications. Mai spent the last few years building a career as a speaker and writer, with a focus on personal growth as a tool for social change. They are currently working on their second feature length screenplay. Learn more about Mai’s work at https://realizingthesun.com/