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Current Happenings

Cheap Theatre Presents: "Frame" A Storytelling Show


On Saturday, September 19, 2015 Cheap Theatre presents a story telling show on the theme of "Frame". The complete performer list has not been finalized yet but Richard Rousseau will be preforming. More information to follow.


Coffee Bene 2015 Storytelling Series


Tales From Another Stage's annual storytelling series moves across the river to Saint Paul after a successful three year run at the Anodyne Café in Minneapolis. This series will continue to feature storytelling by some of the area's’ best tellers in an informal atmosphere. Rousseau will compliment his offering with invited guest tellers. Previous guest tellers have included: Jim Stowell, Loren Nemi, Rachel Nelson, Amy Salloway, and Dorothy Cleveland, with promises of old favorites and new surprises.


The series will be offered on the first Friday of the month October 2015 through December 2015. The dates are: Fri Oct 2, Fri Nov 6, Fri Dec 4 Coffee Bene is located next to Davanni’s Restaurant across from Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul. A parking lot is available for early customers. The event will start at 7:00 and conclude at 8:30. There is no admission charge for the series although a tip jar is available for those who wish to express their gratitude.

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour


The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of Saint Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum. 


This will be taking place on Sunday, October 11, 2015, Sunday, November 15, 2015, and Sunday, Decmeber 13, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 


Follow the links below for more information.


Mill City Event Calendar 10/11/2015

Mill City Event Calendar 11/15/2015

Mill City Event Calendar 12/13/2015


Cheap Theatre Presents: "Terminal" A Storytelling Show


On Saturday, October 17th, 2015 Cheap Theatre presents a storytelling show on the theme of "Terminal". The complete performer list has not been finalized yet but Richard Rousseau will be preforming. Once again more information to follow.


Cheap Theatre Presented: "Fix" A Storytelling Show


On Saturday, June 20, 2015 Cheap Theatre presented "Fix" a storytelling show. The performers included Heidi Arneson, Mike Finley, Danny Klecko, Loren Niemi, Mary Jo Pehl, and Richard Rousseau. As always it was hosted by Erica Christ.


If you missed this one don't worry because there is a Cheap Theatre show on the third Saturday of every month! So plan accordingly and go to their website for more information.

Northern Spark at Mill City Museum


As a partner in the Minneapolis Northern Spark all night festival, Mill City was open to the public and supplying entertainment, including master storyteller Richard Rousseau Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9:00pm to 12:00am. If you would like more information about this event follow the Nothern Spark website below.


Northern Spark Website

Northlands Storytelling Network Confabulation


During the weekend of April 24 - 26 Richard performed at the 2015 annual Northlands Storytelling conference in Lake Geneva, WI during both the Friday Evening concert and at a Saturday night Fringe.


Confabulation Information 

Storyfest 2015 - Evening Concert


Story Arts of MN in coordination with Cheap Theatre produced StoryFest 2015’s evening concert, April 18, 2015 at the Black Forest Inn on the theme of "Last Word". The performers were Tom Cassidy, Dorothy Cleveland, Christy Marie Kent, Richard Rousseau and Ward Rubrecht. Curated and hosted by Erica Christ.



Cheap Theatre Presented: Next Exit, A Storytelling Show


Join Cheap Theatre on Saturday, March 21, 2015 explored the topic of "Next Exit" with tales of roadside attractions, car trouble and unknown destinations. Featuring Performers Mike Finley, Danny Klecko, Mary Jo Pehl and Richard Rousseau. Films by Wayne Nelson. Hosted by Erica Christ.



Cheap Theatre Presented: Close Shave, A Storytelling Show


Cheap Theatre on Saturday, February 21, 2015 hosted six storytellers as they presented their harrowing or hairy tales of a "close shave". Performers were Heidi Arneson, Tom Cassidy, Thomas SE Christ, Richard Rousseau, Leif Wallin and Jessica Zuehlke. The show was hosted by Erica Christ.



An "Eventually" Christmas


Richard once again performed in An "Eventually" Christmas at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Thursday, December 18 - Saturday, December 20, 2014.


This unique play, performed in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride, features Richard Rousseau as "The Ghost of Mill City Past" the host of an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party.


This is a story that has become a local Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy, so if you missed it this year make sure to save some time during Christmas 2015!

Tellabration!™ 2014


An informal gathering of newcomers, storytellers, family, and friends congregated at the Black Forest Inn banquet space in Minneapolis on Saturday, November 22rd to celebrate Tellabration!™ 2014. This year was an open tell from 1-4pm with the successful addition of the first hour and a half dedicated to stories for children!


The tellers were: Sara Logan, Josette Antomarchi, Margaret Meyers, Beverly Cottman, Vicki Joan Keck, Andre Heuer, Richard Rousseau, Loren Niemi, Paula Nancarrow, and Sharon Brooks.


The event was sponsored by Cheap Theatre and The National Storytelling Network. The space was donated by the Black Forest Inn.


Thanks to all who shared their stories and we hope to see you all again next year!


See photos and more infromation about the event at the Tellabration!™ Facebook Event

Cheap Theatre Presented: Reflex, A Storytelling Show


Cheap Theatre hosted their monthly one night only storytelling show for November on the topic of Reflex, November 15, 2014.


The seven performers doing original work on the theme included Tom Cassidy, Dorothy Cleveland, Alex Cleberg, Andre Heuer, Richard Rousseau and Ward Rubrecht. The show was hosted by Erica Christ.

Into the Forest: Experience Russian Folklore through the Art of Storytelling


Enter the ancient forests of Russian lore to meet Baba Yaga, Vasilisa the Beautiful, Tsarevich Ivan, Maryushka and others. You never know who you will meet as Dorothy Cleveland, Rachel Nelson, Richard Rousseau and Ward Rubrecht guide you through the twist and turns of the folk tales of Russia. Your host Andre Heuer invites you as in “Old Russia” to put the children to bed and come gather at The Russian Museum of Art Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7pm to hear the tales.


Fringe Festival 2014: Louder than Words: Tales of Extreme Action


Richard performed at two separate shows this year during the Minnesota Fringe Festival!

They were, The History of Minnesota - Unscripted, as a guest performer and storyteller on Sunday, August 2 at 2:30pm ONLY and a storytelling ensemble performance produced by StoryArts of Minnesota called, Louder than Words: Tales of Extreme Action, 5 shows from August 1 - August 9, 2014.

Storytelling at the Irish Fair of Minnesota 


Richard preformed at the Irish Fair of Minnesota in St. Paul, on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12pm in the Storytelling Tent where he shared four tales!

Cheap Theatre Presented: Punch, A Storytelling Show


Saturday, June 21, 2014 was a one night only storytelling show on the theme Punch.


Heavyweight performers included Heidi Arneson, Tom Cassidy, Christy Marie Kent, Larry Ripp, Richard Rousseau, and Amy Salloway.


With the show hosted by Erica Christ.

Storytelling at Summit Place


On June 12, 2014 Richard joined the Summit Place Senior Community for an enjoyable evening of story. He performed three stories and explained his path to becoming a storyteller.


If you are at interested in having Richard perform at your work, family, school, or club event please contact Tales From Another Stage at our Contact Us page and we will try our best to add you to the schedule!

Cheap Theatre Presented: Alter, A Storytelling Show


Saturday, April 19, 2014 was a one night only storytelling show on the theme, Altar.


There were performances both sacred and profane, and a sacrifice or two. Ordained performers were Leigh Herrick, Andre Heuer, Christy Moulton Perry, Richard Rousseau, Ward Rubrecht, and Gabriela Santiago.


The show was hosted by the ceremonial Erica Christ.

StoryFest 2014


April 12, 2014 Storyfest took place and was a all-day mega sampler of the Twin Cities' hottest storytelling events!


Featuring: Story Club Minneapolis, P.J. Stories for children, OUTspoken Queer Open Mic, Black Storytellers Alliance, Balls Cabaret, Folktales Rising, The Enclyopedia Show, Cheap Theatre, and Local Kids! Plus there will be workshops for all ages and levels from seasoned professionals!


Richard Rousseau preformed during the Cheap Theatre portion of the fest with Tom Cassidy and Erica Christ from 3:30-4:30 at the City of Lakes Waldorf School.

2013-2014 Winter Storytelling Series


Storyteller Richard Rousseau returned to the Anodyne Coffeehouse in Minneapolis for the third season of his winter storytelling series.


Originally intended as a one-time offering to celebrate Rousseau's storytelling anniversary (20 years), it was so popular that audiences demanded more.


The series was offered on the first Thursday of the month beginning November 2013 through April 2014. The dates were: November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, and April 3. Tales begin at 7:30pm.


Rousseau complimented his offering with invited guest tellers. He was joined by Jim Stowell in November, Rachel Nelson in December, Loren Niemi in January, Dorothy Cleveland in February, Amy Salloway in March, and Howard Lieberman in April.


We hope you will join us next winter for this wonderful once a year tradition!

Cheap Theatre Presented: Noise, A Storytelling Show


Saturday, February 15, 2014 Cheap Theatre presented a one night only storytelling show on the theme "Noise".


They had some deafening talent in this show! The din was be created by Josette Antomarchi, Heidi Arneson, Tom Cassidy, Richard Rousseau, and Taylor Tower.


The show was hosted by Erica Christ.


Cheap Theatre Presented: Close, A Storytelling Show


On December 21, 2013 There were close calls, closely guarded secrets, and closed chapters. Some closes counted and some closes did not count. Story, poetry, fiction and fractiousness from this group of performers: Tom Cassidy, Dorothy Cleveland, Larry Ripp, Richard Rousseau, Amy Salloway, Cole "Inky" Sarar, and Jim Stowell.


Show was hosted by Erica Christ.

Tales From Another Stage, selected as one of the "Secrets of the City"


Richard and his Winter Storytelling Series were featured on the MPLS St. Paul Magazine’s daily blog, “Secrets of the City.”


Click below to read what they had to say:

December 5th, 2013

Tellabration!™ 2013


An informal gathering of newcomers, storytellers, family, and friends congregated at the Black Forest Inn banquet space in Minneapolis on Saturday, November 23rd to celebrate Tellabration!™ 2013 with an open tell from 12pm-4pm.


The tellers were: Howard Lieberman, Leif Wallin, Vicki Joan Keck, Virginia Haggart, Richard Rousseau and many others.


The event was sponsored by Cheap Theatre and The National Storytelling Network. The space was donated by the Black Forest Inn.


Thanks to all who shared their stories!


See photos and more infromation about the event at the Tellabration!™ Facebook Event

Cheap Theatre Presented: Power, A Storytelling Show


For one night only, Saturday, October 19, 2013 a storytelling show was presented on the theme "POWER" where seven performers illustrated the power of story.


Performers included: Josette Antomarchi, Viriginia Haggart, Andre Heuer, Christy Moulton Perry, Richard Rousseau, Amy Salloway, and Erica Christ

Storied Treasures Exhibit Opening


Richard joined the Scott County Historical Society's Stans Museum's Storied Treasures exhibit opening by telling some stories of his own!


The exhibit opened on Thursday, September 26, 2013, and ran through August 2014.

Cheap Theatre Presented: Color, A Storytelling Show


A storytelling show on the theme "color", performed by eight tellers, poets, and musicians so every color was represented on September 21, 2013.


The performers included: Tom Cassidy, Dorothy Cleveland, Charlie Fowler, Ted King, Paula Reed Nancarrow, Richard Rousseau, and Ward Rubrecht.


Hosted by Erica Christ.

Richard Entertains At The Falls


Richard performed a intimate 45min show at Minnehaha Falls, Wabun Picnic Area for a national group of digital marketers interested in the art of creating and executing an engaging story. It was a very well received show in which he told both an historical piece and one of his favorite stories "Dead not Gone."

Fringe Festival Show: The Gravity of Ghosts


A unique combination of storytelling and spoken word exploring the topic of ghosts, both literal and metaphorical, by nationally known and award-winning Minnesota performers Paula Reed Nancarrow, Richard Rousseau, Ward Rubrecht, and Cole Sarar.


On her grandmother’s sewing machine, Nancarrow stitches together the ghost that weighs her down – and lifts her up – in her own nature and nurture. Rousseau is drawn to the sunken weight of the Titanic, and the heart, mind and soul of its captain, E. J. Smith. His portrayal is a nuanced evocation of horror, humor and humanity. Rubrecht sees death living on Lake Street, riding side by side down the dotted line between the lanes. Move the handlebars three inches the wrong way, and he’ll be a ghost too. And Sarar tells a dark pioneer tale about two women who have justified their own passionate feelings and irrevocable actions with narratives that may or may not be true.


Psychological thriller or supernatural fantasy?


Five shows were preformed August 1 - August 11, 2013

Erskine, MN Water Carnival


Richard, Jan Smith, Pat Coffie, Gwyn Calvetti, Dan Bagley, and Eric Bergeson were a part of a wonderful day filled with story on Saturday June 1, 2013 in Erskine, MN during their annual Water Carnival! 


Each teller was given about an hour to tell their favorites, Richard told some of the stories that vaulted him into the national spotlight.

Cheap Theatre Presented: Forgotten, A Storytelling Show


A storytelling show delving into the theme of Forgotten on May 18, 2013. It was only one night so hopefully you didn't forget and miss hearing memorable tales of the things we've forgotten.


Performers included: Patrick DuPaul, Paula Reed Nancarrow, Loren Niemi, Richard Rousseau, Ward Rubrecht, and Cole Sarar.


The show was hosted by Erica Christ.

Cheap Theatre Presented: Sketch, A Storytelling Show


Richard preformed with; Josette Antomarchi, Tom Christ, Leigh Herrick, Kay Kirscht, Noel Labine, and Erica Christ for a storytelling show on the theme, sketch. There was nothing half-baked or undrawn here, only fully formed great stories, poems and rants on April 20, 2013.


Richard had a very active night telling one of the shortest tales he has ever told and haggled over ticket prices with show goers as he promised. It truly ended up being a show to remember for its affordability and fresh execution!

StoryFest Presented by Story Arts of MN, April 13, 2013 - 10am to 10pm


Whether you love the personal narratives of the Moth or dig on folktales from around the world, this storytelling extravaganza is for you. We bring together some of the Twin Cities’ best entertainers to keep you on the edge of your seat all day long. There’ll even be an open mic, a beginner’s workshop, and a high-stakes story slam if you want to try your hand behind the mic. You want stories? We’ve got your stories right here, told by the best Minnesota has to offer!


Richard Rousseau performed during the Dead Men Tell No Tales: Ghost Stories portion of the Fest with Hope Koon, Carol McCormick, and Loren Niemi, from 3:30-4:30 at the City of Lakes Waldorf School.

Completed the 2013 Winter Storytelling Series


Last year’s series was so successful that Rousseau was asked to return and offer additional yarns.


Acclaimed Storyteller Richard Rousseau continued his first-Thursday-of-every-month 2012 winter storytelling series at the Anodyne Coffeehouse in Minneapolis, beginning on Thursday January 3, 2013.


This year was little different, instead of a solo series Rousseau invited special guests to join him! Great tellers and friends: Jim Stowell, Loren Niemi, Dorothy Cleveland, and Hope Koon.


Though like the winter this series has come to an end we can hopefully we can look forward to it again in 2014!

How to Learn More

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Email richard@tales-from-another-stage.com


National Storytelling Network Teller Page: www.storynet.org/teller/directory.php?ID=770


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