Category Archives: Theater

The Liminal Being

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Theaterwalla

Date: Thu-Sat, Jan 10-12, 2019 at 7:30 pm & Sun, Jan 13 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: $10
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/

Gone Missing

Dates: Jan 17-27, 2019 (Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. & Sun at 2:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $25
Ages: Ages 13+
Duration: 80 minutes approx.

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Theatre Elision presents
Gone Missing
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book by Steven Cosson

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing — keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump…or one’s mind. The show is a collection of very personal accounts of things lost and found, creating a unique tapestry of the ways in which we deal with and relate to loss in our lives. Devised from interviews with real-life New Yorkers by The Civilians, a New York-based company producing new work from creative investigations. This 80-minute, one-act musical is performed with no intermission.

Theatre Elision develops and produces new or reimagined theatrical works that tell compelling stories with music, acting, and visual art. Learn more…


UPCOMING EVENTS
Dr. Deep

Dr. Deep – “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”

Dates: Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay Any Amount or Nothing At All (because great wisdom shouldn’t have a price tag)
Ages: Recommended for those slightly jaded and older.
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

Dr. Deep: “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”
An all new (2018) lecture on happiness and Ultimate Liberation Philosophy

VIDEO – Excerpts from “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It”

VIDEO“Zaraawar Mistry interviews Dr. Deep”

What exactly is happiness and why are we so obsessed with it? In this hilarious lecture, accompanied by a tongue in cheek slideshow, the brilliant Dr. Deep takes apart our obsession with happiness and provides his unique insights into how modern day psychology and neuroscience have helped make the concept of happiness into a multi-billion dollar industry. With this lecture, Dr. Deep, the founder of Ultimate Liberation Philosophy, continues his examination of the intersection of science, spirituality and nonsense.

About Dr. Deep
Dr. Deep is a fictional character, and “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It” is a one-man satirical play written and performed by theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, with recorded music by Greg Herriges.


Dr. Deep’s first lecture (2015), titled “Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead,” premiered at Dreamland Arts and was presented during Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (Star Tribune’s 10 Best Shows of the Fringe).

Best of the Fringe (2015) – Star Tribune

“Rarely has such absolute drivel been delivered with such sly panache.” Read the full review in the Star Tribune by Lisa Brock

“If laughter truly is the best medicine, Dr. Deep might just prove a therapeutic treatment for humor-deprived psyches.” Read the full City Pages A List article by Brad Richason

Dr. Deep and You
Dr. Deep’s lecture can be presented in any large room. The show has been performed at theaters (Dreamland Arts, Mixed Blood, Illusion Theater), art galleries (2001 A Space), yoga studios (IHT Yoga), organic farms (Dreamacres), in office buildings (Ramsey County) and even in people’s homes.

The Cool Train

Date: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15. SOLD OUT
Ages: Ages 13+
Duration: 1 hr. approx.

The Cool Train
a solo performance by Lunga Sinuka
Written by Lunga Sinuka and Zaraawar Mistry
Directed by Zaraawar Mistry

The Cool Train was first presented at Dreamland Arts in 2009.
Lunga Sinuka speaks with Euan Kerr on MPR

The Cool Train is Lunga Sinuka’s memoir of growing up in South Africa during the repressive era of apartheid. From his childhood in a Xhosa village with no electricity or running water, to working as a glass cleaner at one of South Africa’s best hotels, and eventually joining the African National Congress in the violent struggle for freedom, Lunga’s journey reflects the lives of many black South Africans before the end of apartheid in 1994. The Cool Train is a one-man storytelling piece, told through songs and stories filled with warmth, humor and love. Recommended for ages 13+.

Lunga Sinuka was born in South Africa and emigrated to the United States in 1992. He has a B.A. in Public Administration from Cape University of Technology in South Africa and a B.A. in Business Management from Hope College in Michigan. In America, he is currently involved in health care, social services, and social justice. The Cool Train is his first play.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Hand in Hand

Dates: Fri-Sat, Dec 7-8, 2018 (Fri at 7:30 pm & Sat at 1:00 pm)
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
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.