Given the popularity of large productions and overwhelming theatrics, it is amazing that the one-person show still exists. However, there are still many actors and performers able to pull off a complete show by themselves. From performing arts to comedy, these acts can be found in small and large venues throughout Minnesota. Direct your attention to these one-person shows coming to Minnesota this fall.

(credit: Billy Crystal/700 Sundays)

(credit: Billy Crystal/700 Sundays)

Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-7007

Dates: Oct. 22-26, 2013

The popular “700 Sundays” is Billy Crystal’s one-man autobiographical production that has won numerous awards and recognition in the world of theater. Crystal plays numerous roles to tell the story of his influential youth and ensuing career in show business. The play is organized into two acts and directed by acclaimed talent Des McAnuff. As always, Crystal combines humor with the touching moments of his life.

A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 259-3000

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

A native of North Dakota, Clay Jenkinson will portray Thomas Jefferson at the Minnesota History Center in early November. A renowned historian and author, Jenkinson has achieved fame for his first-person interpretation of Thomas Jefferson. The one-man show will be broadcast on WCCO and Jenkinson will discuss history as well as his take on current events as Thomas Jefferson. There will also be time for questions from the audience. An afternoon of history and education is on deck for this one-person performance.

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

Anthony Zerbe (Center Series)
A Center for the Arts
124 Lincoln Ave. W
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
(218) 998-2787

Date: Nov. 16, 2013

A theater, television and film legend, Anthony Zerbe has been performing since the 1960s. His current project, titled “It’s All Done with Mirrors… Damn Everything But the Circus,” is a one-man tribute to poet and playwright E.E. Cummings. Zerbe is known for being one of the world’s greatest character actors and will ensure this event is enchanting and fantastic. This production will only be performed in Fergus Falls one night, so plan ahead to claim your spot in the audience.

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Maria Bamford
Acme Comedy Co. and Sticks Restaurant
708 N. 1st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-6393

Dates: Nov. 19-23, 2013

Rated one of the best comedy clubs in the country, Acme Comedy Company presents the hilarious stand-up of Maria Bamford. Bamford is a native of Duluth, Minnesota and has been featured as one of the top female comics in the last decade. Bamford has also been on Comedy Central specials and numerous talk shows, including Jay Leno. Check out her one-woman act this fall in downtown Minneapolis.

(credit: Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines

(credit: Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines

Jack El-Hai presents Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-4611

Date: Nov. 14, 2013

Join historian and author Jack El-Hai as he presents his historical account of the history of Northwest Airlines. This renowned author and speaker will discuss the rise and fall of Northwest Airlines and the implications that travel needs and modern cultures had on the airline business. El-Hai will also be available to sign copies of his book and take questions regarding the history of air travel. Engage in a night of education and history at this speaker event.

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