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
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm
 

* 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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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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