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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Lettres et Café

By Bad Mime Productions
Written by Abby Day

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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Historical content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

In the rubble of post-WWII Paris, an eclectic group of Parisians find that mimes, unexpected love, and good, strong coffee are the best ways to mend the heart of their beautiful, broken city.

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

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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

Kasey Manche

Director


Abby Day

Playwright/ Evalyn Morand

Abby Day graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in May of 2016. Recent on stage work includes: Female Lead in "39 Steps" at Chameleon Theatre Circle; Jill in "A Nice Family Christmas" at St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre; Petra in "Romeo and Juliet" at Theatre in the Round; and Celia in "As You Like It" at University of Northwestern St. Paul. Playwright work includes: "On the Border of Freedom" at the Eighth Annual Bathrobes Drama Christmas Festival, collaborator in Theatre On Purpose's "The Lonely Hour" and Theatre on Purpose's "The Game."

"Thank you to all the creators and collaborators who had a hand in this theatrical soup. It's rare to be able to create theatre with a group of humans you have so much faith in, and love as deeply as I love these artists and friends. I would also like to thank coffee for its ever present warmth and companionship. Praise the Lord for coffee and friends. Soli Deo Gloria."

Check out her website at abbyday.space


Jeremiah Thiessen

Stage Manager


Tony Potts

Seymour Castel

Tony Potts is from Fargo, ND. Most recently, he performed the role of Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music at the University of North Texas. With the Miami Music Festival he has performed the roles of Marcello in La Bohème, Mr. Gedge in Britten’s Albert Herring, and the father in Hansel and Gretel. His stage roles have included Fagin in Oliver!, Koko in The Mikado, The Watchman, Umpire, and Manager in The Mighty Casey, Curly in Oklahoma!, and Harold Hill in Music Man. Recently, he competed in the finals of The Lotte Lenya Competition. This summer he is playing the role of Seymour Castel in the original play Lettres et Café by Abby Day. Tony is a first year Master’s student at UNT and studies voice with Stephen Morscheck.


Gabriella Abbott

Prunilla Motte

Gabriella is delighted to once again perform alongside some of her dearest college buddies and also to be typecast as an eccentric old woman. She most recently toured in Henry V with Cromulent Shakespeare Company and before that played one of three Narrators in Morris Park Player’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Artistry, Lyric Arts, Bunce Backyard Productions, MVCT, and the University of Northwestern-St. Paul theatre program where she performed in Sense and Sensibility (Elinor Dashwood), As You Like It (Phoebe), and The Phantom of the Opera (Meg). “Thank you family and friends for your support and encouragement, and Jesus Christ for your inexhaustible provision and love.” 2 Corinthians 3:3


Falicia Cunningham

Lili Lebrun

Falicia is ecstatic to perform with such a talented cast and production team! Her most recent roles include: The Witch in Into the Woods at University of Northwestern, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors at Artistry and The North Wind in East of the Sun with Seven Spells Productions. Since beginning theater in 2005 she has been in over 30 shows. She is studying Theatre and Psychology and is currently the Props Master at The University of Northwestern. Soli Deo Gloria.


Jillian Johnson

Mime

University of Northwestern: Messenger, Antigone; Katie Nanna/Statue/Raggedy Ann Doll/Chimney Sweep/Ensemble, Mary Poppins; Becky, The Ups and Downs of Christmas; Snow White, Into The Woods; Rosalind, As You Like It; Miss Grey/Woman 1, Sense and Sensibility; Red, Silent Nighthawks; Nurse/Chorus, The Phantom of the Opera. Legacy Christian Academy: Frenchy, Grease; Mary Warren, The Crucible; Hodel, Fiddler on the Roof; Ophelia, Hamlet; Sarah, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers; Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice; Belle, Beauty and the Beast.

"We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery."
-Charlie Chaplin


Jonathan Horn

Sylvester Leblanc IV


Dawson Ehlke

Monsieur Schmidt

While actively keeping his eye open for the any way to get into Narnia, Dawson passes his time as a University of Northwestern—St. Paul theatre graduate by chasing his dreams one wing-beat at a time. With the future open and limitless, Dawson enjoys the satisfaction of scheduling events and activities and the thrill of adapting when they inevitably fall apart. He enjoys chatting with the colorful characters who saunter into his overnight shifts at Super America, listening to the wise old wizard who works at the pipe store, making movies with his sister (and anyone else who has the patience to mess with all the stuff that goes on behind the camera) reading, writing, acting, and escaping the cities to quieter places as often as possible. He is thrilled to join his friends as they bring their creativity, passion, and skill to life on stage in Lettres et Café at the MN Fringe Festival.
Recent stage work includes: The Minnesota One Minute Play Festival; Haemon in "Antigone" at the University of Northwestern; Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility"; Narrator in "Into the Woods" and Andre in "Is He Dead. Recent Film work includes leads in "Motion" (Won Best Actor at the UNW Five16 Film Festival); "Rhodes" (Best Actor Nominee at UNW Five16 Film Festival); and his personal favorite, "The Misadventures of Sheevster and Murfo: Manic on Minos!" directed by Dan McLaughlin, a Top 25 Finalist for the official Star Wars Fan Film Awards.


Ally Burns

Ensemble/Mildred/Penelopa

Allison is a 2nd grade teacher in the St. Paul area. She has been a dancer since the age of three and has been involved in theatre in both high school and college. She graduated from University of Northwestern and participated in theatre during her time there. Some of her favorite dancing and acting experience include The Pajama Game (dancer), West Side Story (Velma), You Can't Take It With You (Alice), Oklahoma (dancer), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Anatomy of Gray (Belva), Midsummer Nights Dream (Titania). She is excited to be a part of this fantastic show and is honored to work with a wonderful cast and crew. She would like to thank her husband, friends, and family for all of their support.


Ceciley Pund

Ensemble/Joan/Choreographer


Micah Spieldenner

Ensemble/Waiter/Arek

University of Northwestern: Robertson Ay, Mary Poppins; Allan, The Raft of the Medusa. Elsewhere: Gomez Addams, The Addams Family Musical; Mark, All in the Timing; Charlemagne, Pippin. “This opportunity came my way via a chance meeting at a coffee shop with our stage manager, Jeremiah Thiessen. As a combination of two of my favorite things (coffee and theatre), Lettres et Café is a creation that I am incredibly thankful to play a part in. Special thanks to my encouraging family and inspiring friends, and to all the individuals who made this show happen. All the glory to God for art and coffee.”

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Lettres et Café


In the rubble of post-WWII Paris, an eclectic group of Parisians find that mimes, unexpected love, and good, strong coffee are the best ways to mend the heart of their beautiful, broken city.


Based on Parfunerie by Miklós László, the romantic-comedy that inspired beloved classics like Shop Around the CornerYou've Got Mail, and She Loves Me, Lettres et Café takes the story of two enamored pen pals and nestles it in 1940's Paris, just two years after the last Nazi tanks have left the city. Evalyn and Seymour are baristas in the same tiny train station coffee shop. They have both emerged from the war with injuries and loss, and they spend most of their workdays taking that out on each other. The only thing these two Parisians seem to have in common is that they've each been writing to a pen pal since the beginning of the war, although neither has ever met their secret lovers. Surrounded by a medley of quirky shopkeepers, mimes, and commuters, all as colorful and strong as the City of Lights itself, Evalyn and Seymour are about to find out that their tiny connection might be the most important one of their lives. In between the frustrations and laughter of learning how to live fully in a post-war world, love, with the help of good friends and several cups of coffee, makes its way through the rubble and bullet holes of Paris to return to its rightful home in the warm and ever romantic French sunlight.


 


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