Minnesota Public Radio's Fitzgerald Theater is engaging local famed humorist, author and playwright, Kevin Kling in a three year residency. During that time Kling will create original productions for the Fitzgerald stage, share commentaries on MPR and conduct storytelling workshops in St. Paul and Duluth.
Obviously as an MPR employee I'm slightly biased, but c'mon, how cool is that?!
Folks will have a chance to see the first results of Kling's residency on the Fitzgerald stage in December. It's a holiday show for all ages "Of Mirth and Mischief." The show's musical director, Steve Kramer, is partnering with Haley Bonar and James Diers of Halloween, Alaska to compose and perform original music for the show.
According to a news release, '"Of Mirth and Mischief" is inspired by the experiences, tragedies and mishaps that have shaped Kling's and Kramer's lives and made them who they are today. The show has a rocker's edge with a distinct sweetness that takes theatergoers down a path of irony through tales of inner-city elves, broken fairies and holiday collisions.'
I'm guessing tickets are going to go fast for this show, so here's the pertinent info:
Of Mirth and Mischief
WHEN: Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul
TICKETS: December 16 and 17, $29/$27 for MPR members/$20 for kids 12 and under. For December 18, all tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased beginning August 30 at the Fitzgerald Theater, 651-290-1200.
Dates have yet to be set for the storytelling workshops.
Brilliant!! Kevin Kling is heartbreakingly funny. If there is anyone in the world who could become the new Garrison Keillor when Keillor retires, Kevin Kling would be it. And probably go Garrison one better.
A highlight of my summer arts viewing was Zeitgeist and Kevin performing FOR THE BIRDS: a chamber work with music by Victor Zupanc and text by Kevin Kling. It happened to be produced in New York Mills, but Twin Cities' audiences will have a chance to see this truly uplifting, not-to-be-missed piece, with Zeitgeist and Kevin, in July, 2012, at Zeitgeist's Studio Z, Lowertown, St. Paul.