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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Lettres et Café

By Bad Mime Productions
Written by Abby Day

Playing at Theatre in the Round


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

I loved the concept, delighted in the romance, captivated by the lighting and set, and enjoyed all the acting.

A Very Good Adaptation

by Edwin Strout on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Good cast, good use of the theater in the round space, good props and costumes. Also, a good job of condensing the original source material into less-than-an-hour. I did have a hard time hearing some of the actors. I wasn't blown away by this production, but I was very much engaged for the whole performance. Well done all.

best show in festival

by Julie Ann Greif on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was by far the best show I saw at the Fringe. Well cast/acted. Lovely script. So well directed and sculpted. A breath of fresh air.

Give credit where its due

by Cate Jackson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

While this is a fantastically lovely production, it bothered me throughout the show that the description, nor any program, gave credit to original source material for the main plot. Being familiar with Parfumerie by Miklós László, and subsequent movies (Shop Around the Corner) and plays that used his plot, I just think credit should be given when it's been use so many times before. That being said, this show was wonderful and the acting, direction and production value were spot on. Loved every character.


by Amanda Holton on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I didn't really have any idea what to expect but it was absolutely amazing!! Goosebumps almost the entire time. I don't think anyone skipped a beat!

Enjoyable and Well-Done

by Elisabeth Dewitt on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

While this show is based more on The Shop Around the Corner, it evoked a vibe similar to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Delightful, engaging, and sometimes a bit uncomfortable in the best ways.

Great Writing

by Ian Baird on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Really beautiful show. It keeps coming at you in punches. uproariously funny one moment, deadly serious the next. A fun and touching ride. The show works best when it's allowed to be what it naturally is. There are a couple moments, particularly a random artsy dance sequence, where it misses the mark. Well worth your time.


by Jesse Swanson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Wonderfully staged in the round. Strong performances. I enjoyed this show a lot!

Absolutely Lovely

by Tim Davis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Quite honestly, this is one of the loveliest pieces of theatre I've ever seen. The script was fantastic and moved swiftly through hilarious, clever and heartwarming dialogue. The acting was beautiful from the entire cast and it was expertly directed. Kasey Manche should be beaming with pride for herself and her talented cast. Bravo!

Dear et Cafe...

by Rebekah Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Thank you for such a job well done, so professional, and it felt like a great book that I would sit in a nook and read and not be able to put down! It had me laughing and shedding a tear, so wonderful.

Do Not Miss This One!

by Jennifer Hunter on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Heartwarming and lovely! The script, directing, and acting are superb! This one is a must see!!!

You've Got Mail

by Bradley Johnson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Charming and adorable characters make this familiar story line maybe not a must see, but worth seeing if you can. Was glad I saw it!

Beautiful show!

by Mark Webb on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I really enjoyed this one. The fine cast delivers a fresh take on this charming story. The production was polished, well acted and directed, had real nice energy throughout, and really worked great in the round. Highly recommended!

Lettres et ECLAT!!!!!!!

by Lori Plummer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great comedic timing, multi-genre mastery, and intriguing stage design and manipulation make for a brilliant combination in this tender and fragile comedy. The playwright plays the lead in a rousing, emotional presentation balanced richly by the talented performance of her male counterpart. Abby Day and Tony Potts complement each other in startling and impressive ways, while the ensemble cast provides the right amount of distraction and humor. Stationed in the round, the director is also complemented for her ability to use the space to the greatest advantage giving a noted stimulating visual and intimacy to the audience. Cast members should be recognized for their commitment to their individual roles and to the success of the whole. Bravo.

Musique, danse et romance

by Adam King on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A very nicely done presentation! A story that drew me in. Very nice to see such an enthusiastic group...such good energy!

Charming indeed

by Brendan Philip on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I am familiar with the source material (and a big fan of a previous iteration), so when I realized that this was adapted from the same story, it kinda took the wind out of my sails a bit. Nevertheless, this is a charming story. The cast is strong, with Falicia Cunningham being a standout. The show also has some of the best production design you're likely to see at a Fringe show. Ensemble members play small roles, exit the stage and nearly immediately re-enter just to sit and watch, which I found distracting and unnecessary. The near constant motion gets to be exhausting as well - I would have appreciated a little more focused blocking. That said - this is a lovely way to spend an hour so check it out if you have an open slot.

Must see!

by Varghese Alexander on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Post world war Paris...the setting comes through over the few minutes into the play. Then comes the great blocking that fits the theater really well and then the great acting! It's a rom com with a predictable end, but it is a must see.

Post war Paris

by Walter Furtney on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Delightful performances by Abby Day and Jillian Johnson. A very busy stage actually enhanced the cute love story. And I loved the dresses

A Charming Evening

by Shannon Elliott on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Sweet and easy to digest, the show is definitely polished and features interesting characters and a romance story line that anyone can get behind. Might be worth mentioning it is based on the inspiration for You've Got Mail/Shop Around the Corner/She Loves Me (did that sentence make sense?). So if you like any of those things, you should definitely go. It's lovely and I guarantee you will laugh.

Very cute; very cliche

by Ariel Lopez on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

You've seen this show before, whether as a rom-com film or in sitcom plot. The staging is rather cluttered and could probably benefit from cutting a role or two. It's not great theater, but gosh darn is it adorable enough for me to use words like "gosh darn." Not my typical fare, but the cast sold it hard enough to at least thaw my cynical heart a bit. This is the Fringe show to bring that friend (you know the one) who only watches romantic comedies.

Light and Cute

by Fourth Wall on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Loved the costumes and the clever set. Pina Colada song meets Sesame Street meets French class.

1 person found this review helpful

Exquisite, addicting, classic

by Kayleigh Maloney on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This story blew me and my company away. It was a breathtaking, funny, beautiful production. Every moment kept us on edge, cracking up in the audience, and crying. We never wanted it to end. Thank you Abby Day for an amazing night.

1 person found this review helpful

Don't miss this one

by Kathy Manche on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a must see show. The performance was seamless due to insightful , inspired preparation and planning. The actors quickly built a character with which you could connect. This show will make you laugh out loud and cry ( or at least make you work hard at trying not to cry). Don't miss your chance to see this show. You won't regret it.

2 people found this review helpful

A show for the family

by Johnny Manche on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wonderful play that the whole family will enjoy. Lots of laughing and great story line. Worth seeing again because you can see every actor performing in this theatre.

2 people found this review helpful


by Hannah Manche on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I am not one for a love story. But this is worth going to see. It is humerous and intelligent. Beautifully written and directed. The acting is astounding and this show is full of life and energy. It's worth the time to go see. And it makes you wish it would last longer.

2 people found this review helpful


by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

A youthful and energetic company take on an oft-repeated storyline and the result is charming. Special kudos to Mime.

1 person found this review helpful

Standing Ovation

by Matilda Ruth on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Right out of the shoot this show is energetic and entertaining. Love stories are not my favorite, but this show is funny and sweet without being cheesy. Costumes are great. Actors appear to really enjoy the roles they play.

2 people found this review helpful

laughed, cried, and craving coffee

by Amira geiger on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Amazing script and very strong character development set this show apart from so many others. Post WWII Paris was accurately represented while still connecting with modern audiences in a very strong way. The people that have made this show possible really obviously worked hard and created something that all can enjoy.

3 people found this review helpful

A Show for Everyone

by Elise Morgan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show contains the perfect blend of humor and drama; it's a show that everybody will love. Each character is multi-dimensional and executed to perfection. I would pay to watch this again and again and again! If you want to see a show that will truly blow you away, this is the one.

1 person found this review helpful

Pure magic!

by Val Neri on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was absolutely delightful! The characters were human - awkward at times with real emotions. I loved the twists of the plot - definitely not predictable! I laughed and cried and was 100% engaged. Well written and superbly directed - a perfect show to stage "in the round". I am sincerely considering attending a second time - it is that good!

1 person found this review helpful

Charming. Quirky. Heartwarming.

by Josiah Rice on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you’re looking for a new show to see, this is an excellent choice.
A fun take on a classic romantic formula, this show is a delight to watch. It’s moves quickly from laughs to feels to surprise and wraps it all up in a heartwarming love story. The supporting cast set this show apart with a quippy and sassy comentary that’s so great it’s worth seeing the show a second time to appreciate all the little happenings in the background.

1 person found this review helpful

Not to be missed

by Chuck Taylor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A beautifully written story that blends both humor and drama wonderfully. The performances were strong and engaging. Kudos to the director for the brilliant use of the space. I would highly recommend this production.

1 person found this review helpful


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

Lettres et Café was wonderfully entertaining! Very well scripted and acted by people who obviously find joy in acting. There were threads of familiarity weaved throughout the play. I was enchanted when the familiarity gave way to originality. I delighted in the cheeky, laughable moments and the endearingly sweet moments alike. All characters, including the ensemble, played vital roles. Thank you to this group who were so intensional with movement, space, and props - the play felt all the "fuller" for it!

1 person found this review helpful


by Liz Shaffer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I highly recommend this show!! From the moment the lights came on, the unique display of characters were engaging and energetic with lives that cleverly intertwined. The leads were moving, endearing, funny and very talented! Having said that, though, there wasn't a character I didn't love. Don't miss this one!!

1 person found this review helpful


by Steph Abbott on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I did not want this show to end! The rich character development caused my heart to go out to each one. Beautifully written, staged, and acted. Ah, and the music! Bravo!

1 person found this review helpful


by Suzanne Burke on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Lovely show. Enjoyed the variety of characters. Fun story. Polished production. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful


by Robert Hybben on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

One of the most polished and professional shows I've ever seen at the Fringe. Very well acted.

1 person found this review helpful

Perfectly brewed, light and sweet

by Courtney Stirn on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Everything in this show felt intentional, and all the bits were executed to perfection. EXCELLENT acting, seamless direction, lovely story, all embellished just enough to feel heightened but real. This warmed me up just like a good cup of coffee. Go see some incredible performances in a sweet playing space.

1 person found this review helpful

Unfailingly Precious

by Emily Weiss on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The music, the script, the actors, the romance, the laughter...and of course, the mime. Sweet, funny and very, very French. This is a Fringe Must-See.

1 person found this review helpful

Sweet but grounded

by Nate Farley on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Sweetly moving show with a dynamite ensemble that is based on historical moments. The show barely stands still which gives strength to the poignant bits.

1 person found this review helpful

You've Got Letters

by Bradan Swatch on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Picture the 90s romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" set in post World War 2 France and you've got this show. Performances by the two leads were fantastic (my favorite moments in the show were the ones with JUST these 2). There are a couple of side plot lines that seemed to get a bit lost, BUT this show is well rehearsed and ready for you! Glad I saw it!

Not Quite My Cuppa, But...

by Justin DeLong on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show draws many comparisons to the film You've Got Mail, yes, but it is a sweet, well-polished show with a fantastic ensemble.
Family friendly, many laughs, and guaranteed to make even the harshest cynic smile.


by Rachel Standal on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lettres et Cafè had the perfect combination of humor and heart warming moments. I was drawn in from the very beginning through their genuine acting and magnificent use of the stage. A light hearted and beautiful story.

Incredibly cute, and expertly executed

by Caleb Rotman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The show is a Much-Ado-Esque romance with Excellent stage movement and even better acting. The chemistry between the two leads is really honest and genuine and the supporting cast are fun and often hilarious. A must see show.

Charming and witty

by Lydia Wildes on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Those familiar with Shop Around The Corner/She Loves Me/You've Got Mail will especially appreciate this well written and beautifully performed show. I'm not an easy laugh, and I judge theatre quite honestly, and I laughed out loud and was completely drawn into the story.

Standing Ovation

by Staci Sathre on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I laughed, I cried, I told my friends to go see this show.

1 person found this review helpful

So charming!

by Bethany Jackson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A sweet, engaging spin on a familiar story framework - the acting and directing was suburb. The pacing was spot on and all of the young, extremely talented actors worked seamlessly together to create a beautiful and heartwarming story. Lots of humor, very tender, and familiar yet so original. Loved it - the 45 minutes flew by.

Wonderful Show

by Faith Winship on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My family and I absolutely loved this show. A very fun and creative storyline portrayed by wonderfully talented actors. I would definitely recommend this show!

A Fun, Refreshing Show

by Samantha Raun on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I throughly enjoyed this show! It's very easy to watch and all the the characters contribute to the story in their own special way. If you're a sucker for romantic comedies, this one is a must see!

Lettres et Cafe

by Bailey Staber on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lettres et Cafe is a must-see at the Fringe Festival. Thoughtfully written and charmingly acted, this new take on a classic tale is sure to delight anyone who loves a good romance. The chemistry between the main characters draws the audience in, and the intrigue of the secondary characters interweaves to create a full and engaging story. Funny, dramatic, light-hearted, and emotional, Lettres et Cafe left me with happy heart and a craving for coffee.

A Breath of Fresh Air

by TJ McGinty on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Easily the best Fringe show I've ever seen. The characters, the story, and the actors are new, complex, and original. It is a feel-good show that will easily bring a smile to your face.

1 person found this review helpful


by James Gerlich on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Took a while to get going, but kicked in to being an energetic bit of folly and fun. Not much of a story, but lots of energetic young people who obviously enjoy performing. Could be anywhere, anytime --- only some very slight threads making any connection to post WW II Paris.

Sweet and funny

by Simone Needles on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The story took me a bit to get pulled in, but the characters are super engaging. Chemistry between characters is great. Actors used the space well.

Best show I've seen in ages

by Amy Day on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I have no words to describe how great this show was!!! An original script with perfect comedic timing. It could not have WOW'd me more. Every actor and actress made me feel apart of the story. I actually cried tears of joy AND laughter. GREAT show!

1 person found this review helpful

Lettres et Café

by Tammy Day on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved this show!!!! It is funny, tender, and very moving! Anyone will enjoy it. The chemistry between the characters is very strong. They blend so well! Go see this show! You will not be disappointed!!!

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Kasey Manche


Kasey is a Twin Cities theatre actor/ director/ stage manager. She has recently directed at Lakeshore Players (The Way to a Man’s Heart) and Cross Community Players (Godspell- Assistant Director). Recent acting work include Persephone in Orphie and the Book of Heroes at Front Porch Theatre, Ensemble in Godspell at Theatre in the Round, and Jaques in As You Like It at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

Abby Day

Playwright/Producer/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 during the late nights, early mornings, and afternoon slumps. 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


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

Jonathan Horn is an actor, composer, lyricist and Minnesota native (mostly). His original musical The Circus of Terror (co-written with childhood friend Luke Davidson) has been produced twice, and most recently was chosen as a finalist in the New Voices Project by New Musicals, Inc. in Los Angeles. He is immensely proud of the fact that he is a college graduate, having earned two degrees, one in music and one in theatre, from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, where he has appeared in over fifteen productions. Favorite roles include Creon in Antigone, Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins, and Adam in Children of Eden. He is currently working on songs for an untitled musical film. He enjoys writing in third person and is thrilled to be a part of this cast and creative team. He considers himself to be in very, very good company.

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


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


Ceciley Pund attended the University of Northwestern — St. Paul and graduated with a degree in English Literature and Writing. She is thrilled to be performing alongside this wonderful, talented cast of dear friends. Her past roles include The Girl in The Game and Sophia in a Theatre on Purpose production of Cathedral. She considers herself a writer who dabbles in theater, but art is art, and she’s most content when creating beauty and truth (or trying to). And she’s also a dog person, which makes her an outsider in both the writing and acting circles.

Micah Spieldenner


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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