About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

By August Moon Productions
Created by Kyle DeGoey

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

From the creative team that brought you Encore winning shows Oregon Trail: A Musical and Gilligan: A Tropical Musical, brings you an original RomCom musical that will fill your hearts and keep you laughing.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Cast and crew

Travis Carpenter

Producer


Aaron Cook

Will


Kyle DeGoey

Composer/Director/Drum


Lindsey Fallenstein

Pianist

Pianist - Lindsey Fallenstein: This is Lindsey's third Fringe show as a musician. Lindsey has been playing piano for 25 years and after playing for "Oregon Trail: A Musical" and "Gilligan: A Tropical Musical" she was more than excited to join the cast of "RomComCon: A Meet-Cute Musical".


Edd Jones

Brock

Edd Jones moved to the Twin Cities about a year ago, and is please to be participating in his first Fringe festival! In his free time, you can catch Edd around HUGE Improv Theater in Uptown, or scoping out local coffee spots. Big thanks to the cast and crew of RomComCon for having him along on this journey!


Nathan Kelly

Writer

Nathan Kelly is thrilled to be back for his third MN Fringe Festival, and his first on the writing side! Nathan is a transplant from the Carolinas who moved to the Great Midwest to pursue his love of theatre. Since moving to the Twin Cities, he has been actively involved in the sketch and improve communities, performing and producing with improv groups including Rated G and This Just In. Currently he is the head writer of remotes for Minnesota Tonight. You can also see him perform at the Fringe festival in The Well. He’d like to extend a special thanks to his co-writer Kerri O’Halloran for kicking butt and taking names, as well as Travis and Kyle for their guidance and support.


Erin Kennedy

Samantha

Erin is thrilled to be involved in MN Fringe for the 3rd straight year, with past performances including Demo Tape (2015), Bird of 7 Colors (2016), and Gilligan! The Tropical Musical (2016). When not reading comics and binge watching Netflix series and classic Rom-Coms, Erin can be found improvising regularly at HUGE Theater and ComedySportz.


Kerri O’Halloran

Writer

Kerri O’Halloran is a freelance graphic designer, artist, writer, performer, and Jill of all trades. This is her first year doing Fringe and she couldn’t be more delighted to have the opportunity to write for such a great group of performers and producers. Kerri currently works on Minnesota Tonight as a sketch writer and head of social media and design. She’s guested on various podcasts, including One Hit Wonderful World and Headline of the Week, with an upcoming project in the works as well. Check out her Instagram @artbykerriann and hit her up if you see something you like! She’d like to thank you for joining us on this journey to RomComCon, and hopes you come back soon!


Hannah Parish

Julia Cooke


Drew Tenenbaum

Chip

Drew couldn't be happier about being back in the MN Fringe Festival three long years after his Fringe debut in Hour Town (2014)! Drew performs at ComedySportz on the weekends, performs in the hit show "Day Job" every weekday from 9-5, and moonlights as a pretty regular dude.


Nimene Sierra Wureh

Carrie

Nimene is a 19 year old improvisor, musician, and professional auntie to her 4 nieces and 2 nephews. She found her obsession with theatre while attending Perpich center for the arts. Since graduation, she belongs to 4 troupes: Stevie Raye's improv troupe, r/whattheimprov, Blackout improv, and Kabaam! At HUGE theatre.

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Samantha has been unlucky in love and always told she's "just a friend". Will wants to find love like the movies. Dogged by bad relationships and heartbreaks, these two hopeless romantics decide to get away to sunny San Diego for the annual RomCom Con, hoping to possibly find romance.


With their fun-loving best friends Chip and Carrie along for the ride, Will and Samantha meet at RomCom Con and instantly connect over their love of Pretty in Pink and romantic comedy superstar Julia Cooke. Everything seems to be going great, until an unexpected blast from the past comes back to not only threaten their budding relationship, but the future of romantic comedies as we know it.


Meanwhile, Chip and Carrie decide to take their trip to RomCom Con to the next level with the ultimate romantic comedy bet.


Can Will and Samantha find true love? Will Carrie best Chip in the bet of the century? Why is Snape here? All these answers and more can be discovered at RomCom Con

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