Fringe 2009: The number 16


by Matthew A. Everett | February 24, 2009 • Someone suggested, since it’s the Fringe’s 16th birthday, that I take a gander at the 16s in the mix from the lottery. Why not?

Ping Pong Ball #16 was

Chapter 13 Productions, a national entry from Wisconsin

They ended up about 119 spots down on the wait list so I’m not sure we’ll get to see this one, but if we did, it’d be…

“Down Devil’s Backbone” – The first part in a trilogy examining the virtues of a family in a small town and the pursuit of a happiness they can’t ever have.


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The 16th ping pong ball drawn in the general lottery was


Charlzik Theatre Company, a local Minnesota company

“First Lady” – A woman running for President, campaigns and all activity leads to an audience vote. All about the games played in the political process.

(The names Hilary and Sarah come to mind. I wonder which one we’re going to get.)

The 16th ping pong ball drawn for the wait list (and thus, something else we’re probably going to get to see) was…


Balance Theatre Project, another Minnesota company

“Rope” – Story of William Williams, the last man executed by the state of Minnesota – his love, his crime, his botched hanging.

(I say again, Ouch. And, Yikes.)

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