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Can a gay man and a straight woman – a fruit and a fruit fly – “quit each other” to find true love? Find out in this brand new musical!
Can a gay man and a straight woman – a fruit and a fruit fly – “quit each other” to find true love? Find out in this brand new musical!
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Can a gay man and a straight woman - a fruit and a fruit fly - "quit each other" to find true love? Find out in FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL, a world premiere musical developed and performed by Twin Cities actors Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz, who met as kids in community theater in the St. Cloud, MN, area.

Director Nikki Swoboda, composer Michael Gruber, actors and creators Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz
Director Nikki Swoboda, composer Michael Gruber, actors and creators Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz

What makes that bond between gay men and straight women so special, so necessary, and SO fabulous? Sheena and Max's weird, wonderful friendship is told with music by Broadway veteran and recent Minneapolis transfer Michael Gruber. The piece will be directed by long-time collaborator and friend Nikki Swoboda, with musical direction by Jason Hansen. FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL will be performed at the Rarig Arena on the University of Minnesota campus as part of the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried arts festival in the United States!

In an election year, when same-sex marriage and GLBT rights are hot button issues, FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL reminds us that right now, as always, all any of us really wants is to feel safe, welcomed, loved... and fabulous!

Loads of info and ticket information HERE!

But where will the money go? you may ask...

You can tell yourself, "Self, this is where it will go." Producing theater is expensive, and your donations will help us cover the costs of production fees, promotional marketing materials, keyboard rental, and modest artist stipends. Max and Sheena's dream of realizing, developing and performing this show would be not be possible without the phenomenal talents of their collaborators, and they believe in compensating them for their astounding efforts.

We're hoping to raise these funds by the opening day of FRUIT FLY (August 5th, 2012) so the money can be used in the best way possible!

Too far away to see the show? We wish we could afford to fly you here for the Fringe, but this Kickstarter campaign is a great way to support us from afar!

Here we are singing the opening number, "Fruit and Flies," at our fundraiser cabaret in June!

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    Well aren't you sweet? For $25 you get the karma and the high five PLUS a signed FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL postcard, with a personalized haiku written just for you by Sheena and Max!

    "Thanks for your support //
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    Love, Max and Sheena."

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    You are just too much, you know that? For $50 you get the good karma, you get the awesome high five, you get the personalized haiku on the postcard, PLUS you get a limited edition print of a photo of Max and Sheena from our promotional photo shoot (the one you see on this Kickstarter page is one of them!) taken by the fantastic Dan Norman and signed by yours truly, Max and Sheena. Hang it in your study, your bathroom, your outhouse, your gazebo, your veranda... wherever you need inspiration!

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    A hundred smackers?? You are just the bee's knees! For $100, you get karma, a high five, a personalized postcard, a Dan Norman print to hang in your home, prop up on your nightstand or stash under your pillow, PLUS you get an invitation to a special cabaret in October (details TBA) featuring Max, Sheena, and some of the Twin Cities' most fabulous performers -- we'll mention you in the program for that cabaret, thank you from the stage, sing songs right to your face AND buy you a drink!

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    Oh my. You must really like us! For $250, you get: karma, all the high fives you want (even windmill high fives, like in Top Gun!), the postcard with a Japanese nature poem, a limited edition Dan Norman print to frame and hold close as you fall asleep, an invitation to our fantastic fall 2012 cabaret and everything that comes with that PLUS!! You will receive two tickets to FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL at the MN Fringe (redeemable for any performance but subject to availability -- we will be in close contact with you about this to assure you get great seats!) AND you will receive a special, private YouTube video of an original song written just for you by Sheena, Max and our unbelievably talented composer Michael Gruber to watch at your leisure and play for your friends to make them jealous!

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