The Fresh Ink Series is returning to Minneapolis’ stages this weekend.

Now in its 29th year, the Fresh Ink Series continues to be a place where playwrights, aspiring or seasoned, can experiment. Artists are invited to showcase new works, experimental pieces or even new renditions of older plays. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to share their thoughts with the director, author and actors.

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Performances can range from table-reads to full blown productions, even in the matter of a weekend.

This year, two plays will be performed; one – a biographical one-man type show and the other a fantastical play-with-music.

The series begins with the dramedy “Revolving Stage.”

“Revolving Stage” was first being written as a one-man show by Phil Kilbourne, the husband of former Illusion Theater company member Marysue Moses. He began writing the show when he was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic melanoma in 2011.

Kilbourne passed away in 2013 before he could finish the show, so Moses took up where he left off. She reworked it and created a play that chronicles Kilbourne’s life while sharing stories of theater, cancer, love and loss.

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“Revolving Stage” opens the series at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. It plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and then at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

The second show is also a pairing, but this time of music and comedy.

“A Gest of Robin Hood” is a new take on the stories of Robin Hood. Using 15th and 16th English and Scottish Ballads as inspiration, Tyler Michaels, Tyler Miles and David Darrow weave tales of the fabled hero using poetry and music.

The closing show opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. It plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closes the series at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.

The Fresh Ink Series begins with “Revolving Stage” on Thursday, July 14. Tickets cost $15 to $20 for a single show, $36 for two shows or $51 for all three. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 612-339-4944 or visit The Illusion Theater online.

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