Sampling "Fresh Ink" in Minneapolis

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Illusion Theatre of Minneapolis is hosting its ninth annual Fresh Ink series, showcasing five new collaborative works by a group of writer-performers.

Illusion Theatre of Minneapolis is hosting its ninth annual Fresh Ink series, showcasing five new collaborative works by a group of writer-performers.

* The series opens June 22-30 with Bridge of Stones, a movement and theatre work exploring the concept of "home" for eight Jewish artists. Conceived by Diane Elliot and Michael Robins.

* Forever Hold Your Piece (July 5-7): Portrait of a gay marriage between progressive black man and a white radical man, by Patrick Scully and Djola Bernard Branner. Scully is artistic director of Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, and author of 1995's Queer Thinking. Branner is a former member of the Pomo Afro Homos performance group.

* A Gay Cabaret (July 5-14): Described as "a playful look beyond boy-meets-girl," the revue purports to "reveal" Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Conceived by Michael Robins and Peter Rothstein.

* Conversation Hearts (July 18-27): Conceived by Beth Gilleland and Mary Ellen Childs, this piece "examines the inconvenience of a convenience culture." * Untitled (Aug. 1-4): Stephanie Lusco stars in Jeffrey Hatcher's one-woman show about her life, from Topeka to Motown.

The Fresh Ink series will be performed at Illusion Theatre on the eighth floor of the Hennepin Center in Minneapolis. Seating is limited to 100 per performance. All seats are on stage, and performances will be followed by a discussion session. Tickets cost $10; $30 for a four-play pass. For information: (612) 338-8371.

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