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Champlin resident Brynn-Monet Potter is part of the cast of Wayzata-based playwright J.L. Charrier’s newest drama called “Into the Ditch.” The play is set to premiere at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Champlin resident and University of St. Thomas student Brynn-Monet Potter is part of the cast of Wayzata-based playwright J.L. Charrier’s newest drama called “Into the Ditch,” which is set to premiere at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

“Into the Ditch” is set in Minnesota in 1989 at a three-way junction near a farm on a rural road, where drivers crash into the ditch. As their stories are told to the local farmer, mutual connections provide a vital resolution.

“Love and loss are experienced by all of us,” said Charrier. “The characters deal with their realities differently and ultimately find redemption.” Charrier continued, “As in life, sorrow is often paired with joy. Expect a touch of ‘Fargo’ mixed in with nostalgic references.”

This year marks Charrier’s fourth time both producing and performing at Minnesota Fringe Festival. “Into the Ditch” was inspired by the real-life experiences of the playwright’s father, a farmer who pulled drivers out of the ditch near a three-way junction over several decades, next to the farm where Charrier grew up.

“Into the Ditch” will be presented at Augsburg Studio Theatre at 625 22nd Avenue South in Minneapolis. Show times are Aug. 4 at 1 p.m., Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., Aug. 7 at 10 p.m., Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at minnesotafringe.org, and more information about “Into the Ditch” can be found at facebook.com/intotheditch.

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a non-profit theatre organization in its 26th season of production in the Twin Cities area. Its mission is “to connect adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.”

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