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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Box Office Info

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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.

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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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A Bollywood Twistery

By Harmonious Music
Created by Neha Damle

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

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Ethnic Dance, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color

'A Bollywood Twistery' is a tale of a murder mystery that takes place in an Indian city. Packed with upbeat Bollywood dances, it's a fast moving story with twists of comedy and mystery, that will keep you guessing!

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm
 

* 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

Kuldeep Apradh

Actor playing 'Raghu', Dancer

Kuldeep Apradh works as an IT Architect at Medtronic. He has participated as a Bollywood dancer in a musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He lives with his wife, Rasika in Plymouth and has been a resident of Minnesota for the last 15 years. He is a proud father of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. He is an avid runner and has participated in many running events organized in Minnesota. He likes to spend time with his kids and yard work is his favorite pastime.


Kalyani Bhalerao

Dancer

Kalyani Bhalerao is pursuing a Masters Degree in Information Assurance from St Cloud State University and has recently joined RBC Wealth Management as an intern. 'A Bollywood Twistery' is Kalyani's debut as a stage dancer. She participated in the Bollywood Musical created by Harmonious music and CHANCE foundation in 2016 as a make-up artist and was also a member of the back stage crew. Kalyani is an accomplished painter and has displayed her paintings and art work at various art shows in the Twin Cities. She and her husband, Muktesh live in the Twin Cities.


Neha Damle

Actor playing 'Latika', Dancer,Director, Producer, Script writer

Neha Damle is a Chemical Engineer, a Music Teacher and a Vocalist by profession. She received her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and her AFA in Music from Century College. She is the owner and teacher at Harmonious Music on the weekends and also works as a Chemistry/Physical Sciences Lab Manager at Anoka Ramsey Community College in the Twin Cities on weekdays. She has written and directed a large scale Bollywood musical produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She was also on the background score composition team for the same. In 2015, she composed a theme song for the CHANCE Foundation. She has been teaching intermediate-advanced voice and beginner's piano for the last 4 years, and has been composing music for the last 5 years. She has performed at several musical shows with cross functional and cross genre teams at different platforms for more than four years all over Twin Cities. She lives in the northern suburbs with her 1 year old son, Vihaan, husband, Pushkar and a cat, Coco.


Neha Hirlekar

Set Design Crew, Back Stage Crew

Neha Hirlekar is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Human Resource Management and Development. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Engineering Management from St. Cloud State University. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, a form of Indian Classical Dancing, and has performed with her troupe at several events in India. She loves working back-stage and behind the scenes more than being on stage. She is extremely proud to be a team member of the set design crew for 'A Bollywood Twistery'. She is a big movie buff (Hollywood and Bollywood) and enjoys reading in her free time. She lives in the northern suburbs of Twin Cities with her husband, Aditya.


Kuljeet Kohli

Back Stage Crew

Kuljeet Kohli works as a consultant for an IT company in Blaine, MN. Born in a middle class family, Kuljeet spent early part of his childhood in Dehradun, Uttaranchal in India and earned his Masters Degree in Computer Sciences from Delhi University, India. Kuljeet loves singing melodious Indian songs and has sung in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He was also on the set design team for the same musical. Kuljeet is one of the founders of CHANCE Foundation. He also likes to be involved in little remodeling projects at home or with friends and family. Kuljeet admires people who are well grounded and have a loving heart. He has been living in the Twin Cities since 1996 along with his loving and caring wife and two kids - a boy and a girl.


Shilpa Kulkarni

Actor playing 'Lily', Lead Choreographer, Dancer

Shilpa Kulkarni has been a Sr. Technical Recruiter for a staffing firm in Edina for the last 6 years. She feels that the best part of her job is meeting new and talented people. She loves to dance and act. She has been performing at several cultural events for a few years now where she has choreographed Bollywood dances and acted in stage plays. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters- seven years old, Ahana and five years old, Aanya and a wife to a caring, loving and supportive husband, Nikhil.


Muktesh Kuvalekar

Actor playing 'Officer #2', Back Stage Crew

Muktesh Kuvalekar works as a Customer Quality Group Leader with Cummins Power Generation. In the field of art, his genuine love is for playing indian percussion instruments including Tabla, Dhol and Tasha. He has participated as a light technician in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation. He also enjoys playing cricket. He lives with his wife, Kalyani in Maple Grove, MN.


Arpita Mulye-Thatte

Actor playing 'Officer Apsara', Dancer

Arpita Mulye-Thatte comes from Mumbai, India. She is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) by profession and has been a part of the 'Fringe' fraternity as a Bollywood dancer for the past two years with Bollywood Dance Scene. She has acted and danced in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. In addition to these big shows, she has participated in several cultural events as a Bollywood dancer. She is an avid traveler and has visited 24 countries so far. A creative cook, she has appeared in two cooking shows in India. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Anup and they both live in the Twin Cities.


Priyanka Mundhra

Choreographer, Dancer

Priyanka Mundhra is a professional dancer-choreographer and the owner of a dance academy, "Bolly-Moves MN by Priyanka". She participated in MN Fringe 2015 as a dancer and a choreographer. She has worked with Shaimak Davar's (One of the top Bollywood and contemporary choreographers in India) dance troupe for several years and has performed with him and his troupe at several locations in India. She has been in the USA for the past 9 years and lives with her husband and two children in the Twin Cities.


Nikhil Nagaraj

Actor playing 'Monty', Dancer, Social Media & Marketing Lead

Hailing from the 'Silicon Valley of India', Bangalore, Nikhil Nagaraj is an Application Developer by day and a 'performing arts' enthusiast and connoisseur by night. When he is not writing programs, he takes great interest and pleasure in flexing his fingers on a guitar fret board. Having been a part of a few cover bands in India and the US, he loves singing Heavy Metal songs. He is a big believer of what, the famous Kurt Cobain once said, "Its better to burn out than fade away".
He says, he has always belonged to the stage ever since he can remember, be it acting, dancing, singing, playing with his band, hosting various events or even trying to ace academic debates. He has had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the President of Indian Students Association during his graduate program in the USA. He also is one of the Board of Directors at one of the biggest non-profit, community based organizations in the state, The India Association of Minnesota(IAM), where he co-leads the Cultural activities leg of the organization. Acting in theatrical plays has turned out to be his new found love, after he was offered one of the lead roles in the Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in December 2016 . His wife, Svidha and he have made the Twin Cities, their home along with their fur baby, a 6-month old, Labrador puppy, Ozzy .


Bhavna Panchal

Make-Up Artist, Back Stage Crew

Bhavna Panchal works as a Software Analyst for US Bank. She is very passionate about baking and runs a home based business of selling cookies and cakes. Her hobbies are traveling and working on craft activities with her 2 year old daughter. She lives with her daughter and husband, Divya.


Kewal Panchputre

Actor playing 'Jiggi', Dancer

Kewal Panchputre has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and works as a Software Developer. He has acted in several school plays in India but his first professional performance in the US was in the musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016, where he received an overwhelmingly positive recognition and feedback in a comic role from the audience. His hobbies include experimenting with food. He lives in the Twin Cities with his lovely wife, Pranjali.


Pratik Pranay

Actor playing 'Rocky', Dancer

Pratik Pranay works as an Investment Management Analyst at Allianz. Pratik received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a senior scientist for a couple of years before jumping in to the finance world. Pratik enjoys an active lifestyle including running marathons, playing competitive Cricket and Tennis, cooking authentic spicy food and dancing to Bollywood music. Although considered to be a ‘natural actor’ among his friends, ‘A Bollywood Twistery’ is his stage debut for acting.


Rasika Raut

Actor playing 'Sweetie', Dancer

Rasika Raut works as an IT Business System Analyst at Medtronic. She has participated as a dancer in a Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She lives with her husband, Kuldeep in Plymouth and is a resident of Minnesota for the last 12 years. She is also a soccer mom of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. She loves cooking and gardening. Her interest in cooking has earned her the first prize for two consecutive years in events organized by the non-profit organization, Marathi Association of Minnesota, which she is an active member of.


Vasav Sahni

Dancer

Vasav Sahni is a Senior Scientist at the 3M Company, where he develops new products/technologies. Fortune magazine featured him as having the coolest job in the Fortune 500 companies. He hails from New Delhi, India. He received his undergraduate education at IIT Delhi, India and his PhD at the University of Akron, OH, US. Due to his history of working with spiders, he's referred to as "Spider Man" by his colleagues, but has unfortunately not developed the ability to climb walls, yet. His likes include playing volleyball, pool, occasional binge-watching scary movies, and of course, dancing! He has performed in dance events at many cultural festivals both in India and US.


Sharvari Sangle

Dancer

Sharvari Sangle works as a GIS Analyst at SRF consulting group with past experience as a GIS developer. She has received her Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Minnesota. While in India, she has performed at several intercollegiate competitions in the fields of Bollywood dancing, acting, and singing. She has also been a part of the backstage crew for several performances. She has anchored and hosted various events in India. She is also an abstract painter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Rahul.


Deepa Sanwal

Choreographer, Dancer

Deepa Sanwal is a CPA by profession. She was born and raised in the United States and speaks fluent Hindi. She is a complete Bollywood fan and dreams to enter Bollywood one day, or become a CIA officer! She has performed Bollywood dances in several weddings and shows throughout the midwest. She performed with the Bollywood Dance Scene at the highest selling 2016 MN Fringe show. In 2016, she aired live at iHeart Radio station, 101.3 KDWB and got a chance to be the 'co-host'. 2017 has brought a new venture for her in the modeling industry. She enjoys long distance running, weight lifting, playing volleyball, and baking.


Anup Thatte

Stage Manager and Tech Support

Anup works as a senior SAP consultant at Cognizant. He was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He is a multi-faceted musician and plays the guitar, tabla, flute, harmonium and sings. He has been a member of several musical groups and has been performing on stage in India and in the Twin Cities. He was a part of the background score composition team for the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He has also composed background score for Dreaming Duos, a team that makes Marathi short films and interview web series. He also loves to cook, travel and hike. He and his loving wife Arpita, live in the Twin Cities.


Akshay Tyagi

Dancer

Akshay Tyagi is an ERP consultant by profession. Bollywood dancing is his passion. He recently moved to Minnespolis in January 2017 and has always been on the lookout for opportunities to perform and dance. So far in these few months in the Twin Cities, he has performed at the Hot Indian Dance Off organized by Bollywood Dance Scene, in flash mobs and at several other stage performances at cultural events. Akshay is going to do his dancing debut at Fringe with 'A Bollywood Twistery'.


Leena Vaidya

Actor playing 'Shalini', Dancer

Leena Vaidya was born and raised in Pune, India. She is an attorney by profession and has worked as a lawyer in India.
While growing up, she was a part of NCC (National Cadet Corps) and has won several medals. Leena has been involved in various projects and activities related to social work. She is one of the founder members of CHANCE Foundation, an organization based in Minnesota, which is actively working for the underprivileged children. She has acted in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. Apart from that, she has acted almost every year for the past 20 years in Marathi plays, organized by Marathi Association of Minnesota. She has also directed several stage plays. She is trained in Indian classical music and Indian classical dances like Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Cooking is her hobby and she loves feeding her friends and family. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving husband, Utpal and is a mother of three wonderful children, two of whom have already graduated college and one is almost there.


Pushkar Vaidya

Set Designer, Photographer, Treasurer, Back Stage Crew

Pushkar Vaidya works as a Technical Project Leader at Cummins Power Generation. He is an avid wildlife photographer and has won awards for his photography. He is a trekker and hiker and plans to conquer all fouteeners in the US in next 10 years. He loves indoor and outdoor gardening. He rents a small land plot every year in community gardens and grows vegetables. He was a part of the set design team for a musical production that was directed by Harmonious Music in 2016. He lives in the northern suburb of Twin Cities with his son Vihaan, wife, Neha and a cat, Coco.

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Far away ...somewhere in a city in India, a murder was committed– of course, not the real one...just imagine that there was!! ...


Ok, now that we are clear on the IMAGINARY part...lets go ahead!


A Bollywood Twistery “ is a murder mystery tale where anyone could be the killer…the servants...the best friend…a family member or an outright enemy! Who could it be?  The whole house turns upside down when some weird characters get involved!


Packed with upbeat Bollywood dances and a twist of comedy, this play is both entertaining and riveting. Experience the thrill!!


 


 

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