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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Buffy the Bedbug Slayer

By Spike Tape Productions
Written by Gina Musto

Playing at Theatre in the Round


Puppetry, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

Buffy Summers is the Slayer, up against new bloodsuckers – bedbugs and a corrupt landlord named Dennis Drumpf. Who will win in this great battle against evil? This parody celebrates the much-loved TV series.

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


Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm


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.

Read the reviews

Fun, Goofy Buffy Throwback

by Hannah Culbert on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is the kind of Fringe show I really love; nerdy, campy and clever. The writing really captures The Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, and the actress playing Buffy is dead-on. I thought Buffy, Dawn and Willow were particularly great at embodying their characters. Dawn is more of a parody of her character from the show, and she's hilarious. I really enjoyed the 90's costuming, music cues and the fight choreography. Watching Buffy beat the crap out of her nasty corrupt landlord was particularly fun and cathartic. Buffy fans, don't miss this one!

enjoyed the puppet the most

by Lyle Larue on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

saw this show as I know Daina from the stand-up comedy circuit. I liked the puppet the most, this was her role. Not the first Trump-inspired puppet I had seen, but I liked seeing Daina's version of it. I hadn't seen the 'Buffy' TV show in a while, but I don't think much was lost on me for this reason. I liked the Giles character a lot, the 'stodgy academic' since I often refer to myself as being one.

Funny and Exciting!

by Joe Norcross on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I had a lot of fun with this play! The script was hilarious and the actors were great. I especially liked the mix of Buffy & evil landlord parody and was surprised by the impressive fight choreography.

Funny takedown of landlords

by Erika Levy on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I've never seen Buffy but it didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. This was a hilarious take down of evil landlords. I loved the Drumpf puppet, and the stage combat was great. Kudos to Gina and Katlyn for a creative parody about a pervasive housing issue.

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Great show!

by Kelly Ascheman on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fun show with hilarious political references and tight comedic timing. Fight choreography was well done. Definitely worth checking out.

Buffy The Bedbug Slayer

by Jody McIlrath on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Excellent show. Many funny spoofs on characters. Great acting- the fight scenes were very well done. Loved the Drump puppet with the "very small hands." Good casting, prop management and stage direction. The lines were well timed.

Uneven but Enjoyable

by Krispin Jacobson-Shax on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show is quite the mixed bag.

On one hand, it nearly-perfectly mimics a Buffy episode, and the lead who played Buffy is truly doing a flawless, un-self-aware Sarah Michelle Gellar. Dawn is played very un-Dawn-like, but her actress's comic sensibilities are a very welcome, cartoony break.

But then there's the utterly absurd (and, by this point, tired and cliche) decision to cast Trump as her landlord? And played by a tragically unenergetic performer who put no heart into her role? The same goes for Willow, who seemed unable to look half the actors in the eye -- and I'm pretty sure it wasn't a character choice.

Overall, there are some fine moments and funny, enjoyable performances from some, but there are definitely many wonky parts.

Perfect Parody

by Solveig Bloomquist on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I have seen maybe 2 episodes of Buffy and know the tropes, but being far from a fan was not inhibitive to enjoying this script. Actors were top notch and every design element appeared fully realized. Funny, fun, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Apparently I needed more Dawn in my life

by Diana Thompson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show had some great elements and some not so great elements. But first. Let's talk about the actress playing Dawn. HILARIOUS. Top-tier comedic performance, I laughed my butt off. Also, as a fan of the show, Buffy's impression was well done, if a little inconsistent. Willow missed the mark for me, but that pink sweater was perfection. Wish I could have heard some of the actors better, specifically the main villain, Drumpf. I missed a lot of what they were saying, so jokes didn't land quite as well as they could have. Speaking of jokes, the ones about Drumpf weren't particularly clever, they seemed to be the same ones that have been overused time and time again. Overall, a fun, fringe-y show.


by Jimbo Kramer on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show was full of jokes that didn't land. The actors were far better than the script, but that did no help this show. It had its funny moments, but overall I was hoping for more.

Dawn Dawn Dawn

by Jon Golden on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

The shows script is not good. And most of the performers were fine. But this show gets 2 stars for the incredible look of the Drumpf puppet, and the actor playing Dawn. She was by far the funniest part of this show, she created a character that resonated with the hatred of Dawn by every major Buffy fan, but with hilarity that made her the star of the show. Buffy was also pretty good in the impersonation aspect with the hair flips and door kicks and vocal quality. However the show itself was not great. I never thought id say this but id watch a full hour of just Dawn.

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Buffy for the win!

by Kim Chase-Kozak on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show is just hysterical. I'd give it 5 stars on Buffy's performance alone. She had her hair flips, voice inflections, etc down! Spike was also fantastic and it was fun to see the old gang back in action. Good clean fringy fun!

A spot-on parody of a beloved show

by Nanette Stearns on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

I'm a big Buffy fan so really appreciated this . The performers playing Buffy and Spike were perfect and the rest of the cast did an adorable job too. It wasn't as polished as it could be and did lag a bit in places but seeing a Buffy/Trump fight to the death was worth the price of admission.


by Sue Fue on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a cute parody of the Buffy. Buffy knowledge was helpful but not needed. Go see it.

Laughed My Booty Off

by Vanessa Agnes on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

GUYS. See this show! I have never seen an episode of Buffy in my life and it didn't matter one bit! I enjoyed every moment and was literally LOLing the whole time. Special shoutout to Dawn and Xander who had me in stitches with their little quirks! Bring your friends! Bring your mom! Bring your cat! (JK don't do that, even though I'm sure they'd enjoy it just as much!) #10outof10wouldrecommend 🙌🏽🔥😂

Hilarious even if you're not a buffy fan

by Bethany Nagan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I've not seen a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but this show is hilarious even without a lot of knowledge of the source material. I laughed the entire show. The story line got a little wobbly in places, but it didn't detract from full on enjoying the whole play. Would definitely recommend!

Want humor? See Buffy the Bedbug Slayer!

by Brittany Mingo on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I have never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I was still able to follow the content of the script. Each character is very unique, well developed, and brings their own type of humor to the show (Dawn will leave you with a gut ache)! Check it out...you won't be disappointed!

A Mixed Bag But Still Worth It

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

As a huge Buffy fan, I was really excited for this show. The actors who played Buffy and Spike were dead-on. The puppeteer was hilarious. The plot line was painfully thin, but I'm glad I saw the show.

Wacky Fun

by Cetius d'Raven on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

As a fan of the source material, I enjoyed seeing familiar characters in an unfamiliar and silly setting. Iconic costumes were recreated well (though it caused some breaking of the timeline, which bothers a pedantic like me) and Ms. Fletcher's portrayal of Buffy was particularly faithful. The star of the show, however, is unquestionably the Drumpf puppet and its...eccentric behavior. Worth seeing even if you're not a fan of the show, but more jokes will land and be punchier if you are.

Go see this show!

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

I liked that you don't need to have seen the Buffy tv show to make the play funny. That, and all different levels of comedy (subtle and not-so-sublte). It was all done really well.

And two thumbs up for the director!

Hilarious even if you don't know Buffy

by Nicole Wilder on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I like to check out shows with particularly Fringe titles, and this one fit my criteria. I'm SO glad I went. The ensemble was super funny. The fight with the puppet was borderline therapeutic for me. And the cast seems to have lovingly nailed the particular brand of 90s camp that is Buffy.

Shut UP Dawn!

by Andrea Hendricks on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A must see for any Buffy fan. They did a great job with the characters, and although the premise is a stretch, the puppet is hilarious. See it, you'll be glad you did.

Cast and crew

Daina Ali

Dennis Drumpf/puppeteer

Daina is a comedian and a storyteller from Minneapolis. She considers herself to be a third culture adult. This has allowed her to develop an awareness of the world around her, and to create comedy that has multi-level, multi-cultural appeal. Since starting comedy several years ago, she's participated in several showcases, opened for national headliners like the Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj, and hosted many shows around the Twin Cities.

Bailey Boots


Bailey Boots is back in theater after a two year break! Bailey, a graduate from UMD with a BA in theater, has done most of her professional work at the Duluth Playhouse in Duluth, MN. Credits there include: Nina: "Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike," Rita: "White Christmas," Twin 1: "Peter Pan," and many more. She spends her free time working on her writing, being an acting coach, and enjoying married life with her new husband, Jacob. This show is a great opportunity to work with old classmates, make new friends, and have fun adventures! Enjoy the show! (Grr, Arg!)

Rob Brecher

Bedbug (Spike)

Rob is currently employed at the Dunn Brothers Coffee corporate offices as a marketing associate. Don't be fooled. Rob has five years of theater and television experience under his belt. It's been two years since his last performance so make sure to tell him how rusty he is.

Emily Fletcher


Emily is a Minneapolis-based actor/nanny/actual vampire slayer. She graduated from the University of MN Duluth with a BFA in acting, but never learned how to write a bio. Credits include: "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," "Blithe Spirit," and "The Foreigner." She loves her family, friends, and cats. This bio is the worst. She blames Dawn.

Morgan Gray


Morgan Gray is so excited to play Willow in "Buffy the Bedbug Slayer." Recently, Morgan was Marmee in Theatre 301's "Little Women" and in the chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company's "Pirates of Penzance. Thank you for coming and for donating to my private business (just kidding)!

Katlyn Moser


Katlyn is an actor and director based out of Minneapolis, last seen in "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" with Masquers Theatre. She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Secondhand Sex," which will premiere later this year. She hopes she does Joss's characters and show justice in her directorial debut... except you, Dawn. (#goddammitDawn)

Gina Musto


Gina Musto is a playwright and dramaturg living in Minneapolis. She is currently studying at Augsburg College in their MFA program for playwriting. She has worked as a dramaturg with Park Square Theatre on shows such as "My Children, My Africa!" and "Nina Simone: Four Women," as well as with the History Theatre on "Complicated Fun" and "The Highwaymen." She can also be found at the Guthrie, in the box office and as their current literary intern.

Michael Salazar


The Carrie Bradshaw of the Twin Cities, marketing guru, and Lady Gaga fanatic - all in one! It's been six years since my last Fringe show and I'm so happy to be back with such an amazing cast and crew. We slay, all day.

Laura Temme

Stage Manager

Laura is a third year law student who just can't seem to quit theater life. She has been an assistant stage manager at Renegade Theater Company and Lyric Opera of the North, and this is her first time actually running the show. if anything goes wrong, it's Dawn's fault. #GodDammitDawn

Kendra Yarke


Kendra Yarke is thrilled to be in "Buffy the Bedbug Slayer." Previously, Kendra played Brienne of Tarth (yes, really) in "Game of Thrones: The Musical," chorus in "Prometheus Bound," and Cindy Lou in "The Marvelous Wonderettes." Catch her this fall in "Who Killed Ariel" where she will be playing Rapunzel.

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