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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Antonio and the Juice Man

By Prime Time Players
Created by Don Cosgrove

Playing at Strike Theater

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Historical content, Literary adaptation, Includes artists with disabilities

Being the mostly true comedy of the nationally famous outlaws in Stillwater State Prison and the actors who bring them Shakespeare, whether they want it or not. See Jesse James play Portia! Mercy IS strained.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm
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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Read the reviews

Good premise

by David Trudeau on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

The show started out with a strong premise that seemed to fade. I am not sure what the role of the properties person on stage was supposed to be - I found it distracting. The stereotypical "Brooklyn" accent was also distracting and hardly funny. All in all it lacked objective direction - a director independent of the narrator-writer-creator might have helped.


cross-over with possibility

by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show could use a bit more polish - but matching Shakespeare with prison seems to be a solid idea.


Unsweetened juice

by Adrian Jones on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I wanted to like this show alot. Really. It's not bad, but it's also uneven,


Antonio and the Juice Man

by Ronda Willsher on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A novel concept, but not ready for prime time. The script aimed to be punny/funny and it didn't work well. Actors were hard to hear as well.


Uninteresting

by Mark Webb on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I found both the script and performances to be uninteresting. Maybe a strong workshop could help this show, but I just didn't feel it was ready for performance.


kooky

by Warren Porter on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

what Larry Ripp said, in his review
Each of the players was fully committed, or ought to be.
It’s good to see Don Cosgrove.


Something to shake a spear at

by Larry Ripp on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Let's just say IDEAS are a big part of the fringe. And Don Cosgrove writes plays that are packed with em! He tells a fascinating true account here and we get a history lesson. But OH if only history had been this much fun back in the day when I was young. Off beat and wacky this show is also modest and low key. But interesting and good at keeping you interested? YOU BET! Have a look. Everybody can use a little "and now for something completely different" sometimes.

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Cast and crew

Jordan Adams

Jesse James / Portia


Louie Bartscher

Bob Youngre


John Gottskalkson

Cole Younger


Don Cosgrove

Narrator / Antonio


Eddie Noreen

Shylock / Warden

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Who would be dumb enough to break INTO a prison?  Only one who was never caught, one of the smartest bank robbers of all, Jesse James!  But when in the joint he finds Shylock, gagsters, not gangsters, a gang member who strted a nationally-famous prison newspaper, fighting brother gang members, stolen butcher knives, a Shakespeare invasion, and surprize identities for both Portia and Jesse, his plans have to change somewhat.   But you never know when you're going to get exposed to culture. Who ever heard of Shakespeare in the joint>  No, I don't mean Myron Shakespeare that you did time with down in Iowa!  These guys are going to be exposed to a little Shakespeare whether they like it or not.  Just enough. Not too much.  And so are you.  And you'll leanr that the loan shark is known as  the one who provides the juice of life, The Juice Man... i.e., Shylock.  In the end they decide that Shakespeare just might not make it.

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