Past Events

Children's Stories from India

Performed by Zaraawar Mistry
With live music by Greg Herriges

Hand in Hand

Written and performed by Leslye Orr, this play tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan as experienced "through your mind's eye."

Final Round

written and performed by Katie Ka Vang
direction and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry


Presented by 20% Theatre Company

The Stuffed Animal Show

Family fun for children (ages 3+ only) and their stuffed animals!


An evening of illumination, physical poetry and radical joy.

Our Masquerade

A series of short one-act plays.

Laura Littleford and Leonard Lang, a Joint Reading

Readings by Laura Littleford and Leonard Lang.


by Jennifer Weir and Katie Hae Leo
Taiko, masks, movement and text.

An Evening of 3 Short Shows

Two of the shows will be presented at MACT's FASTFest.

What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness

A one-woman storytelling comedy written and performed by Leslye Orr

Venus Nefanda & In Between

Two original performances; one great evening of theater

M-SHE Productions Youth Workshop and Performance

A student performance of contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance.

Improvising the Road Less Taken!

BOOM! presents an evening of improv, poetry, and song

Simple: The Musical

Presented by The Fletcher Todd Players

Rabbit Hole

Shoot the Glass Theater presents
A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Dr. Deep - Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead

Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry

An Inconvenient Squirrel

presented by Applause Community Theatre

In Algeria They Know My Name

a one woman play written and performed by Taous Khazem

Acting Black

Carlyle Brown & Company presents a one man play.

Dynamic Duos Improv

An evening of Improv

You Can't Fool Mother Nature

Dance, story and song, presented by SoulPlay Performance Ensemble

Theater: A Sacred Passage

a one act play presented by Full Circle Theater Company

Brain Game

A panel-style game show featuring some of the Twin Cities' finest improvisers.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

presented by Theatre Pro Rata

Strains New Music Ensemble presents...2/3/4

a concert of duos, trios and quartets


The Dream Songs Project presents a concert of New Music for Voice and Guitar

The Pursuit of Awesome

written and performed by David Harris

GARY Gets Sleighed

An evening of Improv

Casual Magic

a work in progress by magician Kurt Scott

New Music with a World of Influences

A music concert with Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija, and guests.

The Midlife Crisis of Jesse Lee

written and performed by Paul Mabon

American as Curry Pie

Written and performed by Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Suzy Messerole


A new play presented by Theatre Unbound

Psych 101

General Psychology in 90 minutes using sketch, song, and improvisation! Presented by Table Salt Productions

James Carville and Mary Matalin Are Impressive

AVIDduo presents new electro-acoustic works for the flute and saxophone.

Suicide Punchline

A one woman play written and performed by Jen Tuder

Taiko Lab 2015

Original compositions from the innovative composers/ensemble members of Mu Daiko

Ballsworth: Master of the Butlers

The hilarious retelling of a retiring butler's career, presented by The Fletcher Todd Players

New Performance Program

Mu Performing Arts presents readings of new works

A Tale of Dreams

Fairies, magic and moments of absurdity. Storytelling with music and circus.

Memory Matters

A presentation on poetry, performance and memory

"The Great Nebula in Orion," plus "Ten Minutes"

Applause Community Theatre presents an evening of theatre about reunions

Doin' It Cuz

An evening of music and stories with Mark Kreitzer, Taylor Hahn, Sam Mistry and Leslye Orr.

Freedom Daze

A staged reading of a new play by Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Suzy Messerole

World Holiday Music, and More

Greg Herriges plays original and traditional music for holidays from around the world.

Nature Stories

the dreamsongs project presents a concert of new music for voice and guitar

St Paul Almanac Lit Fest #16

an evening of literary readings by authors Stephanie Schultz, Dain Ingebretson, Sunny Hilden, Liza Allen, Kate Lucas and Ibé.

There Will Be Dinner: A holiday horror story

This isn't your parents holiday show.
Presented by Theatre Corrobora.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Dance, story, stillness and song, presented by SoulPlay Performance Ensemble

L'Heure de Minuit, La Malediction

An original theatrical production with whimsical dancing, rocking live music, carnival games and more.

Cracked Walnut Literary Festival

An evening of short literary readings

Whodunit in Guiltyville: The Case of the Missing Thorns

written, directed and performed by the apprentices of the COMPAS ArtsWork Theater Program.

Women Who Drink

A happy hour of intoxicating comedy by Leslye Orr with Kathleen Sullivan as the bartender.

Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother

written and directed by Rick Shiomi
based upon the book by Xinran

Music for Pieces of Wood...and Metal

The Antithesis Project presents a concert featuring the music of Steve Reich, Don Freund, and Louis Andriessen, as well as local composers Joshua Clausen, Brett Wartchow, and Daniel Nass.

Trusting the Heart of the World

An evening of stories and music with storytellers Carla Vogel and Barry Nienstadt and musicians Judith Eisner and Doug Cole.

Sohrab and Rustum

Zaraawar Mistry's solo work intertwines an ancient legend from the Iranian epic, Ferdowsi's Shahnama with a contemporary story of a Parsi family from Mumbai.

Wisecracks from My Father

Leslye Orr portrays Dr. Russell T. Orr in an evening of comical stories culled from her father's 84 years of amazing and humorous adventures.

Minnesota Guitar Society

a concert with Chris Olson and Kris Anderson, and a lecture/demo from The Cavatina Duo.

Concert: Nicolas and Maliya

A concert of South American music by virtuoso Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter, accompanied by his daughter, Maliya.

Diggity Dog Days

A puppet show for adults by Margo McCreary about an irrepressible dog and his aging owner. Performed with live music.

Colors of Krishna

Experience Krishna through the lens of his mother, his admirers, his disciples and his devotees as depicted through the expressive language of Bharatanatyam dance performance by Suchitra Sairam.

The Cool Train

A performance memoir by Lunga Sinuka of growing up in South Africa during the the repressive era of Apartheid.

Portrait of the Artist as a Yo-yo Man

An autobiographical acrobatic comedy, written and performed by David Harris, and featuring Sam Mistry, filled with seemingly impossible stunts juggling feats, and inspired paddleball moves.

Dreamland Ham-Liners

A fantastic night of interactive comedy improv performed by members of Dreamland Arts' improv classes.

Therapy and Resistance

Carlyle Brown will do a reading/performance of his one man play about the Viet Nam War draft resistance movement.


Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, (Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith) performs a glow-in-the-dark tale of an ordinary ping pong ball that takes an unexpected bounce into the world.

Children's Stories from India, Vol II: Animal Tales from the Panchatantra

Performed by Zaraawar Mistry
With live music by Greg Herriges

An Evening of Music

An evening of songs and music with Aidan Gallivan, Jenny Nguyen and Sam Mistry

The Other Mr. Gandhi

A one-man play written, performed and directed by Zaraawar Mistry about a Parsi family from Mumbai, and how their lives are interwoven with the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.

Tizi Ouzou

Written and performed by Taous Khazem, this play is a story of love, struggle and awakening in the small city of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria.

Starting Point

A presentation of emerging theatre and performance, with fresh music and faces. New one-acts and monologues, live music, and more.

Greg Herriges, Tim O’Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh

A concert of world and "whirled" music with Greg Herriges, Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh.

Characters, Sound Effects and Theater Games

Join Leslye Orr in a fun-filled session of creating wacky characters, doing hilarious sound effects and participating in engaging theater games.

The Hmong Fireside Chat Series features Ka Vang

An intimate conversation with writer, poet, and playwright Ka Vang who has traveled the globe to explore the evolution of the Hmong folktale.

Wadaiko Tokara presents "Kazakoshi"

Internationally renowned taiko drumming group, Wadaiko Tokara from Japan introduces an all new concert called "Kazakoshi (Mountain Wind)", a new production touring 12 countries throughout the world.

Iris and Friends

An informal program of current repertoire and works-in-progress by composer Iris Shiraishi. Performers are Sara Ochs, Alex Lubet, Jen Weir, Susan Tanabe, Emma Valentine and Iris Shiraishi.

The Hebrew Lesson

Esther Ouray's one-woman play that weaves myth, history and humor into the story of a Hebrew school teacher and her thwarted attempt to spread her father's ashes in Jerusalem.

Love Letters from the Middle East

Hope Theater Company presents a play that tells the stories of three women whose lives are transformed as an outcome of war, and the opportunities for peace and understanding that can grow out of the ashes of tragedy.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Gao Hong

Open Rehearsal
Please arrive before 7:00 p.m.

M-SHE Productions Workshop and Performance

A theater/dance performance

Minnesota Bass Ensemble

An unique evening of premieres of new works for 1-10 double basses.

Talley's Folly

presented by Applause Community Theatre


A one-act play presented by blank slate theatre

The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion

Two one-woman shows by Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo

Eric Christopher CD Release Concert

A concert to celebrate the release of In the Quiet Night: Fiddle Tunes from the Upper Midwest.

Marx in Soho

by Howard Zinn

An Elephant Up a Tree!

Storytime/Playtime with Leslye Orr, for children ages 3+

The Selkie Wife

Written by M.J. Eden
Directed by Rosy Kirk


Presented by Mohamed Samatar and Taylor Helfand

Indian Cowboy

Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry

Sweet Charities Theatre Company

An evening of two one-act plays

Songsmith Exchange: Three Songwriters Singing

With Don Browne, Tim Gustafson, and Bret Hesla

An Evening of Music

With John Sims and String Quartet

Cancer, Peace, Love and Assorted Realities

A one-man performance by David Daniels

The Sugar in the Milk Trilogy

three solo shows
written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry

Mark Kreitzer: Original Songs (and some old favorites)

A solo performance, plus the debut of The 53 Swingbillies

The Book of Bartholomew - Bartholomew Looks at Love

A romantic evening of story reading, music, video and aphrodisiacal food.

L'Etoile du Nord

The Dream Songs project presents a concert for classical voice and guitar.

The Skyless City

Celebrated Iranian director Kiomars Moradi will make his U.S. debut with his internationally-acclaimed play.

New Music for Clarinets and Saxophones

A concert by student composers from the U of M's School of Music

The One-Legged Cowboy

A tale as tall as Texas, about family, addiction, and burrs in the saddle.

Nalah and the Pink Tiger

A one-woman puppet show by Anne Sawyer-Aitch

Pretentious Music for Everyone

A concert of 20th century modernist works by Neoteric Chamber Winds

Love Beyond Reach - A Trilogy

Freshwater Pearls Puppetry presents a puppet show for the heart