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 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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Sisyphus

By Moon-Eyed Owl
Created by Christopher Allen

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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Opera/New Music, Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, Audience participation, World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

The Greek myth of Sisyphus (doomed to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity) collides with broadway dreams, drunken nights and an especially embarrassing dinosaur sweater in a real-life love story for the ages!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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

Vulnerable story not fleshed out

by Noah Nieting on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Christopher writes and acts cleverly but furnishes too many asides and allusions to really review and teach from his point of vulnerability.


Greek Twist on a Modern Love Story

by Kristi Manning on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Loved the unique structure of this show! The integration of Greek mythology used to help move through the timeline of this crazy love story, was really creative. The songs were catchy and the story kept me interested from beginning to end. This is definitely a story catered towards a younger audience, but includes jokes and experiences that are relatable to people of all ages.


A Great Story

by Aurora Strike on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I loved the story and Christopher's amazing ability to tell it. It is so great to see performs giving you a bit of themselves in the performance and he definitely did that. This personalized story that has comparisons to Greek Mythology was great to watch. There are some moments that need more practice and revision but I would recommend going to see it.


Not for everyone, but enjoyable.

by Michael Johnson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was a show that definitely generated some mixed feelings for me.

On the one hand, very smart, charming, captivating storyteller. Keep telling stories.

On the other, all of the songs detracted from the drive of your story significantly. I chuckled a couple times, but ultimately felt frustrated that the story was derailing itself by these at-times awkward interludes.
I was a little stumped about the importance of the bike crash - while I understand the metaphor of the journey, the crash and it's relation to both the legend and your life felt too ambiguous. You can hit us over the head a little bit with this metaphor.
While the text could use some re-arranging, this was a fun show with a sweet, albeit slightly surface-level message.


Honest.

by Meghan Maddigan on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This one man show is worth seeing! I appreciated the honesty and vulnerability Allen delivered this true and very personal life story with. The greek elements of the show and the chapter book motif moved the story along, but I also felt in some ways that they were not needed. The show is very intimate, one performer talking straight to the audience, and I wished the theater was smaller because it might have fit the feeling of the show better. Allen's original songs are sweet and well done! I think at some points when the energy in the show dipped, it was mostly problems with transitioning into another part of the story. Some more light changes musical cue may have fixed that. Ultimately, a great show, and fun to see with a gf/bf!


It was ( not so much ) Greek to me...

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

A pretty decent show, performed by a good performer/ talented storyteller. References to myth were ok; but, don't really make the story. An hour-long one-person show is really hard to pull off, and at times the show kinda stalled. What seemed to be friends of the artist in the audience laughing much more and louder than anyone kinda distracted more than helped the fun. BTW...yes, there were fun moments...well done segments, etc. For me the show could be better by amping up the energy, and the volume.


Compelling Story Well Told

by Cetius d'Raven on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

My title is my summary. Comedy, tragedy, song...there's a bit of everything here, including some (targeted) audience interaction, which I don't feel helped the narrative though it was mildly amusing. Worth your time.

My viewing ran right up to time, so keep that if mind if you're travelling between theater groups (West Bank/Uptown/NE) rather that just theaters.

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Loved it!

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

I am usually not a big fan of one man acts especially when it is personal story telling, but this one pulled a string deep inside. Loved the informal way of telling the story along with the songs. Self deprecating humor and sincerity in delivery made this story very relatable. Loved every bit of it especially the embedded Greek mythology! Great job!

1 person found this review helpful


Refreshing

by Monica Gronert on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great performance, creatively executed. Loved the songs, especially the medley of showtunes. Humor with a clear message about having the courage to face one's flaws, especially as it relates to the criticism of others. One man shows present a particular challenge that requires a good pace and enough content to keep it engaging. This show defies every pitfall a one man show could experience with it's balance of fun and seriousness, and a perfect rhythm that keeps the audience interested.

1 person found this review helpful


Charming, Fun, Genuine

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

Christopher tells an all-too-common love story with Greek Mythological examples. The variety of songs add to the entertainment value of his performance. His self-deprecating approach makes it hard to hate him even though he is the villain in the story.

1 person found this review helpful


Brilliant!!

by Brandon Cayetano on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is a must-see! Christopher Allen's talent shines throughout, with his acting, singing, and writing. I found myself engaged for the entire story. A beautiful, heartfelt show, with some smart comedy.

This is one of most genuine performances I've seen in the Fringe, and this is definitely a show that you should add to your fringe schedule.

2 people found this review helpful


Surprising Gem of a Show

by Kayla Hambek on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

What a pleasant surprise this show was. Christopher Allen is an engaging, charismatic storyteller who instantly gets the audience on his side with his clever writing. I love one-man shows that engage the audience, and our audience was thoroughly game to help Christopher tell his story. As other reviewers have said, I could have done without the music - it shook me out of the truthfulness of the story and gave it more of a "performance" vibe - but the laugh-out-loud aspects of the rest of the show make up for it. A lovely way to fill an empty spot on your Fringe schedule.

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Great storyteller

by Mark Webb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I really enjoyed Christopher's brand of storytelling. He's humorous and clever. And although we could clearly tell that he has a nice singing voice, his music was too soft, which made him flat. Crank up the music and let us hear you.


"Oh Sisyphus!"

by Tom S. Tea on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This is a solo show that I felt was well-crafted, and well-performed. I enjoyed the interactions with the audience, and the way this performer told his story with self-deprecating humor. It is definitely a "straight white cis guy learns things and becomes more socially aware", but I think it's still heartfelt and well done.

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Where are the feelings?

by Grenacia Green on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was a fun and entertaining show, and very well performed, but it did not live up to the mythology it liked to reference. It was a pretty generic story of young love, specifically the experience of not being sure how you feel about someone or what to do about it and being stupid and hurtful about it. It was very focused on what he happened, and how he thought he was supposed to feel about it rather than what he was actually feeling, aside from shame when he messed up. Without the broader emotional content some of the developments were surprising, but not in a good way they would have been if the emotions that caused them were shared. Some of the musical interludes were pretty meh but the rap was really funny in a good way.

1 person found this review helpful


Very Engaging

by Brendan Philip on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Christopher Allen is an engaging and charming storyteller, and easily anchors this enjoyable and hilarious show. While a couple of the musical numbers were cleverly written, overall I think the songs dragged / interrupted the pacing. That said I would still definitely recommend checking it out.

2 people found this review helpful


Edit. Edit. Edit. Then edit some more.

by Kimberly Peterson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I should start by saying this show is only barely tangential to mythology. So little, in fact, that the thematic expectations and references get in the way of what is a pretty okay storyline.

I am not a fan of the musical numbers. They felt gimmicky and unnecessary and distracted from the story. He's actually a very talented storyteller and while I personally think a little more depth in the story would have been nice, it's an overall solid performance.

It did have a little bit of the "privileged white guy learns valuable life lessons" vibe. And while he does aacknowledge this, it ends up feeling like a hollow apology.

Truthfully, his authentic interaction with the audience was the best part, and genuinely added to the story.

2 people found this review helpful


Unexpected delight

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

We saw this show because the time and location fit in our schedule. It had also gotten good reviews. What a delight! Clever and well done! We hope to see more work by Moon-eyed Owl.

2 people found this review helpful


Holy Hercules!

by Mitch Vosejpka on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Hercules here is used to describe the strength shown throughout this show. Whether it was in the incredibly clever and charming writing, the hilarious and knee slapping humor, or simply in Christopher Allen's wonderful performance pulling everything together: go see this show! Christopher takes you from story to story with effortless flow (and some pretty decent vocals blended here and there too), conveying this hilariously human tale of a man climbing uphill.

2 people found this review helpful


Cleverly written saunter through Greek m

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

I enjoyed the self referential nature of the script that seems like should be present in Greek drama. Clever use of audience engagement to tell a universal tale. Actor was engaging.

2 people found this review helpful


Thoroughly Enjoyable

by Sarah Black on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Smart, humorous script with great songs!

2 people found this review helpful


Worth your time

by Mary Wilson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This one-man show features an intelligent, literary script, heartfelt love story, and original songs. It deserves a bigger audience than it had opening night!

3 people found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Christopher Allen

Creator/Performer

One half of theatrical duo Moon-Eyed Owl, Christopher Allen is a Minnesota transplant from Phoenix, Arizona. He has recently performed in Heathers: The Musical with Twin Cities Community Theatre and Zombie Apocalypse/Killer Robots From Mars with Court Ordered Theatre (Minnesota Fringe 2016). He even performed his own original musical, Reach/Recover, at Phoenix Theater this past July. The show has also been performed at Arizona State University and Emerging Artists Theatre in NYC. His second musical, Phantom of the Country Club, has also been performed with Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Megan Mattox

Marketing/Advisor

Megan is the other half of the theatrical duo Moon-Eyed Owl. She fell in love with theater in high school and now tries to fill her life with as much theater as possible. During the day, she works as the Marketing & Development Associate at Jungle Theater in Uptown. At night, you can occasionally find her on stage; she was most recently in Reach/Recover (also written by Christopher Allen). And, more often, you can find her attending as many shows as she can because supporting local theater is what all the cool kids do!

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In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus was a cunning and deceitful ruler who was punished for his misdeeds with the endless task of rolling a boulder up a steep hill in the underworld, only to have it roll back down and begin the task again. This was his fate for all eternity.


Ages later, a boyish-man named Christopher left the safe little college world of Arizona State and moved to California, igniting a chain reaction of awkwardness, angst and failure. It would be sad if it weren't so ridiculous. That's the stance Christopher takes when he recounts his biggest regret. It's a painfully funny and often heartbreaking story of the life and love he left behind to chase something bigger, complete with original songs and no shortage of hilarious anecdotes.


Again and again, he finds himself pushing the boulder up the hill, only to have it roll back and crush him. Is it punishment for his hubris? Does he ever get to the top of the hill? Take the journey with him and find out! 


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