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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Serpentine

By Maximum Verbosity
Written by phillip andrew bennett low

Playing at Strike Theater

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Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content.

A young boy slaughters a pair of copulating snakes, and is cursed to spend his life as a double-gendered voyeur -- a prophet, both male and female, whose visions of the future are ridiculed by their subjects.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm
Audio described

* 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

phillip andrew bennett low

playwright/producer

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phillip andrew bennett low is a Chinese-American playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theatre critic and libertarian activist. His solo performances have won acclaim from Minneapolis to Chicago, DC to LA -- even as far as Melbourne, Australia. He was the co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers (a supergroup of bestselling Twin Cities spoken-word artists), founder and producer of the touring theatre troupe Maximum Verbosity, and currently hosts what he believes to be the country's only open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, The Not-So-Silent Planet, and its associated podcast. He has published a book of political humor, Indecision Now! A Libertarian Rage.


Michelle Schwantes

director

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Artistic Director of Poetry Alive! Theatre Company. She is a playwright, choreographer, and international artist-in-residence, including work in China, Ethiopia, Japan, Switzerland, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Ukraine, and Romania. Directing credits include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Lakeshore Players), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Inspecting Carol (Northfield Arts Guild), The Wizard of Oz; Into the Woods; Cinderella (Young Artists Initiative), Willy Wonka (Masquer's Theater), Cloud 9 (Anam Cara Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Montford Theatre), Cinderella and The Sneetches (AD, Children’s Theatre Company).


Anna Gregory

Althea

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Anna Gregory is excited to participate in her first ever Fringe show. She has previously appeared in American Idiot with TASU Theater Company and Spring Awakening with Children's Theatre Company. She currently resides in Chicago where she attends the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. "All my love goes to Mikey and Bella!"


Michael Hentges

Gnosis

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Mike Hentges is excited to be performing in his fourth Fringe Festival. When not doing Fringe, Mike can be found in other Twin Cities theater productions or doing improv. He was recently in a production for the Phoenix Theater's Fledgling Program and is currently in the improv group r/WhatTheImprov.

In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, he is also appearing in Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler by Katherine Glover Presents.


Christy Marie Kent

storyteller

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Christy Marie Kent is a writer, storyteller, and math geek who transitioned from male to female more than fifteen years ago. She was born in Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement. Her parents moved to a new state every couple of years, but no matter where they went, she found them. She lives now in the Twin Cities with her husband, two sons, and a cat that begs to return to a warmer climate.

In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, she has also written Pope Joan by Featherstone Creative.


Sylvia Michels

Gynaika

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Sylvia Michels graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Theatre Honors Major. She has appeared in several shows: Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Musical), More Light, Not I, Love's Labour's Lost (The Musical), Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Trojan Barbie. Michels is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Fringe Festival and is looking forward to her next two productions with St. Croix Festival Theatre: Death of A Salesman and It's A Wonderful Life. "Thank you to my family, friends, and mentors for your unwavering support!"


Michael Weingartner

Andras

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Michael Weingartner is enjoying his second year as an actor in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He appeared in 2016 as part of The Non-Producers, and has since appeared around the Twin Cities in various productions. He is also an improviser, writer, and producer who's very excited to be a part of this wonderful cast!


Jena Young

storyteller

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Recognized in a women’s restroom as a “local actress,” Jena hopes to break into regionals in five years. She’s performed with several companies, including Six Elements, Maximum Verbosity, and Walking Shadow, and has also worked several production roles, including director, stage manager, costumer, writer, and fight choreographer. Her Fringe involvement since 2008 includes Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Highlander: the Musical, Caucasian-Agressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales, and her own one-woman Memoirs of a Welfare Queen. She’s a regular at the Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis, on cast for Vilification Tennis, and founding member and events coordinator for Fearless Comedy Productions.

In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, she has also done fight choreography for The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi by Headcanon.

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"Copulation of serpents determined my destiny. Boyish, unmanly, I
ventured, adventured my way into forests primeval; glanced down in the
dirt, in the dirt-trodden path, where I witnessed the scaly sinews of
snakes intertwining in love..."
- from "Serpentine"

Praise for Maximum Verbosity

"With a control over the rhythm and pacing of his words that rivals Saul Williams, low paints a beautiful and sometimes not so beautiful picture..."
- Katelyn Coyne, Indianapolis Fun City Finder (Indianapolis, IN)

"...low has a hell of an ear for language. Those are some downright beautiful sentences...the guy gives good aural."
- Glen Weldon, Washington City Paper (Washington, DC)

"...dark and passionate...thought-provoking theater..."
- Daniel Gerzina, Time Out Chicago (Chicago, IL)

"...a healthy blend of outrage and amusement..."
- Natasha Lewin, Tolucan Times (Los Angeles, CA)

About the Show

A new expressionistic verse tragedy, in which a young boy slaughters a pair of copulating snakes, and is cursed to spend his life as a double-gendered voyeur -- a prophet, both male and female, whose visions of the future are ridiculed by their subjects.

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