Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Virtual Fringe 2020 - Digital Hub - Previews Tonight! (Wed. 7/29)

If, like me, you're finding the long list of the many artists on Digital Hub of this year's Virtual Minnesota Fringe Festival both delightful and a bit overwhelming, and you were wishing you had a traveling artists showcase here on Fringe Eve to help you preview and sort even a sampling of them all, then you're in luck.

Maximum Verbosity is hosting a Digital Hub preview event this evening, Wed. 7/29, at 7:30pm CST

It will be hosted on Maximum Verbosity's Facebook page.

The event listing says (I'm throwing in the synopses I was given):

"The theaters are dark, but the theater lives on. Check out an entirely artist-led combination of live and pre-recorded previews from the upcoming Minnesota Fringe Virtual Festival's Digital Hub, including but not limited to:

3-Way Lovve: Robyn Meets Keepon (Maatology Productions)
"3 Way Lovve is a modernized Shakespearean story about a street painter who os challenged by his love relationships and his art. The play is inspired by the life of iconic painter Basquiat."

The Art of Opposition (The People Project)
"The Art of Opposition uses movement to explore resistance in all of it's forms, from physical to sociological. This work was inspired by the evolution of resistance across generations, and aims to provoke discussion around the varied forms opposition can take. 50% of proceeds will go to the Black Women's Health Imperative."

Between...Then, Now, Next (Ray Terrill Dance Group)
"Dances of hope and resilience from repertory, including Litany, Reverence, Interplay | Still & Moving and Untitled: Number 1, 2012."

A Circus Show (WeFlip Entertainment)
"Come one, come all to witness the amazing Brothers as they spin, jump and flip in this one-of-a-kind intimate circus. The two brothers are trapped for an eternity of performance which can only be broken by an audience that will not clap…But that is near impossible as audiences watch the Brothers amazing acrobatics mixed with comedic foolery. These brothers will spin in full size hoops, balance at heights over 15ft in the air, and flip off a launching see-saw; All of this while their comedic interaction and intimacy will keep audiences of all ages intrigued! Be sure not to miss A Circus Show!"

Climbing My Family Tree (The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal Barrett)
"Les takes a test on and gets shocking results . Watch him learn about his roots and help solve a decades long mystery"

Confessional (Reservoir Frogs) (also part of the Nightly Fringe schedule)
"Three characters who will do whatever it takes to reach their goals. Ambition will collide with poor judgment as we take a peak into their inner thoughts. Presented live, free, and improvised. Showtimes at 6pm on Aug 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 9th Come see our show as a part of the NIGHTLY FRINGE at 7pm on Aug 7th as well!"

Fallen from the Toy Box (The Fourth Wall) (also part of the Nightly Fringe schedule)
"From the award-winning creators of "Fruit Flies Like a Banana" come tales of youth and consequences. Inspired by our discarded mementos, this musical reverie revisits fairy tales, childhood games, and the secret life of toys. FIVE STARS - CBC & Winnipeg Free Press. “So beautiful you might get a little verklempt.”

The Feral Theatre Company Presents (The Feral Theatre Company)
"Hanging Tree: A Short Confession by James Wilkinson lets us see into the confessions of a young woman and her supernatural experiences."

I'm not playing (Who's Louis)
"Jeremy and Jess broke up last night. Jess is ready to leave him, but Jeremy isn’t convinced; meanwhile, Caitlyn and Dev mediate and miscommunicate. This digital installation gives audiences the power of choice: choose your viewpoint as you unravel the tight-knit relationships of these four roommates whose feelings may prove more powerful than their wit."

Knifeslingin'! (Paper Soul)
"Ted "Critter"; Montana is BACK with the 2017 Fringe Hit "Knifeslingin'!", where Critter will teach YOU how to survive the guns, no karate chops, just KNIVES, hotshot. Filmed at the 2019 Cincy Fringe by Minion Productions' own Grant Evan Knutson and guest starring Cincinnati rockstar Liz Carman!"

A Mermaid in Every Sea (Mermaid Productions)
"Storyteller Ariel Leaf presents some of her best stories from Fringe shows in 2013, 2015, 2017. Will it be the famous ferry ride to the wrong country, her trip to Narnia on LSD, her russian roulette with bathrooms in India, her postcards from abroad, or the time she almost got arrested in her own hallway? One things for sure, it's bound to be quite the journey."

On the Concept of Irony (with No Reference to Socrates) (Maximum Verbosity)
"What happens when human folly runs face-first into apocalypse? Stolen placentas, political genies, sad puppies, Elder Gods, cryogenically frozen comedians...welcome to this election year's grotesque anthology of comic horror, with no mention whatsoever of a certain ancient Greek philosopher."

Phone Whore: a one-act play with frequent interruptions (Cameryn Moore/Little Black Book Productions)
"Truth and taboo collide in this intimate visit with a phone sex operator. Sit back and buckle up. A slice-of-life comedy/drama, Phone Whore invites audiences in for an unflinching look at taboo, fantasy, and the place of “deviant” desires in society today."

Proximity (Pones)
"Dance is an art form of touch. Of bodies connecting in space to make shapes, to tell stories, to create feeling. So, what happens when we can't be next to one another? Pones will explore how to feel close, even though, for the moment, we are all so far apart."

Radio FEAR! (Conundrum Collective)
"Conundrum Collective performs two frightful Radio Dramas from the Golden Age of Radio: 'Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls,' and 'Three Skeleton Key!' Complete with all new music and Foley effects... do you dare listen in the dark??"

RagTag: A Circus in Stitches (Cirque Us)
"Follow our RagTag group of threadbare, yarn-spinning characters as they explore a new patchwork world. You’ll be entwined with our group of mismatched artists as they stitch together a tapestry of talents. This show features high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists, loopy jugglers, musicians that pull at your heart strings, and comedy that will leave you in stitches. Can these six ragamuffins find a common thread, or will they fall apart at the seams? Join us as we tell tales of support, fear, friendship, and the connections which inevitably interweave themselves in our lives."

Stuck in an Elevator with Patrick Stewart (Theatre Cosmic)
"A renowned actor torn between the London stage and Hollywood, and the sharp but awkward teenager who idolizes him, challenge each other's hopes and fears amidst the chaos of a sci-fi convention in 1988. "Stuck in an Elevator with Patrick Stewart" was performed at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival, receiving the Audience Choice encore award and selling out all six of its performances. ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS THE MINNESOTA FRINGE."

Trudy Carmichael Presents The Improvised One-Woman Show! (TruSongstress Productions)
"Join legendary Las Vegas lounge singer, Trudy Carmichael (and her band) as she musically improvises an entirely original and hilarious One-Woman Show based on YOUR suggestions (and comments) ON THE SPOT!"

Zelda: The Hero of Fringe (Albino Squirrel Productions)
"Join Link, Navi and Zelda on their epic quest to restore peace to the kingdom of Hyrule! Based on the classic Nintendo game series "The Legend of Zelda.""

Streaming live to Maximum Verbosity's Facebook page, and hosted by phillip andrew bennett low.

Though nobody is turned away from watching, we strongly recommend you spend $5 to purchase a 2020 #MNFringe button!

The Minnesota Fringe Virtual Festival is July 30-August 9, 2020."

To be clear, Maximum Verbosity isn't asking for donations for themselves or the other artists.  They direct you to the Minnesota Fringe Festival's donation page with a link - and you want to get a Fringe button anyway, because that purchase is what gains you access to all the content on the Digital Hub.

So it's for the good of the Fringe, and you for, assuming you haven't already done so.

Looking forward to it!

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