Friday, April 19, 2019

7 pm

5 women in nightgowns pose against an orange background

VELVET SWING

7:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater
810 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55408

Tickets are sliding scale $5 - $20 in advance and at the door. You pick your own price!
Call (612) 825-8949
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Presented by Umbrella Collective
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

VELVET SWING tells the true story of Evelyn Nesbit, the original 19th Century supermodel and leading lady of the “Crime of The Century!" Imagine: your favorite true crime podcast meets a wild vaudevillian circus with a pinch of postmodern narratives. Expect daring feats of self discovery, compelling choices in complex circumstances, delightful musical accompaniment, multiple narratives, and one very large snake named Baby. 

Content note: This production deals with topics of violence, consent, sexual assault, alcohol, and trauma. It also contains humor, agency, and rad womxn. VELVET SWING is based on Umbrella Collective’s August 2017 workshop presentation. Order a drink, tip your server, and get ready to take a ride of a lifetime!​

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The Last Days of Commodus

7:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

PWYC at the door ($10-$20 in advance)
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Presented by Four Humors
  • Comedy

A 100% accurate story about the worst leader ever.

(No, not that one. Commodus.)

Four Humors is finally brave enough to portray a theatre troupe that is brave enough to tell the story of a corrupt tyrant who has been dead for 1800 years.

We refuse to apologize for that. (Also, sorry.)

The year is 193 AD and the "renowned" Crocus and Ambrosia Players are touring the furthest reaches of the glorious Roman Empire to spread cautionary tales to the recently pacified (and eternally grateful!) savages of... whatever this dumb village is called.

Will the backward locals heed the warnings of absolute power run amok?
Will the awesome power of theatre enlighten their stupid, stupid minds?
Will the players make it out alive?

Hear the epic tale of a vain, power-hungry madman sowing chaos to further his own interests while sinking ever deeper into delusion and paranoia as those who seek to end his corrupt reign grow ever closer.

(No, not that one. Commodus.)

Few leaders in history have matched the personal, political, and moral reprehensibility of Commodus, though, as Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

Join us for the laugh-a-minute tragedy of an empire in embarrassing decline.

(No, not that one. Rome.)

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Directed by Jason Ballweber
Written by Matt Spring

Featuring:

Yvonne Freese, Kathryn Fumie, Ryan Lear, Brant Miller, and Madeleine Rowe

Costumes by Mandi Johnson
Lighting by Jon Kirchhofer
Projections by Brant Miller
Set and Props by Derek Lee Miller
Stage Managed by Nissa Nordland

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ASL and Audio Described Performance Sat, Apr 13

All shows Pay What You Can at the door.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING

THE DESIGN PROCESS COMES ALIVE! A STEM-INSPIRED STORY!
WORLD PREMIERE

APRIL 12 – MAY 12, 2019
ALL AGES

The design process comes alive on our main stage this spring! A young girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But as the girl tries and fails, repeatedly, she finds invention is anything but easy. Working through her anger and frustration she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” and she “twists and tweaks and fastens,” until she manages to get it just right. Our world premiere musical adaptation shows that it’s okay to make mistakes as we create, tinker and achieve.

CAST

Rahael Achett (Acacia), Emily Anose (Einstein), Anja Arora (Jordan), Halima Bigirindavyi (Willow), Aidan Einhorn (Jules), Sophie Farrell (Maggie), Athan Fischer (Pascal), Jasmine Garry (Leo), Sayer Keeley (Billy), Samara Koshiol (Fabulinus), Kiera Luong (Naomi), Jackson Lyon (Wrench), Bruce  Rowan (Gramps) and  Alex Weiner (Vine)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
STAGE MANAGER – Cody R Braudt
SET DESIGNER – Sarah Brandner
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler
COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Jeni O’Malley
PROPS DESIGNER – Kenji Shoemaker
LIGHTING  DESIGNER – Toni Stoeri

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THE BELDENVILLE TROLL

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404

$10 - 24
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

"Fol De Rol Rol, said the big old Troll..."

Welcome to Beldenville, Maine, where townsfolk scoff at the legend of a troll who lives in the old train tunnel—until one dark night a child vanishes and is never seen again. This new Open Eye premiere is an imaginative, visually rich theatre piece that uses live actors, puppetry, and a wild array of animated objects to explore the uncanny events occurring in a small town, and how the inhabitants cope with a troublesome stranger in their midst. Mythic, mysterious, and full of frights and laughs, THE BELDENVILLE TROLL is a modern fable about a childhood’s end, and adulthood’s beginning.

VISIT THE MUSEUM!

The Open Eye gallery will feature an exhibit of vintage photography and artifacts from Beldenville, including some rare troll bones on loan from the village historical society that audiences can explore before and after the show.

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Marjorie Prime

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $60
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Prime Productions, a Park Square Theatre in Residence
  • Drama

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie – a jumble of disparate, fading memories – has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? This richly spare, wondrous new play explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits – if any –of what technology can replace. Prime Productions, a Park Square Theatre in Residence, brings this 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist by Jordan Harrison to the stage under the direction of Elena Giannetti.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Murder Under the Big Topless

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis

$15- $35
Call (612) 930-1517
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Presented by Wicked Wenches Cabaret - Vaudevical™ Parody
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Sherlock Holmes and The Murder Under the Big Topless!

Join Dr. Watson as he takes you through the events of Sherlock Holmes' latest mystery! It is 1909 and the World's Fair has come to London. In its dust follows a carnival of ragtag performers led by a slick ringmaster. What clues will expose themselves under the big top? Why is Irene Adler performing with the circus? What is with those moldy oranges? Will the famous Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery under the big top(less)?

Our award-winning Wicked Wenches are sure to tease and please in this hilarious Vaudevical™ journey off the beaten path!
Join us for a show filled with circus, fire, music, sexiness, comedy, and more!

Vaudeville is a comedic style of adult dance theater. Please note that this performance is 18+ due to adult comedy.

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Pop Goes the Noggin

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

  • Opening night

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street St. Paul, MN 55114

$20 - PWYC Mon 4/22
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Presented by SOS Theater
  • Comedy

Pop Goes the Noggin is a dark comedy that speaks to the special needs in all of us.

A new play by Michele Lepsche, directed by Kari Steinbach

It’s 1972, American Pie rules the airwaves, Vito Corleone rules the cinema, Nixon rules politics and Nurse Triplet rules Ward 1 at Loon Lake State hospital. Yet, nothing rules the ladies of Ward 1 except thoughts of cheese curds, Neil Diamond and the Minnesota State Fair. Pop Goes the Noggin follows the journey of these determined ladies as they set out on their quest to fulfill their furtive dreams.

Written by Michele Lepsche and directed by Kari Steinbach, the cast includes Greta Grosch, Ellen Apel, Catherine Justice, Tyus Beeson, Elizabeth Efteland, Katherine J. Lee, Taylor Evans and Isabel Middleton-Watts. Design by C. Andrew Mayer, Shirley Harvey, Kurt Jung and Katie Phillips, with Sarah Salisbury as stage manager.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$15 - $78
Call 6122256191
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Cyrano de Bergerac is the full package: he’s a poet, playwright and consummate swordsman. The only thing standing in the way of declaring his love for Roxane is his grotesquely large nose. When Roxane confesses that she’s fallen for a handsome young cadet named Christian, Cyrano takes him under his wing, adds brains to his beauty and, through Christian, expresses his own feelings to Roxane without her suspecting a thing. Wit, wordplay and rousing passion make this a heroic comedy for the ages.

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The Golden Record Project

7:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

The Sandbox
3109 E 42nd St Minneapolis, MN 55406

Presented by Sandbox Theatre
  • Drama
  • Experimental

If you could send a message out to the universe just to tell them our world was here, what would you say? What would you share?

Join Sandbox for an intimate aural and visual event celebrating NASA’s Voyager Golden Records. The Golden Record Project is part art installation, part performance, part interactive museum. It’s a search for connection, a hopeful call to other worlds, and a declaration that we are here.

In 1977, a NASA project led by astronomer Carl Sagan, and writer/producer Ann Druyan, launched time capsule discs they called Golden Records into deep space aboard two NASA Voyager satellites. President Jimmy Carter called them, “a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.”

In Sandbox’s Golden Record Project, a multi-disciplinary collection of twin cities artists, along with our audiences, will explore the cultural, historical and current significance of the original Golden Records, and through this exploration, create a new record of our own.

How has our world changed? What would you send out today?

 

Featuring the talents of

Nicole DelPizzo – Fabrication / Installation
Mandi Johnson – Fabrication / Costumes
Ajuawak Kapashesit – Performer
McKenna Kelly-Eiding – Performer
Theo Langason* – Audio
Morgan Schoonover – Audio / Installation
Holly Streekstra – Fabrication / Installation

Kristina Fjellman* – Project Lead
Peter Heeringa* – Director
Elizabeth Horab – Organization / Performer
Evelyn Digirolamo* – Creation Assistant
Megan Lagas* – Creation Assistant
Henry (Hal) Ellen Sansone* – Creation Assistant

*Denotes Sandbox ensemble member

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Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Fred Moore Auditorium
1523 S 5th Ave, Anoka MN 55303

$3 - $10
Call 1-866-967-8167
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Presented by Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Musical

Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr follows the story of the jack-of-all trades, Bert, who introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures and even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

PERFORMANCE DATES/TIMES:
Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2:00pm (ASL performance)

TICKETS:
$ $10 Adults
$5 Seniors/Students under 18yrs
$3 5yrs and under
Tickets on-sale online at www.amsatheater.org, by calling Showtix4u at 1-866-967-8167 or at the school's theater one hour prior to each performance.

LOCATION:
Fred Moore Campus of Anoka Middle School for the Arts, 1523 Fifth Avenue South, Anoka, MN 55303

CAST LIST (In alphabetical order):
Winifred Banks
Keely Anderson (8)

Statue/Ensemble
Breanna Bellenir (7)

Michael Banks
Sam Coombe (6)

Statue/Ensemble
Emily Doolittle (6)

Policeman/Ensemble
Elijah Elliott (8)

Katie Nanna/Ensemble
Anika Erickson (8)

Mrs. Brill
Lacey Fieldseth (7)

Chimney Sweep 3/Ensemble
Sophia Gallo (7)

Miss Andrew
Devah Gohl (7)

Chairman/Ensemble
Camron Hamling (8)

Chimney Sweep 2/Ensemble
Nick Hemkin-Jenson (8)

Mary Poppins
Aniya Hollie (7)

Neleus/Ensemble
Deacon Hummel (6)

Messenger/Ensemble
Lauren Larson (8)

Von Hussler/Chimney Sweep 4/Ensemble
Malachi Leak (7)

Miss Smythe/Ensemble
Claire Lockwood (8)

Chimney Sweep 1/Ensemble
Heather McAllister (7)

Bert
Dakarai Opoka (8)

George Banks
Matt Phillips (8)

Kite Flyer/Ensemble
Adam Poland (6)

Jane Banks
Mahria Raza (6)

Clerk/Ensemble
Erin Schommer (8)

Robertson Ay
Alexzander Schumacher (8)

Clerk/Ensemble
Isaac Stokes (6)

Mrs. Corry
Olivia Surratt (8)

Bird Woman/Ensemble
Emily Taylor (8)

John Northbrook
Ethan Zajaczkowski (7)

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Metamorphoses

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$29 - $78
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama

In what’s considered her signature theatrical piece, once hailed as “the theater event of the year” (Time), Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in a visually stunning theatricalization of Roman poet Ovid’s powerful masterwork, Metamorphoses. Performed in and around a large pool of water, a ravishing effect, an ensemble of actors embodies figures from Greek mythology to share both well-known and rarely told stories of transformation.

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The Secret Garden

7:30 pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 Third Street West Northfield, MN 55057

$13-$18
Call 5076458877
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Presented by Northfield Arts Guild
  • Musical
  • Kids

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Lolly Foy present The Secret Garden, a Tony-Award winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel.  The Secret Garden plays at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater weekends April 12 - 28 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 Third Street W, Northfield.

Based on Burnett’s beloved novel, “The Secret Garden” follows Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl who lives with her reclusive uncle in a lonely Yorkshire mansion shrouded in mysteries and secrets. Left to her own devices in the huge house, Mary discovers a hidden, overgrown garden that once belonged to her uncle’s late wife Lily. With the help of new friends, Mary learns that with tender care and love, even the saddest, most forsaken things can bloom and thrive again with full life and beauty.

The Secret Garden’s script and lyrics are by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon.

“This show, this cast, embodies what I love best about theatre, “said director Foy, “that special alchemy that happens when performers and material come together to make magic that is greater than the sum of its parts!”

Musical Director Kristin Kivell joins Lolly Foy in working with a spirited cast featuring Kyra Reverman as Mary Lennox, Silas Leer as Colin Craven, Dave Flynn as Archibald Craven, Mandie Siems as Lily, Arlie Lee as Dickon and Steve Lawler as Dr. Neville.  Others in the cast include Inanna Antley. Birch Carlson, Deb Clark, Lillian Feltes, Curt Johnson, Dean Lamp, Elin Odegaard,  Laura Schaubschlager and Larry Tolle.

Tickets and more information are available at The Guild, 304 Division Street South, online at northfieldartsguild.org, or by calling 507-645-8877. General admission tickets are $18.00 for adults and $13.00 for seniors and students. 

The Secret Garden is sponsored by Carleton College and supported by Eco Gardens and Rob Martin.  The Journey Home Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group and Engage Print.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Be More Chill

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Avenue 8th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? BE MORE CHILL is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.

Individual tickets are now on sale at www.aboutmmt.org.

CAST
Jeremy Heere - Maxwell Emmett Ward
Christine Canigula - Caitlin Featherstone
Michael Mell - Jim Belden
Jake Dillinger - Matthew Hall
Rich - Nick Manthe
Chloe - Alexis Larson
Brooke - Jordyn Catanach
Jenna Rolan - Maggie Mae Sulentic
Jeremy's Dad - Christian Unser
The Squip - Mike Tober

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director - Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Music Director - Anna Murphy
Choreographer - Abbi Fern
Stage Manager - Miranda Shunkwiler
Costume Designer - Mandy Parmeter
Lighting Designer - Grace Barnstead
Sound Designer - Abe Gabor
Scenic Designer/TD - Robin McIntyre
Prop Designer - Joe Hendren

Minneapolis Musical Theatre is dedicated to providing community access to high quality yet affordable works of musical theatre never before or very rarely seen by Twin Cities audiences. For additional information about MMT, visit www.aboutmmt.org.

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8 pm

Love & Other Social Diseases: our 300th Comedy Revue

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$20-$36
Call 6123326620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Catch the love bug with Brave New Workshop’s hilarious new sketch comedy show exploring dating, relationships, and love in the time of dating apps.

Love and Other Social Diseases is Brave New Workshop’s 300th show, and you know what they say: 300th time’s the charm – in shows and Tinder matches!

Starring the brilliant Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Heather Meyer, Ryan Nelson, and Tom Reed, with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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9 pm

Attenborough: The Improvised Wildlife Documentary

9:30 pm
Runs 50 minutes

HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S

$10 in advance, $12 at the door
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Presented by HUGE Improv Theater
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Ever since wildlife first appeared on the planet earth almost 4 billion years ago people have enjoyed making documentaries about it. Using the latest in improvisational technology, come experience the majestic wonders of the animal kingdom as you never have before…
Whether searching for food, caring for offspring, or jumping in narrated slow motion, natural history films unite us all. Prepare to be awestruck by Attenborough: The Improvised Wildlife Documentary.

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10 pm

Dykes Do Drag

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$18 at the door / $14-$18 sliding scale in advance / $9 with student ID on Thursday (at the door only)
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Heather Spear, The Gentleman King
  • Cabaret/variety

Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for two decades. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities’ best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity.

Student discount available on Thursday only!!

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