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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Synchronicity

By Raw Sugar
Created by Raw Sugar

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre

It's tough being 12. Even tougher when you've got a community synchronized swim meet to dominate. Bathe in a pool of glory with the Ladies of Lake Street as they battle the competition and themselves!

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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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creative and looked so fun!

by Milli Manchester on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

this show was such a fun concept! it sometimes seemed to rely on throwback content as a comedic crutch but the script was witty, the actors seemed to be enjoying themselves, and i LOVED the body positive, feminist perspective from which it came!

i wished i was part of the cast! it looked really fun!


Gorgeous cast

by ifrah mansour on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What a gorgeous cheerful sassy, moody, hungry, bossy, nerdy and girly cast of terrific show that's lyrically brillaint.


Fun, funny, and full of familiar friends

by Rory Alt on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great show! The portrayal of deep character archetype packaged as angsty childhood dynamics was well delivered.

And if you haven't seen Ally Rae in a scripted performance in a while, they give a deep, honest, and fun portrait in this comeback to the Fringe stage.


Funny, Truthful, Feminist and Unique!

by Meg Greivell on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thank you for making my day! I thought this show was refreshing, funny and unique. I could relate 100% to the woes of female adolescence brought up in the play. Well acted, directed and written. Also I appreciated how the play made light of how dramatic and over the top everything can be in middle school. Great diversity and thank you for writing a comedy about feminist issues that aren't written about.


The "Sandlot" of Swimming

by Patrick Favo on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The play was very funny, and a lot of fun. It reminded me a lot of the "Glee Club Rehearsal" song from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. It involves a team of synchronized swimmers who couldn't help but think about anything but synchronized swimming. It was sweet and poignant, discussing the sense of belonging teams often give us. All the performances were well done and funny, each actress was able to really do a lot with the simple archetypes they were given, each fleshed out as the story advanced. Really recommend this one!


Cute little piece

by Richard Heise on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Humor is a bit juvenile but the show was cute. A nice hour of relaxation.


Everybody in the pool...

by John Gigrich on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

It's actually a 3.7 so I rounded up :-) Silly fun, that even older kids should like. I think it could use a couple more "in the pool" scenes, to break up some fairly repetitive dialog. Loved the diversity in the cast.


Solid & in Sync!

by Christopher DeVaan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

For all those who moan that there aren't enough women's roles, and GOOD women's roles at that, take a good, hard look at Raw Sugar. Because here is a show that has seven!
It has all of the middle school pre-teen to teenage angst hit on the head (and I know because I was a middle schooler at one time, & I am raising a girl right in the bracker these women are playing).
All of the characters are well-written and well-acted. This is a show with truly no "weak link". It was fun, it was hysterical at times, but it also had heart, dealing with true nature of friendships & team spirit.
See this show & you'll be gasping a Joey Lawrence "Whoa"!


Energy for days

by David Lawson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Felt like a 90s movie that flopped because it was too dark and weird but then found a cult following on VHS. Cast has energy for days and filled with great jokes.

1 person found this review helpful


Brings back memories...

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Forget what it felt like to be in Middle School?? If you are female, this will help! The zany funny ladies of Raw Sugar really put it out there - all the angst, crushes, note passing and sillyness! Makes me wonder how I survived being 12! Funny Stuff!

1 person found this review helpful


Middle School Sux

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

These gals really nailed the chaos of being in middle school. The in-fighting, being boy-crazy, writing notes, being distracted by snacks, etc. The pool sequence was fun and delightfully hilarious.

1 person found this review helpful


Nope

by Richelle Amundson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Didn't love it. Just felt silly to me and not in a good way.


Charming Caper

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

A great summer splash! Dive into this delightful romp for a funny, lighthearted hour that nonetheless deals with the serious things young girls have to tackle as they grow up

2 people found this review helpful


Middle school angst

by Florence Brammer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

I had high hopes for this, as middle school friendships among girls can be so intense and nurturing and devastating and fragile (within the same 10 minutes!). I would have liked to see more modulation in the script, with perhaps more earnestness or sweetness in some scenes. The sustained over-the-top volume/tone and broad portrayals tired me out about 20 minutes it. The final swimming sequence was very nicely done. Rounded up from 2.5 because of the strength of the concept and the commitment of the cast.

1 person found this review helpful


Out of sync

by Sofia Lindgren Galloway on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Pros- fast paced fun for feminists. So happy to see work about middle school female friendships! The final swimming number is outstanding. And the actor who plays Sylvia is delightful.
Cons- hard to tell if this was satire, or an homage, either way it lacked some sincerity- almost making light of adolescence. I usually love Raw Sugar, but this isn't one of their best.


Silly fun!

by Mark Webb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This clever and often hilarious show is an overall good time. The adolescent awkwardness made for some great laughs. Special shout-outs to Sulia and Dani who reminded me how much I rolled my eyes growing up with two weirdo younger sisters. Lots of fun!


Bold /Defined Characters

by S. Coleman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A powerhouse women, non-binary cast who take on the rapid fire emotions and drama of being a teenage girl. The actors are giving us premium physicality here with exaggerated stylized characters occupying the whole space with their pratfalls. It's easy to fall in love with each individual kid. The only downside for me is that I wanted more choreographed numbers, but that is admittedly a selfish want, having nothing to do with the content of the show. I could watch a whole hour of Land Syncro routines after that, something I never knew I wanted. Thanks Fringe! Raw Sugar is a company to watch.

2 people found this review helpful


Almost there, but had a blast

by David Kern on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I had a ball laughing at (and reliving) the awkwardness of middle school drama, but there were quite a few things that didn't work for me. Some of the physical comedy seemed to lack focus and specificity- adults playing children is incredibly tricky, and I applaud the actors for the brilliant amount of energy that was there the entire show, but the comedy seemed to lean on the stereotypical side, rather than the honest body and voice that 12-year-olds have.
All that being said- the actors are funny and had me on the floor during the swim routine!! Go support funny women at the fringe!!!

2 people found this review helpful


Imperfect, but still lovable.

by Vanessa Markman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was flawed but overall endearing. I was won over by charismatic actors and a hilarious concept, but I felt the script fell a bit flat. I LOVED the final swim/dance number, but the rest of the physical comedy was unoriginal and not very well executed. I had fun and am rooting for this company - but I would not put Synchronicity on a must-see list.

1 person found this review helpful


SEE THIS SHOW

by Emily Weiss on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Middle school girls and synchronized swimming.....it's everything you expect and more. Just when I thought I had figured out which cast member was my favorite, another pushed their way to the front. If you want to see a comedic show, with great timing and lots of heart; this is the show for you!

1 person found this review helpful


You should write a note!

by Joyce Ferry on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I don't remember middle school being humourous at the time, but Synchronicity nails all the funny things about middle school friendships on the head. The notes! The drama! Super high energy and fun, put this one on your list!


Cast and crew

Sulia Rose Altenberg

Penny / Costume Designer

Sulia acts, sings, directs, tap dances, hunts for gluten free eclairs, and vintage shops. This is her 10th MN Fringe, so of course she's also in The Wright Stuff; You'll Believe they can Fly!, here at Mixed Blood!


Constance Brevell

Sylvia

Constance is a Twin Cities based actress and stage manager. She's super pumped to be rebooting Synchronicity and working with Rebekah and Jenny again. She can't wait to dive in the pool with her fellow cast mates and relive her 'middle school' days!


Michelle Casali

Tonya

Michelle recently found out that Michael Phelps didn't actually race a great white shark. She understands why this makes the most logical sense, but it's 2017 and she just needed to believe in something ridiculous. How embarrassing. This is junior high all over again . . .


Danielle Krivinchuk

Olive

Dani loves these wonderful women and this goofy show, and can't wait to see what else Fringe has to offer!


Ally Rae

Amanda

After eleven years of being haunted by memories of their first Fringe show, Ally has finally overcome their phobia.


Starla Larson

Jasmine

Starla is an actress, mover, and substitute teacher who finds time to create glass mosaics. This is her second fringe show! She is most excited to work with a handful of beautiful people.


Jenny Moeller

Playwright

Jenny is Artistic Director of Raw Sugar, co-creator of Babes into Telling Stories, and a freelance theater artist.


Sarah Parker

Marley

Sarah is a company member of Raw Sugar. Her middle school celebrity crush was the entire cast of Lord of the Rings.


Rebekah Rentzel

Director

Rebekah is Raw Sugar's co-founder! She makes radically ridiculous theater that pushes the boundaries of feminism & comedy. She is a theater instructor for a middle school & high school. She would like to thank the cast of adult women who helped devise this show, and the cast of middle schoolers who helped make it EVEN MORE AMAZING.


Thomas Speltz

Stage Manager/Sound Designer

Thomas is a local theatre artist. Go Fringe! www.thomasspeltz.com

More information

Raw Sugar makes adventurous and imaginative projects driven by women. 

Raw Sugar's co-founders Rebekah Rentzel and Jenny Moeller met while interning in at the regional theater in Portland, Maine in 2009. There, they developed their own fun, physical storytelling style in the show "It's Only Funny to Us". Native Minneapolitian Jenny lured Rebekah to the Twin Cities with the siren song of collaborative theater and friendship.


You may have heard of Raw Sugar because they created & produced awesome Fringe shows such as you smell like whiskey and bad choices!(2012) and The Defiance Alliance: An Atomic Comic!(2014)


Raw Sugar now has a badass board, a kickass company, and a whole bunch or incredible artists they love working with, including all the members of this cast! They produced a feminist comedy showcase called The Funny for the past four years. They are currently collaborating with Theater Unbound to create a WTF (Women, Trans, Femme) comedy playwrighting workshop, with staged productions coming in Spring of 2018! They also host writers workshops, staged play readings, and other sorts of theatertical tomfoolery.


Check us out on our website at www.rawsugartheater.com


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