Monday, April 3, 2017

7 pm

Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

$5-10 sliding fee scale
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Presented by Word Sprout
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Reading Series

Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? This series features readings of Victorian speculative fiction for the stage, including lost, unpublished texts that have not been produced in over a century. With a happy hour from 5-7pm, and all-star ensemble readings taking place from 7pm onwards!

Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein
by Richard Brinsley Peake

Behold, the very first ensemble science-fiction drama ever written! Adapting the earliest sci-fi story (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) published only five years before. One of the stranger quirks of the production is that, at the time, only a handful of theatres were granted royal dispensation to produce "legitimate" drama, which means that all other projects had to be "illegitimate", featuring elements of pantomime, spectacle, or music. Hence, Shelley's brooding scientific nightmare here takes the form of -- a musical comedy?

Praise for "The Not-So-Silent Planet"

"It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that ultra-hip MPLS + STPL has [a]...night dedicated to...sci-fi, fantasy, tales of the supernatural and such. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that the quality of the material is higher than an H.G. Wells zeppelin."
- Hitara, Secrets of the City

"...that was some delightfully trippy shit...mind-bendingly strange and fun...they burrow into your mind and keep you thinking about them long after they're done."
Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

"...definitely in the grand tradition of short-story writing in the genre...if you like story-telling events, don't miss this one. Seriously. Just...don't."
"I love audio books. I love science fiction and fantasy stories. I love really good storytellers. I loved this show."
"...helps you to see that there are many possibilities in this vast universe of ours."
- five-star audience reviews (from the Minnesota Fringe Festival)

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7:00 pm

  • Opening night

Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Call 612-332-7481
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Presented by Playwrights' Center
  • Drama

Join the Playwrights' Center for a free staged reading, part of the 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series.

Minneapolis/St. Paul by Lee Blessing
April 3 & 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the story of a bigamist. In Minneapolis he’s a man married to a woman. In St. Paul he’s a woman married to a man. In one city he has a daughter, in the other a stepson. In both cities he is deeply in love.

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The Theater of Public Policy

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$15/$12 in advance or with a Fringe button
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Danger Boat Productions
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Described as “What could become Minnesota's answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert,” The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2 for short) uses improv comedy to reframe hard, thinky stuff.


Using real on-stage conversations with newsmakers and big thinkers, T2P2 makes issues come alive through improv comedy theater. Each night:

  • The show’s host interviews a leading thinker on a big issue
  • Then a team of the Twin Cities’ most talented improvisers use the conversation as inspiration for longform improv comedy
  • In the second-half of the show, the guest answers questions from the audience
  • The show wraps up with more no-holds-barred unscripted comedy


No two performances are the same but the results are always surprise and delight. See a short video about how The Theater of Public Policy works at:


SEASON TICKETS: Make your Mondays smart: get a season pass to secure your seat for the entire run while saving money! Season passes are $70 for all 8 shows. Tickets must be picked up at least 5 minutes before show time or will be released to public. Purchase over the phone only. 

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The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Ave. E. St. Paul, MN. 55130

Call 612-234-7168
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Presented by Mission & Wayward Theatre Companies
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Wayward and Mission Theatre Companies are thrilled to team up to bring The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley to the Minnesota Transportation Museum! This sometimes spooky and often hilarious tale follows a group of unlikely companions who find themselves unexpectedly stranded in a desolate train station just outside of Rockland, Maine. Local legend tells of an ominous and deadly force that haunts those there parts. Will our band of unlikely heroes live to tell the tale of the haunted locomotive? We are delighted to partner with the historic Minnesota Transportation Museum providing the backdrop for this creepy comedy.  

Friday April 7 & 14: Step back in time with on a historic vintage bus ride, learn a little bit about the seedy side of St. Paul, and enjoy some spectacular local craft beer at Great Waters Brewery. Then head back to the museum and enjoy the performance. ($45 – includes tour, two beers at the brewery and admission to the performance)

Saturday April 1, 8 & 15: Calling all Molls and Dolls! Slip into your best flapper attire (optional of course) and enjoy a First Class dinner on the vintage train car inside the historic museum. Savor an exquisitely prepared three course meal with wine pairings, wander the museum and laugh the night away. ($65 – includes dinner, wine and admission to the performance)

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Side Show

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Musical

Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
​Music by Henry Krieger
Additional Book Material by Bill Condon
Directed by Avian Jangula
March 31 – April 23, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! See Siamese twins go from penniless freak show performers to vaudeville stars! Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show offers a complex look at love, race, and societal expectations in 1930s America through the eyes of its most marginalized outcasts. One plus one equals three in this heartfelt musical about what it means to always have someone by your side.

Tickets are $22; $19 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8 or more; or $16 for groups of 20 or more, and are available in person at the Ames Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional fees may apply).

For group sales, call the Ames Center box office at 952-895-4680.

All prices include a $2 facility fee as required by the Ames Center.

Side Show is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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