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Perspectives Theater Company Announces STRANGER at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

First-time producer Perspectives Theater Company is proud to announce its debut production STRANGER, playing at the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Memory, history, text and ritual entangle three strangers (Fernanda Badeo, Ricardo Beaird, Gabrielle Dominique) in a sprawling, modern epic, summoning the immense joy, messiness and struggle of being seen at the intersection of race and faith. A fresh and exciting reinterpretation of the book of Exodus, STRANGER explores the lives of Jewish people of color seeking to define their identity, community and faith.

Devised from research, personal exploration in the rehearsal room, and interviews with Jews of Color MN members and Leah Donnella of NPR's Code Switch, this new work aims to challenge monolithic stereotypes of Jewishness in America by amplifying excluded perspectives.

The production will run select dates from August 3-13 at the Rarig Center Arena Stage on the West Bank University of Minnesota campus, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Festival passes start at $16; for information on purchasing passes and show reservations, visit

Fernanda Badeo began studying theater in Brazil in 2003. Since moving to the U.S., she has performed with Uprising Theatre Company, Cromulent Shakespeare Company and in Minnesota State University-Moorhead's theater program while working on her bachelor's degree.

Ricardo Beaird is an actor and teaching artist from Nashville, TN. In the Twin Cities, he has performed with Theatre Latte Da, Pangea World Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, and Park Square Theatre.

Gabrielle Dominique is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, she has worked as a performer, choreographer and director at St. Olaf College, Artistry, Guthrie Theater and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Perspectives Theater Company's is committed to creating space for untold stories and validating multi-dimensional identities. Creators Erika Levy and Morgan Holmes, currently Guthrie Theater employees, make the leap into artistic leadership after early careers in arts administration and production. Emily Madigan (Promise Land, Transatlantic Love Affair; Queens, Sandbox Theater) also joins the team as movement director.

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