The Banana Wars

  • January 26 - 28, 2024
  • Steinfeld Warehouse

    101 West 6th Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
Ticket Price $15.00 This event is now over

War. Famine. Pestilence. Bananas. One man takes you on a whirlwind tour of America's "small wars" that gave you bananas for pennies a pound. Meet the Marine Corps general who saved the country from a fascist coup; discover the forgotten King of Calypso; untangle the insidious web of  El Pulpo; and find out how a century of death and destruction brought you the world's most popular fruit.

"Unfailingly engaging" - Pioneer Press
"Miller never fails to impress me" - Single White Fringe Geek
"What Derek Lee Miller has done here is, simply put, brilliant." - Cherry and Spoon

Content Warning: 18+, Strong Language, Depictions or Discussion of Violence.

Artist Bio: Derek Lee Miller is an actor, writer, designer, puppeteer and musician from Minneapolis. He has performed in Fringe Festivals for the past 18 years and helped create numerous award-winning productions with Twin Cities companies Transatlantic Love Affair and The Winding Sheet Outfit. Derek is also the former Artistic Director of Sandbox Theatre, and the illustrator of the children's book, "The Princess in the Clouds". For more information, please visit

Date & Time

Jan 26 - 28, 2024

Venue Details

Steinfeld Warehouse

101 West 6th Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701 Steinfeld Warehouse
Tucson Fringe Festival

The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Since 2011, following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, low-cost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking only 20%, and sometimes 0%, of the artist’s earnings. Tucson Fringe also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at low-cost ticket prices.

The festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform. This ensures that underrepresented artistic voices, such as people of color, the LGBT+ community, women, and other marginalized genders, are championed in our community.

The festival takes place in January every year across multiple venues in downtown Tucson. On average, every year the festival has 20+ shows with between 50-60 performances during the festival weekend.

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