Fringe Presents: Welcome Home

In light of the declaration of the novel corona virus outbreak to be pandemic, recent restrictions on travel, and actions by local organizations to reduce social contact, we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming event Fringe Presents: Welcome Home.

It is heartbreaking to make this decision. But while the case numbers are low in Minnesota at this moment, we must put the safety of our community at the forefront of our decision  making. Implementing a practice of social distancing as a means to reduce instances of transmission ensures we are not putting artists, patrons, staff, or volunteers at unnecessary risk.

Current ticket holders may request a refund or return your tickets as a tax-deductible contribution to Minnesota Fringe so we can continue to provide support to artists in our programs during these financially precarious times.

At this time, we are moving forward with other upcoming Minnesota Fringe events such as Five Fifths: A New Hope and the 27th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival.


Fringe Presents: Welcome Home is a curated lineup of artists sharing personal accounts of immigration; finding and defining home. Originally scheduled at The Crane Theater in Northeast Minneapolis, March 27-29, 2020 CANCELLED.

*Show includes performances from all 3 artists/companies lasting a total of approximately 2 hours, including a short intermission.
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Founded in 2007, the Minneapolis-based Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.

Iraqi Voices: Stories From Our Neighbors weaves together stories of sweetness, sorrow, and discovery from Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Nada Alabbasi, and Bahaa Al Shaikhli. The adaptation from the play Birds Sing Differently Here is directed by Dylan Fresco.

With live comedic input from his director, Robert Dorfman, performer Avi Aharoni made a splash at the 2019 Festival with Wandering Jew Productions' award-winning show Operation: Immigration, recounting the incredible life and journey of the man who raised him.

"This is a fascinating and inspiring immigrant story, about a man who sacrificed his whole life for his family's safety and security. But even more than that, it's a love letter from a son to a father, one that it was a privilege to witness..." --Cherry and Spoon

Gabriel Mata/Movements is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer whose work is commissioned on a national scale. He has won several accolades for his dance, including local awards at the Festival both with his debut Fringe show, 2017's Out of the Shadows and with 2018's Dreaming. Excerpts from This is where/I Begin... will question the notions/constructs of "citizenship."

"The resistance of the tape matches his Latinx body, which refuses to adhere to a rigid line or any national border."-- José Alfaro

Performances were to be hosted by two local artists with their own ties to the Fringe Presents: Welcome Home theme.

  • Writer, actor, and stand-up comedian, Ali Sultan, immigrated to the United States when he was 14 and now hosts a podcast “Stories with my Muslim Mom” which has included guests from Somalia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the Philippines telling their own migration tales. 
  • Labor leader, activist, podcaster, writer, storyteller and Fringe artist, Javier Morillo-Alicea, is a leader in the immigrant rights movement who has published commentaries in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In 2008, he received a Progressive Leaders Award for State Legislative Immigration Campaigns. He also co-hosted a podcast called “Wrong About Everything” that focused on bipartisan, irreverent views of Minnesota and national politics.

Fringe Presents is made possible with generous support from The Edelman Playwriting Prize awarded by Theater League of Kansas City
to recognize its founder and president Mark Edelman.  
Fringe Presents: Welcome Home is sponsored in part by Prokosch Law, LLC.


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