Thursday, November 4, 2021

8 am

Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee

8:00 am
Runs 45 minutes


Call 651-282-3155
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Presented by The Ordway Center for Performing Arts
  • Musical
  • Kids

How do you keep alive an endangered language? By singing it loud and proud with Turtle and Wabbit! Through catchy songs and fun storytelling, award-winning Z Puppets' performers, Cherokee tribal member Chris Griffith, with Shari Aronson, lead an adventure into the Cherokee language.
 Sing along and you, too, will learn how to count to three, make the basic sounds, say hello and thank you in Cherokee!

Join Turtle & Wabbit for the virtual version of Say it! Sing it! Play it! in Cherokee — streaming for the month of November!

Schools, organizations, and individuals can join Z Puppets for a virtual musical adventure, presented by the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.


In 2019, the Cherokee Nation declared a state of emergency for their language. This performance is part of Ordway’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

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7 pm

White Privilege

Multiple venues

Presented by Chain Reaction Theatre Project
  • Drama

WHITE PRIVILEGE by Malaina Moore tells illuminating, raw, true stories about the consequences of white privilege on the Black experience in America. Performed in a series of vignettes by both Black and white actors, WHITE PRIVILEGE explores a wide range of issues surrounding race, including micro-aggressions, cultural appropriation, the education system and police brutality.

Directed by Justin Cervantes. Performed by Callie Baack, Emily Rose Duea, Madeline Karita Fleming, Naomi Cranston Haag, Kaz Fawkes, Jared Mogen, Tia Tanzer, Nandi Tippett, and Maretta Zilic.

Playwright Malaina Moore, a young Black woman, wrote WHITE PRIVILEGE when she was a student at Marquette University studying Theatre and Social Justice. The play has been produced four times to sold-out audiences in both Milwaukee and Madison, including one performance for a group of law enforcement officers. Moore’s play reflects her personal experiences and was inspired by a Facebook post that sparked discussion about what the term “white privilege” means to different people. 

Chain Reaction Theatre Project Founder and Artistic Director Shelley Smith says, “This play builds upon many of the issues from previous Chain Reaction Theatre Project productions that disproportionately affect People of Color. As Minnesota continues to struggle with racial disparities that are among the largest in the country, the state is growing more diverse as the white population declines. This play is especially timely following the killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, as more people are beginning to wake up and pay attention to the numerous BIPOC people who are senselessly brutalized and marginalized. True to our mission, the performances will raise awareness of the issues and show audiences how they can be part of the solution.”

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Riffin': A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Amsterdam Bar & Hall
6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, MN 55102

$18.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
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Presented by Rhythmically Speaking and Amsterdam Bar & Hall
  • Dance
  • Improv

Rhythmically Speaking is thrilled to return to indoor live performance this November with Riffin’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction. We are glad to be back home at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, the same space that has hosted all three of our CHILL Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack productions. This time around, we’ll be celebrating our shared human status as social animals: creatures that thrive off interacting with not only one another, but also complex rhythms and grooves! RS will use their signature groove, interaction and improvisation-based approach to jazz dance to enlivening this concept, along with a combo of live jazz musicians led by guitarist and composer Mike Lauer. Come share in live music and movement and the moment (and a pint and a meal while you are at it) with us and each other in a beloved physical, social space (remember those?)!

WHAT: Riffin’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/3 & Thursday, 11/4 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul, MN
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A ‘riff’ is an ‘energetic, often improvised (verbal) outpouring,’ ‘a succinct or witty comment,’ or a distinct variation or “take” on something’ (Merriam Webster). Playing off this and a counterpoint to the idea of ‘ripping off’ or stealing, ‘riffing off’ is a jazz term meaning ‘to borrow and elaborate on.’ This is how we humans navigate our lives – improvising our way from one interaction with one another to the next as we weave our way through our life experiences. Consequently, ‘riffing off one another’ is also a major component of how RS approaches jazz dance – creating improvised interactions off each other, complex jazz music, word prompts, the environments in which we are dancing, etc.

At Riffin’, audiences will be able to experience a taste of each of these ways of riffing, along with others! This concept will also be riffed off in the creation of a special tap beer created by music director Mike Lauer in collaboration with Hutchinson’s Bobbing Bobber Brewery and hosted by Amsterdam. Company dancers performing in this production include Doug Hooker, Amy Jones, Sara Karimi, RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard, Kathleen Pender, John Surber and Crissy Tolson. This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Come Back

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35
Call 8006577025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Comedy

Sky is stunned to learn he is the sole beneficiary of his best friend Erin's estate.  But there's a catch--and it's a whopper: Sky must conquer his paralyzing anxiety and criss-cross the country in search of the perfect way to dispose of his friend's remains.  Oh, and Sky must take Erin's chatty parrot Bruce on the trip.  And contend with Erin's overbearing father who demands a traditional funeral!  At once hilarious and heart-breaking, this offbeat comedy celebrates a friendship that knows no bounds.

Content Advisory: Come Back contains adult language and the topic of suicide.

*Virtual performances are available on Saturday nights.
*Visit our website for more information.

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The Rocky Horror Show

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

The Pheonix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States

  • Comedy
  • Musical

(Description written by Justin Mathew Dile Nelson, Producer.)

Ah… So you’re curious about the Rocky Horror Show? I would like, if I may, to entice you with a journey that will thrill you, chill you and fulfill you!  On a night out, Brad Majors and his new fiancee, Janet Weiss travel to share their happy news with an old friend, Dr. Evelyn Scott. When a wrong turn in the woods gets them lost and a flat tire leaves them stranded, they come across the home of Dr. Frank N’ Furter, a mad scientist who will take their night out… Well, it’s a night out they won’t forget for a very… Long… Time…

This show is recommended for audiences aged 16 and older
This show contains adult themes and language, including scenes of fantasy violence, and overt sexuality.
This show will run approximately 1hr and 45min


Artistic Team:
Director: Brandon R. Caviness
Music Director: Jay’d Hagberg
Choreographer: Jenny Morris Eisenbraun
Stage Manager: Melanie Wilson
Producer: Justin Nelson
Producer: Adam Boutz

Frank Matejcek: Frank-N-Furter
Amy Leerae: Riff Raff
Carter Roeske: Rocky
Michael Burton: Brad
Jackie O’Neil: Janet
Marley Ritchie: Colombia
Amani Yassin: Magenta
Rob Ward: Eddie
Hannah Mahr: Criminologist
Anna Lakin: Dr. Scott
Andrew Rosdail: Phantom
Emma Steincross: Phantom
Kierney Gray: Phantom
Lance Urbick: Phantom
Mish Shefold: Phantom
Rylan Hefner: Phantom
Ryley Kinsley: Phantom
Samantha Miller: Phantom
Scarlett Gray: Phantom

Pit Orchestra:
Keyboard/Synthesizer: Jay’d Roman Thomas Hagberg
Saxophone: Tristian Fernstrom
Guitar: Jeff Miller
Bass: Daniel Anderson
Percussion: Jamal McNutt


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The Comedy of Errors

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Plymouth Congregational Church - Guild Hall
1900 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Drama

Directed by Marcela Lorca
Music Direction by Peter Vitale

Featuring Katie Bradley, Cristina Florencia Castro, Nubia Monks, Will Sturdivant, Danielle Troiano and Sally Wingert

This comedy explores the richness of finding love in unexpected places and the challenges of immigrating to new lands. Filled with zany confusion, the play asks questions relevant for today: How do any of us really know who we are—or what day it is, for that matter? An in-person production with a recording of the show made available mid-way through the run.

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