MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL : 11 days, 165 shows, 15 Twin Cities venues.
There will be a TON of fresh new theater to feast your eyes on in the coming month. Get Ready!! August 2 – August 12 will be jam packed with 165 shows and over 1000 artists presenting their theatrical work. All shows run NO MORE than 60 minutes, seating is general admission and you must purchase a $4 FRINGE BUTTON to attend the shows. More details about ticketing can be found at : http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/tickets/
A great deal of the work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival is original work by Minnesota artists. At Talent Poole, we are lucky enough to represent AT LEAST two of the very talented writers and performers in this year’s festival. There are many more participating in the festival… check it out online for the full schedule.
Let me introduce you to Mike Fotis and Max Wojtanowicz
Mike Fotis, Creator of Billy Beechwood and The Mountain Of Terror!
Mike Fotis is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere comic performers. In improv circles, he’s known as an educator and member of Ferrari McSpeedy and Fingergun. Fotis also co-created such popular stage comedies as “Punk Rock Omaha” and “Speech!” and has written several storytelling shows for the Minnesota Fringe called “An Intimate Evening With Fotis” and “Billy Beechwood and the Mountain of Terror!”. Mike is also a mainstage cast member at the Brave New Workshop and serves as the co-director of the Student Union, which is the BNW’s School of Improvisation.
Billy Beechwood and The Mountain Of Terror!
Presented by: Ferrari McSpeedy
Mt. Terror has claimed the lives of everyone that has tried to scale it. Will Billy Beechwood reach the peak or will he be buried forever in an icy tomb? A comedy-adventure for the kid in all of us.
This show is funny. Mike, along with his buddies Joe Bozic and Aric McKweon (another Talent Poole Talent) play tons of characters in this fast paced trip through awesome town.
Thursday, 8/2 7:00 pm
Saturday, 8/4 10:00 pm
Monday, 8/6 8:30 pm
Tuesday, 8/7 10:00 pm
Saturday, 8/11 7:00 pm
LOCATION: U of M Rarig Center Thrust
330 21st Av S, Main Floor
Tickets and other info here: http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2257
Max Wojtanowicz creator of Fruit Fly: The Musical
Max Wojtanowicz makes faces for a living, including at the Children’s Theatre Company (Dr Seuss’ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Romeo & Juliet, Mr McGee and the Biting Flea and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz), The Strange Capers (Feste in Twelfth Night), Workhouse Theatre Company (Arnold inTorch Song Trilogy), Urban Samurai (Musical: The Musical! at the 2008 MN Fringe and Hunter in the regional premiere of [title of show]) and Frank Theatre (Cliff in Cabaret). Next up: Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at CTC! He could not be more thrilled to share the stage with Sheena and collaborate with all these wonderful chumps. Thanks to fruits and fruit flies everywhere!
PS: if you need more Max in your life, make sure to head over to Theatre in the Round where he is playing Benvolio in The Peanut Butter Factory’s world premiere of Joe Dowling’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet!
Fruit Fly: The Musical
By The Jansonowicz Players
Created by Sheena Janson, Max Wojtanowicz, Michael Gruber and Nikki Swoboda
Can a gay man and a straight woman – a fruit and a fruit fly – “quit each other” to find true love? Find out in this brand new musical, developed and performed by local actors Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz, who met as kids in community theater in the St. Cloud area.
Sheena and Max’s weird, wonderful friendship is told with music by Broadway veteran and recent Minneapolis transfer Michael Gruber. The piece will be directed by long-time collaborator and friend Nikki Swoboda, with musical direction by Jason Hansen, and performed at the Rarig Arena on the U of M campus!
In an election year, when same-sex marriage and GLBT rights are hot button issues, FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL reminds us that right now, as always, all any of us really wants is to feel safe, welcomed, loved… and fabulous!
LOCATION: U of M Rarig Arena
330 21st Av S, Second Floor
Sunday, 8/5 7:00 pm
Monday, 8/6 10:00 pm
Thursday, 8/9 5:30 pm
Friday, 8/10 7:00 pm
Saturday, 8/11 4:00 pm
Tickets and other info here: http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2262
And please donate what you can to our Kickstarter campaign — every little bit helps, and check out those great incentives! 🙂
We know there are tons more (163 to be exact) show to get excited about… we wanted to brag a bit about two of our extremely talented artists who are working hard on these great projects!
Please go out and support local artists this August at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.