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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Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)

By Rough Magic Performance Company
Written by William Shakespeare (mostly)

Playing at Jungle Theater

Shakespeare's classic comedy of love/hate relationships made modern by 6 women and 2 puppets. A hilarious and moving tale of love, jealousy, trickery, and redemption with a fresh and feminist perspective.

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

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
Audio described

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm
ASL interpreted

* 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

Sarah Agnew

Director

Sarah Agnew has been performing and creating theater here in the twin cities for 20 years. She was a member of the artistic company of Theatre de la Jeune Lune and appeared in over 15 productions. She has performed at the Guthrie, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Actor's Theater of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Rep, and others. She most recently appeared in Lisa Loomer's ROE at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She will next appear in Watch On The Rhine at the Guthrie theater this fall, directed by Lisa Peterson.


Catherine Johnson Justice

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Catherine is elated to be both adapting and performing in Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges). For the 2014 Fringe, Alayne Hopkins and Catherine co-produced and co-starred in the dual Shakespeare adaptations Twelfth Night and What You Will (for which Catherine also “wrote” the adaptations). Other Twin Cities theater credits include productions with The Guthrie Theater, Theater Forever, Ten Thousand Things, Pillsbury House Theater, The Jungle Theater, Workhaus Collective, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Emigrant Theater, Partizan Players, The Playwright Center, The Illusion Theater, and many others. Film credits include The Quietest Sound (winner “Best Actress” Fargo Film Festival), Two Harbors, Wayside Rest and several other independent films. Catherine is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Carleton College in Northfield, MN. In addition to their work with Rough Magic Performance Company, Catherine and Alayne Hopkins are also the founders of Twin Cities Renegade Play-reading Group.


Kirby Bennett

Leonato

Kirby Bennett is delighted to return to the Fringe after a long absence! She has been seen regionally at numerous theaters including Frank Theatre, Old Log Theatre, The Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Commonweal Theatre Company, History Theatre and many others. Representative work includes Park Square: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Left Hand Singing, The Triumph of Love, Noises Off!, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Women; The Jungle Theater: Noises Off!, Blithe Spirit; Frank Theatre: Good Person of Setzuan, Love and Information; Commonweal Theatre: Sylvia; History Theater: Peace Crimes. Kirby is the Artistic Director of Girl Friday Productions, for which she produced and performed in their productions of Idiot’s Delight, The Matchmaker, Camino Real, Street Scene, The Skin of Our Teeth, Our Town, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.


Alayne Hopkins

Beatrice / First Watchman

Alayne Hopkins is returning to the Minnesota Fringe Festival with Rough Magic Performance Company after 2014's joint productions of Twelfth Night and What You Will. Alayne has also appeared in theaters around the Twin Cities, including the Jungle Theater, Dark & Stormy, Girl Friday Productions, Frank Theater, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, History Theatre, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theater, and more.


Catherine Johnson Justice

Benedick / Second Watchman

Catherine is elated to be both adapting and performing in Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges). For the 2014 Fringe, Alayne Hopkins and Catherine co-produced and co-starred in the dual Shakespeare adaptations Twelfth Night and What You Will (for which Catherine also “wrote” the adaptations). Other Twin Cities theater credits include productions with The Guthrie Theater, Theater Forever, Ten Thousand Things, Pillsbury House Theater, The Jungle Theater, Workhaus Collective, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Emigrant Theater, Partizan Players, The Playwright Center, The Illusion Theater, and many others. Film credits include The Quietest Sound (winner “Best Actress” Fargo Film Festival), Two Harbors, Wayside Rest and several other independent films. Catherine is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Carleton College in Northfield, MN. In addition to their work with Rough Magic Performance Company, Catherine and Alayne Hopkins are also the founders of Twin Cities Renegade Play-reading Group.


Elise Langer

Don Pedro / Margaret

Originally from Paris, France, Elise has lived and performed in San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Paris, Boise and is now happily based in Minneapolis.
Locally, she has performed with: Ten Thousand Things (Life's a Dream, Il Campiello, Vasa Lisa, A Midsummer night's Dream, Forget Me Not When Far Away, Fiddler on the Roof) The Children’s Theatre Company (A Special Trade, Peter Pan, The Cat in the Hat, Pinocchio) Open Eye Figure Theatre (Snowman, DUMMY, The Holiday Pageant) Sod House Theatre (The Cherry Orchard, The Visit, Peer Gynt, The Hoopla Train) Four Humors Theater (Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote) Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Bedlam Theatre, The History Theatre, Jon Ferguson Theatre, TigerLion Arts and the Playwrights’ Center.
She co-created and performed in Milly & Tillie at Open Eye Figure Theatre, which got Ivey Recognition for Overall Excellence!
Elise studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.


Sara Richardson

Verges / Hero / Borrachio

SARA RICHARDSON has lived and worked in the Twin Cities for the past 13 years after relocating from her home state of New York straight off several years as an ex-pat in Paris. She has made original work with Jon Ferguson (WLDRNSS), Kimberly Richardson, Live Action Set and others, as well as performed with numerous theaters in the area. A few favorite past projects include: You For Me For You (Mu Performing Arts), Buzzer (co-production Pillsbury House Theatre and Guthrie Theater), The Night Alive (Jungle Theater), Boeing Boeing (Torch Theater), Rehearsing Failure (Theatre Novi Most) and Mercy Watson to the Rescue! (Children’s Theatre Company). Up next: When I Nod My Head You Hit It With The Hammer (WLDRNSS, director), and Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Park Square, playing Watson). For more info, please visit sara-richardson.com.


Taj Ruler

Dogberry / Claudio / Don John

Taj Ruler is an actor, improviser, voice over artist, and teacher. She has performed at various theaters around the twin cities such as at Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, HUGE Theatre and the Brave New Workshop.


Ivar Hendrickson

Stage Manager


Kate Johnson

Graphic Designer / Photographer

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Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges) offers a fun and poignant take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love/ hate relationships.  Beatrice and Benedick spar in a viciously hilarious battle of the wits, but can they overcome their cynicism to open their hearts to love?  Hero and Claudio are innocent and pure, but will their naiveté be their downfall?  And all the while the clowning characters of Dogberry and Verges fumble to narrate and lead the audience through this hilarious and moving tale of love, jealousy, trickery, and redemption.  With an all-female cast, six women play all 13 roles, offering a fresh and feminist perspective on the complexities that occur when men and women fall in and out of love.  Shakespeare’s classic made modern by 6 women, 2 puppets, in 1 hour.

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