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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[Enter the Narrator]

By 11/11
Written by Lindsay Redman

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre

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Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

Don't see this show. It's a hapless tale of narrators and narrators in training who's narrator's narrators are all trying to narrate this mess of forbidden love, secret lives, and moms named Judy.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Funniest show I've seen in years!

by David DeNeui on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was spectacular! Well written and each actor played their part perfectly. The story has unique twists and quirks that kept me engaged the whole time. Transitions were smooth and almost instantaneous. Everything had purpose and made you wonder how the show would end. I could not stop laughing! I had so much fun with viewing this show. Would see it again and hope to see the story and concept of it spread around the world of theater and acting. Truly inspiring!


Favorite comedy this year

by Audra Lind on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved loved loved this show! Actors were all spot on. Comedic timing was perfect and had us laughing out loud beginning to end. The narrator's narrator (protagonists bf) was absolutely freaking brilliant and shone even in a fantastic cast. The plot never got too sappy (with a less skilled cast it might have). We were rooting for you to sort this mess out for the happily ever after! Hit every single note perfectly. Loved use of the set piece, costumes, casting, lighting. Props to this company. Will be watching for more from them!


Brilliant

by Dorothy Owen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I loved this show. It was clever, well-paced, and well acted. It reminded me of Stranger Than Fiction. Oh, and Carl was amazing like always.


Hilarious

by Gracie Regala on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

So well done and sooooo funny


Great Show!!

by Dean Michaels on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is well worth the effort to experience. Well acted.... staged appropriately.....funny and clever plot all added to a fast 50 minutes! Congrats to this talented cast!

1 person found this review helpful


Kaufmanesque

by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Really loved the concept and performed well.


Cute and entertaining

by Rachael Goerger on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great acting! An entertaining story. I enjoyed it!


Fun

by Heather Somes on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Light hearted and gets you thinking "what if we all had a narrator"... Love going to the theater to see comedy. This was great!


An entertaining

by sam gisselman on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is a creatively written, fun love story. Was a nice light-hearted balance to other dramatic shows of our night.


Once Wasn't Enough

by Grant Fitzgerald on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If my review title wasn't self explanatory enough, I did see this show twice. It was just as delightful at 10pm as it was at 1:00 Saturday, this time with an even bigger audience.

Enter the narrator is a witty, creative well paced play that can be enjoyed by any audience member. The superb writing is driven along by 'Narrator's' excellent cast. Not only is this play filled with laughs but it has heart. It's a meta glimpse at how we deal with relationships, both good and bad and how we must live and learn from our past without letting it shut us down.

1 person found this review helpful


Cute premise.

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

I liked the multiple narrators and how they weaved into the story. It was an overall cute show. The ending got pretty confusing and garbled, like it had been thrown together last minute? But all in all I liked the show as a whole!


Go See This Show

by Brie Keener on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show has such personality! It's a refreshing, original story with quick witted humor. If you only see one fringe show this season- make it this one!


Funny Polished Performace

by Tina Lahti on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

(Enter The Narrator) was the most polished Fringe performance I've seen this year. It's a unique comedic take on the absurd devices we all accept in theater and the movies, most specifically the use of a narrator to convey a character's background and inner thoughts. The acting was excellent. Staging, costumes and props were well considered and fitting for a Fringe stage. I highly recommend this show.


Hilarious and Clever

by Reynold Kissling on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was my first Fringe show and it's going to be hard to top. Enter The Narrator is a hilarious postmodern comedy that lives in the fuzzy area between the audience and the fourth wall. The writing is witty and crisp, the plot is clever and thoughtful and the performances are stellar. Definitely a must-see!


Cute "rom com" show

by Mickey Anderson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Very cute story and very funny concept! The ending was absolutely hilarious (as was much of the play). The main character Brain, played by Nelson Schreen is the typical "guy next door" kind of guy, and does amazingly in his role. There isn't much chemistry between the two main actors, but this show still had me buckled over laughing consistently. More praise also goes to actor Mackenzie Lahren in her role as the narrator. Really cute show, if you like cheese rom coms like me, I would definitely see this! (And see it again!)


Larry then wrote a 22 word review...

by Larry Bieza on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Dammit! With a nod to other alt-reality tales, this meet-cute story of our narrator and his subject, is a winner! 4.5 stars

1 person found this review helpful


Light, relatable and hilarious!

by Mia Thompson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show has a fun and original plot and great writing, plus it's full of delightfully unexpected twists and laughs. I could see it again and again. Don't miss this one!!


Nice surprise

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

real talk: I only went to this show to fill a time slot, but I am so glad I did because it was so flibberty floppiting delightful.


Narrator Inception

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

The acting and production were both spot-on, but the script was the thing that shined here. The writing was witty in a way that didn't rely on punchlines or pop-culture references to work magic, although those were also present in just the right amount. The mental gymnastics required to maintain the fiction becomes so convoluted that it implodes on itself and *becomes* the plot. I was really impressed, especially for a show that I heard comparatively little buzz about. This might be one of the hidden gems of the Fringe this year.


A Surprising Delight!

by Vincent Hannam on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

If you're looking for something absurd, quirky and charming then check this show out! A little slow at times, it still wins you over with it's clever story and endearing cast.


A fun romp through the fourth wall

by Jonathan Fondell on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

[Enter the Narrator] throws a clever wrench in a typical romcom story with recursive narrator feedback loops and plenty of carefree fourth-wall breaking. Things tend to slow down whenever all the meta-talk starts to pile up on itself, but an excellent performance from a talented cast keeps things moving along and infuses the show with some much-deserved heart and humor.

Overall, an ambitious and enjoyable show. The self-aware narrator addition isn't going to change how you look at storytelling, but if you're up for a show that makes you smile while poking fun at convention, you'll have a good time with [Enter the Narrator].


Wonderfully laugh out loud fun

by Mary Hancy on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Loved the concept and the entire show. Ended up being my favorite of the day. So clever. It was the one I hadn't planned on but so glad I saw.


This should be at the top of your list!

by Bailey Murphy on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is so funny and beyond well written and executed. The idea is so clever and it left me wanting more. Go see this amazing cast!!!!!!!!!!!


[enter the narrator]

by deb kammerer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Lots of energy and fun.


It was my first time at the festival!

by Doreen Williams on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great writing and a lot of laughs. Still wondering where Mark is ?


Wonderful plot double characters

by Chris Idzerda on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Yes a nice examination of relationships with the Narrator a confused young man. All ends well of course. I am Janna Idzerda's father and of course she is spectacular.


Inventive, snappy, charming

by Angus Werther on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

You got your magic of theater right here! Strong writing and performances yield practical Fringe perfection.


Supah funny :)

by Casey Lundy on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Had a ton of fun at this show, definitely recommend it.


Brilliant.

by Jake Thompson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Wholly original & perfectly silly. See this god damn play.


Meta-meta-goose

by Christine Malcom on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Complex concept, really nicely developed with a well-tuned ensemble cast. Overall really solid pacing, even in the more expository points. Good enough original material that done go-to stereotypes weren't needed to draw laughs, but that was a minor negative at best. Definitely one to catch that's well suited to the Fringe format.


That's what she said

by Amy Bonifas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Fun fun fun. Loved the concept and appreciated seeing the ideas fully fleshed out. Quite well executed. If you have room in your fringe schedule I'd pencil this in.


Extremely fun!

by Connie Petersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Laugh out loud funny! Please ask Mark if he's seen my husband when you find him!


Brilliant script, brilliant acting

by Nicole Wilder on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I would not change a thing about this show. What a tight script! And the ensemble had such wonderful timing and chemistry. Well done!


Laugh out loud funny!

by Roni Petersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Absolutely hilarious!!! The cast was on top of every moment to make the audience laugh. The writing was witty and articulate. Not a dull moment. MUST SEE SHOW.


A Delight

by Tyler Jacobson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Clever, sweet, VERY funny and impeccably acted (every member of the cast gets their moments to shine, and every one knocks it out of the park). Manages to balance its central gimmick/"high concept" (which I will not spoil here) with involving characters. I can't imagine anyone NOT being thoroughly charmed.


Delightfully Meta

by Cetius d'Raven on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Everyone is the hero of their own story. But if ever story needs a narrator, where do they come from and what's their experience? This farcical tale answers that question by breaking the fourth wall six ways from Sunday. One of the more fun uses of meta-humor I've seen.


Fun romp!

by Tyler Haugen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Laughs abound! Quirky world with goofy rules and a cast of hams make this show a heavy hitter in the funny department!


Hilarious and Genuine

by Pat Reynolds on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A wonderfully ridiculous comedy. It was a fast-paced and beautifully written story of love, online dating and narrators. Would highly recommend


Determined to Hear Judy's Ending

by Riley Parham on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Narrator inception. Romance. Comedy. Meta-theatre. And, a Minnesotan mom. [Enter the Narrator] keeps you on your toes with its clever humor and genuine representation of love. We all want someone perfect. We don't often find them in the perfect place.
I found myself wanting a little more depth at the end. But, ultimately it is a fun and beautifully executed show.

1 person found this review helpful


Clever and fun

by Ariel Lopez on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Alright, I was a little skeptical (and not just because the description says not to see the show), but the premise works quite charmingly. There are a few moments that sag a little, but overly a fun and funny play.

1 person found this review helpful


Hilarious!

by Ashlyn Schneider on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This lighthearted show doesn't take itself seriously, but had me engaged the whole time. The premise takes a classic trope and pushes it past it's logical conclusions, while confronting real and relatable issues. Clocking in right around 50 minutes, it sped by and I found myself laughing more often than not. I'd highly recommend [Enter the Narrator] to any theater lover looking for a fresh and funny take on what it means to be a protagonist.

1 person found this review helpful


Delightful!

by Jennifer Redman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Enjoyed this clever and witty show! Laugh out loud funny! The story is fresh and the characters are perfectly portrayed. Go to this show! Well worth it! Enjoy


A welcome surprise, very entertaining

by Russ Redman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The performance was superb! Cleaverly writen, brilliantly acted and very funny. The fifty minute performance flew by, left you wanting more! Nicely done!


Funny, fast paced and clever.

by Tracy Habisch-Ahlin on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A well balanced show with big laughs. Enjoyed each new character as he or she took the stage! Well written and skilled acting.


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Cast and crew

Cally Ahlin

Stage Manager


Janna Idzerda

Assistant/Angela


Mackenzie Lahren

Narrator/Gabriella

This is Mackenzie’s second experience with MN Fringe. Much of her previous work has been on the Pioneer Place stage in St. Cloud, where she has taken on such roles as Velma in Chicago, Catherine in Proof, and Doris in Same Time, Next Year. She is currently a student at Metropolitan State University, where she is majoring in public relations with a minor in theatre arts. She also works as a copywriter/proofreader for Itineraries Midwest Magazine. When she’s not busy correcting grammar, she enjoys singing in her ‘90s band, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, and drinking boxed wine.


Ryan Lee

Boss/Bumble Guy

Ryan Lee is excited to be in his very first Fringe show! He has recently appeared on stage with Theater Latte Da, DalekoArts and Commonweal Theatre. Favorite productions include Woody Guthrie's American Song, Arsenic & Old Lace, 1940's Radio Hour, Almost, Maine, The Rink, and A Christmas Carole Petersen. Alongside acting, Ryan Lee has been writing, recording and performing music as an original singer/songwriter for the past 15 years. He performs regularly, has toured nationally and released five albums as an independent artist. Enjoy the show!


Hannah Mazlinski

Judy


Samm Nordstrom

Full Tech Support


Lindsay Redman

Trisha


Nelson Schreen

Brian


Jillian Stout

Co-Director


Carl Swanson

Other Narrator/Tim

Carl is excited to make his Fringe debut in Enter the Narrator! Carl is a graduate of the University of WI - Stevens Point and has been working in the Twin Cities for the past 3 years. Some of his favorite show have been Wit and The Drowsy Chaperone at Artistry and Shitfaced Shakespeare with Magnificent Bastard Productions. Hope you enjoy the show!

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