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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A Pickle

By Really Spicy Opera
Written by Deborah Yarchun

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio

The MN State Fair rejects Doris' traditional kosher pickles claiming they "look" spoiled. Something funky's going on and she's gonna raise hell. A darkly comedic look at pickle prejudice. Based on a true story.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
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Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
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Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm
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Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm
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* 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

A piece of Minnesota History!

by Kim Chase-Kozak on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I really enjoyed this! It was not at all what I expected from a show put on by Really Spicy Opera. The actor playing Doris was fantastic.

I'm also a person who has had various items on display in the Creative Activity Building at the State Fair and this definitely gave me something to think about. I hope they get the opportunity to show this to a wider audience.


Chutzpah

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Doris may put chutzpah into her pickle jars, but she has identified and shared with us (and I had no idea before seeing this show) the real source of chutzpah: a state fair that bills itself as the great Minnesota get together, and then excludes all but the white, Christian, of-Scandinavian-descenders amongst us. I won't be looking at the pickles or any of the other homemade/homegrown foods, crafts, arts or anything else at the fair through the same lens again. Thank you!


It's always fun to see a true story

by Florence Brammer on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

This script perhaps stretches itself a bit too thin in its admirable effort to encompass a lot of themes in 50 minutes, but it's a interesting and instructive true story. As someone who has both lobbied (successfully!) for a new State Fair category a few years ago (vegan main dish, enter it next year!) and who has entered Jewish baked goods in the ethnic baking category for years, I especially enjoyed Doris' pickle journey.


Love A Pickle

by Mark Baumgartner on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fantastic show. Funny, poignant and meaningful! Doris Rubenstein's story has a wonderful lesson for all of us.


Reasonable minds can differ

by Corrie Fiedler on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

A Pickle idn't hit either my script or acting appreciation - nor my funny - bones. On the surface, the topic is light-weight: pickles at the State Fair. Doris does give us some insight into the bigger picture: appreciation for top rate preparation of food from less 'state fair traditional' sources. Like so many things in life, the situation is more complex than it appears. The 'I'm right and they are wrong' attitude didn't play well with this audience member.


State fair

by Walter Furtney on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Cute, I knew there was a reason not to go to the state fair. A little ethnic humor in the retelling of this legendary story


A Real Dilly!

by James Lewis on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great solo show. Funny, powerful and poignant play about pickle judging at the MN State Fair and social justice. The play was a "full sour" and in pickle parlance that is a five star!


Strong performance; unexpected topic

by Vivian McKewin on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Really amazing how one person can grab your attention for an hour. The writing really brought Doris to life and I was not expecting the broader topic of prejudice. Great story handled skillfully and with great humor.


Beautiful 1-woman show

by Stacy Glaus-Herowitz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Give Angela Timberman an Ivey already. A beautifully lit, tightly directed, lovingly acted journey through a cornerstone of Minnesota culture. I was worried that the subject would get tiresome after an hour, but Angela's splendid performance had me ready for more before they rushed us out in the rain. (Why do we have so little time to talk about shows in the space?)

2 people found this review helpful


Preservation

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

A cute story, and a good springboard for reflections on prejudice, culture, memories, history, activism and friendship. And I just might have to try making a batch of those pickles myself!

1 person found this review helpful


Angela Timberman = kickass

by Ragnar R on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Not since Detroit have I enjoyed seeing Angela Timberman onstage so much. She kills it for a whole hour. I'd hppily watch her do another.

2 people found this review helpful


This show is so great!

by Scott Eastman on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Wonderfully acted by Angie Timberman, the show itself is equally fascinating. A story of true courage and standing up for oneself. And it's true, and funny, and is definitely a story worth seeing and hearing. And now I want some of those delicious pickles!!

2 people found this review helpful


Captivating

by Dani C on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Hands down one of the most captivating storytelling shows i have seen. The lighing was a little distracting and i felt like it didnt add much to the show but that said everything else made up for. If yoy have this show on your radar definitely reserve a seat!

1 person found this review helpful


Not quite my taste in pickles

by Laura Kauth on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Actually, the pickles sounded delicious and I really want to try some. But the show itself didn't do much for me, in pretty much the same way that Neil Simon doesn't do much for me. It was well, if exaggeratedly, acted, I enjoyed the jar metaphor, and certainly it raises questions regarding arbitrary exclusion based on cultural differences, but the gossipy/ griping Mrs. Kravitz tone was grating, and had me wanting to pretend I'd left a stove on at home. However, other people in my group enjoyed it quite a lot.


Great script and Acting

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

This show didn't need gimmicks because the script and acting was superb. There is an element of social justice as well as devastating childhood memories. It worked for me.

1 person found this review helpful


Do yourself a favor and see it!

by Dana Stack on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was wonderful. For an hour long one woman show, the actress was mesmerizing. I was spellbound for the entire performance.

The story was so accessible and interesting and local! It also taught me about Minnesotans in a way I hadn't considered before.

Please, do yourself a favor and go see this show. It was so captivating and thoughtful.

2 people found this review helpful


Dill-lightful!

by Doug Anderson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This savory tale is not to be canned. Funny, sad, frustrating and poignant. Doris' (Angela Timberman) discovery that the great minnesota get together is disappointingly a bit unFair, sometimes. Brilliant, lovely work Angela Timberman, BRAVA!!

2 people found this review helpful


Hard to describe

by Sandra Delanora on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Lots of stuff going on here, but it's all good! A terrific tour de force of a performance.


What you don't know can hurt someone

by Kate Southwick on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Good writing, good directing, good acting. An interesting, relevant and real story .

1 person found this review helpful


A Pickle

by Dennis Dyce on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A pickle is not always what it appears to be. There is so much more to it than what appears inside the jar. This comedy, while very funny, delivers not only humor but provokes us to think about how we view others who might share values and traditions different than our own. This one act, one actress, one hour play at the Ritz delivers entertainment and meaning.


Angela Timberman is awesome

by Rachel Weissblum on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A solid, powerful solo show. Angela is marvelous as Doris!


Great solo show

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

This show was basically a one-hour monologue, but extremely well done. It had a story with a great message, it had humor, and it included a pickle recipe. Something that heavily amazed me is how Angela Timberman memorized a full-hour monologue. Wow. Great show overall.


You can't not like Doris!

by Dave Stagner on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A good solo show should have a strong performance, an interesting subject, a sense of flow, and a sense of learning for the audience. This does it all. Angela Timberman's performance is nearly flawless, completely inhabiting the character. The story is a thought-provoking examination of prejudice, wrapped in some serious comedy. You can't not like Doris!

This first performance looked like a sellout or very close to it, so you might want to reserve tickets.

1 person found this review helpful


Unexpected

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

This was a 'filler' show for me and turned out to be an unexpected gem. Wonderful story about discrimination and the courage to be yourself shared by a skilled actor.

2 people found this review helpful


No sour taste for this pickle

by Harvey Zuckman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A Pickle was an absolute delight. The script, the direction and the acting were absolutely first rate.
Lots of laughter and chuckles with a dose of sobering reality about the realities of the Jewish experience in Minnesota, but a universality of of the messaging rings true to the experience of many outside the "majority".
See it, you'll be glad you did.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Angela Timberman

Doris

Angela Timberman is one of the most gifted comedic actresses in the Twin Cities. Her credits include multiple shows at the Guthrie (The Royal Family, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol (eight productions), My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, The Birds, Circle Mirror Transformation, A Delicate Balance, Third), the Jungle Theater (Annapurna, You Can’t Take it With You, Detroit), Park Square Theatre (Sons of the Prophet, The Realistic Joneses, Good People, Painting Churches, The Sisters Rosensweig, Children’s Theatre Company Annie, The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Brooklyn Bridge, Merry Christmas, Strega Nona), the Ordway (Grand Night for Singing, The Music Man, Always, Patsy Cline, Ruthless; and more than 10 productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (including Easter Parade (world premiere), and the History Theatre (Garrison Keillor’s Radio Man, Hormel Girls).


Basil Considine

Director

Basil Considine is an award-winning composer, playwright, and director. He is the founding Artistic Director of Really Spicy Opera and serves as one of the Co-Directors of Morningside Theatre Company in Edina, MN. Recent directing credits include 101 Dalmatians-KIDS, Aladdin, JR, and Godspell, JR for Morningside Theatre; The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast for Northern Starz Children’s Theatre; and Game of Thrones: The Musical and The Last Five Years for Really Spicy Opera. He is the President-Elect for the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Music, Sound, and Religion section and a past Regional Governor for the National Opera Association.

Basil is the creator of Game of Thrones: The Musical, which has been presented at the Minnesota, Maui, O'ahu, and Tampa Fringe Festivals and was the best-selling show of the O'ahu and Tampa Fringe Festivals. His play Thor: Jurassic Park premieres at the 2017 MN Fringe.


Deborah Yarchun

Playwright

Deborah Yarchun is a New York-based playwright who lived in Minneapolis from 2013-2015. She was a two-time Jerome Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights' Center and has received an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Kernodle New Play Award, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship, University of Iowa’s Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She was the Dorit & Gerald Paul Artist in Residence at Indiana University for Spring 2016. Her play GREAT WHITE was an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Relentless Award.

Deborah holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa. http://deborahyarchun.com/

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We sold out opening night! Reservations suggested to guarantee your seat.


The world premiere of A Pickle by Deborah Yarchun, a two-time Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. Based on the true story of Doris Rubenstein, a confrontation with the State Fair that turned into a national controversy. Read about the background of this play in the Star Tribune!


One of Pamela Espeland's 12 must-see shows for this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. One of Matthew Everett's Top 20 picks. Featured in Jay Gabler's Fringe Festival guide.


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