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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Dead Silence

By 2140 Productions
Written by Taylor Sklenar

Playing at HUGE Theater


Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

Weighed down by a recent loss, Brian, a spoken word poet, aspires to be a "voice of a generation," while his long time girlfriend, Diane, fights to keep their relationship intact. An honest story of grief and obsession.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm


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.

Read the reviews


by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

I had tears at the end that were hard to choke back and difficult to identify the source of. The play did an excellent portrayal of how we mask our hurt and either shut down connection or turn our pain on those we love in the form of anger.

good drama, performances

by Clark Kinser on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The writing is good as is the acting. I recommend it.

Great Dramedy

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I enjoyed this production.

The description does not reflect the show very well. I mention this only because I think the actual story is much more complex and nuanced than it sounds in the write up. Both characters are coping with the same loss and it is strange that the person with the lesser connection to the person who died is the one whose loss is mentioned in the write up. I also would not consider this a spoken word piece because the spoken word moments are performed to an audience within the cast.

All three performances are very strong. I especially liked that the writing gives the audience a few puzzles to work out.


by Diana Thompson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Let me start by saying that I think this show needs a trigger warning in the program. The content is very dark, and certainly audiences need to be aware of that. That being said, I absolutely LOVED the chemistry that these actors brought to the stage. Kate Stevenson and Christopher Kent play off each other so well. Add Adam Mellrup in there as the perfect catalyst, and the relationships between the three just ignite the story. They made really clever use of such a small space, and were smart about how they used it. Overall, a really beautiful and heart-breaking show.

Spellbinding Performance!

by Peter Henry on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The actors ability to draw you in and feel their intimate and raw emotion was incredible!

Highly Recommended!

by Austin Vockrodt on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you like the works of Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller you need to see this play. Dead Silence is an engaging, well-written story with very strong performances from the three cast members. While they did technically go over the 60 minute time limit, the quality of the performance far outshines any time limits.

Drama cut short

by Eric Meininger on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

A drama that was certainly engaging, unfortunately cut in the ultimate sentence by Fringe staff for running over. Recommended. Nice staging for such a tiny space.

Love, Loss, Grief, Art: A Slice of Life

by Vivian Cook on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

2140 Productions has brought to life an honest, gripping story of loss and relationship. A familiar combination of humor and tragedy pulled me into the lives of these characters from beginning to end. I was moved and constantly surprised and engaged by the dynamic choices in the production's acting, staging, and writing. Haunting, poetic, and truthful. Five stars. I would recommend this to all.

Intense drama

by Geoffrey Conklin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A gripping story with really compelling acting. Plus it's new work which is always impressive. I highly recommend this show.

Powerful Debut

by Andy Rakerd on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This is a strong first showing for an up-and-coming company. Strong writing with a poetry motif that brilliantly channeled through some talented performers. I was also impressed with their creative staging and lighting in such an intimate space. It's a hard drama, which is a rarity for the Fringe. Go in braced for that, and you'll see something really special.

1 person found this review helpful

Holy Wow.

by Stephanie Alexander on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

So good. Intense, powerful, amazing. Just go see this show.

Cast and crew

Christopher Kent


Christopher Kent is a founding member of 2140 Productions and has recently moved to the Twin Cities. Locally he has appeared in Denzel Belin's Dirty Story, World Crime League's Winter Double Feature, and Cromulent Shakespeare's Much Ado... and most recently Henry V. At ISU he had the privledge of playing Salieri, Melchior, Sorin, Scrooge, and Jack Skellington. His favorite role is David in Orange Flower Water with Focal Lab Theatre. During the day he works as a preschool teacher at Yellow Brick Road. And come November he will be a dad.

Meghan Kent

Costume Designer

Meghan Kent is a Minneapolis based costume designer and a recent graduate of Iowa State University. She is a founding member of 2140 Productions and is so proud to be taking part in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. Since graduating she has had the pleasure of working with Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Classical Actors Ensemble, Masquers Theater Company, in addition to a number of smaller projects for Red Dice Collective and Focal Lab Theater. She is thrilled to be working on this show with such wonderful artists. She is very excitedly looking forward to having her first child in November.

Kivan Kirk


Kivan Kirk is an actor/director new to the twin cities and a co-founder of 2140 productions. A graduate of Iowa State University's theatre program, there he directed 'Dentity Crisis , Bitter Sauce, and Two Rooms. After college, he worked as the artistic director for a children's theatre in Ames, Iowa. His directing credits there include a company adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Almost, Maine, Honk Jr., James & the Giant Peach, Medea Undone, & Much Ado About Nothing.

Adam Mellrup


Adam Mellerup is a company member of 2140 Productions and this will be his first play since moving to the twin cities. As a graduate of Iowa State University, he was able to immerse himself with all kinds of theatre, and he is so excited to get to know everything that the cities have to offer. He is so excited for this chance to debut Dead Silence! This play has been such a treat to dissect and dig into, and he he hopes you enjoy. Thanks!

Taylor Sklenar


Taylor Sklenar is the resident playwright for 2140 Productions. He is a recent graduate from Iowa State University with degrees in chemistry, English, and performing arts and is pursuing his MA in theatre at the University of Missouri this fall. Taylor is an advocate for eco-theatre and founder of the Ames based theatre collective, Focal Theatre Lab. Playwright credits include: Theatre Cedar Rapids: Inheritance and The Tragical History of One Christopher Marlowe; Minnesota Fringe Festival: Dead Silence; Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwright Workshop: Of Madness and the Electric Dream; Focal Theatre Lab: Stay the Night.

Kate Stevenson


Kate Stevenson is thrilled to be making her debut with 2140 Productions’ first official show! Originally from Minnesota, Kate began her life in theatre on a small black box stage at Brainerd High School called “The Little Theatre” where she learned the art of intimate, genuine performance. She then earned a bachelor degree in Theatre Arts with the honor of being a Theatre Scholar at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. From there, she pursued film and theatre in South Korea and Los Angeles until finally landing in St. Paul. Kate is a company member of Desperate for Approval in the Twin Cities.

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21/40 is named after the room where we all studied at Iowa State University. It was a small, windowless space populated by many mismatched chairs, an ancient couch, a long out of tune piano, dusty blue gym mats, and a wonderful array of forgotten props. Since it was the only space allotted our department, it served as a classroom, a rehearsal hall, and an intimate and resourceful performance venue. Storytelling in such close quarters demanded attention to detail, a lack of artifice, and above all, sincere performances. 


 To tell honest stories that are accessible to all.   To put the story first.  To produce powerful plays that are wonderfully relatable.  To work with a focus on training and experimentation.  To advocate for the actor and audience by keeping wages fair and ticket costs low.  To create a playground the audience and actor can explore together.


Website: www.2140productions.com                                                                                                              

Facebook: @2140Productions                                                                                                                      

Email: twentyonefourtyproductions@gmail.com

NEXT FOR 2140:

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal 

@ Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio  

Auditions: Oct 9th and 10th @ 7-9                                                                                                                

Callbacks: Oct 11th @ 6:30-8:30                                                                                                        

Performances: Feb 23rd-Mar 4th





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