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Minnesota Fringe Festival gets bigger in 2010

The Minnesota Fringe Festival will expand to 15 sites in 2010, opening 11 additional slots for shows and raising the total of pieces produced to 169.

That’s good, because the festival also got a record number of applicants this year — ­ 397. Earlier this week, the annual lottery was held for the non-juried festival, with the lucky 169 selected for inclusion.

Companies chosen include Fringe favorites Walking Shadow, Joking Envelope (Joe Scrimshaw¹s venture), Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic’s Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions. Other participants of note include Mary Jo Pehl (of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” fame), Israeli storyteller Florence Fisch-Hacham and C.R.A.Z.Y., a teenage theater group based in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

In the annual juggling of venues, two new spaces have been added ­ for the net change of one additional theater. The West Bank’s Theatre in the Round and Lyn-Lake’s Jungle Theater are now part of the mix.

The 2010 Fringe runs Aug. 5-15. The full schedule will be released in July.
For more information, including a list of all the selected shows, visit the Fringe Festival online here.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Alison Kay on 06/22/2010 - 02:17 pm.

    This year is also the 2nd annual Fringey Awards, a contest for participants of the MN Fringe Festival, hosted by VISI. Participants of the Fringe can upload a 60-second video trailer to http://www.fringeyawards.com to help their show gain exposure. The general public can vote up to three times on the video trailers from July 1st through August 4th. The video with the most votes will win $500 in cash from VISI! The top three will win web hosting for one year from VISI, a $240 value!

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