Monday, April 10, 2017

5 pm

SAG-AFTRA Happy Hour Mixer

5:00 pm

Presented by SAG-AFTRA Twin Cities
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Join us at our NEW LOCATION!  Every second Monday of the month we're gathering at Bar Louie in Uptown for a happy hour mixer.  As always, Everyone is welcome!  SAG-AFTRA, Equity, pre-union, non-union, "member curious," stage managers, directors, producers, designers, our wonderful tech folks, your beautiful children! Stop by, grab a glass of something and find out about what's going on in town. Or just kick back and hang with your fellow peeps in the biz.

When: Every 2nd Monday of the Month -  5:00 to 7:00

Where: Bar Louie in Uptown 1348 Lagoon Ave. S. Minneapolis, 55408 (behind Lagoon Theater)

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7 pm

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: http://t2p2.net/videos/

 

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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Vietgone

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St Minneapolis, MN 55454

$0-$25
Call 612-338-6131
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Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Mixed Blood presents the Regional Premiere of Qui Nguyen’s sexy and hilarious VIETGONE!

A brilliant mash-up of comic book aesthetics, martial arts, and hip-hop.

Mixed Blood Theatre is proud to announce the final show in its 2016/2017 Season, VIETGONE. In VIETGONE, award winning pioneer of “geek theater” Qui Nguyen brilliantly chronicles the love story of his parents meeting in an Arkansas refugee center after fleeing Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975. The playwright’s journey to understand his parents’ immigrant love story in the wake of war and loss is marked by wit, unrepeatable curses, and a comic book sensibility that ultimately packs an unexpected emotional punch. It’s is a buddy story, a proto-feminist tale, an all-American romance, and a motorcycle road trip adventure that 40 years later revisits how we think about the Vietnam War and its heroes and victims.

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1000 Cranes

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

$10-12
Call 715-246-3285
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Presented by Green T Productions
  • Drama
  • Kids

Based on the award-winning book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” “A Thousand Cranes” is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  Diagnosed with radiation sickness, twelve year old Sadako prays for world peace as she folds one-thousand paper cranes.
 
The play is a moving call for peace and a testament to the power of one person to create change and the values that are cherished by all cultures.  

 

Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: "This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world."

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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

$12-65
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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My Life Through History: An Autistic Man's Journey

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$18, $16 with Fringe Button, Student/Senior discount
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre Company
  • Comedy

Freshwater Theatre Company makes its debut in the new Crane Theater with a brand new play by local theatre artist Dylan Ward: My Life Through History (An Autistic Man’s Journey)
 

My Life Through History features Thomas (Dylan Ward), an artist with high-functioning Autism, taking you on an adventure inside his mind. In Thomas’ earliest memories, he doesn’t just like dinosaurs, he is a Triceratops, encountering a playground T-Rex. As he ages, he ages with the world, starting with his first job as a Roman Gladiator, romping through the middle ages as a troubadour, and ending up in modern day America in a final battle against the childhood villain who has haunted him through time.

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To Begin With

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Improv
  • Storytelling

“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?

The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve year old boy, one Algernon Charles Swinburne, perched naked atop a graveyard wall. The target of his tirade: Charles Dickens, author, journalist, would-be thespian, and summer neighbor of Swinburne’s parents on the Isle of Wight. This unpleasant encounter between two giants of world literature—one in middle age, the other yet to write the verses that would make his name—spur Dickens to write a tale that takes up Swinburne’s challenge.

To Begin With is the fascinating story of his struggle to create a personal adaptation of the Biblical Gospels to be performed for his children on Christmas Eve 1849. Amid distractions from his family, Swinburne and his own insecurities, he wrestles with how to present the story of Jesus Christ to a brood that ranges from 2 to 10 years of age.

Though he never intended this work to published, the Dickens family agreed to publish it as The Life of Our Lord in 1934 (sixty four years after his death). It is on this book that the one-man play is imagined. It’s a witty, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable look into the mind of a great writer.

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11 pm

200th Podcast Geeks without God

11:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$8/$6 in advance or with a Fringe button or CONvergence badge
Call 6128258949
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  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

Geeks Without God is a podcast featuring atheist geek comedians Molly Glover, Nick Glover and Tim Wick.  They are celebrating their 200th weekly podcast by recording in front of a live audience!  Guests scheduled to appear are radio host Barb Abney and musician Jeremy Messersmith.  There will also be some other special guests and announcements!  Come celebrate this completely meaningless and arbitrary milestone with them!

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