Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

The 612

Rogues Gallery Arts

Historical content, Comedy, Drama

Contains Violence, Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots

For ages 16+



An artistic hodgepodge exposing the roots of what makes the Twin Cities what they are. Featuring four new plays by local writers working closely with fine artists hand picked by Cult Status Gallery (named Best Art Gallery: City Pages 2011) spanning topics from the union riots of the 1930's to frustration with the local weather.

Performed at Cult Status, just two blocks away from Fringe Central (moto-i) it is the perfect space for canvas and brush to blend with costume and dialogue

Writers:
Ruth Virkus
Mahmoud Hakima
Marcus Anthony
Duck Washington

Artists:
Erin Sayer
Joseph Naughton
Danya Von Shank
Danny Sigelman
Chris Williams

Directors:
Paul von Stoetzel
Crystal Schneider
Philip Henry

Actors:
Shad Cooper
Jesse Corder
Kate Gunther
Linda Hayen
Ann Rice
Ashley D. Scott
Ryan Scott
Darrin Shaughnessy

TD/Sound/Light Design:
Forest Godfrey

Stage Manager:
Emily Arachtingi

Musician:
Tshisuaka Tshiakatumba

All of our artists will have work featured in our upper gallery following each performance so please set aside time to look at their great work after the show if you are able!

Mahmoud Hakima
Role: Writer
While this is not Mahmoud's first venture as a playwright (having written the Fringe hits Two Bowls of Cereal and Some Bacon and Can Michael Come Out and Play?), this is the first time he has written a show, handed it over and allowed someone else to "do all the work." He has been in the Twin Cities since 2001, working primarily as an actor and an improv performer. He can also be seen (as an actor) in
Hamluke and
Uncle Tom's Condo. He would like to thank Phil, Shad, Ann, Duck, the staff of Cult Status Gallery and everyone else involved with this project for supporting art and allowing it to flourish.

Ruth Virkus
Role: Writer

Marcus Anthony
Role: Writer
Marcus Anthony has a number of original scripts for various companies in the Twin Cities area including Nerissa's Ring (Cromulent Shakespeare Co) and Medea Ex Machina (2010 Fringe Festival). He would like to thank Cult Status, Duck Washington for producing the 612, Paul Von Stoetzel for directing my play, Darrin, Shad, and Kate for bringing the characters to life.

Duck Washington
Role: Writer
Duck Washington is the founder and creator of Rogues Gallery Arts which produced its first play, Couch Aliens vs. the False World, last year which Duck also wrote and directed. He is an actor, director and audio designer in the Twin Cities whose work has been seen at Theatre in the Round, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, The Guthrie, Ronin Theatre, and Theatre Arlo. Duck can also be seen elsewhere in the festival performing as Banquo and MacDuff in Theatre Arlo’s Macbeth: The Video Game Remix.

Erin Sayer
Role: Artist

Joseph Naughton
Role: Artist
To me art is Harmony, a communication between you the materials and creation.
When I draw I listen to my movements and how they are affected but my materials.


Three people I have to give thanks and recognition to are Pouya Najmaie, Peter Hall and Joe Cypher

Danya Von Shank
Role: Artist

Danny Sigelman
Role: Artist
Danny Sigelman is an artist, musician, writer and DJ who has been working in and around Minneapolis for some time now. Graduating in Art at the University of Minnesota as a painter he would help build Radio K, the student run station and eventually go on to DJing at 89.3 the Current and spent a year working in Beijing at China Radio International. As a multi-media artist he continues to work in drawing, painting, video and found art sculptures. Currently he makes music with the Minneapolis Free Music Society and his ongoing Self Sound Orchestra project as well as his latest soundtracks venture, No Guest Energy.

Chris Williams
Role: Artist

Paul von Stoetzel
Role: Director
Paul von Stoetzel has directed and/or adapted numerous plays in the Twin Cities area for such companies as Hardcover Theater (which he is a company member), Urban Samurai, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Theatre Limina, The Unit Collective, In the Basement Prod., The Flower Shop Project, and Yellow Tree Theatre. He focuses on adapting and documenting disturbing stories when he's not happily at home with his fiance and daughter.


Thank you to my love Kai and my daughter London, Duck, Erin and Cult Status for giving me this opportunity, David Schneider, my cast, Marcus Downs for trusting me with his work, and everyone involved with this show.

Crystal Schneider
Role: Director
Crystal G. Schneider is a Director and Dramaturg who has worked with numerous companies in the Twin Cities since 2009, including History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Theatre Unbound and others, including directing Kindred Ginger Production's 2010 Fringe hit "Table 12: A Play at a Wedding", and its subsequent remount by Freshwater Theatre Company. This is her first production with Rogues Gallery.

Crystal sends thanks to Jesus Christ, her husband Brian, and all of her fellow 612 collaborators.

Philip Henry
Role: Director
Philip D Henry is an actor and designer with a B.A. in Performing Arts from Iowa State University. In addition to working with Rogue's Gallery Arts on last year's fringe show, Couch Alien vs. The False World (Gordon Little), Philip is active with Hardcover Theater (where he will be next appearing in Style Not Substance, the Stories of Oscar Wilde at the BLB), Cromulent Shakespeare and the American Shakespeare Repertory.

Shad Cooper
Role: Actor
Shad was most recently seen in Our Town with Yellow Tree Theatre and Raucous Caucus with Boxed Wine Theatre. Other recent credits include Dwight in Walking Shadow's The Crowd You're in With and Collins in the Fringe Festival hit, See You Next Tuesday, also with Walking Shadow. He portrayed Andre Gessonex in Hardcover Theatre's Wormwood, Bobby in American Buffalo at Mixed Blood, and Whit in Park Square Theatre's Of Mice and Men. Shad has worked with the Minnesota Opera, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Jungle Theater, Teatro del Pueblo, Theatre Unbound, Cromulent Shakespeare Company and Theatre in the Round.

Special thanks to my darling wife, Jennifer Dawson, for continuing to patiently be a theatre widow on those nights when I'm off rehearsing, performing, and generally carrying on.


Jesse Corder
Role: Actor

Kate Gunther
Role: Actor
Kate is thrilled to be a part of 'The 612'. She was most recently seen in Upright Egg's 'Songbird', Freshwater's 'Festival of Awkward Moments', Nimbus's 'The Balcony', and CAE's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore'. She is currently preparing for her 3rd tour with educational theatre company GTC Dramatic Dialogues, and then is off to the next adventure exploring New York.

Linda Hayen
Role: Actor
Linda rediscovered theater after a long hiatus and has been involved
with several local theater companies in the past seven years. She is
currently co-chair of Eden Prairie Players and is directing a one act
for them this fall called Passion Play. She is thrilled to be acting in
this very creative production.

Ann Rice
Role: Actor
Ann moved to the Twin Cities three years ago after receiving her BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Local credits include Raucous Caucus (Box Wine Theatre), Hamlet and Merchant of Venice (American Shakespeare Repertory), Romeo and Juliet (Coin Purse Theatre), Lambent Fuse (Stolen Arrow Films) and Cigarettes for Jesus (Urban Gorilla/2009 MN Fringe). Many heartfelt thanks to Mahmoud, Phil, Shad, Duck, Emily and all the inspiring artists involved in The 612, both the production and the area code.


Ashley D. Scott
Role: Actor
Ashley Davis, hailing from Memphis, TN has been acting locally in the Twin Cities for 2 years now. She has worked multiple times with Theatre Unbound & Green T Productions, as well as Starting Gate & Chameleon TC. Her next project is Trojan Women with Green T Productions at the Old Arizona.

Ryan Scott
Role: Actor
Ryan Scott is excited to be involved in this wonderful project and in his first fringe festival. Tours include The Who's Tommy, Kiss Me Kate & Beauty and The Beast. Local Theatre includes To Fool The Eye with St. Croix Festival Light up the Sky with Starting Gate Jesus Christ Superstar with Pioneer Place, Rashomon with Green T/ Mixed Blood & Sweet Charity with BCT. Ryan is also an award winning Jazz Vocalist who has performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Le Chat Noir in New Orleans. Love to my wife.

Darrin Shaugnessy
Role: Actor

Forest Godfrey
Role: TD/Light/Sound Designer

Emily Arachtingi
Role: Stage Manager
Emily Arachtingi has stage managed and assistant stage managed for over two years, working with a variety of theater companies and shows, including Freshwater Theatre Company's Desperation Panties and A Festival of Awkward Moments, Swandive's Crumble: Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake, Loring Theater's Haunted Theater, and Opium, Fireworks & Lead's Exhausted Paint: The Death of Van Gogh and Your Lithopedion. Upcoming productions include Freshwater's Book of Liz and Dirty Girls Come Clean this September and Theatre Unbound's Julius Caesar.

Tshisuaka Tshiakatumba
Role: Musician

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Uneven, but entertaining
by Richard Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
There's some good writing and performances here. Apparently unintentionally, 3 of the four short plays seem philosophically existential which made the remaining piece feel like it didn't fit.

Great for a first timer
by Jeff Smieding Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was my first experience at the Fringe Festival, and I have to say it was a great introduction. It's a series of four (well, six, kinda) short sketches that each take place in Minneapolis.

Like a lot of other reviewers, I really enjoyed The Strike, which was probably the most serious in tone, about the labor riots in the 30s. That said, I thought the acting and overall production was strong across the board. And yes, it was hot in the space. The fans were definitely needed.

Overall, The 612 was well arranged and successfully balanced levity and drama through each of its sketches. Well done!

Interesting, but Uneven
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is a set of vignettes, and all based loosely on some art from the Cult Status gallery. The standout piece is 'The Strike', about a Union Worker, a Cop, and the woman who crosses their path mid... ah, we'll go with 'debate'. It's an interesting work, and not entirely successful, but worth watching for the talents involved.

Small Venue, Big Plays
by Luke Finsaas Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The 612 covered a lot of ground - the Twin Cities breaking up; a union man and a cop in the middle of a labor riot; a couple stuck in the snow and debating where a hot dish is called a casserole or not. And one man was lost in the MSP night.

I particularly enjoyed the piece on Minnesota labor strikes. Not only were we introduced to a little-known historical event, we experienced individuals' complex response to it. The police officer was an extraordinary actor, as was the union man. They pulled us out of the 21st century and placed us squarely in the midst of a labor riot. Hard to do - especially for someone, like me, who doesn't go attend many plays.

Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Definitely See This!
by Abigail Nones Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My day of Fringe-ing concluded with seeing The 612, and I can't think of a better culmination. I loved the harmony within the diverse collection of short works; it was refreshing to explore the different angles of "Minnesotan" weather, culture, relationships, and history. The venue was unique, the incorporation of art was awesome, and the actors were talented. The 612 engendered moments comedic and thought-provoking: I am so glad I saw this, and I highly recommend it!

Delightful Depth
by Carol Rudie Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Although the venue was very small and hot (fans provided), the show's structure--3 short pieces wrapped with another--kept the audience attentive to the end. Artwork from the gallery inspired the pieces; each had home-grown humor and references. But interest in the dramatic sets is deepened by the "where am I?" theme that wove throughout. Beautifully done and well worth the perspiration.

4 shows in one.
by Thorwald Esbensen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show consists of 3 individual plays set over a fourth, which acts as an interlude between the three main pieces. One of the strengths of the show is that you get to see very different takes on a theme (Minnesota) all within the span of an hour.

While I enjoyed all of the performances, the piece about Minnesota's worker strike was riveting, and the one about about a young couple stuck in a ditch during a snowstorm was hilarious. Lastly, the show has lots of Jesse Corder.

Definitely worth checking out!

A nice slice of local life.
by Heather Bufkin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Four short plays paired with unique pieces of artwork that run the gamut from amusing to thought-provoking. The whole isn't perfect, but every resident of the Twin Cities will find a familiar piece.

The venue is small and hot, but the company provides paper fans, and the show is more than worth it. Much admiration for the actors of "Polar Expedition," who portray a convincing snowbound couple despite the temperature in full winter gear.

I'm glad I didn't miss this!

Super pretty!
by Carla Mantel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I actually turned to Duck Washington during a break between pieces and said "that was amazing!"

The four vignettes about the twin cities are snapshots of life here, whether historical, contemporary, or metaphysical (the cities themselves star in one). The "amazing" comment was inspired by "The Strike," a breathtaking look into the early 20th century union riots.

Good intention, but just okay.
by Aleutian Calabay Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The 612 was a pretty decent show. Not mind blowing, but entertaining. There is no real plot, just a bunch of snippets that are related to Minneapolis. The writing relied on the stereotypical Minnesotan stereotypes - hot dishes, the snow, etc. But there were moments that I really enjoyed, like the worker and the cop. Also, the space was very HOT, which distracted from the show as well. All in all, a decent show, but not all together original.

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Schedule
Friday, 8/58:30 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/62:30 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/68:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/77:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, 8/97:00 p.m. 
Thursday, 8/117:00 p.m. 
Friday, 8/127:00 p.m. 
Friday, 8/1210:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/132:30 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/138:30 p.m. 
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2913 Harriet Av S


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