Ordway
Ordway
Comedy

#RelationshipStatus

By Someday, Wine Productions
Written by Ryan Ashby Thorsen
Mixed Blood Theatre

GLBT content, Political content, Historical content
Warnings:
Just so you know, this show has Adult language, Sexual Content.


Love is officially Law in Minnesota...so, now what? #RelationshipStatus peeks into the lives and complicated relationships of real Minnesotans after the ink dried on the Marriage Equality bill.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.


 Friday, 8/1 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/3 @ 4:00 p.m.
 
 Wednesday, 8/6 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Friday, 8/8 @ 4:00 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
Read the reviews

Love Is The Law

by David Rust on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Looking at the paths several couples take in the wake of Marriage Equality becoming the law in Minnesota. From the day Governor Dayton signed the bill into law to a year later (and then some) the cast portrays several couples and explores some aspects of how the possibility of marriage impacts people's lives. Sure, it doesn't get into all the nitty-gritty of it and only explores a few angles but it's only an hour with a limited cast ... much more would not have been feasible.

I feel sorry for those who were not there for the Saturday night final performance, though. Producer and Co-Creator Laura D. Thaisen came on stage after the show was done and proposed to her girlfriend, actress Rachel Rice.

She said yes!


Charming and Funny

by Morgen Chang on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The sweetest show about gay (and straight) marriage and relationships I've seen! More than just the relationship status is at play here--changing political and social status for gay couples is also humorously addressed. Multiple stories and couples are linked together as everyone takes a personal journey (the "older" midwestern couple is a riot as they comment on the modern world). I loved the true-to-life caricatures, the inside references, and the ongoing joke that whether it's marriage or relationship problems, we're all equal!


Important, current.

by Spencer Retelle on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Something magical happens on stage at Mixed Blood. These interwoven narratives hold a level of honesty, to the point of feeling like non-fiction theatre. The true beauty of the show is in it's appropriate timeliness. It begs the question, "One year after marriage equality: now what?"

I didn't laugh harder than watching some of these performances. I also wasn't closer to crying. Quite the roller-coaster of emotions. A must-see in the coming nights.


You'll laugh and cry!

by Sarah Lanners on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

All of the characters in this topical and relevant comedy will remind you of yourself or someone you know. The interactions between all the couples could be interactions between any couple, and any kind of couple, straight or gay. An extremely important message about love, you'll laugh and maybe shed a few tears (I know I did) as you watch this fantastic play!


Mmhmm

by Corey DiNardo on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A really good show. Funny and poignant. The pacing flowed very well and the writing was good. Some scenes were better than the others. The "first date"is the only scene that bothered me; the acting seemed forced and uneven. Robb Krueger KILLS it though. In both of his storylines, he's brilliant and never fails to capture my attention. Also, having had those roles where your character basically says the same thing the whole time, it was so good to see that each of his "mmhmms" had their own unique flavor. I also feel the need to name Maggie Mae Dale as another actor to watch in this show. The scenes with the old couple and their son almost brought tears to my eyes; very touching. Very funny as well! Make time to see this show.


Sweet and Sentimental

by Andrew Gullikson on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Don't be fooled: There's nothing profoundly ground-breaking about this show. It is simply happy, sweet, and heart-warming, without being so full of fluff that it detracts from the action on stage. This show is a peek into the lives of people affected by the marriage amendment in one form or another, and it's great to see smiles there. Robb Krueger's contrasting characters, both within the show and between other shows, are wonderful to watch, and I applaud the rest of the cast for naturalizing some pretty quirky situations. It certainly put a smile on my face.


A sweet treat

by Liz Capouch on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show was a charming piece of work. I appreciated the acting for seeming true-to-life - even though some of the characters could be considered caricatures, they weren't played as such. Each person seemed like a friend, or someone you'd actually meet, which was refreshing and made the show more accessible. Good writing all-around; nothing seemed contrived in any of the vignettes. The show was tight - scene changes were nearly seamless, and the use of the stage was great!


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by Madeline Graham on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The acting was uneven, but the touching moments brought tears to my eyes. It is an important story that needs to be told and it was at times funny and at times sweet. I would have preferred more surprises, more dramatic tension, and sharper dialogue.

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Sweet and Funny

by Joy Gullikson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

As an LGBT ally, what else could I say but ". . . that's so sweet!". Witty and poignant, this show was well acted and well directed--I'm happy it could be written, and I'm happy I was able to see it. I think I might go again.


Heartwarming, authentic storytelling

by Anna Zaros on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play makes you laugh and cry and leave with a smile on your face. The simple, yet thoughtful vignettes authentically capture the collective experience of Minnesota after marriage for same sex couples was legalized - for both new and old couples, gay and straight, romantic and friends. I loved that the writing made me laugh out loud but also feel connected to the experience of each character. In a short play we were able to witness each character's development over a year. You'll leave the theater feeling like you partook in a celebration of relationships of all sorts and the accomplishment of Minnesota!


Minnesota United!

by Peter Avirom on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show accurately captured the moment when the GLBT community found out they got the right to marry--the awkward support from random straight allies and parents, the discussion of whether or not to get married.

The show was simple and beautiful. The creator of the show greeted the audience afterwards and revealed that parts are certainly autobiographical. There was some good laughs and some tears too--around the topic of unaccepting parents.

I think the script could benefit from more of an arc and some more conflict or tension. It was a simple sweet piece--a collection of vignettes. It did not break new ground, not a "must see" but a pleasant hour spent. I recommend for anyone who worked with Minnesota United to get the Gay Marriage

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Well done

by Paul Roth on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Numerous laugh out louds and honestly touching moments too.


Well done show

by Dave Larson on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

When marriage became legal for all loving couples, I imagined a Fringe show where one of the partners in a relationship was not quite as enthusiastic about marriage personally as the other partner. It's great for other people, but for me, well... This show captures that moment and more. I enjoyed it quite a bit.


Cast and crew

Robb Krueger

Goeffrey/Old Man

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Robb Krueger recently returned to the Twin Cities from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with his MFA in Theatre clutched tightly in one hand while waving his Acting Resume with the other. While at MSU some of his favorite roles were Lord Nicia in The Mandrake, George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet. In the Twin Cities he has appeared as the Rev. Anthony Anderson in The Devil's Disciple at Theatre in the Round, as Antonio in The Tempest with Cromulent Shakespeare Company. He was composer, lyricist and music director for the 2011 Minneapolis Fringe Festival production of Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance and the 2013 Minneapolis Fringe Festival production of Shine. Last Christmas he appeared as Joe Ivy in Christmas and Cold Feet with the Seasons Players, and he was seen most recently as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, a co-production of Green T Productions and Chameleon Theatre Circle. Robb is also an avid composer, lyricist and playwright. He makes killer cheesecake.

Matt Briggs

Damien/Anthony

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Matt Briggs is thrilled to be returning to thee MN Fringe to present such thought-provoking work with so many talented artists! Matt is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point's BFA acting program. When he's not acting, he works as a case manager at Proact Inc. in Eagan, where he has the opportunity to stage full theatrical performances starring adults with disabilities. As a lifelong Minnesotan, Matt will never forget the joy and sense of community he felt when marriage equality became law in the state that he loves. May Minnesota continue to be a place where love always wins!!!!

Megan Volkman-Wilson

Roxanne/Old Woman

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#RelationshipStatus is Megan's 3rd MN Fringe experience. Previous Fringe-ing includes: "Stage Manager" and Postcard Design for Behind the Big Top (2012), and Postcard Design for Professor Hotrail (2013). Since graduating with a BFA in Musical theatre from MSU Mankato in 2011, Megan has worked with Bloomington Civic Theatre, Cerulean River Productions by way of the MN Centennial Showboat, Theatre Unbound, Walking Shadow/Mixed Blood (collaboration), and most recently, Classical Actors Ensemble (Love's Labour's Lost). #RelationshipStatus holds personal gravity for each involved, and Megan is proud to share it with you. She hopes that you find your own friends and family in these characters, and that, regardless of the expectations of others, patience, respect, and LOVE - above all else - prevails.

Maggie Mae Dale

Katie/Kaija

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Maggie Mae Dale is a Minnesota girl with a heart full of glitter-most recently seen smokin' the reefer as Mae in Reefer Madness:The Musical with Minneapolis Musical Theatre. Maggie has always been a proud ally of the LGBT community. She was even famous for fifteen minutes in her hometown with a letter to the editor encouraging her community to "Vote No" on the Marriage Amendment. Maggie can't remember exactly where she was when news of the marriage equality bill was passed, but she remembers dancing and shots. Like, really fun shots.

Rachel Rice

Lana

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Rachel is making her debut in the Twin Cities theatre community with this year's Fringe Festival. Favorite credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Fame, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and The Cocoonery. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Masters in Public Heath at the University of Minnesota. In her free time she teaches and practices yoga and enjoys spending time with her cats Oscar, MooCow, and Earnie - who she likes a lot and are funny. She would like to thank her parents for being a gay kid's dream, and remind her partner (and creator of #RelationshipStatus) that her finger still has no ring on it.

Meredith Larson

Director

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Meredith Larson is pleased to return for her third year directing for the MN Fringe Festival. Last year she directed Professor Hotrail and the Time-Traveling Meth Lab, and the year before that directed Behind the Big Top. When she isn't collaborating for Fringe, Meredith works for Stages Theatre Company as a teacher for their Conservatory and Summer Programs. As a performer, she has worked with Walking Shadow Theatre Company, MN Opera, Six Elements Theatre Company, Stages Theatre Company, Classical Actors Ensemble, 20% Theatre Company, and more. "I was honored when my friend asked me to put her stories on stage. This is a show about the new hope that was ushered in by last year's amendment. Time to play!"

Ryan Thorsen

Playwright/Co-Creator

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Ryan Thorsen is a local writer and actor in the Twin Cities. This year marks his fourth in a row working with the Minnesota fringe, and his first writing stint in the festival. He is proud to call himself an "ally" of the LGBT community, and supporter of equal rights for all people. He is thrilled to be working with the many wonderful and talented people, who have brought this labor of love to life on the stage.

Laura D. Thaisen

Producer/Co-Creator

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Laura is a freelance stage manager, production manager, prodcuer, and sometimes-actor in the Twin Cities. Recent work includes Gypsy at Bloomington Civic Theatre, The Veteran's Play Project with Mixed Blood Theatre, and Aladdin Jr. at Stages Theatre Company. Previous Fringe shows include A Certain Age (2013) and All's Fair (2012). Laura was greatly involved in the "Vote No" campaign and was cheering all day at the Capitol during both the Senate and House votes on the marriage equality bill. Her first date with Rachel Rice (Lana) became the inspiration for #RelationshipStatus - because you just can't make that shit up.

Jordan Daoust

Sound Designer

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Originally from Michigan, Jordan moved to Minnesota in 2006 to attend McNally Smith College of Music. His career started in 2008, working with Timberwood & Wooddale Churches, Camp Bar, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Pieta Pictures, and countless "one-offs". In 2010 Jordan joined Bloomington Theater and Art Center as resident Sound Designer/Engineer, working on over 30 productions. In late 2013 Jordan joined Penumbra Theater Co. Other work includes: Project Success, Anoka HS, Johnson HS, Bloomington Arts in the Parks, Alive & Kickin', and Minnesota Fringe!

Hannah Lee DesMarais

Costume Designer

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Hannah is happily working on her fourth Fringe Season! Thankfully her busy education at Minnesota State University, Mankato has prepared her for her three different shows in the Fringe Festival this summer. Make sure you check out all her work in Someday, Wine Productions’ #RelationshipStatus, Greater Productions’ The Confederate (both at Mixed Blood) and Forgotten Goddess’s Bang Bang, Miss American Pie (at Intermedia Arts.) Hannah would like to thank her family for all their support and love. Check out more of her work here: facebook.com/hannahlee26

More information
Meet Geoffrey and Damien. They’ve been together for five years (thirty-five in gay years). When marriage equality suddenly becomes legal in Minnesota, they’re faced with a sobering reality… They might have to get married! Whoops… didn’t think about that one. Their story is one of many. Follow them and others connected to the Minnesota LGBT community as they navigate their new found freedom.

Inspired by a real first gay date involving beer, cats, and drunken strangers, #RelationshipStatus weaves together humor, history, and a handful of homos.

Marriage Equality in Minnesota - A (brief) history:

MN made history in November, 2012 when it became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Riding this wave of momentum, a bill guaranteeing marriage equality passed through the legislature mere months later in May, 2013. The bill was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton, and on August 1st, the wedding bells rang for same-sex couples all across Minnesota.

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