Q&A with Fringe Artists

CP: How does singing and dancing enhance the horror?

Zuther: Imagine, if you will, Blair Witch meets Moulin Rouge. Part documentary, part horror movie, part movie musical. A horror documusical. What could be more horrorific?

Mike Fotis

Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood in Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses
Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood in Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Mike Fotis: Awesome. Funny. Lazy. Not Memorized. Not my attempt at therapy.

CP: You're going to tell stories. Share one of them now.

Fotis: OK! I grew up on a yogurt farm (did he?). It was awesome (was it?) until our entire field of yogurt plants (yum) went bad. After that, I was sent (mailed) to the Army (Navy) and invented (discovered) apples.

CP: You're going to sit. Aren't we worth having you stand? Really?

Fotis: Yes, but here's the thing that I've never understood. You're sitting watching me. Why can't I sit too? It just seems unfair. Tell you what. If the audience stands during my show, I'll stand, too. I guess, in the end, I'm making a statement about how there's too much blocking in Twin Cities Theater.

The Fringe Facts

This is year 15 for the Minnesota Fringe, meaning as an institution it's almost old enough to get a driver's license. Putting aside the fact that institutions are intangible entities that can't possibly take the wheel of a motor vehicle, this is a good time to mention that the Fringe is very accessible to those traveling by foot, bicycle, or Metro Transit: The shows are grouped in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Uptown, the West Bank, and Northeast. There are a whopping 156 shows this year, and the festival is set up both for those who prefer to dip their dainty toe and those who opt to plunge into the deep end and stay there. Everyone 12 years and older must buy a $3 Fringe admission button before purchasing any tickets (shades of Ticketmaster, but oh well). From there you can tailor your options. Single adult tickets run $12, kids under 12 get in for $5. Seniors, students, and MPR members pay $10. For $50 you can get a five-show punch card, which you can share with friends to enjoy the discount. A 10-show punch card goes for $90. And if you can't get enough, $150 will buy the Ultra Pass, which allows you into as many shows as you can manage. The box office for each show opens a half hour before curtain, seating begins 10 minutes before show time, and all seating is general admission. To make reservations call 651.209.6799, or hit the web atuptowntix.com. For updates, blogs, and general Fringe indulgence, check in through the week at fringefestival.org.

This year's closing night party is at First Avenue on Sunday night starting at 9:00 p.m. You can also check in at Fringe Central at Bedlam Theatre, starting at 4:00 p.m. weekdays and noon weekends—a great stop for beer, wine, soft drinks, food, and a community vibe.

  • Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
  • Interact Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. #140
  • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
  • Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St.
  • Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 Franklin Ave. W.
  • Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 Fourth St. S.
  • The Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave.
  • Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE
  • Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S.
  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune, 105 N. 1st St.
  • U of M Rarig Center, 330 S. 21st Ave.

Bring Your Own Venues:

  • Kieran's Irish Pub, 330 2nd Ave. S.
  • McMahon's Pub, 3001 E. Lake St.
  • Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St.
  • The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE

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