Barred performer sues Minnesota Fringe Festival

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An Arizona theater artist has sued the Minnesota Fringe Festival for barring him from this year's lineup.

Sean Neely has performed in the Minnesota Fringe in previous years. A complaint filed in Hennepin County says Neely won a spot by lottery in this year's festival but was denied a chance to perform because of his play's content. It centers on a convicted pedophile.

Last year, his Fringe play about a stalker and rapist raised public safety concerns.

The suit asserts the Minnesota Fringe should not refer to itself as an uncensored festival. Fringe management declined to comment for the record.

The Minnesota Fringe Festival begins its 11-day run on Thursday.