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 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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Macduo

By Three Crazy Sons
Created by April & Robert Hubbard

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Warnings: Violence, Sexual Content.

Foul is fair in this dagger-sharp rendering of vaulting ambition. The Hubbard husband and wife team zealously play all of the parts in this thrilling, fast-paced, two-hander of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy.

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

* 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.

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Read the reviews

SUPERB !

by Julie Hubbard on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is not to be missed! Vaulting ambition, devotion, treachery and guilt are perfectly presented in this adaption of the Scottish play. April's portrayal of the weird sisters is memorable. Make your reservation now.


MARVELOUS MACDUO

by Paul Gilbert on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

MACDUO is not to be missed! The Hubbard's passion for Shakespeare, for acting and for each other shines through in this production.
If you love Shakespeare, you'll enjoy this show.


...something painful this way comes

by Tim Perfect on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

As I suffered through these 60 minutes, it suddenly occurred to me that this *must* have been developed to present to junior high or high school kids. There were two moments that I liked, and they totaled all of 10 seconds. One star for their attempt, but it was just presented to us as if we were kids.

As Hamlet said to the players: "Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. But if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, by use all gently, for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.


By the Pricking of My Thumbs...

by Justin DeLong on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

...something underwhelming this way comes.
In an effort to fit all of the most memorable lines from Macbeth (yeah, I wrote it on a theatrical website), the plot, pacing, and characterization of this suffers mightily. Some solid characters and physicality from April Hubbard, but overall I struggled with enjoying this.
Its ambition, much like that of Macbeth, is its downfall.


Out of reach

by Robb Krueger on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

There's a lot of Shakespeare love on this stage, but to do a two person version of the Scottish play requires incredible range and versatility. Some of the work, especially April's performance as the Weird Sisters and as Lady M, is successful. But for the great part of the show this is beyond their reach. When casting yourself in a role, it's best to ask someone brutally honest whether you are right for the part.


Something AWESOME this way comes!

by Aleah Stenberg on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show has great energy, timing, and a suburb script. Nothing is lost in this shortened version of Macbeth - all the famous lines are there. It's great for someone who's always wanted to see a Shakespeare show but was worried it would be boring or long - this show is neither boring nor long! With minimal, but poignant props, Bob and April Hubbard effortlessly transform themselves into dozens of characters - from the lowliest porter to the noblest king to the sinister witches and scheming Macbeths. The strong acting and interpretation of the Bard's words in this production make it easy to see meaning, context and humor. Whether you are watching Shakespeare for the first time or just love the Bard's work, you need to see this show!

1 person found this review helpful


Shakespeare shrunk & expertly delivered

by Richard Blomquist on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great show. This play has so many great lines, and the Macduo players perform them memorably and keep the action moving. I have seen this play several times and didn't feel like I was missing anything, even though they do it all in an hour. Projected info keeps one up-to-speed on which characters are being performed at the moment. The emotional content is high as the tragic couple deteriorate from scene to scene, beset by witches, royals, & clowns, all compellingly performed by the duo. Fun to watch. If you would like to check out Shakespeare but are nervous about the archaic language this might be a good place to start.

1 person found this review helpful


Just ok

by Amy Hubbard on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I admire the attempt but it didn't really succeed.

1 person found this review helpful


Fantastic!

by Joey Metzger on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

An amazing show that does a great job of telling the story of the infamous "Scottish" play of Shakespeare's. The performances were a tour 'duo' force from Bob and April. They are both extremely talented and seamlessly switched between characters and perfectly set the tones and mood of the scenes and story. The condensed adaptation was also well conceived and told the complete story without compromise. Overall a wonderful show with very memorable and engaging performances by two very talented actors!

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing

by Trisha Raylen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Really just an epic and beautiful production. Strong in nearly every element and richly artistic This is a must see!

2 people found this review helpful


Double bubble

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

If you haven’t seen a Shakespeare adaptation, you haven’t Fringed! This distillation of The Scottish Play for two actors is marvelous - it captures the essence of the material, focuses on the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, immerses us in the horror of unbridled ambition, and delights our ears with the Bard’s unparalleled poetry and turns-of-phrase. April Hubbard was especially brilliant as she deftly switched between multiple characters, female and male. If you don’t have a Shakespeare on your schedule yet, add this one!

2 people found this review helpful


Powerful Acting

by Joseph Erickson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show works. The script is tight and action packed. I liked how the scaled back plot focused in so clearly on the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. The sound design really adds to the suspense and spooky qualities of the show. The acting is great. While both Hubbards do well, April really shines. She plays all three witches and most of the other characters with humor, honest, and fantastic vocal range. Oh, and her sleep walking scene will break your heart. If you love Shakespeare and passion and theatre, see this show.

2 people found this review helpful


A Fabulous Hour Did Strut Upon the Stage

by Patrick Pfundstein on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A couple talented actors, the words of the Bard, and not much else. And naught else was needed for a great show; “If [my theatrical soul] find heaven, must find it out [at BLB] tonight.” (Or Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.) A highly enjoyable version of one of my favorite plays!

2 people found this review helpful


The Best of MacBeth

by Joanne Slanger on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Like the most beautiful and memorable arias from an opera, the lines in this two-member production of MacBeth, give us a gut-wrenching sense of the tragedy and horror resulting from vaulting ambition. The acting is amazing.

2 people found this review helpful


Excellent!

by Deborah Jewett on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Two actors fill numerous roles, each one distinctive and convincing. Wonderful one hour version of MacBeth that captures the essence and drama of the original. Highly recommended.

3 people found this review helpful


True to the Bard

by Eric Meininger on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Wonderfully edited to fit the time, but true to the words of the bard. The pair is incredible to watch, especially as they masterfully switch between characters.

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

April Hubbard

Actor/Adaptor

April Hubbard has taught theatre courses at Northwestern College, Dordt College, Calvin College and Grace Bible College. She specialized in directing in her Master of Fine Arts program and has directed numerous productions, including The Secret Garden, Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Winter’s Tale. She has acted in Some Five Women, Frozen and Macbeth, among many others.


Robert Hubbard

Actor

Robert Hubbard has taught in the Department of Theatre Northwestern College since 2002. Before moving to Orange City, he served as the Director of Theatre at Calvin College. Awarded an O’Neill Critics Fellowship in 2005, Hubbard regularly publishes articles and reviews in popular and academic publications. In 2015, Minot State University, Hubbard’s undergraduate alma mater, inducted him into its Academic Hall of Fame. A veteran solo performer, Hubbard regularly performs his original solo shows at fringe festivals and colleges across the country. A collection of Hubbard’s solo shows entitled Grace Notes: Stories of Surprise, Regret, and Redemptionis available on Amazon.com. When not performing solo, Hubbard does his best to be a good husband to his lovely wife, April (also an accomplished theatre artist!), and father to his three magnificent sons, Charlie, George, and Auggie.


Aleah Stenberg

Graphic Designer


Rowan Sullivan

Sound Designer

More information

Northwestern College theatre professors and spouses, April and Robert Hubbard, will present their two-person adaptation of Macbeth at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.


This Twin Cities performance of "Madudo" comes off a successful run at last summer’s Kansas City Fringe Festival where the show performed to rave reviews. One KC critic described the Hubbards' performance as "a pleasure to behold."


Combined, both actors have been involved in six different productions of the tragedy over the years, although they have never had a chance to play opposite each other. Both April and Robert each played the title roles in seperate productions while in in different graduate programs. States April, "we love each other and we love this show; this is our chance to finally do it together."


A veteran fringe performer, Robert has performed his solo work at the Minnessota Fringe in past years. More information about "Macduo" and Hubbard's other shows can be found at: Website


 


A Kansas City Fringe reviewer wrote the following about "Macduo:


Review of ‘MacDuo’
By Hephzibah Dutt


Dear fans of Shakespeare and classical works in performance, you are in for a treat.


The theatrical team of Hubbard and Hubbard bring a (highly) reduced-cast, 60-minute version of The Scottish Play to the KC Fringe: it is cleverly adapted, creatively staged and, best of all, dynamically spoken and embodied by wife-husband duo,April and Robert Hubbard.


KC Fringe Festival is the premiere stage for MacDuo, which was crafted by April Hubbard last summer. Rather than the Wyrd Sisters, the play begins with a momentary flash-forward to Lady Macbeth murmuring, “…Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” One actor speaks her fear and ambition, while the other echoes the same words from upstage.


And thus, Ms. Hubbard marks her adaptation as a the distillation of the bard’s play to the relationship between Macbeth and his wife, their individual struggles, desires, paranoias, and eventual unraveling. Remaining true to the source text, Ms. Hubbard even maintains the integrity of iambic pentameter amidst the heavy edits that simmer this play down to an hour.


In a timely year to consider the effects of political power in the hands of single man (or woman), the two-person venture into Macbeth dredges to the surface themes of entitlement, family-loyalties, and the damaging effects reckless ambition can have on community.


In some ways the MacDuo script could be considered a “Top Ten Best Monologues from Macbeth,” but that would not do justice to the carefully synchronized and creative staging Hubbard and Hubbard employ to render a whole host of characters, a plethora of entrances and exits, and a multitude of locales. Simple prop and costume devices are used to designate close to 20 different characters in the play. Mr. Hubbard’s bawdy rendering and the drunken porter and Ms. Hubbard’s solo portrayal of the three witches (yes, all three) are respectively hilarious, and impressively chilling. Rowan Sullivan’s sound design is eerie and effective, even in its (seeming) simplicity.


If you are not familiar with the source text but enjoy classical literature in performance (or even want to witness the creative staging of well-done, reduced-cast script), I would urge you to hop on Wikipedia, read the plot synopsis of Macbeth, and go see this show. For, tracking along with the particulars of who is who in the comings and goings of messengers, and princes, thanes and stewards is perhaps the one challenge this presented to the viewer. If I were to get a MacD


 


Recent Press Release for Macduo:


https://nwciowa.edu/news/4196/hubbards-perform-macbeth-adaptation-at-minnesota-fringe-festival


 

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