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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The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

By Ghoulish Delights
Created by Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Eric Webster, Shanan Custer, and Joe Weismann

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Thrill to two classic tales of terror from the radio's golden age, "The Shadow People" and "The Gibbering Things," performed in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, including announcements and commercials!

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

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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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Detail attention was phenominal

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Great show with wonderful acting and excellent mood enhancing sound and costumes. A must see.


Unbelievable!

by Edwin Strout on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

It is incredibly hard to believe that these are radio-plays from the 40s and 50s - So Macabre! And Twisted! Well done with the music and sound effects, as well. A super fun time!


Would have preferred original content

by Paul Strebe on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Great performance, but seemed like a cop out to just read a couple old scripts. Kind of like great musicians who are happy to just play covers.


The Joy Of Listening

by Adam Boutz on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Two audio plays from the golden age of radio. The Soundscape and melodramatic voice acting of this work was a delight to behold. The actors apply practical sound effects is ways that are so unrealistic, but yet so true to the art form being reproduced. The stories themselves won't exactly send chills down your spine, but they are from a simpler time.


Loved them at the 5 Fifths and Here!

by Bradley Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I love when talent comes together like this! I tried to sit back and just listen to the amazing voices and sounds as they told the stories, but couldn't help but sneak some peeks! Will definitely need to check out their podcast and look for future shows.


Revival of a lost art

by Phil Darg on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Great performances by actors who are essentially reviving the lost art form of radio drama. Details such as excellent sound effects props and vintage microphones add to the ambience.


Long live Old-Time Radio!

by Derek Dirlam on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I've always been a fan of old-time radio theater, and have seen Ghoulish Delights perform before in a smaller venue. So I have to say I really enjoyed seeing them in a bigger environment, complete with a set of Shure 55s - definite style points there.

The two shows they performed really captured the style and feel of the 'golden age of radio', and the classic commercials also added a bit of nostalgia and history. They made great use of the Foley props, although I would have liked to see more (I am a bit of a foley-geek). I also liked the background info they provided before the performances as well.

I highly recommend seeing this show, and kudos to the group for helping to keep this classic art-form alive today!


Made My Night

by Rebecca Anderson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

So well done! I love that the broadcasts selected were particularly offbeat. Perfect for Fringe.


Nicely done

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Very nicely done, professional quality & just the thing for a fringe. While the set & costumes were perfect it truly was a radio program-- so not that much to look at really. I imagine the podcast it's based on is supurb.


Pleasantly surprised!

by Mark Giorgini on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I love the concept of the old time radio shows and have listened to some of them via recordings and have always had trouble following them. So went into this performance preparing to have a "meh" reaction. Wrong-o. Loved it. Loved the voices and enjoyed watching sound effects. (!) . Can't hold the writing against the performance as they were recreating stuff from decades ago. But overall, really, really enjoyed this and would encourage anyone to go see it. For what it's worth, I'm now hooked and will be following this troupe to their local performances.


A Trip Back In Time

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Chilling radio plays, done right! I really enjoy listening to these old radio plays. The first one was especially chilling for me and left me thinking "if I had been a kid in the 1940's listening to this, I would have had nightmares and slept with the lights on for YEARS!"
The second piece was not quite as effective and I found myself dozing off a bit; All in all though, very professional work and a great way to spend an hour!


Excellent! Better than History Theater

by Liz Blank on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I’m a bit speechless on this one. Hmmm… That’s a very good thing. Go see it. It’s a polished and cultivated show, different from the other Fringe experiences and 10 times better than any shows that I have seen at the History Theater.


Competent

by Larry Ripp on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Close your eyes and listen. If you have heard old recordings of radio shows from the " golden age" you will find this group does a great job of doing an old radio script just as good as the old days. It's not easy to make it all work and sound "right" but this group indeed gets it RIGHT. That said I wasn't crazy about the first story and the second one with the shadow was very standard stuff. If you are going to go to the effort of performing a broadcast live on stage I think it needs to be a little more "showy" with more effects and a much wittier presentation.


Imagine an earlier time

by Richelle Amundson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

It is a delightful trip back to before my time. I closed my eyes and imagined sitting in front of an old radio in a living room with my family, but occasionally popped my eyes open and watched the magic being made. Really enjoyable show by a very talented group of actors.


Very enjoyable!

by Heather Rand-McKay on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Despite being in a social circle with a few of the performers, I have never actually seen the show before, and I've been missing out! It was so entertaining, and I especially liked seeing how certain audio effects were performed. The cast are definitely professionals. Would love to see a show at the Hill House in the future.


Good clean fun

by Holly Brimhall on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

We laughed out loud at these two rediculous old spook stories. Such fun. Great voice talent.


I love old time radio, and this show!

by Clark Kinser on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I've been a big fan of old time radio for a long time. When I heard about this show I immediately put it on my must-see list. It didn't disappoint, in fact, it impressed. All the actors are wonderful. I'm hoping I can see it again.


Spooky and fun

by IKW Queen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I'm 11 years old and I loved it spooky in a fun way super cool sound effects


Classic

by Amanda Oporto on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I love radio shows and this didn't disappoint. I enjoyed watching the sound effects being created, and the programs they chose were entertaining. My only complaint was that the microphones were a bit too loud for some of the vocals.


A Real Treat

by Connie Petersen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Incredibly fun production. Definitely plan on seeing them perform outside of Fringe! Thoroughly enjoyable show!


Excellent show

by Eric Herr on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great cast. Absolutely love the radio theatre. Great spooky, gory stories to delightfully scare you. Go see this show!


Well-done, but a podcast is a podcast

by Matthew David on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The actors were fantastic; the look and the sound was right on. But a podcast done on stage is still a podcast. No movement, no acting, just in place. Would have been much more fun to bring the radio shows to life with motion and action on the stage. Otherwise, I'd probably get just as much listening to the podcast.

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The Real Thing!

by Margaret Funke on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I'm 60, own my dad's old radio and LOVED this simple way of entertainment! Fascinating, warm and disinctive articulative voices! Well worth the listen!


Polished show

by Chorf Mender on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Very cool concept! I really enjoyed this one and it's always a joy to see Shanan Custer.

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Timeless!

by Aaron Smith on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This group did a wonderful job of taking a form of entertainment from almost a hundred years ago and making it seem like magic. I enjoyed this show immensely and would recommend to anyone looking for some thing different. A must see!


Super fun and well executed

by Bethany Nagan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Great concept, nailed the execution. Would love to see more from them!


lots of talent and a little creepy

by Lily Handahl on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Absolutely must see. I can't stop listening to their podcasts! This group will leave you laughing and a little spooked. So talented all around, and the attention to details is amazing. They really set the scene for you of listening to a radio show and still give you a look into how the shows happen.

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Creepy, Polished Fun

by Rachel Teagle on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This was an excellent choice for the 10:00 slot. The performances were polished, the sound effects were fun, and the classic scripts definitely stand the test of time. Watching people with shoes on their hands is always a bit silly, but there was absolutely nothing silly about hearing the voices of the Shadow People in a darkening theater. If you're looking for a thrill, this is the right place to go.

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lovely performance

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

Clearly, a lot of thought, care, and attention to detail went into the creation of this piece. Tim Uren is always a delight on stage, and the cast as a whole was just right.


Radio lives again!

by Preston Smith on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great idea and performances. The sound was a little loud and tinny. Great sense of fun!


Flawless execution of a great idea

by Florence Brammer on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

What a great idea for a Fringe show, and so beautifully done. The costumes, props, sound, and acting all perfectly recreated two creepy radio-broadcast tales that still hold up despite being from the mid-20th century. It was so much fun to be able to experience something like this. This 10 p.m. slot was my sixth show of the day and I went in rather tired, but I was totally engaged throughout the whole thing.


Nailed it

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Old time radio scripts can be pretty amateurishly done - not here, however. Brilliant - and better than originally done. Ensemble enables added twists of creepy eeriness that only one's own visualizations can add to these excellent audio descriptions with on the mark timing, voice characterizations and sound effects.


WHAT DID YOU SAY?

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

Other than the sound level being deafening, which they should have corrected by their second show, the performance was good. I can't say it was enjoyable since it nearly blew my eardrums out thus the three star rating


Old Timey Fun

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Fun performances of dated but entertaining radio dramas.


Fascinating!

by Hope Funke on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Perfect for all ages! I went with my mother and we were both able to fully enjoy this blast-from-the-past! While I got to see a bit into the history of entertainment, my mother was able to visual see what her parents experienced through the old radio they had at home. This is a must "hear" for sure! I am definitely going to be tuning in to Ghoulish Delights' podcast!


Perfectly Pulpy

by Vincent Hannam on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

If you're a fan of the genre, you will love this. Even if you're unfamiliar with the world of vintage pulp fiction/ radio dramas, you'll love the imaginative story-telling brought to you by the group. Lots of laughs and even some genuine suspense!


Fun, and genuinely creepy

by Little Voice on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Polished, professional recreation of actual old-time radio scripts. The performance style was spot-on to the genre, which was sometimes played for laughs, but also generated some genuine scares along the way too. It was fun to see the sound effects created live on stage.


The Horror...

by Andy Flamm on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Really well done show, and definitely not just for fans of the horror genre. Watching the talented cast make sound effects while never missing their lines was fun. Would recommend to anyone except young kids.


MUST SEE!!

by Doug Anderson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The set, the mood and the tone in this reproduction of an old time radio program is spot and and brilliantly presented by some of Minneapolis' most talented artists. I was suspended in two riveting, suspense and laughter filled tales. Well done!


So good!

by Randa Schollmeyer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Talented actors performing classic sci-fi radio - such fun! Personally, I liked the added visual aspect of watching them create the sound effects rather than just hearing the story. But I'll admit there were times I closed my eyes and just listened during the really creepy parts. Great show but heed the 'suggested age' warnings - I think the little girl behind us will be sleeping with her lights on for years to come.


Visual Insight into the Audio Medium

by Cetius d'Raven on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

I've been a fan of audio dramas for some time and being able to watch the (re)creation of two works is a rare treat. The performers have strong voices that are well suited to this medium and did an excellent job with the sound effects. Definitely worth experiencing, particularly if you enjoy period pieces, as they do show their age at times.


Watching Radio

by Fourth Wall on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Very professional and polished show. Fun to see the props and tools used to make the "radio" sounds. Lots of laughs and very entertaining.


Good fun

by Mark Webb on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Great, historical material re-imagined. It was nice to see see and hear these scripts brought back to life by a cast that truly brought their talents to the table. Clever, funny, and mysterious, it was quite entertaining.


Suspenseful fun, nostalgic and beautiful

by Scott Eastman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Really talented cast presenting live suspenseful radio performances. Great staging, costumes, very effective and engaging. I loved how they transported us back to the radio age. Stories were scary with doses of humor, and it is an immersive experience. I enjoyed closing my eyes at times (and at others having almost no light) to help me really experience the feel of the original shows and environment


The Shadow knows!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Great performances of two actual 30s-40s radio scripts with music and sound effects. Spooky! These Fringe-favorite performers regularly podcast these old radio shows, and tonight they brought them to the stage. Fun to watch, but I think the podcasts would be just as (or more) effective.


A well-polished old time radio show

by LuAnn Monahan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

My mom used to talk about these old radio shows her family would listen to when she was a child. This cast is completely comfortable providing not only the dialogue but also the sound effects so imperative to a radio show. They all have a wonderful range of voice, making listening to them all the more enjoyable.


Delightful

by Mary Johnston on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show was an absolute delight! I was smiling the whole time despite the creepy content (or maybe because of? it). True this was not a comedy, but I found myself laughing quite a lot at the pure joy of seeing these old-timey works being brought back to life. Great story telling, fun live Foley artistry, and gripping-if old- tales from the beyond. Go see it!


This is how professionals do it

by Don Feeney on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

"Mysterious Old Radio" was a tight, seamless ensemble performance that made for marvelously entertaining hour. While the material itself is nothing profound, watching it done by professionals who know their craft was a joy. Note to would-be fringe performers: This is how it's done. You start with good material, learn it inside and out, and recognize that the rehearsal process doesn't end when you know your lines--it's just beginning.


Creepy Cool

by Mark Long on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It's cool to see people that you enjoy as actors are as talented when they are voice actors as well.
This is a very polished and interesting, yet creepy show that's a nice change of pace since it is not inherently a visual performance.
I think it is safe for all ages as long as the young ones (or you adults) aren't easily prone to nightmares. There's some creepy, weird storytelling here along with a healthy side of corny.
Great fun!


Gimme that old time radio

by Walter Furtney on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Technically outstanding. The love, respect and devotion to old time radio drama comes through loud and clear. I listened to some with my eyes closed and it brought me back to my own early 50's childhood the very end of this type of radio This isn't a complaint but I enjoyed the Shadow much more than the Shadow People.


1950s cheese but plenty of creepy

by Simone Needles on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Fantastically executing. Great mix of cheesey 1950s radio and creepiness. Loved the use of lighting and on stage props/sound effects.


Classy!

by J. Bach on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

A great show, which is not at all surprising considering the talented cast! Polished and classy.


Great time

by Teresa Nelson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This was a great way to bring you back to the old days of radio. Enjoyable for almost all ages. (Not children who may get scared easily). Fun to watch what radio used to be like at the studio. Much enjoyed.


Good clean fun, and monsters

by Andrea Hendricks on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A delightful reminder of what entertainment used to look like. Well...sound like. I'm definitely going to check out the podcast.


Great show!

by Chris Rowen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A super talented cast doing a creepy old timey radio play. You know they're talented when they make watching a radio fun. Great show!


Hokey Creepy Fun

by Ariel Lopez on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

This show is absolutely oozing with talent, but for me at least, seeing a show designed to be heard just didn't make great theater. What could have been suspenseful moments were often killed by the silliness of watching the performers make the sound effects. It's a fun show, but I think I'll just check out the podcast.


The Cast with the Most Beautiful Voices

by Riley Parham on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I could have listened to these wonderful storytellers for another hour. Performed in the compelling, melodramatic style of old radio shows, the actors create enthralling worlds with their voices, shoes, and other simple audio props. Don't miss this fun escape into nonchalant horror


Does what it says on the box

by Liz Capouch on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Tight production, and I especially enjoyed the historic aspect of these two stories. Worth seeing!


See it!

by Jonathan Zucker on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Lovely trip into the days of the radio play, but you get to watch.


Fun Radio Well Done

by Gene Bard on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I remember the Shadow and it was done wonderfully a Rarig. Actors very good. Timing on and no mishaps. Gripping stories and my partner was even a bit frightened. When I was 8 years old my parent forbid me listening to it so be sure you have parental approval


A lot of fun!

by Michelle Blaeser on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to and watching these excellent actors recreate old mysterious and down right scary radio shows from the 1930's and 40's. The sound effects and the use of lighting added to the fun. A very worthwhile performance to catch at the Fringe.


Enjoy the silence

by Christine Malcom on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Great voices, carefully crafted sounds, and just enough attention to visuals make this a great Fringe show that entice a newbie to tune into the podcast. A light touch with the context makes this a great mix of homage and original interpretation.


Mysterious and old timey

by Amy Bonifas on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Exactly what I came to see. Accomplished actors pulled off faithful reproductions of classic radio suspense and horror. If you enjoyed this it is definitely worth listening to their podcast. My only sadness is that I didn't get to listen to something new as these episodes have been featured in the podcast. The audience was at time distracting with sometimes misplaced laughter.


Cast and crew

Shanan Custer

Performer

Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop (where she performed from the reign of Jesse Ventura to the Bush and Kerry election). A writer, actor, teaching artist, director as well as an improviser, Shanan’s original work includes: 2 Sugars, Room for Cream (with Carolyn Pool), which won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013, Mick Sterling Presents: At Christmas (with Jim Robinson) and From Here to Maternity (with Joshua English Scrimshaw). Shanan has performed with Casting Spell Productions, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Frank Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts and The Mystery Café as well as directed productions at Theatre in the Round and Artistry of Bloomington Center for the Arts. Shanan is also an improviser with the Theater of Public Policy. Shanan can also been seen this Fringe in Couple Fight III, along with her husband Eric.


Joshua English Scrimshaw

Performer

Joshua English Scrimshaw is co-founder of the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase, as well as the dance and physical comedy troupe English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties. Joshua has been called "a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater" by The Star Tribune, and "a modern day Buster Keaton" by mnartists.org. Joshua has performed with a wide variety of local theater people and groups including (but not limited to) Bedlam Theater, Ben Sandell Presents, Maximum Verbosity, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota, Off Leash Area and, of course, Ghoulish Delights. Joshua can also be seen this Fringe in the Comedy Suitcase production Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners.


Tim Uren

Performer

Tim Uren has been an actor, director, and playwright in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. He's the devious mind behind Ghoulish Delights, a theater company dedicated to staging tales of horror and suspense. Tim also writes and designs for board games and card games, and would probably love to share a game night with you.


Eric Webster

Performer

Eric Webster is an actor, producer and writer for stage, radio and television for 25 years. On stage credits include; Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry Theater, Workhaus Collective, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Pioneer Place Theater. He is also a Theater Teaching Artist for the Guthrie Theater, Centennial Middle School, Avalon Charter School and the History Theater. He also is the creator of the original radio theater drama "Shades Brigade". Eric can also been seen this Fringe in Couple Fight III, along with his wife Shanan.


Joe Weismann

Musician/Performer

Joe Weisman has a B.A. in music from Carleton College and has pursued a variety of musical projects, from a cappella groups to ukulele duets. In the early ‘90s he was a fixture on the regional Bluegrass scene as bass player in the popular Christensen Sisters Band and performing with folk diva Becky Schlegel – including on A Prairie Home Companion. His own band, the Jaztronauts, rode the late 90s swing dance wave with regular appearances on Channel 45’s Big Bad Movie and Saint Paul Saints games, and even a three week club date in Zurich, Switzerland. His original jazz/pop group the Smarts was the musical component of Minnesota Public Radio’s In the Loop program, and has spent the past 6 seasons as house band for the performing arts showcase series, Sample Night Live. Joe’s compositions formed the basis of the musical play, “Lemonade for the Lawnboy,” and the Smarts served as pit band for the premier run of the production in June 2015. Joe has lent his singing voice to commercials for GMAC, Miller Lite, Affinity Bank and more.


Marc Doty

Musician/Performer

Marc Doty is a composer, synthesist, and electronic music technology historian who has recently returned to the Twin Cities. When he is not tending his synthesizer education YouTube channel (which boasts 8.5 million views), or giving lectures on synthesizer history at conventions like NAMM, SynthFest UK, or Knobcon, he is composing music for unique theatrical productions.

More information

Members of the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society include many Fringe favorites such as Joshua English Scrimshaw (Comedy Suitcase), Tim Uren (H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls"), Eric Webster (Shade's Brigade), Shanan Custer (2 Sugars, Room for Cream), and Joe Weismann (The Jaztronauts).


MN Matters spoke (starting around 17:09) with the Society on the Minnesota News Network!


Lavender Magazine featured a lovely article about the Society!


Marianne Combs interviewed the Society for MPR!


MORE ABOUT THE SCRIPTS


“The Shadow People” from Hall of Fantasy, originally broadcast September 21st, 1952.


When dark forces descend upon her parents, a distraught woman seeks help from a self-proclaimed master of the supernatural. Is it already too late, or can one family save humanity from... the Shadow People?  


“The Gibbering Things” from The Shadow, originally broadcast September 26th 1943 and written by Saint Paul native Alonzo Deen Cole!


Wealthy young man about town Lamont Cranston and his lovely friend and companion Margo Lane visit Aunt Sue in rural Connecticut only to discover she has disappeared! Soon the woods are filled with gibbering sounds and The Shadow must match wits with a mad scientist in his strangest case yet!


MORE ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS OLD RADIO LISTENING SOCIETY PODCAST


This Fringe show was inspired by the podcast of the same name. The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Podcast revisits the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including tales from Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. Each episode features a classic, or maybe-not-so classic story from the scary old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and nerdy trivia. At the end of each podcast, your hosts, Tim, Joshua and Eric discuss the merits of the story and decide whether or not it stands the test of time. 


 

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