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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Gravitational Collapse

By Cole Sarar
Written by Cole Sarar

Playing at Intermedia Arts

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GLBT content, Opera/New Music, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

A space opera. Five women aboard a spaceship will discover the truth, write their own futures, or succumb to the gravity of the past. Script by Cole Sarar and music by Dameun Strange.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

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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Read the reviews

Huh?

by Pj Doyle on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I agree with the reviewer who wants more. I was surprised when the piece finished -- as opposed to ended. There was plenty of time left and I saw no resolution. Too bad, because I was involved in the performances. Felt like we were missing the last reel of a film.


Half A Play

by Adam Boutz on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Solid sci-fi elements paired with good acting and an intriguing scenario lay the groundwork for something enjoyable and original. Then it ends. Abruptly. Like this review.


I WANT MORE

by TJ Dittrich on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I think the most exciting and disappointing part of this performance is that I am left wanting more. I want to see the next act - I want to know what happens next. I thought the actors were all amazing and the music really added another element. Act Two next year?


I wanted to like this one

by Nanette Stearns on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

But I really didn't. It seemed to have an engaging and well-structured science fiction story of five women stranded on a space ship. But I just couldn't get into it. I enjoyed Dameun Strange's music and I think there is a good story in here somewhere. I just couldn't find it. So I think this may not be the right story for me. The rest of the audience enjoyed it so I would recommend it to folks interested in science fiction and space travel.


I want to see the next episode.

by Jim Louis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

It seemed like it was a pilot for TV series. At the end, I felt like I need to click next episode on Netflix. The set design worked really well in the space. The audio effects were perfect. The only other note I have is that I didn't know who was one, two, three, four, or five as they were listed in the program.


Fast Paced Sci-Fi

by Cetius d'Raven on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Excellent sound and set design and adequate to excellent performances by the actors.

The story itself, to me, is a treatise on the negative aspects of the binary mentality of "us vs. them" and speaks well to my inner philosopher. Allegiances among the five shift with the tide of conversation and what aspect of community is then at the fore. The pace is fast, perhaps too fast for some of the transitions to feel real.

Some may feel frustrated that this performance feels like either the first half or middle third of a story, and while I can relate (and would love to see more of this story and the universe it paints), I don't feel it harms the issue being discussed, and in fact, leaves one open to think more, which I'm sure was the intent.

2 people found this review helpful


Yes.

by Air Force on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great audio, tense narrative, and packed full of existential crisis!

1 person found this review helpful


ACT👏 2👏 ACT👏 2👏

by Malakai Greiner on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A philosophical examination of identity set to the tone of a queer sci-fi thriller set to a dope experimental musical background. This shit will make you THINK! Great acting, intriguing concepts, leaving me contemplative and hungry for more!!!

2 people found this review helpful


Rad, intense, and crunchy

by Charles Borchert on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Super cool immersive spaceship atmosphere with a rollercoaster of tension and confusion. The cast embodied their characters with impressive immediacy - their discoveries and quickly changing allegiances felt honest. So many neat evocative ideas and themes come fast, and are fun to chew on all while trying to process the mysteries of the moment. Still chewing days after seeing the show, wanting to play in that world even more.
(Full disclosure, my review is biased due to being the writer’s husband. Hi!)


Nowhere to Land

by Warren Porter on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The characters and situation are compellingly presented. There are conclusions drawn and superseded in this or that twist; but, if the audience puts in too much work reading the allegory and anticipating an encompassing perspective, there’s no payoff. As in life, no question is the final one.
On opening night, the background audio made the dialogue hard to make out.


Brilliant!

by Kaitlin Beck on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was so thought provoking. We got very invested in the story and the characters themselves! We absolutely loved it and would definitely see it again. We want more!

3 people found this review helpful


Unique and beautiful show!

by Cali Mastny on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I really enjoyed this beautiful, poetic show. It was an intriguing story with strong characters and great acting. It had an interesting live electronic soundtrack that really added to the show! (There were some quirks with the levels but I’m sure they’ve figured that out). It had fun world-building through set, costumes and story. The sci-fi world/plot was a great vehicle to explore identity and human nature. The only downside: I wanted more! It felt like there was more story to tell and more things I wanted to find out. I would be excited to see part 2 added to this in the future!

2 people found this review helpful


The perfect amount of science & arguing

by Scott Semester on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I've never seen anything like this! It's a fun and unexpected genre-bending work. Well written, well performed, and well directed, this is "space opera" mash-up of music, theatricality, and philosophy is challenging and delightful

3 people found this review helpful


Not for me, I think

by Sarah Heller on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I would have liked more science and less arguing. The live electronic music was the best part for me.


A Bit Refreshing

by Robin Rayfield on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

There's a style of theater that I only see at the Fringe. It's frequently less about story and more about philosophy. This common form of theater regularly has the feel of contentless scenes. Although there may possibly be a label for that style of theater, I don't know of it. What Gravitational Collapse does is takes it, and sets it in outer space. This show added impressive futuristic music, the dialogue was quite good, I thought the costuming was great, the props were really cool, and above all else, the actors were fantastic. Their performances were deep, believable, and moving. Whether it was intentional or not for those involved in creating the show, it was a new take on something that has been done before, brought to greater life.

3 people found this review helpful


Gilmore Girls + Dark Matter + no ending

by Danielle S on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Gilmore Girls because there's lots of fast talking drama; Dark Matter for the show's main theme; no ending because it feels like a cliffhanger TV episode. Also the music/sound effects can sometimes drown out the actresses' voices - maybe sit closer to the stage if you see it :) But it did keep me engaged for the most part. And I love how they did the costumes!

2 people found this review helpful


Is there more?

by Andy Rakerd on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This has some clever writing that incorporates intriguing philosophical concepts in a sci-fi setting. It also features an all-female cast of strong characters. I was into it, and was somewhat disappointed by an abrupt ending that left several plot lines unresolved. Still, I like what was going on here. It grabs your attention early and invokes your imagination.

4 people found this review helpful


Star Shine Says SEE THIS SHOW!

by Rachel Beauchamp on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show is everything a Fringe drama should be: interesting and skilled writing, acting, and music coming together for an exploration of identity with both societal and personal relevance. The serious and intense journey of self-knowledge, coalition-building, and "othering" is tempered by the compelling live musical accompaniment and just enough moments of levity.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Katie Robinson

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katie robinson is a poet, actor, and sexuality educator in the Twin Cities. In her work, she sits with moments of trauma and grief, with hopes that they may find relief in her blackness and her queerness. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2014 with a designed major in Narrative Studies, in which she explored systems of oppression, and the stories of desire and liberation they incite. She was a 2017 participant in the VONA Regional Workshop at the Loft Literary Center, and a 2015 Fellow with the Givens Foundation. She is currently acting in the web series Sweetness of Wild, a love story to the blackness of Minneapolis, and a brainchild of the experimental arts collective, Free Black Dirt. katie wants you to be gentle with yourself, and explore what makes you feel most free.


Gail Estelle

2

Gail Estelle is jazzed to be making her Fringe debut as 2! Gail has performed previously with both the Upright Egg Theater Company, and The Haunted Basement.
Outside of acting Gail is a middle school Art teacher, and visual artist.


Niomi Kaiser

3

Niomi is excited to be involved with Gravitational Collapse's cosmic crew for her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut. Her recent performances include (TRYNNA) BE POSITIVE, Audition, Desperate Measures, Rapunzel, New Faces, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Superhero Sanitarium, and The Music Man. As both playwright and actress, she has trained at the University of Richmond, Queen Mary University of London, and the Guthrie Theater. Niomi’s interest in social justice and devised work has deeply influenced her solo performances- including a recent cry against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Love Letter from the Hills, a London based performance. She is thankful for her loving and supportive family, the Playwrights’ Center, enthusiastic sensei Hiroko Mori, and theatre “Oga” Professor Chuck Mike.


Hailey Colwell

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Hailey Colwell is a Twin Cities-based writer who also produces and performs. In 2013, she co-founded Theatre Corrobora, a group of young artists who make plays about growing up in the digital age. Her plays include It Always Rained in Paris (Twin Cities Arts Reader Editor's Pick, Minnesota Fringe Festival Encore), Girlhood, and Fig. She is a freelance journalist who contributes to Minnesota Playlist and Minnesota Public Radio's classical music websites. Her personal blog is Des Mots du Monde. She currently works as The Southern Theater's marketing manager.


Danna Sheridan

5

Danna Sheridan (5) is excited to be performing in MN Fringe for the first time! Danna moved to the Twin Cities three years ago and has been thrilled to live in a community with such a vibrant theater scene. She does improv at ComedySportz and has been seen at HUGE Theater with the group Hot Corner. She served as a stage manager for five years at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), one of the ten largest community theaters in the country. Favorite roles include Catherine in "Proof" at The Theatre Within (Indianapolis) and Wife/Princess/Camel in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.


Daisuke Kawachi

Director


Dameun Strange

Composer


Cole Sarar

Writer/Producer

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The best science fiction allows us to imagine ourselves and each other in the future. Could there be a spaceship without a man on it? Could it be the least interesting aspect of our journey? Buckle up. Prepare for liftoff. A space opera, the likes of which you've never seen or heard before. The ship's AI has been fried, the database has been wiped, and that's not all. There are passengers aboard who weren't supposed to be there. Five women in a small spaceship struggle to decide which of them belong there, and where they're going.

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