The Minnesota Fringe Festival returns TOMORROW(!) and runs through August 13th at various Minneapolis venues. With it comes The Unbearable Lightness of Being American, a new(ish) offering from my snarky little theater company, The Ministry of Cultural Warfare. COME SEE!
But first, a caveat or two (after all, what's a Ministry show without some proper caveats?):
1) We highly, highly recommend reservations, as The Ministry’s last four Fringe offerings have sold-out every single performance. Turning people away totally sucks.
2) Not even remotely suitable for children under, say, 15. They won’t get most of it. And the stuff they DO get, you would probably prefer they didn’t.
This is what happens when smart patriots get angry. The Unbearable Lightness of Being American is a twelve-part multimedia parody of American politics, godliness and culture that blitzes Blue and Red.
The company that brought you the Fringe hits Industrials, Slaughterhouse Warming and In Defense of Sin: My Friends' Best Stories is back with their snarky, sarcastic, Fringe best! For its sixth big Fringe year, the Ministry of Cultural Warfare trashes American largess and hypocrisy on religion, immigration, sex, identity, war, and cats. Yes, we even go after the cats!
The show was first performed in its one-woman incarnation at the 2002 Absolute Originals festival at Intermedia Arts. Then we went on to be the first sell-out of the 2004 Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal — AND sold out every single one of our Montréal performances — AND got the cover of the Montreal Mirror. Like all things American, the show is returning home like a prodigal son after getting scrubbed, detailed and tricked-out. The script even has that coveted new-theater smell.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Thursday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, August 6 at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12 at 8:30 p.m.
At Intermedia Arts 28th and Lyndale, Mpls (driving directions) Intermedia has been designated a scent-free venue. Please refrain from wearing smelly stuff.
Starring Leigha Horton and Nathan Surprenant Guitar by Dan Sarka Directed by Reid Knuttila Script and video by Matthew Foster
Photo courtesy Craig VanDerSchaegen