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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The Mystery

By Conduit Theatre
Created by Conduit Theatre

Playing at HUGE Theater

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Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

A detective shares the details of the strangest case he's ever worked on: a murder-suicide that involves romance, black magic, and the supernatural. A ghost story for a modern audience.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Love mysterious horror stories!!

by Jerry Fladeland on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the story-line, acting, atmosphere and surprise ending!!!! Kept me interested and wondering and on edge of my seat!


like 'scary stories to tell in the dark'

by Will Schroeder on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a cool concept! It reminded me of creepypasta more than anything, or maybe the Black Tapes podcast. The story is compelling but I found it a little difficult to keep track of (I'm not sure I fully understood the ending)

The actor's mask/makeup was slightly distracting (but pretty important to the show, so I understand the choice)

It was a well-thought-out scary story which is exactly what I had hoped for


What an ending!

by Judy Fladeland on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was interested in the characters, had no idea where it was going to take me...and Boom! Those who attended will know what I mean. Thank you for a great story!


Only late in the game!

by Mary L Cutler on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Performer did a good job of achieving his goals: story-telling to an audience. He wished to entertain and surprise and give us a good tale. He did. I didn't get it til the scream. Good story and he played the moment and took us with him. Let him play again.


A Few Odd Choices, But Overall Good

by Adam Boutz on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

An unsolved case that points towards the supernatural is laid out by a man pursuing it for decades. The material was a little too dry, and the actor's mask prevented him from expressing much emotion. I couldn't feel his excitement and fear, and without that it was just a story.


different

by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Kind of like a long ghost story. Good effects with lighting, etc.


Imperfect Entertainment

by Jonatan Mitchell on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This one-man show kept me engaged throughout. Though I was left wishing there was more payoff for trying to follow all the details of the story. In the end, this is about as thrilling and smart as one of the ghost stories it models itself after... which leaves a live audience wanting more after a near hour's performance. While it was rough around the edges, it will still keep you entertained as long as you know what you're in for... a "scary" story and nothing more.


Better as a short story?

by Andy Rakerd on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

The writing was pretty engaging. The presentation, not so much. I didn't beleive the character, and a strange choice in costuming didn't help much. While there some moments of intrigue and intensity, I more often found my mind wandering during this lecture-style tale.


Unpolished

by Matthew Garten on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The idea of a ghost story intrigued me. And when the show flyer mentioned "Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark" I thought for sure I was going to love this show...and maybe even be a bit scared. But I was neither. Weird costume. Slow pace. Convoluted script. Needs a lot of work.


Strong Story

by Afton Benson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The story is well written and moves at a slow pace to begin, picking up speed further along to the ending.


Needs more work

by Deborah Jewett on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you like ghost stories around the campfire, this might be for you. Barebones set, kind of strange lighting, one prop, elaborate clown- like costume on the single storyteller. One person shows have to be really hard for the actor, but this one needed more work, as well as input from a good director.


Opening night jitters

by Aiden Milligan on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The mystery had some difficulties. Being opening night you could tell how nervous the actor in this one man show was. There were inconsistencies and plot holes in the story, but they only detracted from the suspense slightly. I was still interested and intrigued the full way through. The payoff at the end was entertaining and almost worth the slow build up. Overall I did enjoy the show, I mostly wish there were more visuals to keep my attention.


Third show of the first night

by Fourth Wall on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Though it may not be scary and there is no arc to the story, you could visualize yourself casting a protective spell with your mind against the impending incantation. Lighting and music seemed random and didn't build tension. Actor was personable in his "thanks for coming" postlude.

1 person found this review helpful


A little one-note

by Little Voice on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I like a good ghost story, and this feels like a good start towards one. But while the storyteller did a nice job of generating a feeling of dread, it just never paid off my in a real scare for me. His costuming didn't help; it set a comedic tone at the beginning that I don't think he was going for.

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Cast and crew

Jared Fladeland

Creator and Performer

A recent transplant to the Twin Cities, Jared Fladeland has performed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Portland. As a graduate of Dell'arte International School of Physical Theatre, Jared often devises new work. His company Conduit Theatre (http://www.conduittheatre.com) has been hired to create original, interactive shows for galas or organizations for educational or entertainment purposes. He premiered his first solo show, Origami Swans, at the Edge New Works Festival in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2015. He is excited to present to you his second solo endeavor.

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