The Ministry of Cultural Warfare is back at the Fringe this year with
our usual smatterings of agitprop and snark! But after taking last
year off to recharge our creative batteries, we need your help to
recharge our financial batteries.
With artists to pay, rehearsal space to rent, props to buy, set pieces
to pillage, it all adds up fast. So we’re turning to our ever-faithful
infidelitous friends to help us make up the difference. Join us for
some post-work wine and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, July 27 at la
maison de Nathan Surprenant to schmooze, drink and get your name in
our program (you’ll be famous!). The party lasts from 7 to 9, and your
Ministers will all be on hand to give you our eternal gratitude and
ply you with more drinks.
“Before I sink any more dough into this so-called Ministry, what’s the
show?” you ask. We are proudly updating and expanding our hit “The
Unbearable Lightness of Being American.” It’s 13 individually wrapped
sketches — some live, some video, some sung — that trash American
largess and hypocricy on religion, immigration, sex, identity, war and
cats. Yes, we even go after the cats!
The usual gang is at it again: Leigha Horton and Nathan Surprenant are
performing, Reid Knuttila’s directing and Matthew Foster’s writing and
doing video voodoo. 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. To get so much more information (and
to buy tickets), visit our page on the Minnesota Fringe Festival site.
So… We’ll see you at our pre-Fringe post-money party! This is what
you need to know:
Thursday, July 27, 7-9 pm
Nathan Surprenant and Brad Wagner’s fancy loft
(comment or e-mail me for the address – there’s no way I’m posting that sucker on the internets-machine)
Can’t attend but still want to help? Of COURSE you do! Make checks
payable to Matthew Foster (we dissolved the official company because
it was a pain to file with The State for the pittance we make from
shows… I mean, how much time would *you* want to spend arguing with
a Republican Secretary of State?) and mail to the following address: (again, comment or e-mail me for the address – there’s no way I’m posting that sucker on the internets-machine).