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ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion-Influenced Edibles
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion-Influenced Edibles

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ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm — Onion-Influenced Edibles | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00 pm or as far as the dough stretches.

Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

DreamAcres is open to visitors for Pizza service on select Fridays throughout the summer months.
Please refer to our calendar often for updates on when we'll be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.


Music on the Farm: TBD

Relax and listen to live music on the farm while you enjoy your onion-based delicacies.

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ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko

ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko / TaikoArts Midwest

Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Ensō Daiko regularly premieres new work adding their unique voice to the expanding canon and innovation of North American taiko. Through performances, studio classes and school residencies, Ensō Daiko has taught thousands of students of all ages and abilities.

Ensō Daiko was founded as Mu Daiko in 1997 by Rick Shiomi. New Artistic Director, Jennifer Weir, renamed it Ensō Daiko in 2017, when TaikoArts Midwest took over the taiko program formerly supported by Theater Mu.

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $5–$10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

What is taiko?

Taiko empowers and strengthens community.

Experience the power, rhythm, and grace.

TaikoArts Midwest provides its community with high quality taiko performances, supports taiko artists, and strengthens and builds community through taiko. TaikoArts produces concerts, trains artists, offers studio and master classes, leads school residencies, develops new work, and provides a variety of performances and workshops for public, corporate, and private audiences. TaikoArts supports two primary resident taiko groups in Minnesota: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo

ONION FEST: The Adventures of Juan Bobo by Open Eye Figure Theatre

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Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a Driveway Tour puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

The world is upside down in The Adventures of Juan Bobo and he is going to do something to turn it right side up! Inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories, the show combines puppetry, music, Spanish and English in a delightful tale of riddles, silly devils, a missing pig and a village in need of a hero.

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $5–$10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

About Open Eye

Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original image-driven theater, animating the inanimate on an intimate scale, and builds community by advancing adventurous, artist-driven programming.

Open Eye is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The company’s whimsical yet profound work surprises and delights whether experienced in the company’s historic jewel box theater in Minneapolis or in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities with the Driveway Tour. From experimental object works to puppet shows in backyards to community pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences.

Open Eye is led by directors Michael Sommers and Susan Haas. Sommers is recognized as one of the country’s most versatile and ingenious theatre artists. Haas is the visionary behind the Driveway Tour, Toy Theatre After Dark, It's Women's Work, and the showcase of artists on stage.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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Play! In the Barn: The Great Calamity Medicine Show
Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Play! In the Barn: The Great Calamity Medicine Show

Play! In the Barn: The Great Calamity Medicine Show

Presented by Cahoot?! Physical Theatre

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In the small, quiet town of Velvet Lake, every day seems to pass by without any hiccups or headaches. That is, until a mysterious salesman and his “Cure-All” medicine show rolls into town. His charisma and sharp wit may win over the residents of this quaint town, but what soon unfolds will be remembered in the history books as: “One of the worst medical calamities on earth!” With lovesickness reaching a fever pitch and hallucinogenic side effects running amok, the entire town is thrown into paranoia and chaos. Code Red! Call the CDC! Call the Governor! Call anybody! Who can be trusted?! Who is really to blame for this mess?! Who is in charge?! And will the Mayor’s hair ever be the same again?! Join Cahoot?! Physical Theatre on an adventure dissecting issues of love, greed, and medicine through the lens of Commedia Dell’Arte.

If you want to learn more about Cahoot?! make sure to check out: www.cahootphysicaltheatre.org

Suggested admission: $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.


WHAT IS COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE?

Commedia Dell’Arte, meaning “comedy of the profession,” is a style of theatre originating in Italy. At the height of its popularity from the 16th to the 18th century, Commedia Dell’Arte was often performed outdoors in crowded marketplaces and plazas. Featuring elements such as slapstick, over-the-top characters, grand gestures, masks, and improvised scenarios, Commedia Dell’Arte is bold and unabashed in its style and approach to relevant topics.

WHAT IS CAHOOT!?

CAHOOT?! Physical Theatre is the brainchild of 5 performers and artists from across the country and beyond. Jacob Snyder Timmons (North Carolina), Emilia Björk Perkins (Sweden), Chase Perkins (New Hampshire), Gabriela Haught (California), and Eric William Jones (Wisconsin), the co-founders, met and began dreaming of this ensemble while studying together at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the premier institute for physical theatre in the world. All five artists spent three years honing their craft, and have begun to devise wholly original work. At the core of our mission is a radical idea: theatre (and art) should be available to everyone. Our goal is to create high-quality productions available to the public -- for FREE. By doing this, we hope to break down the barriers of location, income, and class to bring innovative theatre to everyone. 

PERFORMER PROFILES

Jacob Snyder Timmons is a theatre-maker and educator from Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his BFA in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before heading off to Blue Lake, California to earn his MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International. In addition to performance, Jacob has also worked as a director, playwright, designer, and puppeteer -- devising a 45-minute solo puppet show Short Circuit. Jacob has previously worked with Raleigh Little Theatre as a teaching artist, actor, and conservatory instructor of movement; North Carolina Theatre for Young People as an actor and puppet designer; and was a founding member of the Springdale Players, a group of young theatre professionals performing in non-traditional spaces, including Arsenic and Old Lace in a living room and kitchen, and Peter and the Starcatcher in a backyard and rooftop. Jacob is passionate about art education and arts accessibility and currently serves as the Program Coordinator with East Side Arts Council.  

Chase Perkins is a theatre maker from New Hampshire. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Plymouth State University with a Focus in Acting and Design/Tech. At Plymouth he found his identity not only as an actor but as a designer, director, writer, and technician. This multifaceted approach to theatre led him to pursue higher education at Dell'arte International School of Physical Theatre. Here he earned his M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, and learned to implement his entire skill set to create original works of theatre. He has worked in positions onstage and backstage for companies, often simultaneously. He has worked for the Dell' Arte Company as Assistant Technical Director for their Mad River Festival, and a member of the Dell' Arte Company's holiday touring troupe as a bumbling clown in an original adaptation of The Snow Queen. Chase has also interned for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Stage Operations and was hired to act opposite goats and chickens in the company's farm yard rendition of Ariadne ouf Naxos.  

Emilia Bjork-Perkins is a Swedish actress, movement artist, singer and songwriter. She did her first performance at the age of 2, when she sang a Swedish folk song standing on her grandmothers dinner table. She fell in love with singing and performing that day, and continued to do guest performances at her dad’s concerts during her childhood. Her interest for the stage and the arts grew during her teens when she pursued a high school degree with special focus in theatre and dance. When she was 19, she was accepted into the physical theatre program at Kulturama Institute of the Arts in Stockholm. During her years at Kulturama she co-founded the Swedish company “Teater7” that toured in Sweden and Norway with the shows “Divine Words” (2013) and “The Galloping Doctor” (2014). Later in 2014 she decided to leave Sweden to pursue higher education in the US. She spent three years at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, where she graduated in June 2017. After graduating she started working at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, where she was wearing many hats both as a teacher, prop designer and performer. She was also part of the cast for the Dell’Arte Company summer production “Ruzzante Comes Home From The War” and “Mary Poppins” at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. In March 2019 she moved to the Twin Cities to join the rest of the “Cahooters”.  

Eric William Jones is an actor, director, musician, and teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After receiving his BA in Theatre from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, he worked with many theatre companies in the Midwest, including Frank Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, the Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and Milwaukee Cooperative Performance. He served as vice president on the board of directors for Gadfly Theatre Productions, a queer/feminist theatre company in Minneapolis, MN. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA in 2018. As a performer, his areas of focus include: musical theatre, mask performance, physical theatre, and interactive and immersive performance. His versatility as a performer has resulted in his performing a wide range of styles and roles, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Clown, and from “Tartuffe” in Tartuffe to “Prior Walter” in Angels in America. Eric has been teaching theatre to youth for more than five years, and has taught children of all ages – in particular, he is sought as a musical theatre instructor. He’s most recently been teaching musical theatre for Ashland Productions in Maplewood, MN. He also loves theatre games and game mechanics and is developing curriculum for a series of workshops on the theory of gameplay and social well-being   

Gabriela Haught is an actor, movement artist, choreographer, director and instructor from Placerville, California. She has been passionate about theatre and dance from a very young age and has been devoted to the arts since her introduction to them. Gabriela has taught theatre and dance at the Crocker House Creative Arts Center in Placerville, CA for nine years. She directed summer camps at the Crocker House of over 100 children as well as choreographed all the dances for these performances. During this time working with children in art, she has gathered years of evidence that the theatre-arts are necessary for positive development for a human’s all-around mental, emotional, and social well-being. She and fellow movement-artist Tiffany Van Camp choreographed and wrote a movement/dance work on gender and sexuality entitled “In Between Us” in 2013; in 2014, she along with Casey Ellis and Gavin Sellers, created a comedy spectacular “If This is It: The Magic Trunk” – both of these devised works were shown for free admission in her home town of Placerville, CA. In 2015, Gabriela then embarked on a three-year training program at Dell’Arte International where she studied ensemble-based physical theatre as well as met her four other co-founders of CAHOOT?! who all shared her passion and belief that theatre is necessary and should be accessible for everyone.




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Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito's Tennis Club

Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club
A Picnic Operetta By Mixed Precipitation

A rag-tag group of tennis players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and murderous revenge plot threatens their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozarts La Clemenza di Tito sore across the garden alongside new wave pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Depeche Mode. Our operatic athletes provide some fresh edible bites as well.

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Mixed Precipitation

Mission: Mixed Precipitation is a performance company that creates unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and festive events that inspire social engagement.

Activities: Since 2009, Mixed Precipitation has annually produced the Picnic Operetta, reimagining classic opera for outdoor performance. The Picnic Operetta brings together classical music, food production, and storytelling into a celebration of harvest and local food assets. Additional projects include the annual Olympic quadrangle spectacular Tonya and Nancy: The Opera (2010, 2014, and 2018) and music education programming with Adventures in Cardboard.

Programming History: In 2019 Mixed Precipitation will mount its 11th annual Picnic Operetta, continuing the success of unique outdoor performances in the metro and throughout Minnesota.

“It’s the most magical afternoon I’ve had since childhood. The birds, butterflies, 
slight breeze, delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations.” 
– Audience Member at the J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden, North Minneapolis

“The live performance art of the operetta is refreshing and the fact that it incorporates the garden’s harvest further integrates all the garden’s assets for community-building, education, expression, and celebration of people and culture.” 
– Kristen Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters

“The show was brilliant! Not at all easy to pull off so major an undertaking and you folks did it magnificently. We loved the food nibbles too. You absolutely maximized on all the different features — the outdoors, the environment, the food, the sense of community, but most importantly on the sheer talent. Amazing singing talent.”
– Dr. Andrew Cohen, Center for Advanced Research, University of Minnesota

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Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Written and Performed by David Mann
Directed by Sarah Gioia

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The Best of All Possible Worlds is a one-man comedy created by David Mann about
life in the suburbs, parenting, and being a corporate speaker.

Buy a house. Have some kids. Make a living. Lose your mind. This is the hilariously tragic story of David's venture into the exotic land of business speaking, where he failed to achieve work-life balance.

In David Mann's first original one-man show in 14 years, he exposes the truth about chasing the American Dream. Or at least...he shows what happened to him while pursing it. It's a crazy, funny, weird trip into the jungle of the suburbs, the bizarre world of corporate speaking, and the first years of parenting. 

Mann says, "At age 38 - when we had kids - I immediately started aiming for what so many people of my generation were brought up to want: a stable middle-class life. So I started speaking and consulting in the business world as a way to make a living. But what ended up happening was an exhausting chase for something I could barely even define."

David shares his personal story of trying to live inside the materialistic illusion that dominates American culture. With familiar wry humor and colorful characters, Mann takes us on the ride of his life.

» www.davidcmann.com

Suggested admission $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

“David Mann is a consummate storyteller. Through an engaging mix of self-deprecating humor, droll impersonations and occasionally aching personal revelations...the range of emotion he conjures — from guffawing hilarity to bittersweet pain — is always compelling.”

— STAR TRIBUNE

"David Mann rates as local theater royalty - he has mastered every kind of genre. His newest performance is something taken from his own personal experience, but unlike too many solo works that reflect a person’s experience, Mann actually has something to say. There is no self-pity or self-importance, just an ordinary man with certain gifts, including talent as an actor, observer, and a writer, generously allowing us into his personal experience."

— LAVENDER

"David Mann is a local treasure of the one-person-show genre. His writing is magnificent and the ease and honesty with which he performs his story is truly wonderful. He captures your attention with his energy and humor and holds it through the end of this honest journey."

— FRINGE AUDIENCE MEMBER

"WOW! What a personal, engaging, hilarious, insightful, poignant and heartbreaking story. It is brilliantly crafted and told by perhaps the best storyteller around. It captured me from the first minute to the last (and all the way home)."

— FRINGE AUDIENCE MEMBER

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Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Join us for a Barn Dance called by Ann Carter with Bob Bovee on Guitar John Lane on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Ann Carter walked into her first old-time community dance as a college student in 1992, and has never looked back. Since then she has become a dance caller, clogger, musician, and all-around enthusiast for old time music & dance — which she sees as the one of the world's most joyful endeavors. As a caller, Ann is known for her clear teaching style, her positive enthusiam, and her ability to make it a fun & successful experience for everyone — new and experienced.

As a youngster, John Lane studied with Missouri fiddle masters at the Bethel Fiddle Camp. This experience instilled a love of playing for dancing that has followed him ever since. These days he can be heard fiddling with bands like Ginstrings and Pert Near Sandstone, but he returns to playing for dancing whenever possible.

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons
Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Solo performance by Ricardo Vázquez

The Jíbaro and his Three Sons traces the history of Puerto Rico, its people, and the many visitors that have claimed the island as their own. This action-packed 60min solo show is a bilingual, family-friendly adventure with music, mask, and audience participation. The history of the island from the Taíno kingdoms to the vulture capitalist aiming to turn Old San Juan into a future crypto-utopia for bitcoin billionaires is presented using pieces of debris left over from Hurricane María as the costumes, props, and locations.

About Ricardo

Award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Ricardo Vázquez performs on stage (the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theater, The History Theater, Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NYC), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts (NYC), Mass MoCA (MA); on television (ABC’s In an Instant season 1 & 2, EVINE network guest host for over 4 years, and M@dabout TV! season 1 & 2); in feature films (Nina of the Woods, Divine Sparks, The Public Domain, Death to Prom, and Farmer of the Year) and his solo performances Juracán: The Jíbaro and His Three Sons and Escúchame. Ricardo is also a co-founder of Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to reinterpret the form of theater to reach other audiences and tell other stories. Recent Other Tiger Productions include My Journey, My Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Ricardo became involved with education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in Montgomery AL, New York City and the Twin Cities. Ricardo has also been a guest teaching artist with the Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, History Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Ten Thousand Things.  He was awarded the 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, and the 2018 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

www.Ricardo-Vazquez.com 

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

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Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Play! In the Barn: Juracan: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons

Solo performance by Ricardo Vázquez

The Jíbaro and his Three Sons traces the history of Puerto Rico, its people, and the many visitors that have claimed the island as their own. This action-packed 60min solo show is a bilingual, family-friendly adventure with music, mask, and audience participation. The history of the island from the Taíno kingdoms to the vulture capitalist aiming to turn Old San Juan into a future crypto-utopia for bitcoin billionaires is presented using pieces of debris left over from Hurricane María as the costumes, props, and locations.

About Ricardo

Award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Ricardo Vázquez performs on stage (the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theater, The History Theater, Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NYC), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts (NYC), Mass MoCA (MA); on television (ABC’s In an Instant season 1 & 2, EVINE network guest host for over 4 years, and M@dabout TV! season 1 & 2); in feature films (Nina of the Woods, Divine Sparks, The Public Domain, Death to Prom, and Farmer of the Year) and his solo performances Juracán: The Jíbaro and His Three Sons and Escúchame. Ricardo is also a co-founder of Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to reinterpret the form of theater to reach other audiences and tell other stories. Recent Other Tiger Productions include My Journey, My Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Ricardo became involved with education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in Montgomery AL, New York City and the Twin Cities. Ricardo has also been a guest teaching artist with the Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, History Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Ten Thousand Things.  He was awarded the 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, and the 2018 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

www.Ricardo-Vazquez.com 

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

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Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance

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Performances by Forge Camp for Arts & Agriculture Performance

The students of Forge Camp for Arts and Agriculture will be presenting the performance they have made during camp

Open donation. Open to the public.


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event! Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party called by Julie Young with Bob Bovee on Guitar and Smack Young Walser on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Julie Young loves traditional square dancing! In her formative years, as soon as she got her license, Julie remembers driving to downtown Minneapolis and standing on the sidewalk listening through the door to the Monday Night Square Dance at the Union Bar. (She was too young to actually go in!)  Since those days Julie has spent time in West Virginia, North Carolina, Turtle Mountain on the North Dakota/Canada border, and of course her native Minnesota learning how to “call”.  She is known for clear, accessible teaching and an authentic repertoire of dances. Besides the obvious joy it embodies, Julie loves the way dancing to live music connects people to each other, to cultural traditions, and to being human.

 Smack Young Walser grew up in a musical family — his dad sings Sea Chanties and his mom is a Clogger. Before the age of two he had devoured (literally, eaten!) the liner notes to a Bob Bovee and Gail Heil CD. Smack was reared in the bosom of the Twin Cities old-time music scene, and recently has traveled to southern Appalachia as well as to rural Indiana and Iowa to learn directly from master traditional fiddlers there. Smack has well and truly “drunk the Kool-aid” of old-time music, and he mixes discipline with passion — he regularly practices 4 hours each day! Smack’s fiddling is made for dancing and he is proud now to have the opportunity to play with his earliest mentor, Bob Bovee.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music at the Farm: Whole Hog Revue

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music at the Farm: Whole Hog Revue

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove).

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede

Music in the Barn: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede will perform Nordic folk music in the DreamAcres barn.

Photos by: Erika Skogg – www.erikaskogg.com

Vidar Skrede (from Haugesund, Norway) is a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), and has a master degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

More about Vidar Skrede at: www.vidarskrede.com

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Music! in the Barn: RavensFire
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Music! in the Barn: RavensFire

RavensFire will be performing a folk music concert from 8:00 – 10:00pm. 

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The RavensFire Band is well known around the area for their energetic performances, beautiful vocal harmonies, and skilled instrumentals while playing and singing their unique collection of lively traditional Irish, Folk, World, Americana and original music. They are very talented, funny and friendly musicians who show that they truly love to perform.

RavensFire has played dozens of local venues and festivals through the years,  including the main stages at festivals in Milwaukee, St. Paul, Emmetsburg, La Crosse, Wausau, and Rochester. The busy calendar has included performances at concerts, festivals, theater productions, public and private events.

Audiences everywhere clap furiously along with the  RavensFire band’s version of the popular old song Whisky in the Jar, and chime in proudly on the original patriotic piece, Hurrah for the Heroes. Their CD features both of these songs and many more. A frequent comment from our enthusiastic fans is “You guys look like you’re having fun!” We are having fun, and whether it’s late night at a crowded pub or on a sunny afternoon at a festival, we invite everyone to come close and get caught up in the Fire!

Music, Fun and Friendship is what RavensFire is all about!

Larry and Melissa Schmidt have been professional musicians ever since they met. Their love of music has kept them happily singing and playing together and recording in Nashville, Las Vegas and Dublin, Ireland. They have toured several times in Ireland, sharing their music with delighted audiences all along the way.

Larry’s guitar playing is strong and spirited, building the foundation for Melissa’s quick, light mandolin and sweet lilting whistle tunes.

Judy Havelick shines with a sturdy beat on the bodhran. With all three voices blending in beautiful harmony, the RavensFire band sings new life to the familiar old Irish tunes.

Melissa’s many original songs have won awards and blend skillfully into the wonderful RavensFire collection of traditional Irish favorites. Some songs will raise a shout of laughter, others will bring a tear to your eye. The lively instrumental reels, jigs, polkas and waltzes will go straight to your feet, and no matter what your age, you can be sure there will be no dull moments listening, singing, tapping and dancing along with the magic music of RavensFire.

www.theravensfireband.com

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Play! In the Barn: A.R.T...UnPaSTeUrized!
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Play! In the Barn: A.R.T...UnPaSTeUrized!

Play! In the Barn: A.R.T...UnPaSTeUrized!  8:00 – 10:00pm. 

A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater) is Lanesboro-based performing artist Catherine Glynn's lovechild. Born out of creative chaos Catherine wondered what it would be like to give 7 Performing Artists 7 days to create 7 new devised works of theater. Now in it's third year Catherine will be accompanied by performing artists from Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, California, New York and Minnesota. The theme is Inside, Outside, Upside Down. Jerome Yorke who has been a part of ART since it's inception chose the theme "because of it's seemingly inexhaustible potential, and the ability to flip norms on their heads. As Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, who worked on the physical nature of unified field theory, has said, 'The task is...not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.'" This work on May 31, 2019 will be really raw--in fact, so raw we are calling it A.R.T...UnPaSTeUrized! for this performance! The newly devised performances will roll into one grand, fun night of theater never to be repeated again.

ART Audacious Raw Theater

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

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Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs

Music! On the Farm: Tom Schramm & The LPs

Performing music during pizza service from 6:00 – 8:00pm. 

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Led by Tom Schramm and his Neil-Young-sounding vocals and rhythm guitar, this four piece Americana band puts on a fun show with their delightful harmonies, a splash of blue grass, and entertaining stories.  Supported by Beth Anderson on the upright bass, Dave Anderson on the banjo and vocals, and Barb Schramm on backup vocals and light percussion on her Samsonite, you’ll hear familiar songs to sing along to, several originals, and share a laugh or two.  If the atmosphere is right, you might get to play a tambourine, too!

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Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Sep
28
8:30 PM20:30

Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds
Written and Performed by David Mann
Directed by Sarah Gioia

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The Best of All Possible Worlds is a one-man comedy created by David Mann about
life in the suburbs, parenting, and being a corporate speaker. Buy a house. Have some kids. Make a living. Lose your mind.

In David Mann's first original one-man show in 14 years, he exposes the truth about
chasing the American Dream. Or at least... he shows what happened to him while pursing
it. It's a crazy, funny, weird trip into the jungle of the suburbs, the bizarre world of
corporate speaking, and the first years of parenting. He relives his valiant yet failed effort
to achieve work-life balance despite having quite a few motivational speakers tell him
exactly how.

Mann says, "At age 38 — when we had our first child — I immediately started aiming for
what so many people of my generation were brought up to want: a stable middle-class
life. So I started speaking and consulting in the business world as a way to make a living.
But what ended up happening was an exhausting chase for something I could barely even
define."
With personal stories and colorful characters, David takes you on a journey into the
empty bubble known as the American Dream.

» www.davidcmann.com

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

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Music on the Farm: Root River Jam
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Root River Jam

Music! On the Farm: Root River Jam

Root River Jam will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Root River Jam is a cross genre "Americana" group based in southeast MN. Their original music includes styles from folk, country, rock, blues, celtic, and jazz.

Singer / guitarist Dave Wilson melds his life experiences into song. Growing up the son of a veterinarian on a farm near Preston, MN. He helped out on many farms throughout the region. His mother taught Dave and his siblings to play piano. And sing melody and harmony. He started writing music during his middle school years.

Listeners instantly connect with the expressive melodies, improvisation, and interaction. Recalling the "jams" of the past! Renewing the dreams of the future! 

Root River Jam released their debut album in March, 2017. After a wildly successful release party in Rochester, MN. They have bee traveling to new destinations promoting their music. 2017 proved to be a breakout year and one of transition. While still playing their favorites places, they are seeking to play more shows and events.  2018 will brings some new music and new horizons. They hope to see you at a show!

 

 
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Music on the Farm: Barbaro
Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Barbaro

Music! On the Farm: Barbaro

Barbaro will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Barbaro is a progressive bluegrass band playing music for films about cooking. Spicy instrumentals, savory harmonies, and to-the-point songwriting creates a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Barbaro began crafting it's sound in the fall 2016 and has been evolving ever since. With an EP coming out in early 2018, and a full length album already in the works, the band's tone is getting juicy and it's originality is reaching medium-rare. 

Barbaro brings together some of Minnesota's lightly seasoned, only getting older musicians for a delectable bluegrass feast. Kyle Shelstad began his journey in Montana starting the band the "Kitchen Dwellers." Isaac Sammis comes from the Winona music scene having played banjo with "Tin Can Gin." Max Graham is undoubtably the kindest mandolin player in the Twin Cities area, leading multiple bands including everyone's favorite "Kind Country." Fiddler Rachel Calvert started playing bluegrass with the "Common Ground Company" and continues to collaborate with a number of exciting musical adventures. Chris Anderson has meandered the world of music from Classical to Klezmer and now is departing on his first voyage into the world of bluegrass.

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Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Music on the Farm: Maritza

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Maritza will perform music during pizza service
starting at 5:00 pm.

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Maritza's repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa. Pine’s love for Eastern European music and folk dance was the impetus for the band to take shape. Thanks to the enthusiastic and fun-filled tune ideas of many musicians over the years, Maritza keeps the beat going!

» www.maritzatunes.wordpress.com

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Music on the Farm: Rich Show
Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Rich Show

Music! On the Farm: Rich Show

Rich Show will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Show has been heralded as South Dakota's all-time greatest rock & roll songwriter, with a catalog dating back over four decades. Nearing his 60th birthday, Show re-recorded songs from throughout his career, including music originally released with legendary Sioux Falls bands No Direction, Flag With Hank and Violet. 

"Few of us have a record of our life, of our purpose, our art. That’s probably because we aren’t willing to look at it. Not really. We don’t turn our lives over and over like a spectacular jewel; examine it from all directions, in different light and circumstance. We don’t go back again, and again, and try to explain it to ourselves. Most of us just don’t think about it that hard. Rich Show does. Music has no answers and songwriters aren’t prophets or shamans. But good songs are stories, reflecting the writer’s vision, translated into melody and rhythm. Guitar, bass, drums. The classic rock n’ roll formula endures as a classic American art form. Rich took these tools of music, the craft of storytelling and turned his memories into jewels. He took his observations of life in a small Midwestern city and honed them until they shined. He got up every day and went to work, and raised kids, and struggled with himself. All the while, for all the years, he examined his life, turned it over, tried to figure it out and then interpret it for us … There has never been a record like this for a South Dakota artist, and there likely never will be again. Rich has the history of the city, the dedication to the craft of storytelling, of setting it to music, colored by the people and culture of where he lives. What we hear in this record is the progress of a life of wonder, and hope, but grounded in the absolute reality of life. Because real life gives us very little, unless you’re willing to turn it over and over and find the hidden gems between the edges.” 

— Excerpted from Patrick Lalley's liner notes to "That Was The Future, This Is The Past"

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Flourish Youth Performances
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public.

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Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg will perform during pizza service from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. If there is rain, they will play in the barn at 8:00 PM.

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Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg join their Scandinavian fiddle forces together in this Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo. The variety of strings includes fiddles, Hardanger fiddle, 5 string fiddle, and even some guitars. The mix of tunes is composed by both their original and traditional Nordic fiddle tunes.

This is what music sounds like between two Scandinavian transplants in the Midwest coming together to share their fiddle tunes.

More about Patrik Ahlberg at: www.patrikahlberg.com

More about Vidar Skrede at: www.vidarskrede.com

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance with Bob Bovee & Co.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Betsy Neil, fiddle; Pop Wagner, caller.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove).

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: MJ & Jake

MJ & Jake will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

MJ Bach was raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. With influences from John Prine to Ben Gibbard, she has always been inspired by storytellers. When she got a Taylor guitar for he 16th birthday, she started writing songs and performing in the youth group band at church.  While attending college at St Ben’s, MJ challenged herself to play original songs on stage at least once a month. After college, she spent a summer as an intern at Dreamacres Farm, pulling weeds, playing music, and making pizzas. Since then, she has lived and worked every corner of Minnesota as a botanist and outdoor educator, writing songs that tell the stories of small towns and the people who live there. When MJ settled in the St Cloud area to teach middle school science, she bumped into Jake at an Open mic night.

Jake Hagedorn (aka Jake Braking) picked up the guitar at 13 years old having already impressed many with his singing voice. Largely self-taught in his teen years, Jake went on to study at Gustavus Adolphus College until moving to the St Cloud area in 2001. In demand as a vocalist & guitarist, he maintains a busy performance schedule in the Americana group Broken Fiddle, modern rock band Dirty Mercury & now performing with MJ. You might know him from Beatles tribute The Revolution 5. Jake also enjoys theatre and plays bass in various orchestra pits. Somehow he finds time to work as a postal carrier on top of all this!

MJ & Jake have an undeniable chemistry that guarantees to charm & entertain! Combining their respective songwriting prowess with a knack for interpreting both modern & classic male-female duets, they will keep you enthralled. Grab your sweetie and make it a date night!

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs

Tom Schramm & the LP's will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Experience Lanesboro’s own “easy listening” band while you enjoy your pizza at the farm. "This fun group, from the hills of Southeastern Minnesota Bluffcountry, plays a mix 70’s easy listening, vintage country, a few originals and songs to sing along with. The lead singer, transplanted from Arizona, has been likened to a cross between Neil Young and John Denver, and with a banjo, upright bass, and strong harmonies, this group is a mishmash of folk, rock, country and bluegrass." — Tom Schramm & the LP's Facebook page

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The Good Person of Szechwan
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan
by Ten Thousand Things Theater and Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative

Directed by Michelle Hensley

7:00–8:30pm

Wykoff Community Hall

FREE! All are welcome!
Light refreshments provided! Come one come all!

Best for ages 14 and up.

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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same time.

Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sun Mee Chomet, Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Elise Langer,
Harry Waters Jr, Karen Wiese-Thompson and Max Wojtanowicz.

www.tenthousandthings.org

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people on November 4, 2008
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MISSION

Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent, professional theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts - who in turn help our artists and traditional audiences re-imagine what theater can be.

VISION

Ten Thousand Things will continue to be a significant force in the American theater, inspiring its audiences and the field with its unique model of high quality, low cost, accessible theater and transformative outreach. We aim to brighten the future of theater through our successes in Minnesota and across the country because we know that theater is richer when everyone is in the audience.

VALUES

Audiences of ALL life experiences and backgrounds
Artistic excellence in all we do
Investment in artists as our greatest asset
Honesty, depth and imagination in our work and our relationships
Diversity at all levels - in our performances, our audiences, our staff and our leadership
Bold universal stories - full of hard questions, complicated and hopeful - that speak to the human experience and help us to discover all that we share in common
A working environment that offers trust, room for creativity and equal participation, and that fosters laughter, play and joy

OUR PERFORMANCE MODEL

At our performances, audiences experience theater in its most vital, elemental form. We don't use a stage; rather, we perform on the floor inside a circle of chairs, with the lights on so everyone can see each other, with minimal sets and live music. The result is a performance that engages the imagination of our audiences. Through this dynamic exchange, artists and audience breathe new life into theater together reminding us that theater is essential to all of our lives. We do not preach easy answers to life's difficulties and seek to transcend the perceptions of class, race, education and life experience that often divide us.


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“TEN THOUSAND THINGS IS ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST: KINDNESS TO OTHERS, PARTICULARLY THE MARGINALIZED, AND INSPIRING ART.” — DONOR
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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Play! out of the Barn: Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta

Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Photos by Jaffa Aharonov

Fun for all ages, enjoy this mix of theater, food, and music on the farm!

A new adaptation of Haydn’s rarely performed 1773 marionette opera, featuring the music of Queen!

Returning from space exploration in a far off galaxy, space cadets Jupiter and Mercury return to earth to find humanity decimated by plague. Surviving citizens are cold, suspicious, and hooked on banality. Our gods-in-disguise prowl about town looking for someplace to unveil their gender-bending extravaganza. No one will give these gods a chance but the down-trodden tavern of Philemon and Baucis.

This production explores fear, displacement, and hospitality to strangers from another world. We celebrate the natural human yearning to heal the planet — while gazing into the great beyond. This space-age, romantic adventure features the beloved melodies of Haydn’s The Creation and the defiant rock n’ roll of Queen! That means German opera and oratorio with the music of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

This one-of-a-kind show is written and directed by Elizabeth Windnagel and Scotty Reynolds with music director Gary Ruschman.

» www.mixedprecipitation.org

Suggested ticket price $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement. The Picnic Operetta is a lively theater experience touring to community gardens and other green spaces. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during each show bringing together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of ecosystems.
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Aug
25
8:30 PM20:30

ONION FEST: Play! in the Barn: VANG by Mary Swander

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ONION FEST: Performance: VANG: A Drama About Recent Immigrant Farmers by Mary Swander
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns.

For any sensitive soul, it is not possible to be a witness to this play and not to be changed by it, not be moved by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants. We applaud their ability to survive the horrific and find solace in their farms and gardens. — Dr. Judith A. Conlin, Executive Director of Iowa International Center

A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos and across the Mekong River to the refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and was left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the meaning of the profane words that were hurled at her at her first job in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.” These are some of the characters brought to life in Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers.

The immigrant farmers in this production came from four continents, speaking over six different languages, with multiple experiences of the world. In their own ways, they adjusted to life in America. Some of these immigrants came to the U.S. as refugees from war-torn parts of the world. Others came fleeing poverty in their homelands. Still others came with money, invited to join agri-business ventures. Many of these immigrants landed in the U.S. and took the only jobs they could find—in meatpacking plants and auto repair shops. But all of these immigrants had grown up on farms and wanted to once again assume the livelihood that they had known in the past, the work that had formed the foundation of their cultural roots.

The public often thinks of farmers as white males of European ancestry living in isolated rural areas. And the public often thinks of immigrants as those who have slipped into the United States to take advantage of assistance programs. Vang blows both of those stereotypes and opens discussion about how farming is done in the United States and how immigrants have become part of the larger agricultural picture.

The entire play runs an hour and has two actors, male and female, who take on the parts of all 8 immigrants. The play calls for a spare stage with simple movement and props. Dennis Chamberlin’s photos of the immigrants are projected on the walls of the theatre and bring both artistic grace and reality to the performance.


Dennis Chamberlin:

Photojournalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dennis Chamberlin’s photos have appeared in such prestigious places as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, TheEconomist, and Newsweek. Chamberlin is an associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from Indiana University. He lived much of his adult life in Poland.

Matt Foss:

Matt Foss studied theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago and in Moscow. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2013. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. He has won five Kennedy Center Awards for productions.

Mary Swander:

Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. She has published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction, in addition to plays, radio and television scripts and magazine articles. She has
appeared in such places as The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, and Poetry Magazine. Swander’s plays Driving the Body Back and Farmscape have toured the U.S. Swander is a Professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. She holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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