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.

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 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.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, 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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 Something different 


William & Mary: The Way Out Experiment

By Surprise Me! Productions
Directed by Lawrence Ripp

Playing at Strike Theater

1960's TV Live On Stage! From the classic 60's tv series Way Out, inspired by a Roald Dahl short story, this sci fi/horror/comedy is sure to make you cover your eyes one moment and laugh out loud the next!

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


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm

* 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.

Read the reviews

Great story

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

Well performed and totally intriguing.

Great, retro sci-fi

by Little Voice on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Fun take on a classic sci-fi premise.

You'll Never Guess How This Ends!

by Darlene Levenson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

"Until death do us part" takes on an entirely new, outrageous dimension in the case of William and Mary. After 32 years of marriage, William is now dying. There's absolutely no hope, and his time is near, but he promises his dutiful wife that he will forever watch over her.

Get ready for a roller coaster ride of the macabre. You'll be cringing and holding your breath until the triumphant end!

1960s sci fi spot on

by Audra Lind on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

What a fun premise! Show worked so well w the black and white tv theme. Loved the twist. Take care of your loved ones because someday they may care for you indeed!

Very nice

by Mark Webb on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The main character totally rubbed me the wrong way and I just wanted out. Little did I know, that was totally on purpose. The the story line changed and I then loved what I was hating. Great show, with a wildly amusing script.

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Sci Fi 1960's Style

by Bradley Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

For real, this is based on an actual episode of the 1960's TV show Way Out. (You can find it on YouTube if you're interested.) The cast did a good job re-enacting and made some minor changes that worked well for the show, including some cigarette commercials. Only one show left, so see it if you are a fan of 1960's style sci fi.

Funny and great comic timing

by Suz Will on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great dialogue between William and Mary. Bring your morbid sense of humor. I felt a strange connection to the Muppet old curmudgeons. Funny.

Fun spoof on 60s thriller tv

by Kris Sieg on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Fun evening. Good comic timing. Everyone is enjoying themselves

Have Fun with William and Mary

by Rosalie Langenkamp on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is a very entertaining show with enthusiastic actors. The story line certainly takes you away from the ordinary. I liked that about it. Larry and Vicki played off each other with perfect timing. Brian, as the doctor, reeled us in, convincing the audience the experiment was a great idea. The young couple doing the cigarette commercials did a fine job also.

Way out There Somewhere

by Debra Ripp on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Way Out with William and Mary is very funny show, with witty writing and a conceptually strong plot!! The show does a great job of spoofing the plots of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits and comes complete with cheerfully nostalgic commercials for smokes and smoking Doctors! Weird stuff starts to happen when a narcissistic grouch tries to control what will happen after he is gone. Check it out, it's really a fun show!

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Waaaaaaay out

by Craig Corsi on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Picked up in the second half with the script exploring the consequences of an interesting concept. Great acting!

Heck of a lot of fun

by Sam Ahern on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I really felt like I was watching an old episode of Hitchcock Presents or the Twilight Zone (with a few modern twists), which is a credit to the writing and the performers. Everyone clearly "got it," and I really enjoyed becoming absorbed in that strange world. If you like nostalgic sci-fi and fun, check this one out.

1 person found this review helpful

Bradbury Fans: This one is for you!

by Kara Greshwalk on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

As one who grew up on reruns of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Twilight Zone, and Ray Bradbury Presents, this madcap treatment of the genre was such a treat. The talented ensemble was clearly having a great time with the throwback-style script, as was the audience. Highly recommended!

Fun Show

by Patrick O'Brien on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lotsa laughs in this nostalgic re-creation of a black & white "Twilight Zone" type episode.
Some opening afternoon jitters slowed things down a bit, but "William and Mary" should go on to be a real crowd pleaser.

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William and Mary

by Bobbi Pauling on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I really liked this. We all, I think, wonder these days about how far things can go in certain areas of medicine, politics, etc. Well, this takes you there in a really funny way. I didn't find it all that horrific, so don't hesitate to see it on that count. It is enjoyable and the acting is good, and I can say that even though I was dead tired. I think the story really worked from beginning to end.

Cast and crew

Vickijoan Keck

Producer/Actress (Mary)

Vickijoan Keck is a storyteller, actress, poet and Copy Lady who especially enjoys telling folktales and whimsical rhymes by the likes of Edward Lear, A.A. Milne and Ogden Nash. She enjoys telling personal stories as well as putting a new twist on an old tale. She is thrilled to be working with this fantastic group of actors on this show.
By day she runs Ivy Arts Copy & Print in the Seward Neighborhood.
Surprise Me! Productions is her brainchild.

Lawrence (Larry) Ripp

Director/ Actor (William)

Lawrence (Larry) Ripp is an Actor/Playwright/Producer in the Twin Cities who has enjoyed success and fellowship in the theater community for over 36 years. A former Wisconsin Radio Announcer, Larry moved to the Twin Cities in 1979 and got his first acting role with Park Square Theater 3 days after his arrival. He's been busy ever since. In this festival he is also appearing in Whisper Into My Good Ear with his acting partner Patrick Thomas O'Brien, which has received rave reviews at Fringes in Washington DC, Indianapolis, and London, Ontario.
Along with acting and producing, Larry can be seen at various festivals and events as the Renaissance character of Sir Sidney Soapington, "The Baron Of Bubble!". Like him on Facebook!

Brian Johnson

Actor: Dr. Landy

This is Brian's second foray into The Fringe as a performer. He was bitten by the Theatre bug some forty years ago and has been seen on stages across Minnesota and South Dakota. Most recently he tackled the role of Murphy in Lex-Ham's production of the Front Page. He is thrilled to be working with such talented and delightful players.

Michael Mayket

Actor: Doctor, Cigarette Guy

Michael Mayket is a writer/producer/director/actor who has been active in the Twin Cities theater scene for over a decade. As co-founder of Dana’s Boys, he has helped to bring to life: The Saved By the Bell Show, The Scooby Doo Show, A Very Die Hard Christmas, Buzzy’s Clubhouse, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and many more, including past Fringe favorites: Hamluke, Hour Town, and Twisted. He is thrilled to be involved with his fourth Minnesota Fringe Festival, and super, extra thrilled to be making his Fringe acting debut alongside his beautiful wife Shira Levenson-Mayket, as well as co-producing Repertoire Dogs elsewhere in this year’s festival.

Shira Levenson-Mayket

Actor: Greta/ Cigarette Girl

Shira Levenson-Mayket holds a BFA in Performance Theater from Drake University. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theater (Russia), the St. Petersburg Theater Arts Academy (Russia), the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center (NTI), the Brave New Institute (Brave New Workshop) and was a member of the Hangar Theatre Lab Company in Ithaca, NY.

Locally she has appeared with Dana's Boys, Nimbus, Savage Umbrella, Paradox Productions, Experimental Theater Lab, 20% Theater, SmartMouth Comedy, Barebones Productions, Bridge Productions, Mixed Precipitation, the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, Lex-Ham Community Theater and in part of the Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink Series. Shira has also done improv and cabaret theater in Guatemala, been a dancing space robot, a flamenco-dancing gypsy, a squid tentacle, an alien, and a life-sized dancing cupcake.

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Lawrence Ripp has always been fascinated with thriller serials from the 50's and 60's such as The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Way Out, a series hosted by Roald Dahl, ran for just one season in 1962.  William & Mary is an adaptation of a short story and teleplay by Roald Dahl which was featured on the series.  A snippet from Television’s Golden Age, live on stage! Sponsored by L&M cigarettes, we include of some of the featured commercials.

The brilliant ProfessorWilliam Pearl is dying ... or is he? After 32 years of marriage, how will his hapless wife Mary survive?

 Sci Fi, Comedy, Revenge & Cigarettes from the “Mad Men” era without having to adjust the vertical hold! Who could ask for more?





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