Category Archives: Theater

Sunrise at Midnight

Presented by Taous Claire Khazem
Tickets: $10-$20 (Pay What You Can)
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Dates: Thu-Sun, July 20-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Run Time: 75-90 minutes. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: Ages 16+.

Blending dynamic theater and original songs, Sunrise at Midnight is a rare glimpse into the rich Kabyle Folktale tradition from Algeria, virtually unknown in the United States. A flute that possesses the power to upend life as we know it; a sexy cautionary tale for young men looking to marry too soon; a chilling sacrifice a leader must make interweave to create an electrifying play of lust, wit and adventure.

Directed by Ryan Underbakke, music by Aaron Gabriel, created and performed by Heather Bunch, Taous Claire Khazem, Theo Langason, Nora Montanez and Mohammed Yabdri.

Photo Credit: Tony Nelson

Taous Claire Khazem is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of MN through a grant through the MN State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropraition by the MN State Legislature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Taous Claire Khazem and Aaron Gabriel are recipients of a 2017 Jerome Foundation & the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation Travel/Study grant.

Summer Projects 2017

We have a variety of projects happening this summer – at Dreamland Arts, around the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. Sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, or check this web page for updates. Here’s a list of some of the events coming up:

Zaraawar Mistry & Greg Herriges will be performing Children’s Stories from India at several libraries in Saint Paul and in the Kitchigami Regional Library System. Visit for more information, or to bring a performance to your venue!

Taous Claire Khazem
, who did her solo show In Algeria They Know My Name at Dreamland Arts in 2016, will be producing and directing Sunrise at Midnight at our theater in July.


In August, The Iraqi American Reconciliation Project will be presenting a new work by the participants of Iraqi Voices, a collaborative mentorship program that gives Iraqis in Minnesota support to share their stories through art.

Ragtime Women

Presented by Theatre Elision 
Tickets: $15
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Dates: Thu-Sat, May 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun, May 7 & 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Run Time: 75 minutes. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: All ages.

Theatre Elision presents Ragtime Women, an original musical telling the story of four women in the early 1900s who defied conventional female expectations of the time to become successful musicians, performers and composers. It is a story of determination, and the importance of passion and commitment when pursuing your dreams. But it is also the story of the challenges women faced then, and still do today, when seeking to break free of societal norms and expectations. It reminds us that throughout history women have defied convention and made great sacrifices to pursue their dreams. Ragtime Women uses the original compositions of the characters to the tell their story, along with other music from the period.

A Thousand Cranes

Presented by Green T Productions
$12 General, $11 Fringe Button/MPR Members & $10 Students.
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Dates: Thu-Fri, Apr 6-7 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr 8 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sun Apr 9 at 7:30 pm
Mon, Apr 10 at 7:30 pm (Pay What You Can)
Thu-Fri, Apr 13-14 at 7:30 pm

Run Time: 60-75 mins. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: Ages 7+.

Green T Productions presents A Thousand Cranes, the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Sadako was only two years old when the bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at twelve she was diagnosed with “radiation sickness” an aftermath of the bomb’s effects. With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper origami cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. She begins to fold her thousand cranes. Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane … to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted. Her friends and classmates finished Sadako’s work. They folded enough cranes to make a thousand. Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako’s statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.”

Heart Burns – A Collection of One Act Plays

Presented by Applause Community Theatre
$10-$12 Buy Tickets Online

Dates: Thu-Fri, Mar 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. & Sat, Mar 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Age Recommendation:
Ages 13+
Run time: 75-90 minutes with intermission.

Applause Community Theatre presents Heart Burns: A Collection of One Act Plays

The following will be performed:
Mr. Burns [Act I] by Anne Washburn
The West Wing by Jenny Kirlan
Waiting for the Matinee by Eric Coble
In the Meantime by Sharon Cooper