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 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.


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.


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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The Biscuiteater

By Jim Loucks
Written by Jim Loucks

Playing at Intermedia Arts


Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company

This rollicking solo performance draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a policeman, loosely based on his Granddaddy, haunted by his shooting of a black man in the line of duty.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm


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.

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Cast and crew

Jim Loucks

Solo Performer and Playwright

Solo performer and playwright Jim Loucks began his career in summer stock at the Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina. After earning his MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia, Jim moved to Los Angeles where has appeared in several plays and independent films. He has performed his first solo show "Cemetery Golf" at Beyond Baroque and the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA; United Solo Theatre Festival, The Drilling Company and 78th Street Playhouse in New York City; the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY; Solofest at the Filling Station in Albuquerque, NM and Fronterafest in Austin, TX. He has also taken the show to the Fringes in Boulder, Oahu, Hollywood, San Francisco, Orlando, San Diego, and Cincinnati (where he received a CityBeat "Critic's Pick"). "The Biscuiteater" is his second solo show, and he has performed it at Fronterafest (Austin, TX), the Solo Performance Festival at theatre off jackson (Seattle, WA), SoloFest at the Whitefire Theatre (Sherman Oaks, CA), the Electric Lodge (Venice, CA), United Solo Theatre Festival (NYC), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) and the Oahu, Cincy, San Diego, Chicago and Tucson Fringes. He recently won "Best Solo Performance" at the Tucson Fringe 2017.

Lisa Chess


Director Lisa Chess is an actor, acting instructor and director. As an actor, she co-starred in the award-winning independent films Frankie and Johnnie Are Married, Ladies in Waiting and The Hollow. She guest-starred on several television series, including Picket Fences, The Practice, Family Law, The Division, Diagnosis Murder and Chicago Hope. Theater credits include The Catskill Sonata, directed by Paul Mazursky, Legacy, Bridge Over Land and Pineapple (Lincoln Center Theater Lab). She taught acting at UCLA Extension, the School of Visual Arts in New York and NYU in the School of Professional Studies. As a director, she directed and developed Mina Samuels' solo Do You Know Me? at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, as well as Hazards, which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival and won the award for Best Avant-Garde Play at United Solo Theatre Festival (NYC).

Deb Loucks


Producer Deb Loucks earned her MFA in Production Management at UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television and her BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in Production at the Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, PRT and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, among many others. She was the Company Manager for the Atlantic Crossing Theatre Project and the Managing Director of Venice Visionary Performing Arts. She is also a painter and co-owner of Small World Books in Venice, CA, where she is also the curator of their gallery for the Venice Art Crawl.

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Jim Loucks' rollicking solo performance draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a small-town policeman, loosely based on his Granddaddy, haunted by his shooting of a black man in the line of duty. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. Winner- "Best Solo Performance"- Tucson Fringe 2017.

Written and Performed by Jim Loucks

Directed and Developed by Lisa Chess

Produced by Deb Loucks


“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat

“Loucks displays great breadth in his acting, as he skillfully slips under the skins of six different characters, imbuing each one with their own intonations, postures and characteristics.” Charleston Post and Courier

“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre

"A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity." Arts in LA    


For more info, go to www.jimloucks.com

Follow Jim on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cemeterygolfjimloucks/

Twitter: @_Biscuiteater


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