Category Archives: Theater

The Liminal Being

Date: Thu-Sat, Dec 7-9 at 7:30 pm & Sun, Dec 10 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: $15
Ages: Ages 16+
Duration: 60-75 mins.

The Liminal Being
written and performed by Mai Rose

A story of a woman who finds herself living a life, in and out of time. A weaving of fantasy and reality that invites the audience to consider their own truth and inspires them to author their own existence by finding beauty in the tragic and mundane.

Hand in Hand

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Date
: Thu, Dec 14 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can $5-$15
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 Pursuit of Awesome

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.

 

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.

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.”

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)

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/