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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

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Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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By Glade Dance Collective
Created by Glade Dance Collective

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage


Political content, Modern Dance, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company

Privacy. Convenience. Security. Which will you give up? When does the private become public? Dancers solicit data from the audience to explore secrecy, identity, and trust in the internet age.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 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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they're probably recording my keystrokes

by Jeremy Motz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

dance shows aren't supposed to make me paranoid about my online activity...THANKS A LOT, GUYS. there was a lot to chew on with this show, and i was impressed that it had not one, but TWO unforgettable if not perfect theatrical moments i'll carry with me for a long time. i wish their run wasn't already over, cuz i would love to discuss a lot of these pieces with them in person, but alas, i'm still glad i was able to catch them!

2 people found this review helpful

Great dancing. Okay content.

by Holly Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

The shtick of this show is that before the show you have to fill out a card that they collect and incorporate into their performance. It's a great idea, but it was poorly executed for two reasons:

1) The person who spoke to the audience initially seemed to be trying to interact with us as a robotic motherboard kind of figure, but kept lapsing into being conversational. Either choice would have been fine, but the inconsistency was uncomfortable.
2) They didn't actually use our cards. They summarized their results from the previous night, so it completely lost its impact.

The dancing was great. I didn't really understand why they invited a couple local dancers to perform with them, especially because their role was so minimal.

Ok show

by Seb C. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Dances were interesting just nothing really impacted me.

Concept trumps dancing/choreography

by Florence Brammer on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

What an interesting concept for a dance show, and the dancers have great stage appeal and move beautifully. However, the piece as a whole came off in parts as rather random and disjointed, lacking cohesion and artful transitions. I found myself often wondering why certain artistic choices were made as much as watching the dance.

1 person found this review helpful

Intriguing, But Slightly Uneven

by Christopher Allen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

There were parts of this show I really liked. The dancers were talented, especially the small group of leading ladies. The concept was interesting and provided some strong moments on stage. However, the show seemed to have trouble staying focused. I would find myself drawn in by certain segments, cleverly using the audience data in a variety of ways, but then a more vanilla dance section would follow and take me out of it. Then the cycle would repeat. If you're an avid attendee of dance theatre, or the phrase "data-mining" sends a chill down your spine, I would recommend trying it out. But, I do wish it explored the subject a little more concretely.

My secrets!

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

I don't know about you, but when I think "data privacy" my mind didn't automatically go to "interpretative dance!" But after seeing this show those two concepts are forever intertwined in my brain. Amazing.

2 people found this review helpful

Powerful, a bit disturbing, smart

by David Lee on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I found the performance powerful and actually scary in places. They did a great job of expressing the overwhelm and fear of our day in movement, and had an interesting way of engaging in dialogue with the audience. For the geeks out there, imagine dancers as IP packets flying around the network of the stage. Don’t miss their last show at 8:30 on Wednesday.

2 people found this review helpful

Technology and dance - and it works!

by Kelly Glader on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Full disclosure I am a tech nerd who also loves dance so obviously I fit into the niche here but this show was a really well done, sometimes silly, sometimes serious, sometimes improv, sometimes planned show. I personally loved the mish mash of everything and think the theme still shines in every part. Highly recommend this show!

2 people found this review helpful

It was mostly enjoyable

by Cajetan Baptista on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I enjoyed the way this tackled issues of online security. I didn't enjoy the part trying to address people being called names, it felt like a false dichotomy happened. Being called a racist pejoratively is not similar to being called a feminist pejoratively.


by Gregory Revak on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very interesting & creative, glad I saw it.

1 person found this review helpful

didn't really land for me

by Steve Soler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I kind of liked the concept but i'm not entirely sure if dance was the right medium for it. I really did like the part with all the easter eggs but that part felt more like theater than dance, which, to me, felt stronger and resonated more.

AND if you're going to collect data from the audience during the show, you should provide them with some sort of writing utensil or use preshow time to give some more instructions about filling out the cards (i had to turn in a blank one because i honestly didn't know)

Interesting concept

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Some impressive movement and interesting images, and an intriguing idea to tie in ideas of privacy/security on the web and in “real life,” but it just didn’t connect with me.

2 people found this review helpful

Nothing moved me

by Walter Furtney on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

The one fun fact that baby boomers make up more than half the Fringe audience should be a warning to the Fringe. Expand your audience or die. Back to the show. The dance wasn't visually pleasing and the survey wasn't very interesting. I actually try to say something positive at every show but at this show I was at a loss

Great Depth

by Milli Manchester on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I very much enjoyed this performance. The dancing was creative and intelligent. I love when shows can be engaging, thought provoking, and beautiful all at once!
This out of town show included in their cast MN dancers, which is a curious decision. I personally enjoyed how blending the 2 residential demographics into one show also contributes to their theme of technology making us more and more connected.

I was engaged the entire time and loved the idea of collecting cars from the audience. But, could you bring some pens?

2 people found this review helpful

I liked it

by J. Bach on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

A good show. Good dancing. I liked it.

1 person found this review helpful

Intriguing, relevant

by Nora Anderson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Engaging, intelligent, and satisfying choreography. Fantastic use of lighting, sound/music, and props. Unsettling and yet strangely comforting. Surprising emotional variation. Excellent performance quality. Definitely worth watching if you want something thought-provoking and artistic.

2 people found this review helpful


by Liz Blank on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Many fine elements in this show.

I had a hard time sticking with it, keeping my eyes open for the last 15%. Possibly cut some of the last part of the show?

1 person found this review helpful

Nicely done dance piece

by Richard Heise on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Really enjoyed the dancing. would have given it five stars except I felt they spend too much time lying on the floor playing with audience submitted cards. I realize that this gave them some rest time but it seemed a bit much.

1 person found this review helpful

Dance Cards

by Nanette Stearns on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Audience members are asked to contribute answers to brief questions provided on cards - one is demographic information (yes, most of the audience is from Minneapolis), one is on issues related to privacy, online personas, etc. The answers are then incorporated into the performance by this multi-member group. Interesting interpretations of the music included made this an enjoyable show.

2 people found this review helpful

Dance & Commentary

by Marie Cooney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

We came after being asked to fill out questions, while in line for a different show on an earlier day. Nice way to peak interest, in addition to out of town previews. Enjoyed dancing, use of props, and more. Use of audience inputs was quite interesting. Anything more would say too much. Dance and spoken word.


by Nichole Hamilton on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

If you are a modern dance lover - this show is for you. Intriguing forms moving in space, enlightening the audience with information about ourselves, collecting data and creating great storytelling in the moment. This troupe from D.C. is one to watch.

2 people found this review helpful

Must See in My Book!

by Jim Louis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I went into this show not knowing what to expect. They did an awesome job of mixing dance, music, spoken word, and data collection to make it one of the best shows I have seen at any MN Fringe Festival. This show moved me. It made me feel. I am strongly looking at going again. Go before they are gone!

2 people found this review helpful

Beautiful and mesmerizing!

by Kara Garbe on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I don't usually see a lot of dance, but that is going to change after this show! It was high-energy, beautiful, and thought-provoking. The dancers infused data and secrets from the audience into the show, giving added layers of meaning to their movements. The music was also fantastic, bringing a lot of energy and emotion to the show. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in a beautiful and intelligent experience at the Fringe, regardless of whether you usually see dance or not.

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Lauren Borchard

Data Collector; Props Mistress

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Lauren's most compelling avenue into this topic has been the exploration of secrets: when we have them, what we do with them, and how it feels to tell them, especially when telling is an empowering act. #TeamShare ... or #TeamPrivacy?

Chris Creese

Sound Engineering and Editing

CreeseWorks is a photographer and graphic designer known for his vibrant photography and clear cut, minimalist work. http://creeseworks.com

Emma Dozier


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Emma is “buried, buried in data” (as Poynter put it once), during her day job as a data analyst for journalism. She hopes she’s improving your online experience, and she doesn’t really know who “you” are, anyway. But she judges Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge users, for sure. #TeamShare

Shauna Edson

Costumes; Bot/Internet Friend/Secret Teller

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Shauna is one of the thousands affected by the federal employee data hack in 2015. Despite that, she believes the Internet is largely a force for good, and she’ll always be inclined to trust her fellow humans. #TeamShare

Betsy Loikow

Bot/Internet Friend/Secret Teller

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Betsy can thank her mother for a healthy fear of sharing her data and consequently has been in countless arguments with schools who want her SSN (hint - they don’t need it #JustSayNo), TSA agents, security guards, and, most recently, a bouncer outside a club in Hyannis, Mass. #ThanksMom #TeamPrivacy

Ben Mendis

Stage Manager

Ben is software developer and hacker, the (mostly) good kind. By day he helps companies and governments to monitor social media and other public content; by night he helps activists to evade tracking and censorship. Serving both sides of the arms race affords him a unique insight into the debate. He walks a fine line between #TeamShare and #TeamPrivacy.

Samantha Sobash


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Sam thinks this era isn’t as transparent as we think it is. Everyone hopes and tries to keep certain information private, i.e. some people temporarily or chronically don't use social media sites. We may be subconsciously more transparent, but she doesn’t think we'll ever be a fully transparent society. #TeamPrivacy

Stephanie Vadala

Bot/Internet Friend/Secret Teller

Stephanie loves seeing all the exciting things in her friend's lives on social media and appreciates them trusting her with their great moments. While she turns to the shy side of sharing her life, she is more worried about being tracked, poked and prodded by companies that think she needs "insert innovative product here." Just because she Googled it, doesn't mean her ad space should throw up unicorn onesies. #TeamPrivacy

Robert Bormon

Minnesota Guest Performer

Kelsey Peterson

Minnesota Guest Performer

Rebecca Stewart

Minnesota Guest Performer

Ashley Stock

Minnesota Guest Performer

Alec Trelstad

Minnesota Guest Performer

Alan Tse

Minnesota Guest Performer

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"A contemporary topic that feels authentic. Mine/Field allows Internet-obsessed audiences to get their fix while still getting a breath of fresh air on an often stale topic." — DC Theatre Scene

"A calmness emerges out of the chaos with clear and calculated phrasing. I take a breath and take in the exquisite geometry on stage. The choreography signals us to listen as the performers listen to each other, moving in canon." — DC Metro Theater Arts

We're touring from D.C., and yes, bringing a very D.C. topic

Mine/Field originated in Washington, D.C., but every show reflects its unique audience.

Attendees receive two cards: a prompt to share a secret and a demographic survey. Early in the dance, The Collector sends her dancer-bots into the audience to collect the cards, then analyzes and displays the results of data collection. Selected secrets are revealed onstage through words and improvised movement.

Is this collection and analysis problematic, or a benefit? Is technology the problem, or are humans?

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Experience Mine/Field

Photos by Andrew Bossi

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Protect your data privacy

From our very own stage manager, who works in digital security.

  1. Backup your data (CrashPlan)

  2. Block ads (AdBlock Plus)*

  3. Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date (Avast)

  4. Keep software up to date

  5. Always use HTTPS (HTTPS Everywhere)

  6. Protect yourself from tracking (Privacy Badger)

  7. Encrypt your devices, use a lock screen on your phone

  8. Use better passwords (XKCD, LastPass)

  9. Tape over your webcam (or use a BandAid)

*Our very own dancer, a journalism analyst, feels compelled to add: UNLESS you want your real news sites to actually make money and keep doing journalism, yknow.

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