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Michael Merriam (mmerriam) got into MN Fringe Festival off the wait list. We found out Monday! His first performance is Saturday!

Since we didn't have the months of marketing time that most productions had, and he is not listed in the printed program, we are working very hard to get the word out. Please share this with folks.

Darkly Through the Light Waters: Twin Cities Tales
A Fringe Festival storytelling performance by Michael Merriam

There are fantastic stories in the spaces between realities. Storyteller Michael Merriam will reveal a mythic world hidden under the one we perceive, and you will see your Twin Cities in a wondrous new light.
~Follow a blind, middle aged magician as she tries to protect a new friend and potential lover from her half-fae brother.
~Hear the happy tale of a snarky Goth-girl, a snarly Unseelie, a dead body, and the Mississippi River.
~Encounter a soul-devouring monster running afoul of the eccentric patrons of an all-night diner.

Five One-Hour Performances to Choose From:
Saturday, 8/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/14 @ 2:30 p.m.

Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Av, Mpls

Single adult tickets are $12
+ $4 festival admission button.

More info and to buy tickets at the Fringe show page:

Facebook event to RSVP and invite others:

Let's put on a show!

Applications for the 2010 MN Fringe Festival and for the Midwest Fringe circuit tour are now available online at the MN Fringe website.

The circuit tour application is due Dec 31, 2009 and the MN Fringe application is due Jan 29, 2010. Further information is available on the site.

The 2010 MN Fringe Festival takes place Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 15.
Has anyone volunteered at Theatre in the Round before? I am hoping to volunteer with them soon and wondering what it's like. I've never worked at a theatre that's in the round and wondering if they will still be doing a lot in terms of set construction and other tech stuff.

Also, since I'm on the topic of volunteering, does anyone know of theatres that are really good to volunteer with? I'm hoping to work with a theatre that has a really good environment with the people involved and to be able to learn a lot more in any area of tech.
The Thugs by Adam Bock at Red Eye Theater.
Dates are October 9-10 & 12 • 15-17 • 22-25, 2009 and tomorrow you can pay what you would like. But you need to have a reservation, call (612)870-0309 and it's a short performance at 60 minutes.

"Fear, tension and panic abound on the 9th floor of a major downtown law firm as a group of temps discovers mysterious events occurring in the building. Are people disappearing, dying, or just not showing up to work? Playwright Adam Bock perfectly captures the dynamics of a dysfunctional workplace riddled with gossip, innuendo and quirky characters. Your office politics are nothing compared to working here . . ."

The Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th St
Minneapolis MN 55403

Sample Night Live is happening this Wednesday the 7th at 7:00 p.m. at History Theatre in St. Paul.
There are eleven different types of performances. The first part is G-Rated and the second part starting at 8:15 is unrated.

For more information including who is performing go to http://www.samplenightlive.com/shows/20.html
The opening night of Marisol, this Saturday the 3rd. There is an opening night celebration with music, food, and theater.

There will be food, wine, art from local artists to buy if you'd like, their second annual silent auction which will have artist Bryan Fisher making some art there that you can bid onand music provided by Lingua Luna.

And after the show the band the Southtown Avengers will be playing.

Tickets for the night are on a sliding scale, $14-41.
It starts at 6:30 at the Gremlin Theater.

More information can be found at http:www.theatreprorata.org



Million Dollar Museum at Bedlam Theatre!

Seven more performances remain of Bedlam Theatre's Million Dollar Museum, a new play by Josef Evans, author of Bedlam’s 2006 Fringe hit “Love in the Time of Rinderpest”.

"The Million Dollar Museum" is a darkly hilarious comedy that draws inspiration and form out of museum-style dioramas, folk art, kitschy tourist attractions, and "haunted house" narratives to explore themes of human extinction, American identity, and existential dread. A team of 12 local visual artists, led by Alina Brennaman, created the museum's dioramas. Sound Design by Beatrix Jar.

Vespuccia Abbondanza, a belligerent elderly recluse, has been building a secret tourist attraction in an unnamed desert that explains the history of the universe through her highly refracted and myopic vision. When the museum's first visitor - a thirsty cowboy - shows up unexpectedly, she begins the tour she has been waiting her whole life to give. Assisted by her two adult children, one reluctant employee and his sidekick, a lonely tuba with a penchant for bad jokes, she leads the way through a collection of bizarrely humorous oddities. As they begin to explore its mysterious depths, powerful forces are unleashed within the museum that send them all on a quest to avoid imminent catastrophe.

CAST: Jon Cole, Johann Hauser-Ulrich, Katie Kaufmann, Tom Lloyd, George McConnell, Kimberly Richardson, Carly Wicks, Heather Wilson

Performances are Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30pm through Oct 3 at Bedlam. Come early for dinner!

Visit the Bedlam's websitefor more information and to reserve or buy tickets.
Auditions for the Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd at Theatre Pro Rata.

The Play:
Akin to Hamlet on hallucinogens, Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy pre-dates the Bard's popular work by a decade. Widely known as the very first revenge tragedy, Kyd's story of a wronged father's quest for justice for his murdered son is complete with ghosts, vengeance, violence, an innocent woman driven to madness, and a play-within-a-play used to trap a murderer.

Performance Dates:
March 13 - 28, 2010 at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

January 25 - March 12, 2009. Nights and weekends, 6 days a week.

Non AEA. 18+.
15-20 actors, all ethnicities and genders considered. Specific cast breakdown determined from the audition pool.
$200 stipend paid.

Auditions Dates:
Preliminary auditions – Sunday, October 11, 2009, 4:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Callbacks – Monday, October 12, 2009, 6:00 - 10:00 P.M.
2nd Callbacks - Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 6:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Audition Location:
The Gremlin Theater
2400 University Ave
St. Paul, MN 55114

Please prepare one brief classical monologue and bring a headshot/resume.

Contact them at http://www.theatreprorata.org to schedule an audition slot.

Questions can be directed to info@theatreprorata.org.
Does anyone know of any workshops here to help people learn more in the area of technical theatre? I'm interested in any aspect of it and see a lot of workshops on things like acting and theatre is so huge here that I was wondering if there were any for the tech side.

I'm planning on also volunteering when I can to learn more but was just curious about any possible workshops.


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