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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Interplay | still & moving

By Ray Terrill Dance Group
Choreographed by Ray Terrill

Playing at Intermedia Arts

A finely crafted showcase of three distinct dances exploring through movement the seasons of life embodying feminine dynamic, expansive love, compassion, the bliss of wisdom and flow of the soul.

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
 

 

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.

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Interplay/ still & moving

by Thomas Cwiklo on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The Dancers exhibited energy, and lyrical elegance. Right away from the start you knew they were seasoned professionals who were able through beautiful movement and eye contact to engage their audience something that many beginner dancers can take years to master. And the costumes on the sparse stage were beautiful very appropriate for all 3 Pieces.


Beautiful, flowing and imaginative dance

by ry buns on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The chemistry between the dancers is so positive; not always seen with all dance groups. The dancers exhibit fluid motion which is so lovely and the use of the bending body as a tool to build towers or to expand horizontally makes these dances so interesting to watch. Also, I liked the music and the the dance attire.


I didn't get it.

by Julie Dahl on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I watch a lot of dance and the advertised description did not hit the mark with me.


It’s About Love

by Terrence Joyce on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Wow, what a show. I left smiling, happy, and warmed from the gifts the dancers gave us. I saw the passion of love, the strength of love, and the fun of love. The dancing was strong, graceful, passionate, and funny. The dancers were at the top of their game, and a joy to watch. The music has a nostalgic feel, warm and inviting, like grandma’s kitchen. The dancers used the music to punctuate their expressions and movements and to heighten the emotions of the pieces. The costumes were in places flowing and in places more structured to bring out the feelings of the particular piece. Everything worked to produce a show that will make you happy and wanting more. Must see.


Powerful, emotional, musical!

by Eileen Goren on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The dancers are talented and expressive, and made me want to jump up and join in the experience! Then there's the bonus of getting to watch a choreographer dance in his own piece, so you get to see exactly how the dance was meant to be performed. Don't miss it!


Elegance with a Tiny Bit of Wittiness

by Robin Rayfield on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I think elegance is a great word to describe this show. Although the dancers showed physical strength and stamina, they did it with elegance. We had four beautiful women and a handsome man, all with bodies that quite a few Hollywood performers may possibly envy, dressed in fantastic costumes. The first two dances showed absolute beauty, elegance, and emotion. The final one seemed a bit less of what would be defined as modern, and more of what would be defined as contemporary. It was a nice contrast to the first two. A nice touch put into the choreography, however, was little bits of wit and humor, but it was sporadic, not taking away from the emotion of the dances.

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Cast and crew

Ray Terrill

Artistic Director / Choreographer

Ray has been producing, teaching and performing in and around the Twin Cities since relocating in 1994. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he has extensive experience as a performer, choreographer, teacher, producer and arts program administrator.

He began his professional modern dance experience as a company member of Repertory Dancers Northwest until relocating to Portland Oregon to work specifically with the modern dance company Oregon Dance Consort. He eventually achieved the title of co-artistic director with the company and during his tenure with ODC choreographed over 40 original works including several guest artist commissions. In addition, he frequently appeared as guest artist with several well-know modern dance companies in Oregon. He also served as Executive Director of the Dance Coalition of Oregon from 1991-1994.

After relocating to the Twin Cities, Ray was invited to join the Christopher Watson Dance Company where he performed for five seasons while establishing the Ray Terrill Dance Group. Proficient in classical modern dance technique he has evolved a distinctive style of his own described by critics as uniquely spiritual and lyrical on the one hand, while irreverent and quirky on the other. Inspired by wide-ranging music styles, he mines his material to expose the universal human experience and frequently explores complex emotion.

His day job focused on executive producing and designing interactive communications and distant learning solutions so text, video and animation have often been used to extend his choreographic vision. Numerous government, foundation, and corporate funding agencies have generously supported his choreography and his dances have been presented in several Twin Cities venues including the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Art on the Edge Performance Art Series, Dances at the Lake Festival and numerous Fringe Festivals.


Megan Gibbins

Dancer

Grew up in the Twin Cities, training in ballet and performing under the direction of Dixie Rairamo and the Youth Dance Ensemble. In 2002 she received her BPA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University where she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company directed by Jo Rowan. Professional credits include: Somewhere in Christmastime (Branson, Missouri) and Jubilee (Bally's Las Vegas). Locally she has performed with Bedlam Theatre, Heritage Theatre Company and with RTDG since 2013. She is currently a stay-at-home Mom to her young daughter and newborn son, and also works part-time in administration for a small waterproofing contractor, Megan would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.


Paulette Mattson

Dancer

Enjoys the arts and has been a dancer most of her life. She received her B.F.A from UMD-Duluth in 1983 and has been in love with modern dance since. She's been dancing with RTDG since 2002 and before that she danced with Silver Moon Vintage Dance Ensemble. She is a wife and mother of two wonderful girls and works in pharmaceutical and oncology research. Paulette appreciates her entire family and all her friends for their love and ongoing support. This is Paulette's fifteenth season with RTDG.


Sally Murphy

Dancer

Grew up in Minneapolis and started taking dance classes for fun at a young age. In 2009, she received a BA double major in Dance and Political Science with a minor in African Studies from Beloit College in Wisconsin. Since moving back to Minnesota, Sally has worked in human services and received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Dance has continued to be a part of her life and inspire her to be creative, physical and expressive. She joined RTDG in the spring of 2012 and is thankful for the opportunity to learn and be challenged to dance more effectively and dynamically.


Christina Plichta

Dancer

Holds her bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University and is a Yoga teacher and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She has performed in numerous Nutcracker Ballets over the years, most recently with St. Paul City Ballet. She has recently appeared with Focus Dance and Wicked Sister Dance Theater. She currently teaches Yoga at several studios and Ballet at White Bear Dance Center and the Blue Lake Dance Project. This is Christina's seventh season with RTDG.

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Join us as we present three distinctive dances from the RTDG repertoire. 


First in the lineup is the full-length premier of Flow ... the secret of happiness? Drawing inspiration from a percussion soundscape and composed music, the work explores abundant movement that strives to embody compassion, the bliss of wisdom and the flow of soul. The work is set to music composed by Zoe Keating, Jan Jelinik and Steve Roach.


Next up, Second Sonata ... a duet performed by Ray Terrill and Paulette Mattson, explores the journey of relationship and mature love. This work incorporates a stylized archaic, art deco movement vocabulary, which is set to music composed by William Bolcom.


Closing the program, Interplay | still & moving ... is set to songs by singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega. This work has continued to inspire the choreographer which has grown over the last three decades. To date, eight songs have been incorporated into the suite of dances. This time out, three are presented in sequence. The work explores feminine mystique, interpersonal dynamic, emotion and memory ... traversing the razor's edge between movement and stillness.


For more information about the Ray Terrill Dance Group visit the RTDG website.

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