Rybak subject of romantic comedy at upcoming Minn. Fringe Festival


Exiting Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's love life will be chronicled in a play to be staged during the Minnesota Fringe Festival next month -- and the object of Rybak's affection in the play is not his wife.

The Journal of Minneapolis reports that "RT+MPLS: The Legend of Mayor R.T. Rybak" focuses on Rybak's love affair with the city.

"My wife wondered why they’re writing about my love affair with some other woman named Minneapolis," Rybak told Journal interviewer Dylan Thomas.

Written and directed by Heather Meyer, "RT+Minneapolis" chronicles the mayor's three terms in office in the guise of a romantic comedy. Meyer tells The Journal in an interview that the play is "more toast than roast."

Meyer won a slot to present the play, granted by the Fringe Festival though a lottery process. The script, she says, is based on impressions of the mayor from her friends and co-workers.

"RT+MPLS" also blends myths and facts, like Rybak has worn mismatched socks everyday for the past 15 years (fact), he plays banjo (myth) and he loves Duluth band Trampled by Turtles (fact).

The play will stage on Aug. 1, 4, 6, 9 and 11 at New Century Theatre in Minneapolis during the Fringe Festival.

The festival, which runs Aug. 1-11, will showcase 176 plays in 16 different venues in the Twin Cities.

Rybak announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking a fourth term in office.

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