This is a guest post by Emily Cutts.
Each year hundreds of actors, directors, and playwrights gather in Minneapolis to perform for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The 11 day long festival, from August 5th-15th showcases plays from across the county and the state.
This year, the Fringe will showcase 169 different productions. The shows range from comedies like An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, from Evil Temptress Productions, to the technology driven show #Ringtone, from Alan Berks and Company.
So what exactly is the Minnesota Fringe Festival?
Since 1993, the Fringe Festival has been serving up original and innovative theater productions for Minneapolitans. Each production is no longer than an hour and tickets are only $12 (plus a $4 button that all festival-goers must purchase). The short performances and reasonably priced tickets allow viewers to see as many productions as possible and experience the Fringe in its fullest.
Sounds like fun. But TC Jewfolk is a Jewish blog. What’s the connection?
The Fringe brings artists from all backgrounds and walks of life. With 169 different productions, there were bound to be a few Jewish connections in there:
- “Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots!” – Benjamin Egerman. An underground bunker. The near future. Step into the shoes of a killer robot about to slaughter the world’s last living actor. Which is me. An evening of low budgets, high camp, major dork appeal, and robots.
- “The Anton Kissbougel Technique” – Dylan Fresco. Yoga? Meditation? Touchy-feely theater class? Try the newest new-age health discipline! It’s a 100% interactive “workshop” and a loving ode to every class that’s asked you to connect with the floor and release.
- “The Princeton Seventh” – James Vculek. A twisty, sad mystery of a comedy. Two men walk into a bar. It’s not the start of a joke, it’s the start of a hundred jokes. And some twists. The #5 show from the 2005 Fringe, starring Ari Hoptman (a huge hit at past Fringe shows and the Mpls Jewish Humor Festival) and Alex Cole.
- “#Ringtone” – Alan Berks. Six characters. In search of a good connection. Multimedia. Site specific. Mixed genre. #unintended consequences of technology revolution. #authenticity #privacy v. TMI #LOL #GR8 #CU there
- “Entwined” – Amy Salloway. A dubiously romantic road trip to the World’s Biggest Twine Ball evolves into a frantic festival of love and loneliness in this brand-new yarn from “hilarious, honest and unsparing” Fringe fave Amy Salloway.
- “Hansel and Gretel the End of a Legend” – Florence Fisch-Hacham (coming to Fringe from Israel). A fairy tale combined with autobiography evolves into a touching drama bringing the viewpoint of a girl telling her family story, touching identity issues, immigration, parents-kid conflict and more.
How Can I Win The 10 Free Tickets?
TC Jewfolk is giving away 10 free tickets to one lucky reader to see any productions of their choosing anytime during the Fringe, August 5th -15th. Enter our raffle for tickets (names will be drawn randomly from The Hat) by answering this question in the comments below by midnight on Monday, August 2nd. Who is your favorite Jewish playwright and why?
(image courtesy of the Minnesota Fringe Festival)