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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Fool's Paradise

By Desolate Maude
Choreographed by Peyton Stille

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Modern Dance, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

A post-modern dance piece, interjected with monologues and poetry. We examine modern heartbreak in physical and written form.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm
 

* 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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Might A Gimmick, But It's A Good One

by Adam Boutz on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

As a strictly dance piece, this left something to be desired and I found the meaning to be rather inaccessible. But it wasn't just any dance piece. This made use of BLB's unique space in ways I've never dreamed of, fusing the indoor without the outdoor by throwing open windows shutters that I didn't even know could be opened. The casual passerbys became a part of the work, the emergency exit and windowsill became set pieces, and cars parked on the street became the backdrop. This simply could not be staged anywhere else.


Interesting and powerful

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Intriguing dance piece that makes an excellent use of the Bryant Lake Bowl space. The dancers are clearly committed to their craft, and the poetry was powerful.


Intriguing Piece

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Excellent use of the space and unusual choreography. Loved the poetry interspersed within the dance.


Great Performance

by Benjamin Tosel on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

An intimate look into the depths of modern romance and heartbreak. Very well written and fun to watch. Must see for fans of spoken word poetry.


Intense and powerful!

by Amy Pickett on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I highly recommend checking out this dance/theater performance and Bryant Lake Bowl. Riveting, intense, powerful!


Genuine

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

This was my first time seeing a performance of this type and I think this was a good beginning piece. There were monologues and interesting movements that seemed random at first but created a picture as the production went on. They also used the entire space, and more, which I found very creative. I was worried about understanding the abstraction but my worries were relieved. I'd recommend people go see the show!

1 person found this review helpful


Visceral

by Allison Adams on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Post-modern dance is a medium I've only recently discovered and this visceral, multilayered performance did not disappoint. I saw the production opening night and while there was slight room for improvement, the artists involved clearly have the vision and skill to perfect their future endeavors. I was so moved by this preformance that the following day I contacted an ex partner to officially end our toxic relationship. Bravo!

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Beautiful performance.

by Brian Carlson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

An extraordinary display of emotions i have experienced in life. This performance portrayed them perfectly. Very relateable for anyone who has been through some shit. 10/10

1 person found this review helpful


Desolate Maude FTW!

by Holly Choate on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Inventive and thought-provoking with powerful and impacting movement. Definitely slow to start, but kept the audience guessing and watching. The story takes time to build, but the themes break through. A story of heartbreak that shows that humans are reliant on one another, but also pushing each other away at the same time.

2 people found this review helpful


Sincere

by Buddy Domeier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This piece does an excellent job of expressing complex emotions through movement. The slow, silent build up made the spoken words all the more intensely intimate and raw. It deals with difficult subjects in a very sincere way, and I left feeling moved.

1 person found this review helpful


Engaging

by Katie Ingison on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show completely draws you in and keeps you wondering what is next. Very physical and thought provoking, with absolutely beautifully written monologues incorporated into the dance piece. The group made great use of the venue and space available to them. Very creative and a must-see for fringe enthusiasts!

1 person found this review helpful


Intense

by John Skillings on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thoughtful dramatic piece. Slowly paced, with an intense build that really drew the audience in. I picked up on the emotion from the performers, and in turn that produced an emotional and physical reaction inside me. I felt it! That's what art should do.


Excellent concept and use of space

by Meredith Bristol on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The piece was fascinating to watch and a well executed concept. The space provided was used fully and excellently. I especially enjoyed the poetic monologues/text. There was some repetition that could have used variance, but overall it made post modern more accessible and was overall a touching piece.

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Collegiate

by Emilia Allen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The creators of this show very clearly had a vision, which they strongly adhered to and, I believe, executed. I either didn't get it, or I did get it but didn't enjoy it because I'm no longer in college. I don't mean that dismissively; college-aged artists should make collegiate art! But I believe the show's reach exceeded its grasp.

The performers did some cool things with their bodies with great commitment. And, having directed in BLB many times, I have never seen that space used better or more fully. I really enjoyed their use of the space.


Cast and crew

Kendra Kallevig

Performer/Resident Hottie


Lizzie Landon

Performer


Michael Lynch

Performer

Michael Lynch graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a BA in Dance in 2014. He has performed in works choreographed by Black Label Movement, Shapiro and Smith, Keigwin and Company, Karla Grotting, and Innovative Productions. Michael is also the founder and lead choreographer for Paper Crown Dance, an emerging postmodern dance company in the Twin Cities.
His website is www.Papercrowndance.com


Amelia Mohn

Writer/Producer/Performer

This is Amelia's fifth time performing in Fringe. She has played June Muldoon in Theatre in the Round's production of Anatomy of Gray. She also played Alicia in Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of True Love. She is very excited to create this show with her best friend, Peyton Stille.


Malcolm Peterson

Performer

Malcolm Peterson is a dancer based in the Twin Cities. He has performed works by Shapiro & Smith, Black Label Movement, Strong Movement (among others), and recently Sarah Mortenson and Paper Crown Dance. This is his second-ever Fringe show, and he is having a blast!


Ryan Sanderson

Stage Manager

AKA "Metronome Ninja," Ryan is a Fringe veteran. Last year he directed and starred in "Buck Rogers Of The 21st Century". His talents include stand-up comedy, though he's never actually done it, singing "Closing Time" at karaoke in the middle of the night just to confuse everyone, and writing eulogies for friends that are still quite alive.


Eva Skillings

Performer


Peyton Stille

Director/Writer/Choreographer/Performer

Peyton Stille is a former dance student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She is currently doing freelance choreography of her own and is stationed in Minneapolis. She also writes poetry on the side. You can view her written work at www.hellopoetry.com/peyton-leigh-stille.
Her first monologue, performed by Lindsay Symons, was inspired by "Rock N' Roll Suicide" by David Bowie.


Lindsay Symons

Performer

Multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, poet. Chicago native; elated first time fringe performer.


Tiza White

Performer

Wayward Theatre - The Weir
Two Bettys