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 Imagined Theatre
Written by Phil Darg

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena


Political content, National/international company

An elderly man suffering from dementia struggles to understand his situation and maintain a relationship with his daughter, even as he forgets how he ended up in a senior care facility.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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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Cast and crew

Paul Brissett


At the tender age of 68, Paul decided that he wanted to be an actor when he grew up. So he moved from Duluth to Minneapolis (where, just coincidently, his grandchildren live), joined Raye Birk's Actors Workout, and started hustling gigs. His first was as the cowardly professor in "Fahrenheit 451" at Theater in the Round. He had a featured role in a Fringe Festival show in 2016, and roles in "Volpone" and "The Merchant of Venice" - both produced by the Creative Actors Ensemble. He has also had roles in industrial videos.

Julie Ana Rayne


Julie Ana Rayne (co-founder of Imagined Theatre) is an actor, composer, director, playwright, and producer of new plays and original musical theatre works, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Julie produced Sasquatched! The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013, and co-authored and co-directed The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs, which premiered in the Twin Cities in 2015 and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2016. In 2017, The Pound was selected for Theater Now New York’s Sound Bites 4.0 Festival (Signature Theatre). Authored plays from 2017 include: Booby Trap (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Walking Advisor (City Theatre of Independence Play Festival). Past favorite roles include: Nancy in Oliver!, Reno in Anything Goes, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, the Wife in Rashomon, and Karen in Speed the Plow. Julie is a member of the Playwright’s Center and has several new works currently in development.

Tim Williams


Tim is thrilled to be making his professional Twin Cities theatrical debut with Imagined Theatre’s production of Facility. Originally from Des Moines Iowa, Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Simpson College, and has appeared in a number of regional productions including: Peer Gynt, A Winter’s Tale, and Memory of Water. He has also performed with the Des Moines Playhouse in 12 Angry Men, with the Des Moines Young Artists in Stop Kiss, and has worked with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Tim is also currently appearing as a performer with the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis.

Nicole Korbisch


Nicole is excited to be back for another Fringe Festival! She has performed in and around the metro area with The Chameleon Theatre Circle, Really Spicy Opera Company, The Seasons Dinner Theater, Old Gem, and the Cross Players. Some recent favorite roles are: Cathy (The Last Five Years), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show), Angel/Reno [understudy] (Anything Goes), Paula Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can), and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).

Phil Darg


Phil Darg is the author of more than two dozen plays and musicals, the composer/producer of more than 250 musical works (some broadcast on MTV and The History Channel), and has performed at 54 Below in New York City. His piece, Sasquatched! The Musical (www.sasquatched.com), premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013 and in Minneapolis in 2014 (nominated for 6 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards). In 2013, Phil co-founded the non-profit Imagined Theatre (www.imaginedtheatre.org), with its mission to author and develop new musical theatre works. In 2015, Phil co-authored and co-produced The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs (nominated for 5 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards), and in 2016 produced it for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2017, a number of his new dramatic works were produced, including: ‘Til Death (Darkhorse Dramatists, Binghamton, New York), which was also a winner of the Artists Exchange One-Act Play competition (Cranston, RI); We Need To Talk (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Critical (Carrollwood Players, Tampa), The Interrogation (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Ohio), and was a semi-finalist for the Lakeshore Players' ten-minute play festival. His one-act drama, Facility, was a selection at the 2017 William Inge Theater Festival Play Labs, and will be produced at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2017. In addition, an excerpt from The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs was selected for a performance as part of Sound Bites 4.0 (www.tnny.org) in New York at the Signature Theatre in May 2017.

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Facility focuses on senior dementia, its effects on family relationships, and the system that treats this debilitating condition. This one-act drama was a selection of the 2017 William Inge Theatre Festival Play Labs, and was reviewed by a panel that included Beth Henley - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Crimes of the Heart) - who called the piece “very disturbing.”

Facility explores the challenges and themes that many “sandwich generation” adults face when dealing with parents who can no longer take care of themselves.


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