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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FUNKiN' Good Time

By Ti-en-T Presents
Directed by Tracy "Ti-en-T" Yang

Playing at Crane Theater

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Historical content, Historical content, Modern Dance, Ethnic Dance, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language, Sexual Content.

A dance show highlighting funkstyles dance (popping, locking, and waacking) with a mix of b-boy/b-girl (breakdancing) and hip-hop. Come experience street dance through the decades and have a funkin' good time!

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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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Cast and crew

Tracy Yang

Dancer & Director

Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, a Twin Cities native, has been a devoted practitioner of the Funkstyles form of dance known as Popping since 2009. She has been a featured performer at various venues around the Twin Cities such as Intermedia Arts, Patrick’s Cabaret, the University of Minnesota, The Cabooze, and The Guthrie Theater. In addition to performing, Ti-en-T has taught at various locations around the Twin Cities metro area, sharing her knowledge with people of all ages. Along with performing and teaching, Ti-en-T is an active competitor in “jams,” or dance competitions. She loves traveling to not only compete and challenge herself, but to learn new things and meet new people from all walks of life. Her strong passion for the urban street dance culture and the desire to see the world keeps her ambitions high, and her mind open to new experiences as she continues her career as a dancer. Ti-en-T is a part of the renowned all-styles crew, Venus Fly, the Midwest all-styles street dance collective, Digital Nativez, and the Minnesota Funkstyles dance crew, ALL DAY.


Melvina Cha

Dancer & Assistant Director

Melvina Cha was born in Sacramento, California, but grew up in Minnesota. She became interested in dancing during her middle school years. By the time she reached her sophomore year, where she learned from Jennifer Glaws, Melvina was exposed to other genres of dance such as contemporary, african dance, jazz, ballet, and the choreography aspect of dance. Melvina has also performed in many dance shows and events at her school, and was given the opportunity to learn from Maia Maiden, Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, Brian Evans, and from both DeOnna and DesJohnna Gray-Lige. By the end of her sophomore year, she was able to connect with local funkstylists where she continues to grow as a dancer/popper today.

Some accomplishments and activities throughout Melvina’s dancing career are:

Student of the Year for Dance in 2012
Opened for local hip-hop artist, Guante, with MN bboy crew, New Heist
Performed at both Maia Maiden’s Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening as MN Funkstyles, and later as ALL DAY
UW Stout: StageMe Performance
MN State Fair Hmong Day
Tribal Survival (Poppers VS Krumpers)
Show Your Soul 2 (1st Place)
Aint Nothin but a S.H.E Thang (2nd Place)
Uprizing II (2nd Place 2v2 w/ Rhematic)
VersaSound I (R&B Edition) (1st Place)


Adam Myhand

Dancer


Meng Lor

Dancer

Meng “Mengo” Lor was born and raised on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the early 2000’s when he was in middle school, Mengo started learning how to dance in response to the growing street dance culture in the Hmong community. It wasn’t until he reached high school when he discovered Popping. With the help of the Internet, he was able to learn about the rich culture of Funkstyles and started training in the many styles within Popping, with waving as his first style. After high school, Mengo began battling at events throughout the Twin Cities. He first joined the popping crew “Groove Soul Marvelous” (GSM) with fellow ALL DAY crew members Chozin and Rhematic and later on, Che. In 2014, Mengo was invited to join his peers in the Minnesota Funkstyles collective “ALL DAY” and now competes nationwide.


Annie Aldag

Dancer

AnnieUp. A student of Breaking, Rocking, House and Waacking dance styles, she represents The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew, RockLordz, Venus Fly and Soul Steppers. She has traveled often to NYC, and other parts of the country to study the foundations of Breaking and Rocking, to battle, and to learn from as many practicioners as possible. She has had the opportunity to perform in several Twin Cities venues, include the Cowles Center and the Walker Art Center.

AnnieUp is thrilled to be performing alongside these talented and accomplished dancers. Collaborating with, and learning from each dancer in this group has expanded her knowledge and deepened her appreciation for each dance style in this show.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham


MalvinX Jay Vue

Dancer


Lisa Berman

Dancer


James "Obi" Gordon

Stage Manager

James was born in Nashville, TN but considers MN his home. His musical background is credited to his father who was a Nigerian musician/artist and his mother, an avid listener of all genres of music. In kindergarten he played his first drum in a school play. This led to a life as a percussionist in high school concert bands, marching band and drumming/singing soprano in church choir. Obi continued his music passion, receiving a degree in Music Business & Audio production. Over his years of studying and actively producing, Obi started creating unique tracks that he felt were perfect for DJing. He bought some gear and found himself DJing parties and clubs shortly after. When not DJing, creating music or working, Obi works as a basketball skills developer for all ages. James is delighted to be a part of the FUNKiN' Good Time crew and fits the role of stage manager very well.

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