Runs 60 minutes
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Presented by Playable Artworks
Erin Olson is a fourth generation medium, a person who talks to spirits. Unfortunately, her recent death has hindered her ability to work. Now she needs an assistant, a conduit to the living world. You're invited to interview for this position. Come along and try your hand at contacting the spirit realm, but know that whether or not the spirits can be put to rest is up to you. This audio-driven, site-specific adventure for a single audience member takes you around the West Bank neighborhood, and is powered by an interactive app.
Second Skin makes you the protagonist in an interactive horror adventure. Wear comfy shoes, bring your cell phone, and dress for the weather, because your journey will take you away from the safety of the Southern Theater. Ticket holders will also have access to extra pre-show materials set in the world of the play, which can offer a different perspective on the story.
You must book your ticket in advance for this experience. No tickets will be available at the door. Answers to FAQs can be found here.
Accessibility: the route of Second Skin involves ascending a flight of steps. If you need step-free or wheelchair accessible access, we have an alternate route available for performances before 4pm on Saturday, or e-mail [email protected] to make other arrangements. Other accessibility requests can be addressed to the same email.
Second Skin is intended to be experienced solo. If you have concerns about exploring the West Bank on your own, we invite you to purchase a Buddy System pass. This will admit you and a friend to the show. Note that one person will be driving the experience, and the other will be listening in, kind of like a ghost following you around. If you want to experience the show alone, select a "Solo" $20 ticket. E-mail [email protected] with questions.
Performances take place frequently throughout the Festival. A full schedule is available here.
Howard Conn Theatre @ Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN
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Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
The Laramie Project
On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture..
A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project. The piece has been seen by more than 30 million people around the country.
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
In 2008, the members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie, Wyoming to explore how the town had changed since the murder of Matthew Shepard. What they found defied their expectations. The result was a new play about how we construct our own history. This is the continuing story of an American town.
See both these shows:
All tickets, no matter what level you buy at, are for general admission seating. If you’d like to see BOTH Laramie Project and Laramie 10 Years Later you can use the coupon code laramie to get $10 off your tickets (when you purchase tickets for both shows at the same time). You’ll enter coupon code during check out.
To order tickets, select the date/time you’d like and then the amount you’d like to pay for your ticket. General Admission is $20 but we also have pay what you can and support levels.
Every performance will be followed by a facilitated talkback.
The Laramie Project will run:
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later will run:
These shows will play at the Howard Conn Theatre
at Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave.
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St
$15/$12 in advance or with Fringe button
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Presented by Danger Boat Productions
It’s election season in Minnesota. Get to know the issues and candidates with a comedy and beer chaser. It’s The Theater of Public Policy! Each week, the show interviews an expert or newsmaker live on stage about a particular issue or idea, then the cast turns it all into live unscripted sketch comedy. It’s a little NPR, a little SNL, and a lot funny.
Runs 90 minutes
- Opening night
North Garden Theater
929 West 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Presented by Theatre Elision
“Ghost Quartet” is a song cycle about love, death and whiskey from Dave Malloy, the Tony-nominated creator of the Broadway hit “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. The story draws from several fairy tales and "ghost stories", including Snow White and Rose Red, Edgar Allen Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, and One Thousand and One Nights (commonly known as Arabian Nights). There may also be some Princess Zelda references you might recognize. Cast members present the story and music as a "concept album" and accompany themselves on keyboard, violin, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and percussion. The audience may also be called upon for additional percussion and whiskey drinking.
October 29-November 3 at North Garden Theater in St. Paul ~ Doors and Bar opens at 7:00 pm ~ Show starts at 7:30 pm
Monday October 29th - Industry Night/Pay What You Can
Tuesday October 30th - Post-Show Whiskey Tasting hosted by the Twin Cities chapter of Women Who Whiskey
Wednesday October 31st - Post-Show Halloween Party - Come in costume, get free drink!
Thursday November 1st - Talk Back Session
Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd - No Special Events, Just Great Fun!
Runs 100 minutes
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W 28th St
$18 - $40
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Presented by Theatre Coup d'Etat
Theatre Coup d’Etat presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by James Napoleon Stone, performing October 26 - November 17, 2018, all 7:30pm showings at SpringHouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS – Two-time Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat is proud to present this story of magic, redemption, and the power of self-realization to the Twin Cities. This story is Prospero’s, as we feel her experience the bitterness and rage of betrayal from her brother Antonio, who instead of love choses to take her title, career, and even attempt her life. Escaping by the sheer compassion of her friend Golanzo, Prospero and her daughter Miranda are marooned on an enchanted island, where they find the orphaned creature Caliban and the supernatural Ariel. Refining her magic on the island for 12 years, Prospero allows her rage and pain to consume and drive the development of her powers, bringing her brother and his court crashing unto the shores in a terrible tempest, the mechanism of her revenge. Watch as Prospero comes dangerously close to becoming that which betrayed her, and finding that her greatest power lies not within her magic and manipulation, but in the ability to let go of the past and move forward as a more compassionate version of herself.
The show will feature Prospero played by award-winning local actor Meri Golden, who received the “Classical Performance of the Year” award in Lavender Magazine for her portrayal of the Nurse in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Meri will be reunited with director James Napoleon Stone, who received an IVEY Award for his co-direction of Hamlet and “Best Director” in City Pages for Equus. Combining actor-driven movement, a blend of live and engineered soundscape, and the black box seating of SpringHouse Ministry Center, Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of The Tempest is can’t-miss experience.
Admission is sliding scale, $18-$40. Tickets available at www.theatrecoupdetat.com or call 1-800-838-3006. SpringHouse Ministry Center is located at 610 W 28th St.
The Tempest preview (pay-what-you-can):
Thursday, October 25, showtime 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Tempest performances (sliding scale): $18-$40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, showtimes 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
October 26, 27, 29
November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17
(Monday, October 29 and November 12 are pay-what-you-can performances)
PROSPERO - Meri Golden, ARIEL - Kelly Nelson, SPIRITS - Mairead Koehler and Sophina Saggau, CALIBAN - Craig James Hostetler, MIRANDA - Stephanie Ruas, FERDINAND - Clay Man Soo, ALONSO - Sue Gerver, ANTONIO - Brian Joyce, SEBASTIAN - Andoni Marinos, GONZALO - Jim Ahrens, STEPHANO - Madeleine Rowe, TRINCULO - Kevin Fanshaw
DIRECTOR - James Napoleon Stone, STAGE MANAGER - Alexandra Pozniak, LIGHTING DESIGN - Mark Kieffer, COSTUME DESIGN - Chelsea Wren Hanvy, COSTUME ASSISTANTS - Kaitlyn Larsen, SOUND DESIGNER - Forest Godfrey
The show will run approximately 2 hours with one 10-minute intermission. Free street parking is available.
308 E. Prince Street #190, St. Paul, MN
PWYC - suggested price $15. OR $50 sponsorship. OR 2/1 w. fringe button
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Presented by Impossible Salt
What could cause a creature as fearsome as a giant to remove his own heart from his body? What becomes of him without his Heart? And what becomes of his Heart without him?
These questions inspire Impossible Salt’s beautiful and haunting exploration of this ancient tale, known as “The Troll With No Heart in His Body” in Norway, “Koschei the Immortal” in Russia, “Punchkin the Magician” in India, and by still other names in Scotland, Hungary, and elsewhere.
Even (or perhaps especially) in the United States in 2018, the specter of a monster made invulnerable by his own unthinkable actions continues to captivate us, and demands our attention.
Revived for the Halloween season, HEARTLESS is Impossible Salt’s deepest dive yet into the fear, desperation, and violence that dwell—where else?—in the human heart.
Join us after every performance of HEARTLESS for refreshments, music, and conversation.
Contains nudity, stylized violence, and disturbing themes. Use discretion.