XOXOJK is taken over by the Minnesota Fringe Festival! In case you didn’t know, Fringe is an annual performing arts festival in the Twin Cities in its 22nd year that spans 11 days, with over a thousand artists presenting works in every discipline and genre. And we’re smack dab in the middle of it. Kate and Jenn invited some of Minnesota Fringe Royalty to chat on this week’s episode – ranging from dramedy, sketch, to dance with lots of laughs in between. Sprinkle in a little bit of Grey’s Anatomy, visiting stranger’s homes, and Target conversations with Emily Schmidt, Josh Carson, Joe Bozic, and Erin Sheppard and you’ll be able to plan your Minnesota Fringe schedule perfectly.
Where To Start:
- MN Fringe Festival website
- Check out this snapshot from l’etoile magazine.
- For all the shows we talked about today, visit Kate’s Fringe Profile
- The Mrs.
- Couple Fight
- Collyard / Nelson’s Guide to Reviewing Fringe Festival Shows & Other Tips to Help Keep Your Cool In the White-Hot World of Amateur Criticism OR “So You Kept Their Postcard; Now What?”
Other shows mentioned by our special guests:
Shows our friends are doing:
- Alex Collyard: Collyard / Nelson’s Guide to Reviewing Fringe Festival Shows & Other Tips to Help Keep Your Cool In The White-Hot World of Amateur Criticism OR ‘So You Gave It Three Stars; Now What?‘ An Interactive Think Piece On Critiquing and Analyzing Independent Theater in the Technology Age
- Maria Bartholdi: Manners and Misconduct is an all-female improv group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They create full-length plays based on the works of Jane Austen.
- Tom Reed: Couple Fight: Six favorite Fringe couples reenact the stupidest, real fights they’ve ever had. These hilarious vignettes about bad birthday presents, game night rage and insensitive farting prove – hindsight is funny/funny.
- Divya Maiya and Meghan Wilker -‘Spicy Masala Chai’: Creators of 2014’s best-selling MN Fringe show return with a stirring Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Love, wisdom, and comedy are the perfect recipe for a hot cuppa…romance?
- Todd O’Dowd – Total Eclipse of the Heart: Forever’s gonna start tonight with this original ensemble comedy inspired by Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Turn around, Bright Eyes, because every now and then we all fall apart.
- Levi Weinhagen (Comedy Suitcase) – The Averagers: Minnesota’s mightiest heroes: Captain Average, Iron Range Man, Passive-Aggressive Hulk, Black Wood Tick and Paul Bunyan God of Lumber. Alone, they’re underwhelming, together they’re the Averagers!
- Spencer Retelle, who is a Solcana Homie, is directing and co-wrote Everybody Wants You to Live, about the media event of the century: a one way mission to Mars. Rarig XPerimental Theater.