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We're thrilled to announce our...

MinneFest of
New Musicals 2021!

Five readings of three original musicals, each written by a local playwright, and featuring a woman director and composer.

MinneFest Readings

A House Divided:
An Intimate Musical of the Lincoln Presidency

September 17 at 7pm

Beard's Plaisance, MPLS

September 19 at 3pm

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Water From Snow

October 3 at 2pm (subject to change)

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, MPLS

October 4 at 7pm (subject to change)

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, MPLS

The Allen Street Yiddish Theatre Palace Presents: Cinderesther

October 10 at 2pm

Jewish Community Center (JCC) theatre, St. Paul

While ticket reservations are not required, those who reserve tickets are guaranteed a seat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the MinneFest of New Musicals 2021 a festival?


Yes! The MinneFest of New Musicals 2021 includes five readings of three original musicals over the course of a three week period, each tackling a unique social justice topic and featuring women both as composers and directors.

Readings:

A House Divided: An Intimate Musical of the Lincoln Presidency: A play with music that traces Lincoln's development in office from conciliator who would tolerate slavery in the South to save the Union, to leader who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It includes the perspective, and draws from the autobiography of, Elizabeth Keckley -- the formerly enslaved seamstress and entrepreneur who became Mary Lincoln's close friend.

Water from Snow: Set in rural Minnesota, this contemporary musical tells the story of a single mom struggling to come to terms with her past, reconnect with old friends, and prove to herself that she deserves true love and peace in her soul at last.

The Allen Street Yiddish Theatre Palace Presents: Cinderesther: This musical uses the style and form of Yiddish Theatre to tell the tale of the hardships and triumphs of Jewish immigrants in New York's Lower East Side in the early 20th century.




Can I go to just one reading within the MinneFest?


Yes! The MinneFest of New Musicals 2021 includes five total readings of three musicals over the course of three weeks. We welcome viewers to join us for one or more readings as part of the festival. The more the merrier!




Are tickets free?


YES! Tickets to any of the three readings are completely free. However, reserving your free tickets guarantees you a seat at the reading.




Do I need to reserve tickets ahead of time?


No, but we highly recommend it! Tickets are completely free and do not require a reservation to attend. However, those who reserve tickets ahead of time are guaranteed a seat.




Can I walk-in to a performance?


YES! We welcome walk-in audience members at any of the three readings. However, those who reserve tickets ahead of time are guaranteed a seat. While not required, we encourage you to reserve tickets ahead of time.




What are the MinneFest readings about?


A House Divided: An Intimate Musical of the Lincoln Presidency: A play with music that traces Lincoln's development in office from conciliator who would tolerate slavery in the South to save the Union, to leader who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It includes the perspective, and draws from the autobiography of, Elizabeth Keckley -- the formerly enslaved seamstress and entrepreneur who became Mary Lincoln's close friend.

Water from Snow: Set in rural Minnesota, this contemporary musical tells the story of a single mom struggling to come to terms with her past, reconnect with old friends, and prove to herself that she deserves true love and peace in her soul at last.

The Allen Street Yiddish Theatre Palace Presents: Cinderesther: This musical uses the style and form of Yiddish Theatre to tell the tale of the hardships and triumphs of Jewish immigrants in New York's Lower East Side in the early 20th century.




I have more questions about the MinneFest. What should I do?


If you have any unanswered questions, please send your question to our form on the Contact page and we’ll get back to you ASAP!




Where can I find updates about the MinneFest?


Follow us on Facebook to view updates about the MinneFest! We’ll be sharing additional information and a behind-the scenes look on our Facebook Page as we get closer to the readings.




What is New Musical Theatre Exchange (NMTE)?


Click here to learn more about NMTE and our workshop process!




Why does the MinneFest feature "readings" and not "performances"?


New Musical Theatre Exchange provides a place to develop musicals for serious-minded local musical theatre writers. This means that The MinneFest of New Musicals 2021 is an opportunity to showcase and develop new work being developed in our workshops, not full-production performances. To learn more about what we do, click here.





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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.