About Minnesota Fringe

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of 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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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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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.

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Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Playwrights on a Train

Written by Kevin Bowen and James Lundy

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust


Warnings: Adult language.

Hitch a ride on the 20th Century Limited express train, where a chance meeting between two playwrights, Hyman Gaines and Antonia Brunowski spells murder, mystery and mayhem, in this psychological thriller-noir.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 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.

Read the reviews

Clever Idea That Needs Work

by Pj Doyle on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Mixed bag all the way around. Acting was uneven. Main character was most consistent. Interesting use of space and supporting cast. They were strong in some of the sub-roles and not so much in others. Liked the idea of sharing dialogue among the actors. The plot itself is too predictable and may have suffered from having to cram it into such a short time frame. Still, a cozy little mystery for fans of the genre.

Great Supporting Cast

by Amanda Oporto on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I gave it 4 stars solely for the supporting cast, which was fantastic! The rest of the show: 3 stars. There is a good story there, but it needs polishing. Some of the actors had trouble with speed, annunciation, and volume.

Lost opportunity

by Sunny Sorenson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This play was a missed opportunity for me.

The concept was interesting but lacked performance and narrative. While I enjoyed how the ensemble characters were used, the show was ill-paced and became a lecture about playwrighting rather than a riveting noir.

Maybe those who are detective aficionados will enjoy it more than me!

A solid but slow train ride

by Michael Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Not my cup of tea - and, unfortunately, I suspect this is true for most other Fringers, who have come to thirst for things a litle more off-the-wall than this.

That being said, a fine piece of theater for those who are appreciative of the dinner theater, murder-mystery type genre.

for The Birds

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

I should honestly just copy Marie Cooney below, because that's exactly what happened to me. The pace was slow, the acting was sonorous, the plot was bland and tenuous at best, character motivations were over simplified and still confusing, the twist was predictable (not that some of Hitchcock's weren't, but yeesh), and I couldn't keep my eyes open. If I snored, rest of the audience, I'm not apologizing; it was probably the most humorous, liveliest part of that hour. You're welcome!

I did catch the final "climactic" scene. The nap was more riveting.

The Train has Left the Track

by Bradley Johnson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I had high hopes for this show as I love a good murder mystery, but it was just too predictable. I couldn't quite tell if it was suppose to be a farce or a parody or whatever. Many Hitchcock movie references throughout, so if you see it, you might want to see how many you can spot.

Right on Track

by David Wexler on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This grown-up fare left me engaged and rivited for the entire hour, which sped by. The dialogue was pitch perfect for the period the play takes place in (mid 1950s), and as the mystery continued to unfold, foreshadowing and subtle clues drop to help you solve it at the appropriate times. It was also fun trying to catch all of the Hitchcock references, which the play was a creative homage to, never lapsing into parody.

Promising script derailed

by James Zappa on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

There was a lot of potential in the script, with some interesting moments. My issue is it could never really settle on being a parody, farce, thriller, or love letter to Hitchcock, so the story never felt to take off. The pacing a directing were slow and missed a lot of the humor, which could lead to the meandering style. There were a lot of meta-references to play writing that poked fun at some of the plot holes in the show, but they never really landed.
Most of the actors were good. Anna and Scott stole the show, and I was much more interested following them than the two playwrights at the center of the show.
There were some good moments in the show, but the slow paced and unfocused directing made the them few and far too long between

Tightly constructed mystery

by JoAnn W. Pasternack on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was a filler for me, between shows I really wanted to see, and it turned out to be one of my faves.
Well written, cast, directed, and acted. Any tech snafus that might have occurred earlier were overcome.
Appropriate foreshadowing of final twist in plot did not give away the end.
Go see it; good entertainment.

I liked the way the plot tied together

by Stacy Wilderness on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I enjoyed the play and thought it was a clever plot.

All Aboard!!!

by Corey Nelson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Was missing one part of this mystery but had a chance to catch up with one of the actors afterwards to discuss. I was very satisfied with this plot and enjoyed the level of thought this play required!

Choo-choose a different show

by Ellen DeYoung on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Confused plot and certain storylines that didn't seem to lead anywhere. Not a complete train wreck, but probably best to choose something else to watch if you can.

Wanted to take a nap

by Ryan Strandjord on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Not enough intrigue. Pace was too lethargic. Worst fight choreography ever. Hard pass.

3 people found this review helpful

Take this train

by JL Charrier on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is a show well worth seeing. A strong cast, with a standout lead in Marshall, carry the engaging script with great competence. My only wonder was why the staging was set so far back on a thrust stage; the connection to the audience would improve if played farther downstage, with lighting adjusted.

Hitch a ride on the Train

by Brooks Nelson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had a fun time talking about this play after the performance. It gave me a lot to think about and it was fun to piece together with friends!

confusing at best

by Amira geiger on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

While one could see potential in the plot, the acting and excecution stopped the progress immediately. While some actors seemed pretty professional and had some experience, others spoke as though they were giving an informative high school speech throughout the whole play. Towards the end, ridiculous jumps were made and unnecessary plot points were added while emotions went from zero to one hundred in a matter of milliseconds.

3 people found this review helpful

Great Play!

by Tyler Nelson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Saw the show last night and had a really fun time. It was really enjoyable watching the plot come together. I always love it when a story leaves you pondering it the next day. The show was well executed by the cast and crew. Overall the show was quite a ride. I was really impressed by the depth of the story. The show really rewards you for thinking about it. Each time I considered another aspect of the plot, the show always had a great payoff for doing so. You get out of it what you put in to it.

Clever and Entertaining

by Cary Griffith on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I've penned a few thrillers and this one certainly measured up. It was well articulated, entertaining, creative, funny and provided everything I'd hoped for on a Friday night at the end of a long work week. Bravo to the creators and actors.

There were a few annoying sound system issues that overwhelmed the start and end of the dialog, but it was very brief and I'm suspect it was easily addressed in subsequent performances (this was opening night). I recommend this to everyone.

1 person found this review helpful

Not sure where this train was going

by Abby Day on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I enjoyed the idea of the plot line, and I saw some good stuff in the actual writing, but the execution was extremely weak. It is a strange mix of acting levels from one guy who seems very professional, to others who seem young and inexperienced. From the beginning I was not sure what was supposed to be driving the plot forward. The bald guy and the lady who was his acting partner most of the show were the best part.

3 people found this review helpful

Lively Intregue, Tired Performance

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

While the interweaving of the story and the story within it were well written, I don't feel the execution did it justice. The acting fell a bit flat in most cases though sometimes the opposite was also true--unnecessarily exaggerated. I did enjoy the outro, as I was a fan of the referenced material in my youth.

Bowen Captures Hitchcock

by Jim McDonough Jr on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Kudos to Kevin Bowen and his ever expanding portfolio of captivating plays. This one has you hanging onto the handrail as the story line flashes in front of you without regard to time and space. The audience was "spellbound" transfixed by the crisscross of twists and turns. This one will leave you looking in the rear view mirror asking "what happened back there?" And the appearance of the playwright as Hitchcock is truly Hitchcock/Bowen at his very best!

2 people found this review helpful

Time Well Spent!

by Erinn Nelson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show had a fascinating story line as well as a great twist. The actors were wonderful at engaging you and keeping you on the edge of your seat. The Hitchcock references were great especially the surprise at the end. Would recommend this show to anyone looking for a great way to spend your night!

1 person found this review helpful

Good potential

by Little Voice on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

The script has a couple plot holes, but it's overall an intriguing mystery that maybe needs just one more draft. Like others have noted, the music and sound effects overpowered the dialogue at times -- a particular problem during the final resolution of the story.

Oops! Fell asleep.

by Marie Cooney on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

The preview hooked me. Two playwrights intrigued me. Hitchcock reference drew me to show. Honestly, my interest was not held, noises competed for my attention, and I fell asleep.

3 people found this review helpful


by Randa Schollmeyer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

When I got to the end of this show, I realized I really liked the script, but the performance itself was a bit coarse. I think it's tough to do 'film noir' well, and it was maybe too ambitious for this cast. Loved the plot twists.

1 person found this review helpful

Good Plot

by Miranda Schoenfish on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

There were a few technical difficulties that made my review go from 4 star to 3 star. The background noise of the train and music was way too loud, I missed the dialouge from the first part of the show and the last part because of this. Besides that, the plot was very intriguing, the twist at the end helped loop everything together. The acting was ok, they were hard to hear most of the time. Overall I enjoyed it, and think after a couple more performances they will do better.

1 person found this review helpful


by Mark Webb on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Although I did like the script, the show seem quite unrehearsed. Sound cues overpowered the actors at times, so I missed some of the dialog. Nice performances from the cast throughout.

Fun ending!

by Michael Sheeks on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Frequently a new script will have a range of interesting elements but doesn't know how to end. Playwrights On A Train has a fun ending and I enjoyed the way this script wrapped up its mysteries. As mentioned previously, getting there was a little slow. You have to be a bit patient and it's more of an intellectual exercise in which you contemplate possible plot developments rather than get truly engaged by the characters. One notable exception was provided by Anna Olson playing Meredith Gaines, who delivers a strong performance.

1 person found this review helpful

Great story w/technical difficulties

by LuAnn Monahan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I really liked this story – great Hitchcock-esque plot. The only reason I give 4 stars is because I missed some of the dialogue due to the over-ambitious sound effects. The first scene – the one that sets up the story – was hard to hear because the police pounding on the door was so loud I couldn’t hear anything happening on stage – but I’m also not sure I was supposed to hear anything. The last scene – the most critical of the story – was drowned out by the train sound, and then music. I understand wanting to set a scene but when the sound effects take over it just serves as a distraction rather than benefiting the show. The main actor, Bill Marshall, was by far the strongest actor in the show.

2 people found this review helpful

Mystery solved early

by Walter Furtney on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Caroline Vodacek was fabulous as the ingenue/femme fatale. She had my rapt attention. The mystery inside a mystery inside a mystery a little less so.

1 person found this review helpful

needed help

by Teresa Nelson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The show lacked technical elements. The actor(s) were very noisy off stage...I could hear heavy breathing, belt buckles and doors off stage. It was very distracting. The story line was not anything I cared about and never really cared for any of the characters. It was hard to sit through

1 person found this review helpful


by Don Feeney on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I've rarely been as bored by a fringe show as I was by this one. The last ten minutes held my interest, but the time before that seemed interminable. Clumsy writing and actors who never learned to project to the back of the house don't help. And a Hitchcock tribute should build some actual suspense. Playwrights on a Train never came close.

1 person found this review helpful

Solid show

by Candace Milovich on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Clever plot and story. Enjoyed the mood and pace.

1 person found this review helpful

Playwrights on A Train

by Tom Bird on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Ingenious plot twist!

1 person found this review helpful

Head Twister

by Catherine Shreves on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the play, which was reminiscent of a Hitchcock movie with its use of suspense and brain games. Highly recommend!!

1 person found this review helpful

Good and Fair

by Gene Bard on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A clever story. Lighting a bit off. Voices at rear of stage too quiet for old guy ears. Acting was okay. Again though, a good story with a nice twist.

1 person found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Bill Marshall

Playwright Hyman Gaines


Bill is appearing in his second Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has been seen on various Twin Cities stages with favored roles including, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden and Padraig Bones in The Red Tureen. His recent concert work includes principal performances of Messiah, Carmina Burana, Elijah and others with various symphonies.

Caroline Vodacek

Playwright Antonia Brunowski


Caroline (they/them) is a student at the University of Minnesota, studying Studio Art and English, though also involved in the university's theater. Previous roles include Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Detective Cole in "Stop Kiss," and James in "James and the Giant Peach," which was the first show working with Sara! New to the Minnesota Fringe Festival, this has been an incredible experience all around. When not on the stage or in the studio, Caroline enjoys being outside and working on writing projects.

M. Scott Taulman

Officer Frankie Benedetta


M. Scott is a Twin-Cities based Actor/Massage Therapist/Stay-At-Home Dad with a passion for good documentaries and ice-cream. Scott has tread the stages of such local theater companies as Girl Friday Productions, The Old Log, Flying Pig Theatre, The Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Cerulean Productions, The Paul Bunyan Playhouse and The Minnesota Jewish Theater. Some of Scott's out of state credits include performing at American Players Theater, The Madison Rep, The Festival Theater of Oxford Mississippi, The Chamber Theater of Milwaukee, Saint Croix Festival Theater and Bridgework Theater of Goshen Indiana. He can be seen in the soon to be released Indie film Anthony Lost and Found and a few other locally shot indie movies. Scott is thrilled to be back at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with this group of very talented and fun people ...

Anna Olson

Meredith Gaines


Anna is pleased to be working with TROMPE L'OEIL again at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has performed in many local productions including Terra Nova with Hero Now Theater, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, at Theater in the Round, The Tempest with Public Dreams Theater, Macbeth and Three Women Wearing the Same Dress at Chameleon Theater Circle, Biography at Park Square Theater and Modern Orthodox, The Triangle Factory Fire Project and The Action Against Sol Schumann at Minnesota Jewish Theater. Anna holds a BA with a Drama emphasis from San Francisco State University.

Jack Squier

Officer Eddie Donovan


Jack (they/them) is an English and Theatre Major at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a first year first year participant in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Previous roles have included Lysander in the University of Minnesota Morris's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the Old Man in "James and the Giant Peach" also at UMM.

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha



Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is thrilled to be returning to the Minnesota Fringe Festival as the Director of Playwright's on a Train. Sara's written and produced other Fringe shows including 11:11 and Thick Chick. She has also directed The Forger's Apprentice and Flushing New York at the Fringe, and is also acting in this year's The Perils of Steve. She holds an MFA in Acting from MSU Mankato, and has taught for Northern State University and University of Minnesota Morris. Sara can usually be found directing something, teaching something, and gushing about the wonders of her husband and her cat in between the teaching and directing.

Maggie Caplan

Assistant Director/Stage Manager


Originally from Madison, WI, Maggie (she/her, they/them) is about to start her junior year at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she studies theatre and sociology. This is her first time at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and she's very excited to be here! Some of her favorite past roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Thompson in The Cashier, and DePinna in You Can't Take It With You.

Kevin Bowen



Kevin Bowen is a playwright and songwriter living in Eagan, Minnesota. He also works as a professional graphic designer at Bowen Design (www.kevinbowendesign.com), which he started and has operated since 1995. He is a member of the Playwright’s Center and the Minnesota Association of Songwriters where he is currently serving as their Treasurer. His plays and musicals have been produced and staged throughout Minnesota. This is his sixth original Minnesota Fringe Festival play. Previous Fringe Festival plays included: "The Non-Producers" in 2016, "The Oracle" in 2015, co-written & co-produced with Lynn Bowen & Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, "Flushing New York" in 2014, co-written & co-produced with Lynn Bowen,"The Forger's Apprentice" in 2013, co-written & co-produced with Mark Forgy, and "The Red Tureen" (musical) in 2009, a Pioneer Press "Must See" show and the 6th most popular play (based on tickets sold) out of 162 shows, co-written & co-produced with James Lundy. Including other non-Fringe productions, this marks his ninth stage production in eight years. Kevin is thrilled to be part of this amazing team: Director Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, Assistant Director/Stage Manager Maggie Caplan, our talented cast: Bill Marshall, Caroline Vodacek, M. Scott Taulman, Anna Olson, Jack Squire, and our crew: Tim Colby & Composer Martha Davis. And of course, the wonderful folks at The Minnesota Fringe Festival. None of this would be possible without the boundless support of his wonderful wife Lynn and their two children, Erinn and Christopher.

For more information about any of these completed plays or the new works, please email Kevin at: tctheater@gmail.com

James Lundy



James Lundy is a seasoned Minnesota Fringer, as a co-creator (with Kevin Bowen) of the musical "The Red Tureen" performed in 2009 on the Rarig stage, and revived in full format in 2011 by Eat Street Players. Jim also wrote the script for "Broken Hill", performed by Eat Street Players in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival, as well as original scripts performed by Applause Community Theater in other venues, including "Bird Icon" and "Ten Minutes" (co-written with Olaf Elander). Thanks to Kevin and AH for keeping this train on the track! And thanks as always to Sherryl and our amazing grown up kids Sean and Rose. Jim is a hydrogeologist for the Minnesota Department of Health.

Timothy Colby



Tim is proud to be part of another great Kevin Bowen created production. Tim's artistic talents created the set pieces used in "Playwrights on a Train"

Martha Davis

Music Composer

When she is not composing, Martha Davis is a sought after piano and composition teacher in Eagan, Minnesota with numerous award winning students. She also works at Macalester College as Department Coordinator for the Department of German and Russian Studies. In 2013, Martha composed the music for "The Forger's Apprentice" written by Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen. In the summer of 2011, Martha created the entire score for the full-length remount of "The Red Tureen," adding additional music that was not in the original 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival version with music by Kevin Bowen. The show, performed by The Eat Street Players had a successful run in June 2011. When she is not working she is playing with her seven year old and four year old grandsons, Jack and Jason, three year old granddaughter Elayna, and new 7 month old granddaughter Samantha.

Greg Parmeter

Fight Choreography


More information


A note from the Director:


There's a quote attributed to Alfred Hitchcock that goes "there is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." This quote has been ringing true for me as we've worked on creating a good mystery for you to see today. A mystery driven by psychological intrigue, surprising plot twists, charismatic characters, and, hopefully, suspenseful anticipation. While our story embraces more of the mystery  and less of the terror, we find Hitchcock influences us greatly; particularly in his cleverness, vision, and ability to delve into the human psyche. We hope you enjoy what we have created, just as we hope Alfred would have appreciated all of the Hitchcock puns. Enjoy the show! — Sara P-W


About the show:


The original concept for this show sprung from a conversation James Lundy and I had about a year ago when he provided me with feedback on a script I had written for last year’s Fringe show (The Non-Producers). During our conversation, we came to the conclusion there would be some great material to write about if we could use our own families as the basis for the stories – but that would probably get us into hot water with the relevant parties. What followed was the suggestion that perhaps we should swap family stories, and naturally that lead us to the notion of “criss cross” which then opened the door to a discussion about our favorite Hitchcock films.


While it’s true Hitchcock’s film “Strangers on a Train” created a jumping off point for our play, this story goes down an entirely different track than the old classic. In many ways, however, we’re staying true to the classic murder mystery format, while at the same time creating a new trope by asking the question “What kinds of themes would Hitchcock deal with if he were still alive and writing a Fringe show today? We hope you will have as much fun with this new production as we did in putting it together.


— Kevin Bowen, Playwright/Producer



The oath of the Detection Club:

Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?


According to Wikipedia: “The Detection Club was formed in 1930 by a group of British mystery writers, including Agatha Christie. There was a fanciful initiation ritual with an oath probably written by either G. K. Chesterton or Dorothy L. Sayers, and the club held regular dinner meetings in London. In addition to meeting for dinners and helping each other with technical aspects in their individual writings, the members of the club agreed to adhere to a code of ethics in their writing to give the reader a fair chance at guessing the guilty party. These fair-play "rules" were summarized by one of the members, although they were never intended as more than guidelines, and not all the members took them seriously.




PRESS: https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2017/07/dozen-must-see-shows-fringe-pharoah-sanders-dakota



SPECIAL THANKS TO: Readers; Megan Bones, Graham Waltz, Lynn Bowen, Linda Waltz. Fight Choreography: Professor Greg Parmeter, UW La Crosse. St. Peders Lutheran Church. Photography by http://www.istockphoto.com . Sound effects by http://www.freesfx.co.uk . Videography: Chris Deutsch, Carson Brooks and of course, the Volunteers and Staff at the Minnesota Fringe Festival!






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