Category Archives: On Zoom

Managing Culture Shock with the Improvisational Mindset

Date: Tue, June 22, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish
Online Platform: Zoom Meeting
Ages: Ages 18+

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Managing Culture Shock with the Improvisational Mindset
An online evening of improvisation on Zoom with Jim Robinson and Ethan Goldbach

Many of us think of “culture shock” as applying only to people going abroad for the first time. Here in the U.S., we’re gradually returning to normal — that’s culture shock! Join us as we explore ways improvisation can help us enter new worlds, either at home or abroad.

This 90-minute online workshop co-hosted by Jim Robinson and Ethan Goldbach explores how an improvisational mindset can help all of us navigate culture shock. Through a series of experiential exercises, participants will discover techniques for increasing flexibility, tolerating ambiguity, and developing resilience. Most importantly, attendees will come away with ways to bolster curiosity and find the gifts new situations can bring.

Jim Robinson (Fulbright Specialist Pakistan, 2018) brought his workshop “Improvisation and Mental Health” to USEFP, NUST, and COMSATS. He has worked with international students for over 35 years, teaching improvisation and psychology in Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Panama, and Australia. Currently Jim works with social workers and law enforcement officers, using improv techniques as a method for crisis intervention and motivational interviewing.

Ethan Goldbach, BA. Ethan has a Bachelor’s in History and International Studies. He volunteered, tutored, and taught for the last 8 years in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Malaysia (Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2015 & 2016), and Bangladesh (Asian University for Women (2019-present). 

Unhooked!

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (to support the work of Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts)
Online Platform: Zoom Meeting
Ages: Ages 18+

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Unhooked!
An online evening of introductory improvisation on Zoom with Jim Robinson

Spring has sprung. Like a coil. A coil that circles endlessly. Can we let go of repetitive thoughts? Stories with tired plots? Demands on the future? In improv we say, “let go of your story and be in the moment!” Let’s get together and give it a go. This 90-minute online workshop will use improv techniques to help us have fun without insisting on perfection. Please join Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts for this pay-what-you-wish Zoom event. You can stay safe AND join us at Dreamland Arts. Sounds perfect, or at least pretty good!

Jim Robinson has a dual career in improvisation and psychology. He’s an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop, the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic, and is co-founder of Table Salt Productions, a local theater company dedicated to producing original works in the Twin Cities. Jim has also taught psychology at St. Catherine University and at the University of St. Thomas. He hails from Riverside, California.

Two One Act Comedies

Dates: Fri-Sat, May 21 & 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm Central Time
Matinee – Sat, May 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Can (or a little bit more?). Proceeds to support Dreamland Arts and Applause Community Theatre
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 1 hr. 15 minutes. No intermission.
Virtual Platform: This event will be presented on Zoom.

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Applause Community Theatre presents
Two One Act Comedies

“Do You Read Me?”
by Kathryn Funkhouser
Misfits on a mission to Mars. Also an eggplant!
and 
“The Six Foot Kiss”
by Stephen Olson
An actor dreams of love and theater and food delivery in the early days of the age of COVID.

Directed by Chad Snyder

Dr. Deep – “At a Time Like This”

Dates: Sat & Sun, March 20-21, 2021 at 7:30 PM CST
Online as a Zoom Webinar: Complete the form below to make a payment and receive the Zoom Webinar details.
Ticket Price: Pay Any Amount (because great wisdom shouldn’t have a price tag)
Ages: Recommended for those slightly jaded and older.
Duration: 1 hr.

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Dr. Deep: “At a Time Like This”
A lecture on Ultimate Liberation Philosophy during this time.
Presented as a live webinar on Zoom, with a Q&A following the lecture.

In his newest lecture, designed to be presented on Zoom, the brilliant Dr. Deep provides unique insights into navigating through life during these unprecedented times. He introduces the basic principles of Ultimate Liberation Philosophy, and provides razor sharp observations on his research into the intersection of science, spirituality and nonsense.

About Dr. Deep
Dr. Deep is a fictional character, and “At a Time Like This” is a one-man satirical play written and performed by theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, with 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. “Life Sucks, But I’m Cool With It” was presented at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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 article by Brad Richason

Dr. Deep and You
Dr. Deep’s lecture has been presented 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. Now, anyone can attend a Dr. Deep lecture on Zoom!

Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas – On Zoom

Dates: Fri-Sat, Dec 11 & 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm Central Time
Matinee – Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Can (or a little bit more?). Proceeds to support Dreamland Arts and Applause Community Theatre
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 2 hrs. 15 minutes, with one intermission.
Virtual Platform: This event will be presented on Zoom.

Holiday stories from the international best-selling author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song. This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

From the Director’s notes of our 2019 Production: “I wanted to present these stories about how folks view this holiday from many perspectives, from a 3-year-old at daycare to someone looking back at three generations of bell ringing. This play also hits Applause’s sweet spot, ensemble acting and telling a meaningful story. Because this play is first and foremost about storytelling. And isn’t that what we have after all these years of celebrating the holidays with friends and family, stories?” – Gary Davis