Category Archives: Theater

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.

Persistent Theatre Productions presents
To Evaporate
a new dystopian play that brings to light how much we need to change how we talk about mental health
Written 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 every year when you can walk outside your door and, simply, evaporate. It is within this world which a young woman yearns to change the government’s narrative on overpopulation and the need for Evaporation. However, being married to the man who Distributes the Evaporation quickly becomes a nearly insurmountable problem in her wake.

*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.

Panache

Applause Community Theatre presents
Panache
a romantic comedy by Don Gordon
directed by Gary Davis

Dates: Thu-Sat, Oct 19-21 & Oct 26-28 at 7:00 pm
Run Time: 2 hrs, 15 minutes (including 10 minute intermission)
Age Recommendation: Ages 14+
Tickets: $15 ($12 students/seniors)

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What happens when two people living very different lives want the same vanity license plate? Join us to find out in Don Gordon’s quirky romance Panache. This show features veteran ACT actors Amy Luedtke, Benjamin Farrey-Latz,, Chad Snyder, and Emily M Johnson.

Applause Community Theatre is a Burnsville based non profit community theatre serving the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. We are dedicated to developing high quality theatre through live performance, while providing educational, training and recreational opportunities to all who wish to participate. Learn more at http://www.act-mn.org/

Rights for this production have been obtained through the author, Don Gordon.
Applause Community Theatre relies on ticket sales and donors to produce our shows. Links to donate are found on our website and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ACTMN/

 

 

Sketch Mythology

Dates: Fri Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 12, 2017 (dates/times vary; see full schedule)
Tickets: $20 General | $12 Students
Ages: This performance contains nudity. For audiences 18+
Duration: 90-120 minutes, including one intermission.

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Matt Jenson presents
Sketch Mythology

Gods, goddesses, and fantastic creatures from Greek mythology abound in this performance that blends dance, theatre, and figure drawing. Choreographer, writer, and performer Matt Jenson will perform eight solos, each one as a different character from Greek mythology. After each solo, the house lights will come up and YOU get to sketch while Jenson poses as the character!

After the 70-minute performance, you will be able to do a more detailed drawing during a 25-minute pose. No previous drawing experience required, and paper and pencils will be provided. Visual artists are welcome to bring their own art supplies (pencils and pastels only, please).

Don’t remember much about the Minotaur? Never heard the story of Leda and the Swan? Who the heck is Ganymede? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Before the performance, you can stroll through a gallery that introduces you to the eight characters in Sketch Mythology. A brief synopsis of each myth will tell you all you need to enjoy the show. The characters will also be depicted in drawings, paintings, or photographs created by eight Twin Cities visual artists.

This performance contains nudity. For audiences 18+

Trigger warning: Please note that, as with most Greek myths, the stories included in this show are full of potentially distressing elements such as: sexual situations, abduction, rape, castration, infertility, violence, death, and grief.

Sketch Mythology was created by Matt Jenson in collaboration with many artists:
Choreographers/Directors: Nicole Hettwer, Leif Jurgensen, Marcia Keegan, and Laura Selle Virtucio
Composers: Joel Arpin, Marya Hart, Eric Jensen, and Michelle Kinney
Performers/Musicians: Lars Lee, Carley Olson, and Adam Zahller
Writer/Dramaturg: Linda Shapiro
Lighting Design: Mike Grogan
Puppets/Masks: Andrew Jenson
Costumes: Lucy Hinton
Makeup/Wigs: Britt Katuin
Figure Modeling Coach: Lisa Pfeiffer
Pre-performance Gallery Visual Artists: Jonathan Aller, Emily Barton, Robert Borman, Peter Ganapes, Dona Kos, Matt Linz, Don Thomas, and V. Paul Virtucio

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

The Pursuit of Awesome

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Dates
: Fri-Sat, Nov 17-18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $15, Fringe Button $12, Student $10
Ages: Recommended for Ages 10+
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

David Harris shares embarrassing stories, failures and advice in his pursuit of awesome. Featuring snow-shovel acrobatics, escapes, balances, stunts, upside-down juggling, dancing and other awesome antics.

David Harris performs new and unusual stories, stunts, and physical comedy. Why? Because it will be awesome! David always wanted to be awesome. In 1983, he tried to ride his Huffy bicycle up a tree. Had he made it to the top; it would have been awesome. In 1985, he took jazz dancing lessons at Colleen’s School of Dance. Why? Because he thought he signed up for Break Dancing lessons and that would have been awesome! In 2014, he learned how to balance a knife on his tongue. Why, because the path toward awesome is easily confused with the path toward being reckless and weird.

Through juggling stunts, snow-shovel acrobatics, and comic dancing, David shares his embarrassments, failures, and advice in the pursuit of awesome.

 

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.