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
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
Audio described

 

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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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.

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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).


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. 


YOUR MYSTERIOUS OLD RADIO SHOW OF THE DAY


Each day from July 1st through the end of the Fringe, we will post a different episode of the podcast on this page. Keep coming back to discover more classic tales of terror.


JULY 20: THE THING THAT CRIES IN THE NIGHT, PARTS 13–15


At last! The identity of the murderer terrorizing the Martin family in this tale from I Love a Mystery! Need to catch up? Check out Parts 1–3Parts 4–6Parts 7–9!, and Parts 10–12!



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