Saturday, August 11, 2018

9 am

ON THE RAILROAD - A Theatre for the Very Young Experience

9:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$10
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Experimental

ON THE RAILROAD

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Aug 3-26, 2018

Age Recommendation
0-4 Years

Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with an original, company created adventure for our youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. “I’ve been working on the railroad…” will sing on down the track as we explore this immersive environment full of story, music and wonder. Don’t be left standing on the platform as this one-of-a-kind experience leaves from the station to the very heart of a child’s imagination!

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM: Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett, Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, Stage Manager – Katharine Benyo, Lighting Designer – Sarah Brandner, Technical Director & Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler, Resident Costumer – Lisa Mangone, Costume Designer – Stacey Palmer, Musician & Composer – Nathan Rowan, Props Designer – Megan Teynor

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10 am

ON THE RAILROAD - A Theatre for the Very Young Experience

10:30 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$10
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Experimental

ON THE RAILROAD

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Aug 3-26, 2018

Age Recommendation
0-4 Years

Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with an original, company created adventure for our youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. “I’ve been working on the railroad…” will sing on down the track as we explore this immersive environment full of story, music and wonder. Don’t be left standing on the platform as this one-of-a-kind experience leaves from the station to the very heart of a child’s imagination!

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM: Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett, Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, Stage Manager – Katharine Benyo, Lighting Designer – Sarah Brandner, Technical Director & Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler, Resident Costumer – Lisa Mangone, Costume Designer – Stacey Palmer, Musician & Composer – Nathan Rowan, Props Designer – Megan Teynor

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12 pm

ON THE RAILROAD - A Theatre for the Very Young Experience

12:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$10
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Experimental

ON THE RAILROAD

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Aug 3-26, 2018

Age Recommendation
0-4 Years

Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with an original, company created adventure for our youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. “I’ve been working on the railroad…” will sing on down the track as we explore this immersive environment full of story, music and wonder. Don’t be left standing on the platform as this one-of-a-kind experience leaves from the station to the very heart of a child’s imagination!

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM: Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett, Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, Stage Manager – Katharine Benyo, Lighting Designer – Sarah Brandner, Technical Director & Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler, Resident Costumer – Lisa Mangone, Costume Designer – Stacey Palmer, Musician & Composer – Nathan Rowan, Props Designer – Megan Teynor

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1 pm

The Legend of Georgia McBride

1:00 pm

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.

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Disney's Newsies

1:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
Buy tickets online

Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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The Screaming Skull

1:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Closing night

Rarig Center Thrust
330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Presented by Ghoulish Delights
  • Drama

Ghoulish Delights is proud to present Eric Webster in this adaptation of F. Marion Crawford’s classic ghost story. Originally written in 1908, “The Screaming Skull” tells the story of a retired sailor who spends a stormy night descending into drink and madness, haunted by the cries of a woman he may have inadvertently helped murder. This production features live sound effects to immerse the audience in a sea-side storm and bring the wrath of a vengeful spirit to life.

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West Side Story

1:00 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
Buy tickets online

Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears and dreams through hilarious and touching tunes. (And it’s not just about the spelling: the adult cast is ultra geek-chic in their middle school costumes!) Alan Bailey, director of such audience favorites as Souvenir and Sylvia, returns for this Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, sacrifice and valuable lessons in fair play.

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2 pm

The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity

Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Pl, St. Paul, MN 55102

Presented by Theater Mu
  • Drama
  • Comedy

She’s a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (Korean soap operas). He’s the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one’s virginity.

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3 pm

HORSETALE

3:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

Celtic Junction
836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104

Presented by Minnesota Family Fringe and Hit The Lights! Theater Co.
  • Musical
  • Kids

How far would you go to restore the piece of yourself you hold most dear? In Hit the Lights! Theater Co.’s shadow play HORSETALE, a Horse and Tail become separated, and in their search for each other, find themselves. Weaving together handmade shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors and live original folk music, Hit the Lights! tells a story as intimate and wild as the west itself. 

HIT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. is an award-winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories through unconventional ways. Using found materials, cardboard and various sources of light, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. HTL! also focuses on the interplay between darkness and light, utilizing shadow puppetry as the lifeblood of their storytelling. The company is comprised of six experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, artisans and everything in between. 

More info/Tix: www.hitthelights.org

 

 

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7 pm

Saree-ously Speaking? Uff-Da!

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Rarig Center [Thrust Theatre]
330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented by Mollywood Productions
  • Comedy
  • Dance

A wealthy family of Indian descent relocates to a small town in Minnesota for an unsurpassable opportunity. Hilarity ensues as the tight-knit community intersects with the new residents. Emotions are high, especially when the men foresee uncertainty about jobs at the plant, women are experimenting with chai and hot-dishes and who knows how the teenagers are bonding.  Will the Indian family be cooking Lutefisk and baking seven-layer bars or will the locals be gyrating to Bollywood rhythms?

Enjoy a unique story with witty characters, diverse cast, comedy, drama, colorful  ethnic dances and riveting music.

All proceeds from the show would directly support and benefit Chance Foundation. Chance Foundation believes that all children deserve a fair chance for basic education, healthy environment and a bright future. Your presence will help empower under privileged children by providing resources for education, health and life skills development. To learn more about chance, visit their website at http://chanceforthem.com
 

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Summer Institute: Authentic

7:00 pm

Penumbra Theatre
270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, MN, 55102

$15
Call 651-224-3180
Buy tickets online

Presented by Penumbra Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Featuring the second year students of Penumbra’s renowned Summer Institute program, Authentic is an evening of original monologues written and performed by teens who employ the power of their art to address issues that concern them. The show is followed by a post-performance discussion facilitated by the artists. 

Penumbra’s Summer Institute is a multi-year leadership development program training young artists to critically engage the world around them and to respectfully take action to realize the luminosity of their dreams. Students explore who they are and discover their own power to make change. Join us for two weekends of activist art as we celebrate brave new voices in theatre!

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Cyrano on the Moon

7:00 pm
Runs 50 minutes

Ritz Studio
345 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis MN

Presented by Red Dice Collective
  • Drama

Cyrano awakens in the afterlife to engage in one last battle against the Vices and Corruption of Man, as Roxanne struggles to reconcile his tumultuous legacy and her love.

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National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival - 3rd Annual

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Pay-What-You-Can at the door, $25 advance
Call 612-367-7639
Buy tickets online

Presented by New Native Theatre
  • Comedy

The festival invites local and international Native American and First Nations artists from across the continent to share brand new stories with the Twin Cities community. It is an evening filled with laughter and celebration as Native people control their narrative. This year, NNT presents 12 new plays by emerging and professional playwrights from diverse tribal backgrounds and hosts an international actor in residence from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The plays take on a wide variety of themes, “A Christmas in Ochopee” by Montana Cypress explores the classic “American family” play under a Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida lens, while William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., who is Assiniboine, returns to the festival for the third year in a row, exploring cultural appropriation with humor in “Files of the Indin Police.” Deanna StandingCloud is following up her successful play, “Blood Quantum Physics,” from last year’s festival, which went on to be performed by NNT throughout last year and won the 2018 Wisconsin Native Playwrights’ contest, with its sequel, “Virtual Medicine Man,” that examines western society’s obsession with Native culture while her characters desperately protect and hold onto their own Ojibwe values.

This year’s line-up also includes plays written by: Tim Brown (White Earth), Lara and Helena Gerhardson (White Earth/Red Lake), Alex Shunka Wakan Wacipi Hesbrook Ramier (Cheyenne River), Bret Jones (Muscogee Creek), Lennixx-Rodney Treat Lee (Cheyenne River), Michael D. Nephew (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Laura Annawyn Shamas (Chickasaw), Odessa Star Comes Out (Oglala Lakota), and June Thiele (Athabascan and Yupik).

Wednesday, August 8-11, 7:30PM & Sunday, August 12, 2:00PM

PLUS Saturday at 9:30PM concert after the show featuring Wade Fernandez!

Stay after the show on Saturday, August 11th at 9:30PM when we celebrate the announcement of our 10th Anniversary Season with Wade Fernandez in concert! Then dance till midnight.

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Hairspray

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue North, Maplewood, Mn 55109

$13-$20
Call 651-274-8020
Buy tickets online

Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

Ashland Productions presents: Hairspray! The Musical! 
Show runs July 27th-August 12th
Tickets on sale NOW! $13-$20

The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.

Hairspray explores the themes of racism and freedom of expression. It highlights individuality, and the importance of everyone working together for something to become revolutionary. The musical is empowering, as although it touches on racial issues that were prevalent in 1960s America, it focuses more on the attitudes that are associated with it, and the power that we have to change discrimination. The musical encourages individuality, acceptance and freedom. It is a musical that can be applied to any social context and time, as it highlights ongoing issues such as fat-shaming, racism and discrimination

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West Side Story

7:30 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

Read more

The Clean House

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
Buy tickets online

Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather perfect her stand-up routine than clean the house. As she spends her days not cleaning, she befriends her boss’s sister—who lives only to clean. Toss in a love triangle and some sibling rivalries and you get a whimsical and moving portrait of humanity, reminding us that the messes and disappointments of life can be the most unexpectedly fulfilling times of all.

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The Toxic Avenger

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Underground Theatre
506 W. Michigan Street

$18-$20
Call 2187337555
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Underground Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Toxic Avenger takes The Underground by storm! Armed with phenomenal strength, a mutant superhero is out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the prettiest, blindest librarian in town.

Based on the 1984 cult classic film, this side-splitting monster of a musical comedy boasts music by David Bryan (keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi). You’re sure to fall in love with this “big green freak!”

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8 pm

Puppet Cabaret

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
1500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55407

$12
Call 612-721-2535
Buy tickets online

Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

Join In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre on Saturday August 11th at 8pm for an evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline 'artistic' puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Stick around after the cabaret for a dance party in the lobby! 

Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings. As always, adult content may arise. Performer lineup will be announced soon! Click here for more info!

Organized by: Akiko Ostlund, Dhann Polnau, and Steve Ackerman 

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Ferris Mueller's Day Off

8:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$30
Call 6123326620
Buy tickets online

Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW political satire!

After all - life moves pretty fast.

If you don't stop and laugh once in a while, you could miss it.

"Ferris Mueller's Day Off" features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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Disney's Newsies

8:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
Buy tickets online

Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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WHALES

8:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Ritz Theater Mainstage
345 13 Ave Northeast, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Minnesota Fringe and Hit The Lights! Theater Co.
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is pleased to present their original shadow play WHALES. Inspired by punk rock, interactive game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville’s seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, Hit the Lights! Theater Co. invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men that hunt him. Diving into the unknown, HTL! explores the classic title using their iconic shadow puppetry, the interplay between darkness and light, rock and roll sea shanties, and all the curiosity and terror of the sea.

HIT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. is an award-winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories through unconventional ways. Using found materials, cardboard and various sources of light, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. HTL! also focuses on the interplay between darkness and light, utilizing shadow puppetry as the lifeblood of their storytelling. The company is comprised of six experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, artisans and everything in between. 

More info: www.hitthelights.org

Appropriate for Ages 13 + years (adult language)

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9 pm

National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival - 3rd Annual

9:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Pay-What-You-Can at the door, $25 advance
Call 612-367-7639
Buy tickets online

Presented by New Native Theatre
  • Comedy

The festival invites local and international Native American and First Nations artists from across the continent to share brand new stories with the Twin Cities community. It is an evening filled with laughter and celebration as Native people control their narrative. This year, NNT presents 12 new plays by emerging and professional playwrights from diverse tribal backgrounds and hosts an international actor in residence from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The plays take on a wide variety of themes, “A Christmas in Ochopee” by Montana Cypress explores the classic “American family” play under a Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida lens, while William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., who is Assiniboine, returns to the festival for the third year in a row, exploring cultural appropriation with humor in “Files of the Indin Police.” Deanna StandingCloud is following up her successful play, “Blood Quantum Physics,” from last year’s festival, which went on to be performed by NNT throughout last year and won the 2018 Wisconsin Native Playwrights’ contest, with its sequel, “Virtual Medicine Man,” that examines western society’s obsession with Native culture while her characters desperately protect and hold onto their own Ojibwe values.

This year’s line-up also includes plays written by: Tim Brown (White Earth), Lara and Helena Gerhardson (White Earth/Red Lake), Alex Shunka Wakan Wacipi Hesbrook Ramier (Cheyenne River), Bret Jones (Muscogee Creek), Lennixx-Rodney Treat Lee (Cheyenne River), Michael D. Nephew (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Laura Annawyn Shamas (Chickasaw), Odessa Star Comes Out (Oglala Lakota), and June Thiele (Athabascan and Yupik).

Wednesday, August 8-11, 7:30PM & Sunday, August 12, 2:00PM

PLUS Saturday at 9:30PM concert after the show featuring Wade Fernandez!

Stay after the show on Saturday, August 11th at 9:30PM when we celebrate the announcement of our 10th Anniversary Season with Wade Fernandez in concert! Then dance till midnight.

Read more

10 pm

Doug Sees God: A Funnie Thing Happened on the Way to Adulthood

10:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Closing night

Rarig Center - Thrust Stage
330 21st Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented by Albino Squirrel Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Doug Funnie is an 18-year-old college freshman coming to grips with student loan debt, an upside-down work-school-life balance, and a myriad of other issues facing millennials today. Based on characters from popular Nickelodeon television series of the 90s such as "Rugrats," "Doug," "Hey Arnold," and others, Doug Sees God analyzes what it truly means to be a millennial. The fourth original play presented by Albino Squirrel through the Minnesota Fringe Festival, following Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse) in 2015 (remounted with Freshwater Theatre), A Mariokart Named Desire in 2016 (chosen for an encore performance), and Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical in 2017 (revamp pending for 2018).

$25 or higher donations to our Kickstarter campaign will receive two free tickets to any performance of your choosing! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844400425/doug-sees-god-a-new-orig...

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