Category Archives: Storytelling

I Am Cate Blanchett

Dates: Fri-Sat, Jun 16-17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Pay What You Can ($15-$22) – no extra fees
Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Age Recommendation: Adult audiences

Mask Policy: Masks are optional for this event. This policy is subject to change pursuant to the guidelines of the CDC and MN Department of Health.

SOLD OUT: Both performances are currently sold out. To get on the WAIT LIST, or to be kept informed if a show is added, please email Zaraawar (“Z”) Mistry at or text 612-965-4405. Email is preferred. Thank you!

I Am Cate Blanchett
Written and performed by Susan Langston
Musical arrangements, Gail Wallinga

I Am Cate Blanchett, written and performed by Susan Langston, is the inspirational tale of one woman’s journey down the rabbit hole of crazy. Part spiritual memoir, part spiritual comedy, this multimedia performance will transport you to other worlds and ignite your imagination. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave believing that just about anything is possible.

Susan Langston is an emerging writer, storyteller and performance artist. Her first solo piece, I Am Cate Blanchett, was performed in 2017 and 2018. Her work is influenced by her thirty years as a psychotherapist, as well as practices of traditional healing learned from teachers around the world. As a novelist, she is passionate about creating LGBTQ+ characters who mirror the strength and resilience of that community, characters with whom readers feel an affinity, and with stories that reflect relevant struggles and triumphs of the heart. Susan is currently working on her second novel, and is a member of The Loft Literary Center. For more information, please visit Susan’s website at


Videos – Children’s Stories from India

Dates: August 13 – 23
Ages: Recommended for ages 3+

In honor of India’s Independence Day on August 15, Dreamland Arts presents a series of videos of tales from the Panchatantra, an ancient collection of fables from India. These videos are available to view for free from August 13-23, 2020.


Children’s Stories from India is a program of storytelling and music for audiences of all ages by Zaraawar Mistry and Greg Herriges. Since 2010, they have been traveling all over Minnesota, performing at libraries and schools, at community events and even in people’s homes. And now, Zaraawar and Greg are bringing their stories and music to you on video. Hope you enjoy them!

Deep in Bear Country


Dates: Fri-Sat, Oct 11-12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Pay What You Can ($10-$20) – online or at the door, no extra fees
Run Time: 1 hour, no intermission
Age Recommendation: Adult audiences, but ages 10+ welcome


Raffish Ripoff Productions
Deep in Bear Country
An evening of reflection, complaining and introspection
created and performed by Phil Gonzales
(produced by Raffish Ripoff Productions and presented as a part of Dreamland Arts’ Theaterwalla program)

For four years, Phil Gonzales has entertained hundreds of podcast listeners with “Deep In Bear Country” his ridiculously close analysis of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s “Berenstain Bears” children’s books. Over more than two-hundred episodes, he has investigated, picked apart, theorized and speculated about Bear Country, its denizens, its history and its meaning. Was any of this called for? No. Is it fair to do this to a rather innocuous series of children’s books? Maybe? Has it changed Phil’s outlook on life, art, family, community and legacy? Definitely.

Join Phil for an evening of reflection, complaining and introspection as he brings “Deep In Bear Country” to the stage with “Deep In Bear Country.” He didn’t change the title; he’s got branding to think about! Hear some of Phil’s wilder theories about Bear Country. Learn about Raffish Ralph Ripoff, Phil’s secret hero. Journey into the past to explore the Great Bear War. The Bear Multiverse? He’ll touch on that. Will Phil talk about his own personal demons? Of course he will! Will Phil find peace within himself in just one hour? Find out as he takes you Deep. In. Bear Country!



Ragamala Rooted: Myths and Stories

Date: Thu, July 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission
Age Recommendation: Ages 3+ (all ages welcome)
Tickets: Free

Ragamala Rooted: Myths and Stories – Storytelling by Zaraawar Mistry

In Written in Water, Ragamala Dance Company draws literary inspiration from several myths and stories from both the Hindu and Sufi traditions. These stories frame both a narrative arc for Written in Water and create a world on stage for the dancers to explore the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey.

To learn more about the rich tradition of Hindu myths and stories, Zaraawar Mistry presents Children’s Stories from India, a family-friendly storytelling performance. Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute).

This event is part of Ragamala Rooted: Written in Water. To learn more about Ragamala Rooted, please visit

Written in Water will be publicly presented at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on February 15, 2020. To learn more about this performance, please visit

Event photo by Charissa Uemura.

The Liminal Being




Dates: 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