About Minnesota Fringe

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"1967"

By 2Lorens
Created by 2Lorens

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena

The Summer of Love was also the summer of Rage when American cities burned and the National Guard patrolled the streets. This is what we lived - personal testimony to the past as prologue to the present.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Personal

by M. Baker on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Very personal set of performances about this pivotal year.


Truthful

by Alex Yang on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show had a somewhat less theatrical, slightly unpolished feel to it, and I felt this was a virtue of the piece that brought a remarkable honesty from each of the performers. The different stories don't quite converge and the resolution isn't totally clear, but that aspect is an appropriate reflection of the subject matter: messy and muddled, with plenty of questions that are still unanswered today. The final moment of the show makes the audience consider its own complicity in racial bias, bigotry, and ultimately, acts of violence. I wasn't around in the 60's, but looking at the world around me, these stories still resonated, and we still have a lot of work to do.


Not what I thought...

by Bailey H. on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I'm also in the minority, but I didn't like this show. I LOVE the Civil Rights Movement, so I expected to hear a lot about that, since 1967 is a huge time for Civil Rights. A couple of the storytellers touched on it, but mostly talked about themselves and love stories - not what I expected. I know they are all well known storytellers, but at times the performance seemed unrehearsed, like they were making it up as they went. The lights went off before any real conclusion was reached. I had such high hopes.


1967

by Patricia Enger on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I will admit that I love two of the individuals in this production: Loren and Howard. Loren has been and remains my storytelling teacher and Howard is a friend.

But how I feel about them would not have influenced my reaction to the performance I saw Saturday afternoon.

The storytellers twisted my guts and pierced my heart - the music tempered that pain with thoughts of the good times.

Both before and after our performance last night, gathered with a group of cast members and their friends, I retold these stories that I heard today. The date was 1967 - the stories related to our world now....one would have hoped we would have made much more progress than we have...


Powerful!

by Cristine Patlan on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Show highlighted personal memories in a heartfelt & beautiful way. Thoroughly enjoyed.


Ok well...

by Karl Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Seems like I am in the minority when I say I did not like this show. Some of the stories were great, while some of the stories lacked direction and felt like someone rambling a bit to find a conclusion.

I also felt like the singing was a bit tacked on.

But hey, this is just my opinion.


Takes you to a time

by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

The storytelling and songs take you to a time through the experience of the storytellers.


Personal Reflections on 1967

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Decent storytelling about a very compelling topic. Honest, heartfelt. Worth a look


A show about personal history

by Bailey Troth on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show provides the personal insights of several individuals into a story rich period of American history. It explores how race and gender and power intertwine within people's lives, how historical events are intertwined across gulfs of scale. This show demonstrates how effectively art can represent and construct historical truth.


No Summer Of Love

by Larry Ripp on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

These storytellers have taken off the rose colored glasses and have given us 1967 up close and personally political. So smart. So raw. So real. With great live music to add authentic flavor. Here are REAL human stories about a time, an era that began the process of teaching us to understand that we didn't understand anything at all. Hope and dispair together all at once. That was 1967. That is this show. Loved it!


important!

by patrick keyes on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

An excellent story, or really three stories very well told. In brought you back to 1967 but then in left you 2017. Always more questions than answers which I guess is a good thing. The musical accompaniment was excellent and added a great deal to the program. It left me feeling uncomfortable.

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1967

by Austen barranco on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

High quality show. Storytelling style. Well done


Well Told

by Connie Roni on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I did enjoy this show. The story telling is wonderful, the music engaging, and the subject matter interesting. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because I'm trying to keep my reviews consistent. Saving the 5's for shows I'd be happy to see twice. I'm happy to have had this on my queue!

1 person found this review helpful


1967

by Bobbi Pauling on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

They're all good stories and storytellers telling of a time period that I could really relate to with well-crafted performances worth seeing. Here's why I didn't give it a five. I think the piece could have been staged differently. The performers backs were to people too much for me, as with many older people, making it hard to hear sometimes, but not often. End result: Well, I wish they would have connected with the audience more. Also, the ending surprised me. It felt like there was nothing that summed it up or tied it all together.


Wisdom

by Eric Meininger on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Not an alternative baby boomer perspective as one of the reviewers stated. These are more stories of our elders - to remind us not to repeat the same mistakes again. As someone born after the 60s and the summer of love, I grew up hearing about the Detroit riots and the fear and racial divide in that city persisted, throughout my college years.

Go, and hear these perspectives from these very talented storytellers. They are able to bring to life the culture and lessons of the 60s in ways that reading Tom Hayden and studying the SDS never could. I only wish that I could hang out more with them and hear more stories.

By the way, I'm not a Lutheran. Recommended.


Refreshing

by Mitch Vosejpka on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

In a Fringe such as this year's filled with political dialogues and similar popular themes, a show like this is refreshing. Some people heal in certain ways, but I feel everyone can find some essence of freedom and healing through a simple storytelling. This was not storytelling I would call simple though. Tremendously thought out; this collective brings skill, charm, wisdom and community in this gathering of life stories they share with you. In times like this we need stories told and life shared with each other. With beautiful music, lovely dynamics, thoughtful topics and charming presentors you will definitely enjoy this show.


Another baby boomer: an alternate view

by Corrie Fiedler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

I'm tempted to write a white guilt review of what we heard - and reinforced - about the 1960 (and up to the present day). But that isn't what I experienced.

Good news: Four storytellers .... all with solid skills.
Not my style: Unconnected stories (across time and space), somewhat self indulgent (we all have great learnings from the last 55 years), a little difficulty adapting to the Arena format (we were seeing the back of performers too often).


Look in the mirror.

by Leif Wallin on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I assumed the show would be about San Fran, but all that was in Minneapple? A reminder to look in the mirror.


"We were there"

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

The year of riots and unrest and Dr. King's death remembered - brings home the lingering sensitivities of racism in a touching eye witness.


Beautiful and moving

by Sosan Flynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Powerful stories woven together wonderfully.


1st Time @ the Fringe

by Nance Purcell on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Smashing introduction to the fantastic Fringe. I'm hooked! Three masterful storytellers merge their tales from the tumult of 1967 into a synchronous show that feels like a personal memory. Evocative musical selections punctuate their intimate stories to the delight of all. Nance Purcell


Great Show!

by Ada Cheng on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Love the weaving of different stories, different points of views, and music.


1967 is a Wow!!

by Pat Moore on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

4 performers, 2 older white guys who were definitely around in 1967 and two younger black women including a singer/ musician take us back to 1967 for real. The stories made me feel right there with them and Rose did an awesome job fitting music to the mood of the show. It's a have to see for me.


Fresh Synthesis of Race from 60's to Now

by Kathleen Towle on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Three master storytellers weave distinct, yet connected, recollections of race, youth and the explosive turbulence of the 60's. The stories surface eerie parallels between then and now that beg reflection--and the powerful underlying strength of Afrocentric culture amidst our segregated society. The skilled artists wrap their stories in the rhythm and music of African American standards on piano and voice to beautifully punctuate transitions from actor to actor and theme to theme. The lessons we still must learn are etched onto the stage through the joy, pain, sorrow and wonder of memories. The stories bring the 60's - and us - to life. They call us to love one another through the chaos of profound cultural change.


Thanks for the reminders

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Deeply felt, personal stories about events and people of the late 1960s, beautifully delivered with musical interludes. Racial disquiet, fear of the other, antisemitism, protests, riots, segregation, violence - but also music, love, learning, awakening and activism – was it centuries ago or 50 years or yesterday? Four performers, black and white, men and women, painted pictures that brought back our own memories.


Definitely relatable if...

by Nanette Stearns on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

The first thing I noticed was that there were few (if any) people in the audience under 40 or 50. The 60s were part of my childhood and I knew enough about what was happening to relate to this show and the performers. The mix of music/song/stories were important and thought-provoking. Hopefully the show will draw a younger audience who can see how these issues continue to be brought to life today.


Captivating and Resonant

by Betsy Loikow on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A must see. Powerful storytelling that resonated deeply with contemporary events without feeling forced or preachy. Congratulations to the artists on a wonderful show!


Moving Storytelling

by Stephanie Vadala on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Each storyteller had me completely captivated as they told their accounts of life in and around 1967. I loved how some of the stories managed to reference modern day which made it feel like the complete emotional package. I was invested and extremely moved and recommend NOT missing this show. I'd go again.


Honest and thought-provoking

by Sue Searing on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

As a baby boomer myself, I used to think that all the best stories of the tumultuous 'sixties must have already been told, but these three master storytellers changed my mind. They look back on gut-wrenching personal encounters with racism, violence, injustice, and love, but the emotions they evoke are universal. The brief musical moments not only help bridge the narratives but enrich and deepen the mood. Because storytelling is organic and alive, this show is only going to get better with each performance.


Poingnant, Thought Provoking

by Liz Blank on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Exceptional!


1967

by Ann Manning on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Three master story tellers and one musician share very personal stories of this era that are powerful and poignant. They leave you thinking about your own life and how certain times, places and people leave their impact on us forever. Social commentary through personal story - a winning combination. Don't miss this one.


Masterful Storytelling

by Lauren Borchard on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Three storytellers, three styles of storytelling, three different ways to move me to tears. These six stories on a related theme should be heard by all!

1 person found this review helpful


FANTASTIC! Compelling and real

by Shauna Edson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

There is nothing quite like the power of good story telling, and this show was EXCEPTIONAL. Master story-tellers sharing their authentic, heartfelt, raw, and moving experiences with race, societal reaction, activism, and pain. They interwove the past and present into a tapestry of relevance, insight, reflection, and courage. One of the most powerful shows of any type that I have seen in a long, long time. Get a reservation and GO SEE THIS!!!!


Insightful

by Dorothy Cleveland on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well crafted and surprisingly contemporary. Made me think; made me feel

1 person found this review helpful


Don't miss this one

by Fourth Wall on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Powerful monologues surrounding the human condition and the struggle for social justice. Three persons performing monologues and one musician. All very talented. Glad I caught this one.

1 person found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Mari Harris

performer

Mari Harris is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Actor, and a Pianist with a powerful commitment to provide entertainment, empowerment, healing, and Love through the Arts. She recently performed at The East Side Freedom Library in St Paul, MN, and The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY, Mari loves performing new theatrical works and is excited to be a part of this project: 1967.


Howard Lieberman

performer

Howard Lieberman has done everything on stage except sing, which he would do if he could carry a tune. He grew up on the North Side of Chicago with a professional tap dancer for a father and a math teacher for a mother, which may explain his wild mood swings.

As a young man, Howard left the wholesome Midwest to find fame or fortune as a corporate attorney in New York City. 20 years and one child later, Howard and his wife left, moving to staunchly Republican Stillwater, MN with a New York accent and a jaded optimist’s sense of humor.

Today Howard’s unique blend of performance art, improv skills and personal narrative has made him a fixture in the national performance art scene. He has partnered with Loren Niemi for Fringe Festival performances since 2009.

Contact: hlieberman@lieberman-nelson.com


Rose McGee

performer

Rose McGee, M.Edu. is a professional storyteller, educator, facilitator, and playwright. She is creator of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Initiative, owner of Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts, co-author of the book, Story Circle Stories and earned a Master’s Degree from Lesley University Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is featured in the national PBS documentary, A Few Good Pie Places and TEDx Talk, The Power of Pie. She has led community volunteers in baking Sweet Potato Comfort Pies for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine black people were killed and to Standing Rock protestors. In addition to local coverage, her gift and service of pies have been featured nationally including USA Today, The Huffington Post, and national talk show, The Real.


Loren Niemi

performer

Loren Niemi has spent 40 years as a professional storyteller, creating, coaching, performing, producing and teaching stories of all kinds to audiences of all ages and interests. His work has been called “on the cutting edge of storytelling,” “with the dark beauty of language that is not ashamed of poetry.” He began performing in Fringe Festivals in 1995 and has done at least one a year since then with solor and partnered shows rooted in story and focused on what matters.

Loren is also a poet and the author of The New Book of Plots, (Parkhurst Brothers), and the co-author, with Elizabeth Ellis, of Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories, (August House), the critically acclaimed text on the value and necessity of telling the stories that are difficult to speak and uncomfortable to hear. He teaches storytelling at Metro State University and the University of St. Thomas' Executive Leadership Institute and coaches individuals, teams and organization around the country on messaging and presentation skills.

Contact: niemistory@gmail.com

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Howard Lieberman and I did a version of "1967" with Felix Hampton Brown a decade ago for the MN Fringe at Mixed Blood Theater. It was a St. Paul Pioneer Press "Must See..." Well here we are at the 50th anniversary of that summer and the issues that percepitated the crisis are still with us. With that in mind we have invited storyteller and activist, Rose McGeee and singer/songwriter, Mari Harris to join us to rethink what "1967" meant and how it speaks to today. 


 Here is a interview Howard and I were asked to about the show and our interweaving art and politics: 



 


 Here's two songs from Mari Harris - 



 



 


 

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