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Fringe Festival features accessible shows, performers with disabilities

The Minnesota Fringe Festival (August 1-11) may be the most accessible Fringe festival in the country. Here are some features:

Shows with accessible shows (Audio Description, ASL interpreting or Captioning) are noted online at https://www.minnesotafringe.org/access. Reservation fees (normally $3 to guarantee a seat at a show that may sell out) are waived for patrons attending Relaxed Performances or using ASL and AD services. Use the code “AccessFringe19” at checkout when you book online ticket. Electronic script copies are available at select shows throughout the festival.

Fringe tickets are available at Fringe venue box offices: Adult $14, Child $6, 5-Show Pass $60, 10-Show Pass $100. Passholder Reservation $3 (waived for patrons with disabilities at AD/ASL shows).

Patrons who self-identify with a disability can get local transportation costs covered to any Fringe venue where ASL or AD services are being provided. Indicate your needs at least 24 hours before show time so arrangements can be made — at access@fringefestival.org, 612-872-1212 or the box office at 612-260-6466.

PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES:
Remaining shows include:
MARIE G. COONEY, St. Paul storyteller, will perform five Fringe shows, each with a different theme and with different storytellers, at the Augsburg Studio, in the Foss Lobeck Miles Center, Augsburg University, 625 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis:
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 (Audio Described) — Four-Footed Furry Friends & FamiliesMarie Cooney, Ashley Wheeler, Crystal Schneider, Eric Tu, Gigi Jensen.
Saturday, August 10, 5:30 (ASL-interpreted) — Spoken Word with Original MusicKevin Kern, composer and pianist, will create music related to stories told by Marie Cooney, Gregory Pickett, Kathryn Kysar.

MICHAEL COHN of Minnetonka is in the show “Not Here, Not Now,” a surrealistic drama about one man’s decision to carry a gun into a coffee shop and what led up to that moment. Performances are at the Rarig Center Xperimental stage at the University of Minnesota, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Remaining shows are Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10:00; Friday, Aug. 9, 7:00; Sunday, Aug. 11, 4:00.

TRISTAN J. MILLER has written and performs “Manic Impressive,” a one-man comedy show about Bipolar Disorder. He offers rapid-fire observations about the condition and his experience with it. An actor, writer, podcaster, stand-up comedian, and mental health activist, he has been featured on The Good Men project, Stigma Fighters, and The Psych Show. More info at http://www.tristanjmiller.com. Remaining shows are at the Ritz Theater Studio, 345 – 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, on Friday, Aug. 9, 5:30; and Sunday, Aug. 11, 8:30.

If you hear of other Fringe shows with disability topics or performers with disabilities, let us know! 612-332-3888 or jon@vsamn.org.

The Family Fringe ended August 2, offering multi-generational shows presented by six companies at Barbara Barker Center for Dance.

Comments (0) • Posted in Announcements, Artists with Disabilities, News by Jon Skaalen on August 12, 2019.

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