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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Absolutely fantastic!

by Nicholas Kreidberg on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My wife and I attended the Saturday afternoon show and we both loved it! The writing, casting, acting, and singing were all top notch and we found ourselves laughing throughout the entire performance. In all honesty I don't typically care much for musicals but I have caught myself singing a couple of the songs from the performance more than once after attending. I know I already mentioned it but the casting really couldn't have been more perfect, from the lead characters to the supporting cast, they all fit their persona perfectly and also played very well off one another.

In short, I would absolutely love to see this again and this performance by itself made my wife and I future Fringers!


Fun Silly Concept Well Performed

by Cetius d'Raven on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

As a convention runner and attendee, I had a good laugh at both the idea and in-world execution of a romantic-comedy convention. The show also plays to the tropes, a running in-joke itself, and elicits genuine laughs throughout.


Much better than expected

by Walter Furtney on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

4.5 stars I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this show. Great humor, wonderful rom com references good pacing and energy all added up to a great show.. I know I'm not the first to say this but the singing voices were not that strong, but overall very enjoyable.


You'll Fall In Love With This Show

by Adam Boutz on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A musical about people who love RomComs, mostly serving as an excuse to make movie title puns. Good thing I *adore* puns. This was charming and fun, but the singing left something to be desired to put it mildly.


Mostly silly fun!

by Jeffrey Kessel on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Funny little play exploiting the common themes of romantic comedies. There are some very creative elements.


Extreme Silliness

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This concept is ridiculous, and that's what makes this show fun. The integration of some elements of other "nerd cultures" is clever and quite well done.


A great skit - lots of laughs

by Phil Carlson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

An hour-long skit musical riffing on the cliches of rom com movies. Creative, funny, well acted with loads of laughs and silly drama. Adequate singing and ordinary songs, but excellent comedic delivery.


Lighthearted Fun

by Philip Skretvedt on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I'm not a fan of Rom-coms but I'm a fan of Rom-Com Con. This show is a large part of what Fringe is about. Full of local artists, original songs and pun-filled dialogue. Wonderful, lighthearted vibes.

1 person found this review helpful


Terrible sound

by Richard Pics on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The actors were okay when I could hear them. I was distracted by the terrible electric "percussion" getting slapped out over the keyboards. An experienced producer/director should know better.


Smile!

by Sarah Antosh on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

It's hard not to smile throughout this show. It's as cute & funny & adorable as a Rom Com should be. Drew Tenenbaum was giving me some Ben Platt vibes. Well-done to all who worked in & on the production!

1 person found this review helpful


Clever Idea

by Bradley Johnson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Show was clever, but not quite as good as previous shows from this company. Some funny lines, just not always delivered well and acting was just okay. Biggest challenge however was the singing as this is a musical, so one does expect they actors to be able to sing.


Surprised to enjoy a RomCom this much

by Tim Erickson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I enjoyed this show much more than I expected. I thought that the script and "staging" (is that the right word) were really good and kept me engaged.

As others have stated, the acting and comedy were much better than the singing. There were a few moments when I couldn't quite hear or understand the actors, but only a few. The romantic leads had the strongest performances, but the secondary relationship was a lot of fun and had some of the best lines.

On the whole a good show that with a few improvements could have been great.

1 person found this review helpful


Adorable

by Margot Lourde on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is the Fringe-y-est Fringe show I have ever seen. It was adorable and silly and kind of pointless but so SO fun. This is what the fringe is about. Definitely worth the time. Bravo.

1 person found this review helpful


Cute

by Connie Petersen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

After last years success I was anticipating another WOW. Unfortunately that was not the case. Though cute and written well for the campy humor, there were several times the dialogue was hard to hear. I can't decide if this was cast on purpose to have middle of the road vocals (not to be offensive but the cast are much better comedians than singers) but it's much more enjoyable if I think it was deliberate.

1 person found this review helpful


Witty Script

by Stephanie Alexander on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The script is witty, and the program is great. The acting was a little off. I had a very difficult time hearing the singing (which was not steller) and an even more difficult time hearing the actors when they were talking over (or rather under) the live underscore when it was being played. The concept was very good, I wish that it would have played out better on the stage. I found myself wanting to love it, instead I checked my watch a lot.


Adorkable Romantic Funnies

by Maria Bartholdi on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is an absolute delight. The music is good, the script is funny, and the actors are as cute as buttons. See this if you're going on a Fringe date or if you are destined to die cold and alone. Either way, you'll love this adorable musical.

2 people found this review helpful


Campy good time

by Taylor Wegner on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a show worth seeing. The banter was great and earned a lot of laughs. The fun and upbeat music was the perfect backdrop to this properly campy romp through romcom nostalgia. I still can't get the catchy tunes out of my head!

3 people found this review helpful


Sweet & endearing

by Christopher DeVaan on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

If you loved last year's "Gilligan", and I did, beware that this year's offering is not on that level. Instead of parodying one sitcom, the team takes on the whole Rom-com genre.
It has great puns, & good characters (why does the creep ex-bf get so much stage time?). I found myself, as maybe in other rom-coms, rooting for the cute supporting couple. They were nerd-riffic & adorable.
Erin Kennedy's final, empassioned monologue was sublime! The punny names for all the RomComCom "exhibits" were hysterical, and the cast delivered all the puns on point.
The singing was not good. Maybe should have JUST kept it a comedy.


Rom Coms Can Be Pun-ny

by Zach Toland on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Another great showing from this production company! I'm a complete sucker for puns and these were on point. Loved the surprise Snape appearance as well. Go see it, one of the most entertaining shows at this year's Fringe!

1 person found this review helpful


You had me at hell-yes!

by John O'Sullivan on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Really funny satire of rom-coms, a genre I've hate-watched for years.

1 person found this review helpful


Definitely A Must See!!

by Scot Taylor on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

You’ll want to make sure this show is on your Fringe list for sure.

1 person found this review helpful


Pretty in Pink Competition For Sure

by BRANDON Peterson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Im not usually into romantic comedy movies but was told this show was a must see! It did not disappoint, and who can argue with any show that has a wizard wand, light saber, and fun music?!? It is a great show!

1 person found this review helpful


Loads of Fun!!!

by jodi bahr on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Such a cute show that will have you smiling and giggling the entire time! Loved it!!

1 person found this review helpful


Rom-Com Spirit to a T

by Danielle Larson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show encapsulated everything people love, and hate, about romantic comedies. Sure, there were issues with the sound which clearly made it difficult for the actors to hear, but this isn't Broadway and I don't expect it to be. The actors played their roles wonderfully, particularly both of the best friends. They were the perfect mix of quirky and loveable... manic pixie even? Shape was a ridiculous addition that added extra laughs. Great show, despite sound issues. I'm sure those will get fixed. Don't miss this!


Aren't muscials supposed to be on key?!

by Samuel Cole on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Not one note was on pitch. Ouch. I tried to be like it, but couldn't. Are voice lessons expensive?


So Cute!

by Dahlia Acman on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Just nice and silly. Musicals just need more technical elements than what is available at Fringe, and this production wasn't an exception. The music was good, but the keyboard being off to the side made it difficult for actors on the other side to hear and therefore got out of sync at times. I'm giving it 4 stars because the characters are well-written and it's perfectly cast. I'm also a sucker for puns. And oh boy, are there puns.

1 person found this review helpful


Fun show

by Steve Hiebert on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

It was a funny show with lots of laughter


Sooooo cute!

by Jessica Hiebert on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Absolutely loved this musical!

1 person found this review helpful


Ouch!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Clever idea and cute songs and great energy. But it's a big empty stage, and often there were only two players on it, and some of their enunciation was weak, resulting in some inaudible lines and missed jokes. Musical theatre singers don't need to be superstars, but they do need to sing on pitch. Some of these singers couldn't. Ouch.


A must-see

by Paul Strebe on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Clever script and some great acting. My only suggestion would be for better sound. They need to get a couple full-range powered monitors. They ran everything through one dinky guitar amp in the back with all mid-range and it sounded sad and tinny in that big room. Really didn't do the music justice and gave less for the weaker singers to hang on to.


A nice little diversion

by Krispin Jacobson-Shax on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

The great elements are all there. The story is a fine, well-hewn spoof of the rom-com genre, the dialogue itself is fairly good, and the music and lyrics are actually surprisingly well done. Some moments were absolutely perfect.

The only true failings here are the actors. Aside from our delightful leading lady, whose naturalism and delivery is tempered perfectly for the genre she's in, the rest of the cast are subpar performers, both musically and acting wise. I believe our leading man was behind the best in half of his songs, and his "kooky best friend" was less "kooky" and more "gratingly immature."

Overall, the show itself is well worth seeing. If only the performers were of higher calibre, this would have been a total must-see.


Rom-Com Com

by renee Degoey on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Entertaining! Light hearted and fun. Left the theatre with a smile.


Cute!

by Bailey H. on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

While performance was cute! The RomCon song got stuck in my head, which was fun after the show was over. If you like romance comedies and fluffy happy shows, go see this one.


Stay awake for this one!

by Ryan Nelson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is the best original musical I've seen all Fringe. Charming cast. Lead actress was excellent. Funny story. I stayed awake for the whole thing!


Yes Cute

by Maria Keith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

My 20 something daughter loved it. I took a nap. I believe it was amusing and the performers did well.


Won over by cuteness

by Craig Corsi on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What a fun show! Great acting, singing, and use of the space. And I like the way it commented on the RomCom genre for a 21st-century audience.

1 person found this review helpful


Wonderful!

by Jessica Woldenski on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I am a fan of Rom Coms so I was looking forward to this show and it delivered. Lots of laughs with a great cast. If you're a fan of Rom Coms or even just comedy then put this one on your list!


Cute

by Chorf Mender on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This was a cute show. Not amazing, not bad, but cute. And it was obvious they worked hard at it. The opening number was the best.

1 person found this review helpful


If you like RomComs (and I do)

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

If you do not like Rom Com's do not see this show. If you do, you are in for a treat. Pacing might be tightened up, some of the actors could be louder, but it was a delight for me to watch and engage in.

1 person found this review helpful


Punderful!

by Bradan Swatch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Imagine "Not Another Teen Movie" the musical on a Fringe budget (and I mean that in the best way possible). The singers are not all amazing, but it doesn't matter. The humor is smart and stupid at the same time. It's gold and I loved it.


Snape!

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The story line was fun and interesting, sometimes predictable, but not in a tired way. Snape made the show every more delightfully absurd. One issue they had was the music was overpowering the singers. Either they need to crank down the sound a notch or two or those actors need to belt it out more.


Delightful

by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Probably closer to 4-1/2 stars but rounded up for the genuine fun of the show. The music was simple but catchy. The female lead was very strong!


Absolutely Adorable Fun!

by Laura Backhaus on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show will have you laughing from one catchy song to the next! It walks you through all the fun twists and turns of a romantic comedy but with an unexpected ending! If you're looking for a fun, light hearted, belly laugh kind of show its definitely worth the visit to Northeast! :)

1 person found this review helpful


It's okay to be single

by Emily Townswick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I enjoyed this show SO. MUCH. I am amazed at how the cast took what could have been one big cliche and turned it on its head. I left the show with spirits high, and a belly full of laughs. The genre references were right on the nose and avoided being too overbearing. The singing, acting, and writing were absolutely delightful. This show is a definite must see on your 2017 Fringe tour (for couples and singles alike)!


Donuts for Dinner

by Sunny Sorenson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This show was funny, don't get me wrong, but it was basically one massive cultural reference.

The score was simple and the lyrics were basic, which is disappointing given how delightfully nuanced their first hit, The Oregon Trail, was. That production was nuanced and well-staged while this production felt rushed. Don't get me wrong, I laughed a lot, but wanted some technique to the comedy.

But in the end, I found true enjoyment from watching every person on that stage having an amazing time. And that is all a production needs to be a smash hit!


Must see!

by Brian Fallenstein on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was so much fun, it was a catchy and light comedy. not perfection, but they can tighten things up and get there for sure! Must see show for sure!


Delightfully Fun

by Tom Fallenstein on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Entertaining. Fun costumes. Fun songs. Fun for couples. Overall fun fun fun.


You Stay Classy San Diego RomCom Con

by Gnarles Xavier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The script had references that were fast and loose; I think I picked up on all of them, even the ones about movies I haven't seen because of the iconography. Music was equally good; Kyle seems to know his way around a keyboard and electric drum. All the actors onstage are known to be gifted comedians as you can see them around town at CSZ, HUGE, or any other improv theater. I will say I wish I enjoyed the singing more; perhaps with microphones the songs would have been enhanced. Probably a tall order considering it's Fringe. Oh well, that's my note!


You Don't Want to Miss RomCom-Con

by Pamela Mazzone on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What an amazingly talented cast and top notch writing.
It's clever
It's adorable
It's funny
And it's got brilliantly catchy songs that'll have you singing for days!

1 person found this review helpful


Great show!!

by Scott Weske on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show brings back the emotions of innocent love. It will make you want to fall in love all over again!!

1 person found this review helpful


Cute show.

by Brian Gorecki on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Cute show with some great one liners. Definitely worth a look.


Highly enjoyable

by Katie Ingison on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was weary of this since some comedy shows can have some forced humor but that was completely unnecessary of me. I caught myself actually 'guffaw-ing' many times. What a great way to start my fringe experience this year- great writing, great cast and great spoof of the rom-com genre!

1 person found this review helpful


Fun

by Robin Rayfield on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Being a sucker for romantic comedy and a bit of nerd (friends with people who go to conventions, I rarely do conventions) it was something I felt a bit suckered into. It was a good parody of romantic comedy, but also done with a bit of respect and appreciation. Something I also liked was that it also didn't belittle the woman lead. In fact, part of the story was about her becoming empowered. On the downside, I felt that the drums weren't necessary for the music, and the men in the cast were not the best singers. The women were fantastic singers. Definitely a fun show overall.

1 person found this review helpful


Let's Have Fun!

by Roy McEnroe on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show was an absolute blast from beginning to end. The cast was top notch and the music was outstanding. Put this on your must see list!

1 person found this review helpful


Great laughs.

by Jim Louis on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

This was a wonderful story. The actors did a great job. The music was a little overpowering the dialog at times. However, I still recommend seeing it.


SEE THIS SHOW!

by Justin Betancourt on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show was incredible. A fun plot with great music, great acting and a great story. This company always puts on great musicals every year and this one is no exception. The whole cast is quirky and hilarious and the whole show is delightfully self aware and very clever. Overall this show is a lot of fun and if you want a show that will leave you smiling and humming the tunes after the show, this is it.

2 people found this review helpful


So clever

by Richelle Amundson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Loved the story and writing. Issues with sound made it difficult to hear much of the actors when there was piano accompaniment. Some performer, but generally enjoyable.


Great satire on the con craze!

by Don Nowicki on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Hilarious mashup of classic rom-com scenes and convention absurdities. Good writing and passable performances, but a poor sound mix. Hopefully that gets fixed ....


Clever Comedy

by Shelagh Linklater on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A well written piece with good performers. At times the musical accompaniment drowned out the dialogue particularly with the female cast members. Overall however it was quite enjoyable.


Clever and charming!

by Lisa Bauch on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A must-see for fans of rom-coms. And musicals. And Harry Potter...


Bubbly Fun!

by Justin DeLong on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show was hilarious, and did a great job of poking fun at cliche love stories. The music was infectious (in a good way), but the singers were very hard to hear.
You'll fall in love with this show. And probably sing a song or two about it.

1 person found this review helpful


Funny fun

by Sarah Trapp on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Legit, go to the show

1 person found this review helpful


Two words

by Dan Patton on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Delightfully hilarious!

1 person found this review helpful


Rom com con

by R Britz on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is funny! The cast is so talented and the script is so clever! It was a rom com fan's dream come true ! Loved the music and loved the show from beginning to end! I highly recommend this production.

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Cast and crew

Travis Carpenter

Producer


Aaron Cook

Will

Aaron Cook has been doing theatre for a while. He started simply, as most do, performing in elementary school plays and with youth groups. He hasn't stopped performing since. In his youth he shined in many leading roles.

He first starred as “The Surfer Dude” in a retelling of the biblical parable about The Man That Built His House on the Sand. He performed this one-day-only show to a packed house of fellow actors' parents and other parishioners that slept in and missed the 8am service and had to attend the 10am service or else face eternal damnation.

Aaron later performed in his elementary school's cafeteria production of his A Midsummers' Night Dream as Demetrius - the first of three times he would be cast in this role. He received glowing reviews such as “Amazing!” and “You remembered your lines!” from his mother and sixth grade teacher respectively. He later reprised the role at St. Olaf College where he earned a B.A. in Theater. His final reprisal of the role was at The Park Square Theater, where the critics only mentioned that Aaron and the other performers appeared too young to be married. Aaron is very thankful the reviewer did not see his sixth grade performance.

The truth is that Aaron was and still is married to his wife, now for 11 years, with whom he has two-year-old twin daughters, at the time of his final appearance as Demetrius. More recently Aaron was seen performing improv in Rated G and Election at Huge Theater, because who has time to learn lines with twins? George Clooney, sure. Can you name any others? Well, yeah... Angela Bassett, Jane Seymour, Julia Roberts. Okay, he gets it.

Aaron has to go put his daughters to bed and start learning his lines. He has to earn those five-star reviews from his mom.


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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