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 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.


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.


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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By Mike's Brass
Choreographed by Lori Ledoux

Playing at Southern Theater

Max is sent to his room without supper, but instead sails away for a year and a day. With dance, poetry, and live brass quintet, the latest offering from Mike's Brass invites all ages to join in the wild rumpus.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up


Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm
ASL interpreted

* 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

Nora Anderson


Nora graduated in 2013 from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She received degrees in dance and anthropology, as well as departmental honors and an award in dance performance. Since then, she has continued choreographing for and performing in various shows around the Twin Cities. Notably, she performed in the Fringe Festival in 2014 and was a member of Collectivus Dance Company for two seasons. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is ecstatic about the opportunity to perform in this year’s Fringe Festival!

Danielle Cina


David Pelletier Guire


David Pelletier Guire is very excited to be in Mike’s Brass production of Rumpus! This is his first professional acting gig, and he’s having a great time doing it. In the fall, David will be going into the 6th Grade at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented in Saint Paul. Some of his favorite things are Minecraft, soccer, camping, Mario Bros., and his pets, Romper, Ruby, Penny, and Nicole. David would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him all these years, and the producers for creating a show about an icon of his childhood.

Michelle de Joya


Derek Meyer


Rachael Schlee


Rachael Schlee has performed in many artistic endeavors around the Twin Cities since she was small, most recently High Flight and Circus Mcgurkus for the MN Fringe Festival. She is positively over the moon to be dancing with Mike's Brass again! Outside of Fringe, Rachael enjoys hanging upside down in aerial class and teaching elementary students how to be amazing.

Noë Tallen


Noë Tallen is thrilled to be working with Mike's Brass again after performing in their 2015 Fringe hit High Flight. She is a company member with Tedious Brief Productions and performed in their popular Fringe shows; Bard Fiction, Tempests (Director), The Final Act, and Mead Hall. Noë has had the good fortune to work with many local Twin Cities theatre companies; Theatre Unbound, Theater in the Round, Theatre Pro Rata, The Gremlin, Starting Gate Productions, Great American History Theater; Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Guthrie Theatre, among others. She would like to dedicate this performance to her little "Wild Thing". Upcoming: The Minotaur at Theatre Pro Rata

Maria Wall


Clara Costello

Stage Manager

Clara Costello (Stage Manager) has stage managed with Theatre Pro Rata, Little Lifeboats, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Mike's Brass, and Tedious Brief. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and is a company member of Little Lifeboats and Theatre Pro Rata. Clara works for the U of M Bee Squad, and loves bees of both the honey and wild varieties.

Linda Dobberstein


Linda J. Dobberstein has played trumpet since she fell in love with the instrument in 4th grade elementary school. She was lead trumpet player for the Waldorf Pemberton High School Concert Band for several years. The tiny school district had a wonderful music program that was able to participate in national high school concert band competitions and commonly won their class and a number of all event sweepstakes trophies. Linda also played lead trumpet with the Sweet Swing Jazz Band which played for many weddings, local events, and lodge clubs. She was a member of the Minnesota All State Band. Linda is a graduate of St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education degree. There she played with the St Olaf College Band for four years under the direction of Miles “Mity” Johnson. Since that time, she completed a graduate program at Northwestern Health Sciences University and now is in private practice with a focus on chiropractic and clinical nutrition. She continues to play her trumpet for pleasure and service with St Michael’s Lutheran Church Orchestra and Mike’s Brass.

Joshua Horn


A "late bloomer" by modern standards, at the age of 16 he found a recording of trumpet and organ music in his Mother's collection. It was love at first listen. In his younger years he performed and toured with the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, including a performance tour through Italy and the Spoleto Music Festival. As a trumpeter and vocalist of a St. Michaels Lutheran Church youth ­based worship team he toured through Peru, and in 1998 served as Drum Major for the award ­winning Jefferson High School Marching Band based out of Bloomington, MN. Continuing his studies at St. Olaf in trumpet and vocal performance as well as music education he learned to shut up and listen (and is very grateful for that lesson). Since then he has performed in numerous ensembles at St. Micheal's Lutheran Church ranging in style from contemporary praise bands, orchestral and choral music, including an eight­piece SATB vocal ensemble as well as solo trumpet and organ. He is also a contemporary singer/songwriter who loves to fiddle around with original composition and arrangement of all genres. As a free lance trumpeter based out of the Twin Cities with a main focus on wedding music, small jazz combos and anything else that perks his ear, he's always happy to play. And even happier when it makes you smile.

David Mills Rittmann

French Horn

David has played horn since he was liberated from playing a trumpet early in his music education and has never looked back, grateful to be free from the tyranny of always playing the melody, and appreciative of the efforts his early music education placed on the study of after-beats. He studied horn (and mathematics) at St Olaf in a prior millennium and has continued to play in the twin cities since, playing in a variety of community orchestras, churches and musicals. While not playing the horn, he writes software, habituates coffee shops and tries to incite political, economic and religious discussions as befitting a quirky horn player.

Collin Hough


Carin Bratlie Wethern


Carin started off her musical journey playing piano at age six. While exploring potential orchestra instruments she spent a little time with a violin, but being a lefty, she found it wasn't a good fit. Next she tried clarinet, but being one of 30 in a section wasn't much fun either. In 7th grade she tried out the tuba (thankfully her band director never told her that girls didn't play tuba), and it was just right. She studied at Concordia College, Moorhead, where she attended with a music scholarship and played in the Cobber Band throughout her time there. She has played with Mike's Brass since its inception, plays with St. Michael's Orchestra, and has subbed with the Roseville Big Band. In addition to the tuba Carin plays piano and guitar (as a lefty), is a professional knitter with Carin's Bespoke Handknits, and a teaching artist for theater. Her company, Theatre Pro Rata, is also based in the Twin Cities. Her baby girl, Beatrice, was born shortly after the 2016 Fringe and already likes low brass.

Lori Ledoux


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In 2016 we brought Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran The Circus" to life through live music and dance. Set to Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals," the high flying story about the power of imagination had acrobatics, dance, and live brass music.

As part of the 2015 MN Fringe Festival we collaborated with choreographer Windy Bowlsby (Jumpin' Jack Kerouac) and writer Ben Tallen (Tedious Brief Productions) on a dance and live brass quintet piece themed around the disappearance of our founder and friend, Mike Bratlie, whose small plane went off radar in June of 2012. Called "High Flight," it also used the words of the poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr.

This year we are bringing Max's journey to Where The Wild Things Are to life with dance and live brass music. Our interpretation uses a wide variety of music (Barber's Adagio, The Grand March from Aida, and Toreador from Carmen, to name a few!) and poetry to tell Max's story in a new way.

This dance piece is suitable for all ages.


Learn more about Mike's Brass at www.mikesbrass.com.


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