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PlanetFest: A Short Speculative Play Festival

  • Phoenix Theater 2605 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Spend an evening watching six brand-new, never-before-seen plays in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural horror! Spun out of the country's only recurring open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, our dozen playwrights feature both established authors and up-and-coming talent. Come on down, and let them tell you about places of which you've never dreamt.

PERFORMERS:  phillip andrew bennett low, Matt Allex, Tim Uren, Tim Wick, Fox B. Barrett, Ben San Del, Pat Harrigan, Jeff Henry, Michael Merriam, Gabriela Santiago, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Damian Sheridan, Tom S. Tea, Riawa Thomas-Smith

Maximum Verbosity will also be co-producing a new flash theatre production! Michael Weingartner's The Flashlight Zone is an experiment in flash theater - twenty short science fiction plays performed in the span of one hour. Actors will take on multiple roles in plays that span alternate futures and the way people presently view humanity in our rapidly changing world. Tales of space aliens and time travel abound alongside deep questions about love, identity, and purpose.

Friday, March 16th at 7pm: PlanetFest
Friday, March 16th at 9pm: The Flashlight Zone
Saturday, March 17th at 2pm: PlanetFest
Saturday, March 17th at 4pm: The Flashlight Zone
Saturday, March 17th at 7pm: PlanetFest
Saturday, March 17th at 9pm: The Flashlight Zone

Tickets for PlanetFest are $15, $12 with a Fringe button discount (or a programme from The Flashlight Zone); tickets for The Flashlight Zone are on a $10-15 sliding scale, $8 with a programme from PlanetFestAdvance tickets can be purchased through


WARNING: while we appreciate the importance of safe spaces, we also appreciate the importance of unsafe spaces, in which writers can experiment with edgier material. We're free-speech absolutists, and we recognize that that occasionally comes with an uncomfortable price.