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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35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself

By Rogue & Rabble Dance
Created by Jesse Schmitz-Boyd

Playing at Southern Theater

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GLBT content, Modern Dance, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

Anxiety. Shame. Self-Loathing. What?s the common thread? I don't know, I can't afford health insurance! This dance is about why people hate themselves. Vivid imagery & humor create a love poem to imperfection.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages Grown-ups only (18+)

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm
 

* 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

Awestruck

by Laura Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Stunning dancers, honest material and fantastic spectacle. This is the kind of performance I love to see in the modern dance world. A must see!


Interesting.

by Holly Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I liked this performance, but I wish that there had been at least one other man in the ensemble. I found it strange that the dances about love were between a man and a woman when in one of the interludes the male performer tells the audience he is gay. Either that or to make it more clear that the "35 different angles" are not exclusive to the male performer. It is only his face on the postcards and he is the focus of the spoken parts between dances, though, so it has to be his story.

Other than that, I really liked it. There is a dance with plastic and one that he sings to a capella that I thought were especially compelling. The spoken parts between dances were also really good.


Great insight into the mind.

by Brian Wene on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The spirit of how intricate the mind is was present throughout the show. Great movement!
Highly suggested!!
Enjoy!

1 person found this review helpful


Extremely enjoyable! Delightful dancing.

by Ashleigh Penrod on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is like a fun, angsty romp inside a Lisa Frank poster. The dancers are beautiful, energetic movers who sweep around the stage, creating "angle" vignettes every few minutes. There's floating plastic! A kiddie pool! Jesse reading a list of grievances! What more could you want? My non-dancer husband and I found it very refreshing.


"What a crappy day...

by Eric Meininger on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

... I think my car hit a rabbit."

That line captures my overall experience. I'm not sure what to think. There are funny parts, sure, even laugh out loud parts (Jessie's list, for sure, but it wasn't a dance). A few cute numbers (I'm not sure which were which, but perhaps Reactionary or Rage filled).

In looking over the program afterwards, I realize that the titles would have added to my understanding of the numbers. Perhaps the title should be projected somewhere for the audience?

A little too supratentorial for me. See this if you're a big fan of modern dance (post modern?) or you have a gap between two Fringe shows.


A must see show!

by David Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is unlike anything I've ever seen and I loved every minute of it. The outside world just faded away as I was brought into the present moment where these shared feelings of anxiety were raw, accessible and surprisingly funny! The feelings and movements expressed were so relatable and took me on a guided journey that still allowed me to explore my own reactions and feelings throughout the piece. I want everyone to get the chance to experience this surprising and fun show.


Honest and Beautiful

by Jesse Goebel on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The way the performance captured emotion through movement, sound, and repetition was lovely. I appreciated the variation as well between hilarity and sincerity. A must see.

1 person found this review helpful


Really great piece

by Molly Budke on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I don't know much about dance, but I do live with mental illness and I saw myself in moments of this, in really interesting ways. It was funny and angry and beautiful and ugly. Really glad I went.

1 person found this review helpful


A dance piece most relatable.

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

It's always hard for me to review dance pieces. I lack the expertise to know what is good. That said, I found this one to be extremely accessible, and if it's accessible I can enjoy it on more than just a visual level. Something I was taken out of the moment several times I a went through the list of self-loathing in the program trying to identify what I was looking at. Maybe I should have just refrained from looking, but spelling it out between pieces for the less dance-oriented audience members wouldn't have taken away from anything.


A bucket of metaphoric dance.

by David Gutsche on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

From the self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking humor to the earnest dance pieces, 35 Angles is something that you should see if you're into smart choreography, sassy jokes, mismatched neon costumes, and / or kiddie pool imagery.

1 person found this review helpful


Moving in the best way

by Shauna Edson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I really loved this show, for so many reasons! The performers were so present in every moment, and even seemingly simple things (like a dancer playing with Saran wrap) were captivating to watch. The props and other production elements added richness to the show, but the focus was squarely on the dancing and Jesse's excellent choreography. I especially loved the duet with one dancer smiling out at the world pleasantly while her companion expressed her true feelings about the world. There were many beautiful moments, hearty laughs, and earnest narratives. A wonderful concert of thoughtful dance.

1 person found this review helpful


Super enjoyable

by Samantha Sobash on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I loved how unapologetic and expressive this group was in performance. Big moves and pedestrian gestures used the entirety of the beautiful Southern Theatre. Clever exploration of the concept through movement and occasionally props. Well worth putting on your schedule!

1 person found this review helpful


Sharp angles

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

Creative & energetic. Truly original. Good use of spoken words for the transitions between pieces. Definitely worth seeing.

1 person found this review helpful


I Should See More Dance at the Fringe

by J. Bach on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

I left this show thinking I will definitely make a point of seeing more dance shows at the Fringe. This was so great! Not a dull moment. Beautiful, captivating, thought provoking. The dance, the music, and the metaphor were all moving. This show will stick with me.


Come and think.

by Rachel Horner on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Beautiful and fascinating duet and trio work with a stunning final piece with all five performers. The performance will get you thinking. wish I could've seen this show with 15 people in it!

1 person found this review helpful


Colors and Fun!

by Crissy Tolson on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A satirical take on heavy subjects. Funny and surprising. Go see this show!

2 people found this review helpful


Polished but disconnected

by Don Nowicki on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Skilled performers but lacks the connectivity promised in its premise.

1 person found this review helpful


Heart-Pounding Relatability

by Laura Mason on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

You know how excited you get when somebody just gets you? This show does that. Forget what you think you know about cynical Millenial navel-gazing, this show physicalizes the very real anxiety, self-doubt, and inner monsters we all live with. The third performance in particular, a solo, reminds me what it's like to hustle and hustle and still barely break even. There is so much genuine empathy for living through *HashtagTheStruggle* that you just feel it in your pulse. Fit this show into a slot. Dance doesn't get enough credit in this theatre town as it is!

5 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Sara Karimi

Performer

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Sara began her training with the Milwaukee Ballet School and Company and Kellar Dance Studios. Sara graduated from University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and continued her training at Joffrey Ballet, Bates Dance Festival and Colorado Dance Festival. She has performed for artists including Valerie Madonia, Caroline Richardson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener and George de la Pena and been a company member touring regionally and nationally with 10,000 Feet Dance Company and Kayle & Co. Upon moving to the Twin Cities, she’s performed in Dance and Other Behaviors, Rhythmically Speaking, and Fringe Festival, among others. She is currently a company member with Threads Dance Project and Borealis Dance.


Mirabai Miller

Performer

Mirabai Miller was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon and moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to attend the University of Minnesota's Dance Program. She received her BFA in Dance in 2014. During her time at University, she performed works by Makeda Thomas, Stephen Petronio, Carl Flink, Uri Sans and Nora Chipaumire. Since her graduation, Mirabai spent two years with Afro-brazilian company, Contempo Physical Dance and participated in the 2015 touring season of Black Label Movement. She is also currently a company member with Shapiro & Smith Dance and has been since 2013. This is Mirabai's first time working with Rogue & Rabble Dance.


Erin Ross

Performer

Erin Ross was born into a family of musicians. She began studying dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theater. At age 16, she became an Apprentice with the Minnesota Dance theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton, where she performed Nutcracker Fantasy, Swingin’ Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake. She spent summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she received the Fine Arts Award for Ballet, at ABT and Complexions in New York, Houston Ballet and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project Professional Workshop in Denver. In 2012 she graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Training Program in San Francisco, and soon after moved to Miami to dance with the Dance Now Ensemble for a season. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Erin has danced at the 2013 Fringe Festival in Helen Hatch’s There is no Myth project, and is also pursuing a singing/ songwriting career. Her vocal work has been heard on ads for Minnesota Lottery, Khols, the Gap and her songs have been featured on MPR The Current. She works as an instructor at the Foss Swim School, dances with Alternative Motion Project, and is thrilled to be a part of Rogue and Rabble Dance for it's first performance!


Lauren Vanchina

Performer

Lauren received her BA in Dance and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2014. While at Iowa, Lauren immersed herself in several aspects of dance study: she studied dance history and theory as an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow under the guidance of dance scholar Rebekah Kowal, taught the kiddos how to shuffle with the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and performed across Iowa as a member of Dancers in Company. She has performed in works by Charlotte Adams, Gabriel Anderson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener, Lisa Gonzales, Ester Baker-Tarpaga, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lauren interned with Dance Magazine in the summer of 2013, and her contributions to the magazine appear in several issues from late that year.

Currently, Lauren is dancing for groovy folks like Rogue and Rabble at the Fringe! Lauren spends most of her time busting out some sweet modern dance with Alternative Motion Project, working towards her Masters in Social Work at the U of M, and growing giant beefsteak tomatoes.


Jesse Schmitz-Boyd

Choreographer/Performer/Producer

Jesse Schmitz-Boyd is a Twin Cities based performer, choreographer and arts educator. Graduating cum laude in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point, where he studied Dance and Anthropology. Jesse has had five seasons dancing with Alternative Motion Project. Last season he choreographed AMP’s Create-a-Dance, using audience input to develop the piece "a whisper, then a flash". Jesse has also performed locally with Off-Leash Area at the Cowles Center and throughout Minnesota as a part of the company’s Neighborhood Garage Tour. While at UWSP he danced feature roles in Susan Marshall & Company’s "Other Stories" and Billy Sigenfeld’s "God of Dirt". Upon graduation Jesse toured the Midwest with Chicago based RE| Dance Group performing Michael Estanich’s "The Lonely Visitors".

Jesse’s choreography has been presented at The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Rochester Ensemble of Dance (R.E.D.), Zenon Dance Zone, The Ritz Theatre, and Movement Arts Day (Eau Claire, WI). This August he will be presenting work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with his newly formed performance group Rogue & Rabble Dance.

Jesse teaches dance and movement to children and adults at Zenon Dance Company & School, TU Dance Center, Children’s Theater Company, Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, Straightline Dance Fitness, and Allegro School of Dance & Music.

When not dancing Jesse can be found enjoying science fiction television, eating gummy worms or playing pinball. Jesse would like to thank his partner David for his support and love.


Ashley E. Stock

Stage Manager

Ashley E. Stock is a lighting designer, electrician, stage manager, and stagehand throughout the Twin Cities and nationally — she currently works for Children's Theatre Company, Phipps Center for the Arts, Guthrie Theater, and IATSE Local 13, and previously for The Santa Fe Opera, The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, History Theatre, and Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires, to name a few. You can find her this autumn at St. Olaf College as the Dance Department’s new Technical Designer. She is a proud alum of UW-Stevens Point with dual degrees: BFA Design/Technology Theatre and BA German.

When it comes to dance and dance production, Ashley is no novice. She has worked with and danced alongside of movement makers and choreographers Adam Barruch, Camille A. Brown, Luke Murphy, Yin Mei, Jason Samuels Smith, Cori Marquis, The Wondertwins, Skinner|Kirk, and Ragamala Dance, among others. She had the pleasure of designing lights for UWSP choreographers/professors Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, and Michael Estanich, as well as re-creating lights for Keigwin & Co.’s piece Air. As a dancer and musician herself, assisting to produce works of dance just makes sense. Ashley is thrilled to be working with Rogue & Rabble Dance, and thanks to her family for continuous support.

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