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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Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR

By The Fourth Wall
Created by The Fourth Wall

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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Opera/New Music, Modern Dance, Audience participation, National/international company

“Fruit Flies” returns with a madcap trip around the globe. YOU choose the itinerary! This high-octane variety hour combines music, theatre & dance, with each piece inspired by a different locale.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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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Cast and crew

Hilary Abigana

Flute, Piccolo, Irish flute, whistle, boomwhackers, vibraphone, voice

Hilary Abigana is a founding member and flutist for The Fourth Wall - hybrid arts ensemble. Hilary was the winner of the 2003 Eastman Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition, the 2008 Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, a prizewinner at the 2008 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, and a silver medalist at the 2008 Fischoff Competition (with Trio Destino). She is on faculty at Floot Fire and was co-director, co-founder, and Irish flute teacher at the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis. She was invited to join the Strategic Planning and Career and Artistic Development Committees for the National Flute Association in 2015.

Hilary is at home in the orchestra as well as in front of it. She has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras with the “music-telling” ensemble, Tales & Scales; with the Evansville Philharmonic in a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; and premiered a new family show in 2013 with The Fourth Wall and the Capitol City Symphony. She was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras from 2008 to 2014. She received her Bachelor of Music with Distinction and Performer’s Certificate from The Eastman School of Music and her Masters Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.


C. Neil Parsons

Bass trombone, euphonium, didgeridoo, boomwhackers, vibraphone

Bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons has been performing for as long as he can remember, appearing in his first professional theatre production at age three. Extensive touring has taken him to 40 states, with performances at major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center, residencies at numerous universities, and guest appearances with symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. His creative output runs the gamut of music, theatre, and dance productions: from solo to chamber to orchestral music (including symphony, pit, and disco orchestras); from Shakespeare to musical theatre to outdoor drama; and from modern to tap to site-specific dance pieces. Neil also has experience with aerial silks and clowning.

Beyond his versatility across disciplines and genres, Neil is best known for blending his talents in music, theatre, and dance. Before founding The Fourth Wall with flutist Hilary Abigana and percussionist Greg Jukes, Neil spent nine years performing with Tales & Scales, an ensemble that created interdisciplinary Musictales for children and family audiences. Other interdisciplinary productions include collaborations with Windfall Dancers, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Early Music in Motion, songwriter Krista Detor, and numerous projects with flutist Zara Lawler.

Neil is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he designed an individual major: Interdisciplinary Performance and Education. He holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music Performance from Boston Conservatory.


Greg Jukes

Vibraphone, accordion, toy piano, crotales, tambourine, flower pot, cymbals (assorted), wood block,

Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator whose work focuses on blending music, acting, and dance in hybrid arts performances. Greg is a founding member of The Fourth Wall, a hybrid arts ensemble in which musicians are also actors and dancers. He has created and presented concerts for young people with the Delaware Symphony, Newark Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Columbia Orchestras and is the narrator for the National Philharmonic’s second grade concerts, which reach over 11,000 second graders every year.

Greg currently lives in Massachusetts where he is a project manager for Kadence Arts, a percussion-centered organization focused on presenting concerts and building community. In the summer of 2015, Kadence Arts launched the BeatBus, melding drumming and music technology in workshops and pop-up events around Boston. Greg maintains an active freelance schedule outside of TFW and KA, performing as a percussionist with orchestras, in recording studios, for musical theatre, and other projects including Waking the Monster in which nine percussionists turned historic Fenway Park’s iconic “Green Monster” into a musical instrument for thousands of people at Illuminus Boston 2015.

Greg is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a degree in percussion performance. When not performing, Greg teaches private percussion and drum set lessons via Skype to students in the U.S. and Middle East.

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★★★★★ Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn't take itself seriously at all." - CBC


★★★★★ The music is flawless and their timing impeccable." - Winnipeg Free Press


"I think that Winnipeggers stand too eagerly for ovations - and it takes something spectacular to get me on my feet. Today is the first time I'm on my feet in a decade." - Jenny Revue


"They have the unique ability to not just play the music, but to seemingly become the music." - Orlando Sentinel


"With broad appeal across all age groups, this year's threepeat proves that the positive buzz about this bunch is no fluke." - Orlando Weekly


"Hanging upside down, twirling around, lifting each other up in the air, or pulling each other around on chairs or the wheeled vibraphone, they entertain the crowd young and old with their unique antics." CherryAndSpoon.com


"They're a warm, engaging and frequently funny trio that shows great grace whether playing Erik Satie upside down or improvising both dances and solos to Dave Brubeck." - Pioneer Press


"They sweep the audience up into a ball of energy right from the start and you'll find yourself smiling from start to finish at all the unexpected surprises that they nestle into the show." - One Girl, Two Cities


"The Fourth Wall's Fruit Flies Like a Banana was unlike anything else in the Fringe last year, and there's nothing like it in this year's festival either. Grab yourself a ticket and delight in its uniqueness." - SWFringeGeek.blogspot.com


 


FAQs


"What...huh? I have no clue what your show is....."


That's ok. Sometimes it's hard to explain. We're musicians who act and dance while we play our instruments. For example, if we're going to perform a tango, we're going to dance it while we're providing our own soundtrack. We're classically trained at fancy music conservatories, but we prefer not to put any pieces or composers on pedestals in a museum. We enjoy taking classical favorites that most people have heard and perform them in a way that has never been done before. We also enjoy performing new music by living composers because music is a living art and is more than just Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. 


"I don't really like classical music."


That's ok. This show isn't about sitting down, shutting up, and clapping at the right times. You definitely don't have to be a classical music lover to enjoy it.


 


"I saw 'Fruit Flies Like a Banana' last year. Why should I see it again?"


Why? Because we're bringing Minnesota a completely new show! We also have HOVERBOARDS! And a huge circus prop that we call the Hamster Wheel (though we set it up like a giant boat). We're doing traditional music on traditional instruments from Ireland, traditional music with traditional foot percussion from Canada, and a new piece by our trombonist that he will perform on didgeridoo! Come on, guys! DIDGERIDOO!! If you don't know what a didgeridoo is, you should come find out. It's bigger, more dangerous, and seriously....hoverboards.


"You guys are always fun! Can I bring my 3 year old?"


That's totally fine by us. We say the show is best for 7 and up because it's an hour long and not all 3 year olds can sit through an hour show. That being said, we've seen plenty of young audience members have a great time at our shows. 


"I thought you weren't coming back this year! Why am I just finding out about this?"


The waitlist gods smiled down upon on us and said "Yeah, ok you can go back to Minnesota Fringe". Please don't anger the waitlist gods by not coming to our show and saying hello.


"You're in Theatre in the Round this year?? But...but... it's ROUND!!!"


We knoooooooow!!!! We're so excited! Oh man, guys. The hoverboards are going to be so freaking cool in there.


"Why're you using this space as if you need an FAQ section?"


Well, because it's 1:00 am in Winnipeg and we really need to get something on the MN Fringe website NOW so audiences know we're coming back.


 


 

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