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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The Last Bombardment

By Oncoming Productions
Created by Oncoming Productions, fr. the short story by Kenneth Schneyer

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

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

Nobody noticed the first bombardment, not when it happened. One morning we woke up as usual, and there were babies on our doorsteps. We chose to take them in. Then the choices got much, much harder. (Horror)

Grown-ups only (18+)

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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

Justin Betancourt

Performer

Justin is a Minneapolis transplant originally from Ohio. Justin has been acting his whole life and has a degree in theater from Bowling Green State University. This is Justin's third year in the Fringe and is excited to be a part of this show. You can also see Justin perform improv with Comedysportz and Jesters Comedy Improv.


Mallory Dillon

Set and Prop Design

Mallory Dillon studied architecture at North Dakota State University where she also had her first set design opportunity with Little Country Theatre’s Proof. Other work as a designer includes: The Heidi Chronicles, The Grand Tarot, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Stella Adler Studio of Acting), Sympathetic Magic (Ailanthus Theatre Company), and The Nina Variations (Mutiny Productions). Mallory is excited to be part of Minnesota Fringe again after designing the set for Promiscuous Fiction in 2013.


Sean Dillon

Director

Sean Dillon is a native of Fargo who came to Minneapolis by way of New York, where he studied at NYU and the Stella Adler Studio. Both here and there, he has performed and directed with a variety of companies. Locally, he has performed with the History Theater, Actors Theater of Minnesota, the Minnesota Science Museum, Savage Umbrella, and the Playwrights Center. The Last Bombardment is his third writing/directing with Oncoming Productions here in Minnesota, following 2015's The Deep Dark and 2013's Promiscuous Fiction. He also teaches and performed long-form improvisation, primarily at HUGE Theater.


Emily Dussault

Performer

Emily Dussault is a local actor and singer. She has appeared onstage with many Twin Cities theatre companies, including Savage Umbrella, Transatlantic Love Affair, Artistry, Theatre Pro Rata, and Workhaus Collective. In addition to performing live, Emily is a co-host of the podcast Hypotheticast. She is a huge fan of the horror genre, and is thrilled to be making her first foray into horror theatre with this piece.


Becky Hauser

Performer

Becky Wilkinson Hauser is originally from Minnesota and landed happily back in Minneapolis after studying at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and living in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago she discovered long-form improv and trained at The Second City and iO. She is known locally as a member of the three-human improv and sketch comedy trio, Ladyfriend. She also can be seen at HUGE Theater in groups such as Attenborough, The Truth and Nimblicity. The Last Bombardment is her first project with Oncoming Productions and second in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.


Bryce Kalal

Stage Manager/Sound Design

Bryce Kalal is returning to Oncoming Productions as Sound Designer and Stage Manager for the second time, following 2015's The Deep Dark. With a degree in audio production, a career in commercial videography, a lifelong passion for making music, a novel trilogy on the way, and more drawings than he can count, his devotion to the arts is unending. Currently, you can see him on the stage in Ka-Baam!! The Improvised Comic Book (Saturdays in July & August at Huge Theater), and you can hear his original music at www.midnightnotion.com.


Jay Kistler

Performer

Jay Kistler was born and raised in South Carolina. He got his BA at Winthrop University in theatre and decided that's as far as his education would go. He moved to MN to go pro in banking. He primarily works with Dangerous Productions, whose show SKIN will be at this year's Twin Cities Horror Festival. He's also a writer for MN Tonight and a freelance improviser. Ask him to join your team. Hey, you should also see his friends in Sheep Theater do Pinocchio at Mixed Blood. Hooray!


Thalia Kostman

Performer

Thalia Bea Kostman grew up in Paris and returned there to study mime and corporeal theatre. She loves all clowning, puppetry, and other weird forms of performance. In the Twin Cities she has performed with companies like Mixed Blood Theater, Red Eye, Theatre in the Round, and Mad Munchkin Productions. She has produced two shows in the MN Fringe: Cecilies '12, and Strangetalk '13, and is pumped to be Fringing again in The Last Bombardment.


Erik Nielsen

Performer

This is Erik Nielsen’s second show with Oncoming Productions, following The Deep Dark at the 2015 Twin Cities Horror Fest, and his second show at Fringe after Emily Schmidt Productions 2014 Sole Mates—An Almost Romantic Comedy. He regularly performs Long-form improv comedy at Huge Theater, though is more than a little excited to trade laughs for scares this Summer at Fringe.


Erik Ostrom

Live Musician

Erik Ostrom is frequently surprised to find he is a musician, composer, improviser and tech. Current and upcoming projects include The Local Music Scene, Late Nights Minneapolis, Interludes (this fall at HUGE Theater), and his band, The Telltale Signs. This is his first Fringe show! How exciting!


Victoria Pyan

Performer

Victoria Pyan is a native Minnesotan. Locally she's performed with Frank Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Theatre Cosmic, Delve Theatre, Mission Theatre Co, Theatre Unbound, Pioneer Place, and Maximum Verbosity. This is her second show with Oncoming Productions. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris and the University College of Dublin. She's a founding member of Little Lifeboats.


Rob Ward

Performer

Rob Ward is an actor, deviser, physical theater artist, and improviser. He has worked with several companies in the Twin Cities including Upright Egg, Shadow Horse Theater, Actors Theater MN, Erin Sheppard Presents, and Apostasia Productions. Rob has also featured in several episodes of the FunWitFunny Show and is a founding member of the improv group Reservoir Frogs. This year's Fringe, Rob is also performing in 'Full Metal Rabbit' and 'Be Your Selfie.'


Meghan Wolff

Costume Design

Meghan Wolff is a Minneapolis improviser who can most often be found performing with ComedySportz, improvising Jane Austen with Manners & Misconduct, or improvising Shakespeare with Juliet & Juliet. She's also one-half of the podcast and YouTube channel Magic the Amateuring.


Kenneth Schneyer

Author of the Short Story

Kenneth Schneyer’s short fiction appears in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and elsewhere. He received nominations for both the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards for his 2013 short story, “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer”. Stillpoint Digital Press released his first collection, The Law & the Heart, in 2014. By day he teaches legal studies and literature at Johnson & Wales University. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, and one actor.

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Nobody noticed the first bombardment, not when it happened. One morning we woke up, as usual, and there were babies on our doorsteps. We chose to take them in. Soon the choices got much, much harder.


From the creators of TCIF IV's The Deep Dark, a story in the mold of Shirley Jackson and Rod Serling, told through light, sound, and movement.


WARNING: This show is horror theater, and is disturbing by intent. If you have trigger concerns, please contact lastbombard@gmail.com.


 


A note from Kenneth Schneyer, the author of the short story:


'The Last Bombardment' arose out of the Art & Words Show run by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam in Fort Worth, Texas.  For that event, writers are given works of visual art, and visual artists are given works of short literature, to use as prompts.  Ken Schneyer based “The Last Bombardment” on Kris Goto’s striking ink drawing of a baby suspended in mid-air by balloons.  The story and the drawing were both presented at the show in 2013.  It was later produced as an audio piece on the Pseudopod podcast in 2015.  Thus, this story, written by a Rhode Islander based on a picture by an Hawaiian for a show in Texas, now appears in Minnesota.

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