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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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.


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.


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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By Collective Unconscious Performance
Created by Collective Unconscious Performance

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage


Opera/New Music, Physical theater/Clowning, Puppetry, Literary adaptation, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

Dark, dangerous, and delightful, this re-imagined fairy tale takes a sordid slant on "Cinderella". From the twisted minds of the Brothers Grimm comes a tale brimming with puppetry and music.

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


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm

* 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

Emily Zimmer


Emily is an actor and teaching artist. She is the artistic director of the Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House Theatre and works in the Neighborhood Bridges program at Children's Theater Company. Her work has been seen with companies like CTC, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Frank Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Live Action Set, Intermedia Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Florida Stage, and various others. She studied clown with Pierre Byeland in Switzerland.

Logan Verdoorn


Logan is the artistic director of Shakespearean Youth Theatre, and he has performed locally with Frank Theatre, Girl Friday Productions, and Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Previously, Logan has also acted with English Theatre Berlin, and has worked as Theatre Coordinator for New York University's Berlin campus. Logan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Sarah Dewhirst


This is Sarah’s third production with Collective Unconscious Performance, and sixth collaboration with David Hanzal. Though she has participated in different capacities of the MN Fringe Festival in the past (music director, composer, designer), this is her first time as a performer. Past collaborations outside of MN Fringe include Theatre Undertow Collective’s recent production of Door to Door at the Phoenix Theatre (Assistant Director, Costumer), Theatre Coup d’Etat’s Antigone (Co-Composer, Music Performance, winner of Lavender ’s award for Best Sound Design along with Steven Modena) and the world premiere of My Soul, and Other Broken Things (Playwright) at Metropolitan State University, which was an invited production at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V, as well as the winner of “Outstanding Production of a New Work” at the national level in Washington, D.C.

David Hanzal

Director & Production Designer

David is a theatre director, designer, and adapter based in Minneapolis, MN, and is currently the artistic director of Collective Unconscious Performance (http://www.collectiveunconsciousperformance.com/). He has assisted directors at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, and the Jungle Theater, and he has directed, designed, or taught at Pillsbury House Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Filament Theatre, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Academy, White Bear Lake Area High School, Stages Theatre Company, Shakespearean Youth Theatre, and Youth Performance Company. David completed his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing at the University of Iowa, where he regularly developed and directed premieres of new plays and devised work with writers from the nationally-recognized Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. He has intensively trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Kari Margolis and the Margolis Brown Adaptors Company, Czech master puppeteer Miroslav Trejtnar, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute. For more information on David, visit: https://davidhanzaltheatre.carbonmade.com/

Emily Dendinger


Emily is a Virginia born, Brooklyn-based writer. Her plays include Hideous Progeny (produced by LiveWire, Holland Productions and North Park College), For the Falls, Still Quiet, and Pocketful of Sand (winner of the 2016 Activate Midwest New Play Award). She is a two-time winner of Theater Masters National Play Competition, and a finalist for the City Theatre National Award, the Heideman Award and 2017 Emerald Prize. Emily has worked around the country with companies including The Lark, Sideshow Theatre, The Alliance, NNPN, LiveWire Theatre, Filament Theatre, Available Light, The Trip, NJ Rep, Collective Unconscious, Curious Theatre Company, and TimeLine Theatre. Emily was the 2015-2016 NNPN Playwright-in-Residence with Curious Theatre Company and is an alumni member of TimeLine’s Writer’s Collective and the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Group. MFA from University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop.

Sofia Lindgren Galloway

Associate Director

Sofia is a director and educator who has worked with Ten Thousand Things, The Jungle Theatre, Frank Theatre, Little Lifeboats, 20% Theatre, Lyric Arts of Anoka, Stages Theatre Company, Shakespearean Youth Theatre, and Theatre Pro Rata. Sofia graduated with distinction from St. Olaf College with a degree in Theatre, and a minor in Education. She is also the Community Outreach Programs Coordinator at The Bakken Museum. You can find more of Sofia’s work on her website: http://sofialgalloway.wixsite.com/sofiawithanf. This is Sofia’s second production with Collective Unconscious.

Kevin Springer

Sound Designer

Kevin Springer is a sound designer and engineer born and raised in Litchfield, Minnesota. Favorite projects include the sound design for Dutchman and The Owl Answers with Penumbra Theatre and a solo audio performance created from oral history recordings at the former State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Upcoming work includes Man of La Mancha with Theater Latté Da and mONSTER with Swandive Theatre.

Eva Adderley

Assistant Production Designer

Eva is a writer and designer from Iowa City, Iowa. She has a BFA in Metal Arts from the University of Iowa, with minors in Theatre and English. Her plays have been performed in Minneapolis, New York City, Sydney, Cape Town, and several cities in Iowa. She was the winner of the 2013 International Student Playwright Award from the National Student Drama theatre in Scarborough, England, and she was a presenting playwright at the 2015 Women Playwright’s International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. She has worked as a costume designer, props designer, set designer, scenic painter, children’s theater director, metalworker, muralist, and commission artist. She moved to Minneapolis last September, and has spent the last several months working to get involved in the Twin Cities’ vibrant theatre scene.

Leif Jurgensen

Outside Eye

Leif has performed with Red Bird Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Frank Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Loudmouth Collective, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Workhaus Collective, Wayward Theatre, Red Eye, Ten Thousand Things, and 15 Head. He studied Viewpoints and Suzuki at the SITI Company’s Summer Intensive in Saratoga Springs. Leif is also a Teaching Artist with CTC’s Neighborhood Bridges and Early Bridges Program.

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Dark, dangerous, and delightful, this re-imagined fairy tale takes a sordid slant on "Cinderella". From the twisted minds of the Brothers Grimm comes a tale brimming with puppetry and music. You know how it starts ("Once upon a time…"), you know how it ends ("…happily ever after"). And you know what happens in between… Or do you?

What Twin Cities critics have said about previous Collective Unconscious productions:
"This devastatingly beautiful, compassionate, witty, subversive, and exquisitely imagined play about the struggle for human dignity is not playing long... but if you can get down to the Red Eye Theater in time, go see it. It will blow your mind and break your heart at the same time."
-Kit Bix, Talkin' Broadway Regional Reviews

"[I]f, like me, you enjoy something a little unusual and fantastical, something that is alternately funny and serious, ridiculous, decadent, and fabulous ... get thee to Red Eye Theater and give yourself over to the magic."
-Liz Byron, Aisle Say Twin Cities

“The subconscious world of fabled folklore, myth, and fairytales, is the frontier explored by the newly launched Collective Unconscious Performance group. ... The vibrant duo of Philip Gates and Sarah Dewhirst… operate puppets beautifully designed by Hanzal…”
-John Townsend, Lavender

Learn more about Collective Unconscious on their website and on their Facebook page.


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