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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MANIFESTO: An American Play

By MAD Theatre Co.
Created by Tim Beeckman Davis

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre


Religious content, Political content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer


Warnings: Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content, Trigger warning: sexual assault.

A bare stage. Actors alone explore stories of violent youth who have been branded monsters among us. Why did they do it? How could they do it? How can we stop it? Perhaps if we can see them, we can save them.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 4:00pm

* 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 Mary Johnston on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This play was very hard to watch, but I think it is very important. I did get worried about representation of mental illness, especially with the phrase "the light is gone from your eyes" which is often use in the anti-vaccination community to describe a child with autism. I feel the play needs more work, and deserves a life beyond Fringe. Love and care can change the world and the humanization of the "monstrous" of our world is very important.

Humanity For The Dehumanized

by Adam Boutz on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

The basic narrative structure was just a touch confusing at first, but I was able to pick it up eventually. I was stunned to see a play about mass shootings handle the matter with taste and impact. The causes were not laid at the feet of the usual scapegoats of gun control, pharma, or the availability of mental health treatment, but on each and every one of us. Where it belongs.

Theatre should be....

by Kasey Manche on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Theatre should be with a purpose. Theatre should be uncomfortable. Theatre should be this! The script was complex, the acting was truthful, and the message was powerful. Tim Davis should be proud of stepping out to create a show that dealt with such difficult subject matter. This is what Fringe should be.... I hope that this show takes off in other venues because it has a message that all need to hear.

Not sure what to make of this

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I'm not really sure what to make of this piece. The choreography was really good; the simple clothing and zero set was well done. I don't know how well researched the stories were, maybe perfectly. I think the intent was to give some humanity to the killers; I'm not sure I had that experience though going in I had anticipated that I would. I would maybe have liked more of a director's note with the background information. Still not sure how I felt about the play; though I guess that's ok.

Beautiful Craft

by Karen Dennis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was very moved by the performers of this show. The show deals with very difficult subject matter, but it does so with grace and craft. The final moments of the show are especially moving because of how hopeful they are in the face of such suffering. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to be challenged by a piece of theater.

Real life real theater.

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

While most of us typically go to the theater to escape reality, there are moments when I (and all of us) need a reality check. We need shows that present real life issues in a way that feels personal. We need shows that leave us asking important questions several days later. "Manifesto" fits this description to a "T." Bravo to a strong cast whose presence makes the audience forget that there isn't a set or any props. Congratulations to Tim Beeckman Davis for not only writing this piece but for also directing AND performing.
Go see this show!


by Connie Petersen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Definitely in my top 10 this year! Everything about this production is incredible. Heck, this could even end up my #1!

I See You.

by Laura Dahlin on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Such an undertaking to present these three tragic stories in one hour's time, with so much depth, while still managing to weave in a message of hope! I SEE YOU. Some of the conclusions made are the ones I have pondered as I have watched the news. What happened in their past to bring them to this place? Beautiful and painful. Hopeful if we open our eyes. Stunning cast of 4 extremely talented actors who I hope to see more of in the future!

Different and special

by Cami Mayfield on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a tough topic to pick for your first production, but so incredibly necessary. Props to all four actors for approaching this topic with immense vulnerability. As an audience member, there are scenes that are very hard to watch, but these are the moments that need to be seen and need to be discussed. There are a few pieces of the puzzle that could be ironed out, but overall Manifesto was a very real and engaging performance. Hopefully this show will continue to inspire conversation on a topic that affects so many in society.

See someone, save some

by Olivia Smith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

While the show at sometimes can be difficult to watch, Manifesto bravely tackled a controversial topic. The actors passion and heart drive intensified the emotion of the script. Not the happiest of shows, but a necessary one.

A passionate endeavor

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

This show exemplifies what Fringe is really about - risky, at-times problematic new work spirited on by the work of passionate performers. While I did want the text to show me more instead of tell me, there were some truly heart-stopping moments. The use of song was powerful, and getting to hear Callie Schroer's voice is always an immense pleasure. However, I left hungry for more of these moment, and wondered what impact this story could have had had it pursued more similarly expressionistic moments.

Overall, a strong show from a new TC theater company.

Theater that makes you think.

by Jacklyn Grigg on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A difficult show to watch, but not because of the performances. The script challenges the audience to consider a different side of a story with which we are all becoming increasingly familiar. The simple, sharp staging (which I loved) and absence of props and set kept the audience's focus on the text and plot. Though each actor stepped into multiple characters, it was always clear what was happening from beginning to end. All four performers tackled the challenging material admirably (special shout out to Riley McNutt for his portrayal of Adrian and Jake). Not everyone loved the show, but upon leaving the theater, many audience members were talking about the subject matter, which is the whole point. Thanks for starting the conversation.

Extra star for podium efffectiveness

by Corrie Fiedler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

10 pm on Sunday night. We really debated walking to Mixed Blood to see Manifesto (especially as we passed the 'no crap on tap' bar.

We are so glad we did. This is a tough play with very young (but outstanding) actors.

Could the script be a bit tighter? Yes. Could the character transition be a bit more coherent? Yes.

Under normal conditions, I would give them 4 stars. But the theater company used their podium to passionately attempt to change society through their audience. Worthy of an extra star. And more? This is a Fringe event that DESERVES a larger audience (e.g., it belongs at Fringe).


by Doc Woods on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show had me hooked from the beginning and kept my attention to the very end. Each actor brought something very real to each character and it definitely showed on stage! The chemistry between everyone was phenomenal!! The lighting cues were complex and the actors flowed through them like water! Very well written piece of work! I recommend seeing this play, it is DEFINITELY worth it!!

Well-written and excellently performed

by Laura McLellan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Heavy, real, thought-provoking... I was brought into the lives of the characters; my heart ached and I cried out for justice with them. I am moved. I am changed. I am called to action. Don't miss this brilliantly written and skillfully executed work.

Recognizable Villians

by Becca Hart on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show (tough to watch, btw) lays out the factors that are in play when an individual goes from victim to violent. "Manifesto" submerges the audience in the realities of three people who turn to lethal violence, much like the TV show "Making of a Murderer" does. The script and actors get behind the gun-wielding individuals and opens up their histories. The audience can only watch as little by little, everyday interactions stack up towards the final straws. What stings to see is how familiar each scenario is - these people (both those in front of and behind the trigger) are terribly recognizable. Such tragedy could only be based on real events.

A brave attempt

by Ellie Browne on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

While I commend the exploration of such serious topics, I felt that the execution was cliche and lacked true beauty. The acting was okay. I felt like I was watching my son's high school drama club.

Stong Script, Strong Actors

by Abbey Casino on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I didn't know much about this show going in, but man am I glad I sae it. The script was beautifully written, eapecially the monologues, and the actors did an amazing job at jumping from scene to scene. There were a lot of emotions to be played and a lot of tricky topics to touch on, and both were done mastorfully.

Bear Witness

by Joe Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This show is an important and difficult examination of the ways in which the crueler, callous aspects of society alienate our most vulnerable.

The actors are doing some stunning work, with painful vulnerability coming through in closely controlled timbre of voice.

Vignette driven with a few overarching narratives, I still feel like this show struggled with some inchoate choices. The scene/sob transitions are shrill, and not necessary to sell the gravity of the subject material. At times they're reveling in the darkness, but at least they're not moralizing.

Trigger Warning: Rape, Violence

We must bear witness, and hold kindness in our hearts - but this play draws a line a hair too close to romanticizing disaffected violence.

Red Bandanas of Courage

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

Kudos to MAD for tackling a very complicated, difficult subject in such an engaging way. As other reviewers have said, the acting talent is incredibly high, and each actor creates a dynamic, engaging character (or characterS) with ease. Special shout-out to Calli Kunz, who is riveting (and heart-breaking) as Lillian. Some unnecessary technical elements and other script devices muddy the waters a bit, preventing some important moments from truly hitting home. Overall, a good first production for this new company, and one that's likely to stick with me for a long time.

Intense and inspiring

by Reuben Scott on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play was fantasticly written and acted. All 4 actors fit their roles perfectly, and the plot was intriguing and captivating. The topics covered will impact everyone, either directly or indirectly. So at times it is heart wrenching to watch, but it is also equally inspiring. I have seen many plays in the past year and non have gripped me so deeply and personally as this one. Even though I left the theater feeling sobered and heavy-hearted, I also left with a deep sense of purpose and motivation. Would highly recommend!

Thought-Provoking & Well Executed

by Brendan Philip on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This is a thoughtful and intense piece that is extremely well acted and very compelling. Suffers a little from too many ideas: both the script and the devices used in the staging offer some absolutely stunning moments as well as some that are potentially unnecessary. But it is absolutely well worth checking out - the caliber of acting from all 4 performers is worth the admission alone. (If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would.)


by Joshua Thompson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What an amazing show, for my first time ever going to play, this show was truly an eye opener for me for theater arts. it was very emotional, and touching. The Actors and Crew did an Amazing job! 10/10 for sure, it is definitely worth seeing.


by Zachary McLellan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A truly brilliant, emotional, and moving play. If I were to rate it on IMDB (International Movie Data Base), I would give it a 10/10. To give perspective, I've rated approximately 300 movies on that website; about 8 of which I've rated 10/10. It births a deep and inspiring emotion, which remains indescribable but strong inside the heart. Manifesto is a story which I will not soon forget, nor lose emotion, respect, or sheer amazement for.

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Emotional, Heart-wrenching and Pivotal!

by Paul McLellan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Aside from having a plot and over-arching story that is near and dear to my heart, this portrayal of interwoven stories was supremely performed by four skilled artisans. The emotional depth was evident from the very beginning. I went with my wife, 14 year old daughter and 16 year old son and we all agreed that it was delivered eloquently and left an indelible mark.


by Jeanine Holguin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The actors superbly and bravely deliver in this performance. The audience is engaged in a heart-pounding experience that inspires conversation on a tough, but necessary current social topic...the kind that will, hopefully, affect real change.

Very moving

by Melissa Boyd on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show helps everyone to see their action or otherwise inaction having to do with those in our lives. It is graphic and to the point of how we can miss the hurting and down trodden. See someone save someone.

Cast and crew

Callie Schroer


Callie is honored to be a part of MAD Theatre's inaugural production of MANIFESTO. A 2015 graduate of North Dakota State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she has worked with History Theatre (Orphan Train) and Lyric Arts (Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek). She also recently performed regionally in a summer production of Godspell. She would like to thank you for supporting local, homegrown theatre that strives to tell stories that can impact and change our world, one individual at a time.

Riley McNutt


Riley is ecstatic to be a part of MANIFESTO. He was last seen as Robin Hood in Trademark Theater’s debut production of The Boy and Robin Hood. He has worked with Theater Latté Da (Six Degrees of Separation, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Ragtime); Artistry (Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom); Minnesota Orchestra (Carousel); Skylark Opera (Candide, Wonderful Town, The Vagabond King); and Minnesota Opera. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Riley is happy to have made a home among the artists of Minnesota!

Calli Kunz


Calli is excited to be apart of MAD Theatre's inaugural production in the Fringe Festival. After completing a BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen at Azusa Pacific University in 2015, she moved back to the Twin Cities. She has worked with Nimbus Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Shining Light, Maggie's Farm Theatre, and Uprising Theatre. She has also appeared in a web series, short comedy, and a local industrial. She would like to thank her friends and family for their unending love and support.

Tim Beeckman Davis


Tim is ecstatic to make his Fringe Festival debut with the amazing cast and crew of MANIFESTO! Since moving to the Twin Cities from Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, he has worked with Trademark Theater (The Boy and Robin Hood), Yellow Tree (James and the Giant Peach), Lyric Arts (Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, Urinetown), Artistry (The Baker's Wife), and Seasons Dinner Theater (Three More Wishes for Christmas). He can be seen in Theatre Elision's upcoming production of Ghost Quartet this fall. He holds a BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University. He would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support and God for His provision and guidance. Love > Hate.

Ali Johnson

Stage Manager

Jordan Adelman


Jordan is thrilled to be collaborating on this exciting new project! Originally from the California Bay Area, he completed a BA in Theater Arts at Azusa Pacific University before moving to Minneapolis. He has worked with Yellow Tree Theatre, Maggie’s Farm Theatre, and the Minneapolis Jewish Day School. Thanks to his friends, family, and Creator for their enduring love and support.

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In MANIFESTO, we dive into the past of three school shooters, revisiting defining moments of their lives that help us understand how and why they could have committed such horrific acts of violence. What would it look like to see these violent criminals as people first? And in doing so, what will we learn about how and why such violent acts of evil are allowed to persist?

In an exploration to discover the truest depth of human compassion and the ability to forgive, we challenge the audience to confront what it means to be human. In the end, we seek to understand the ways in which we all shape and inform one another's lives as collective communities.

How has our society learned to treat the indivdual? And when will it learn to do better?


An original work nearly 4 years in the making, MANIFESTO is the result of MAD Theatre Co.'s tenacious willingness to ask the most challenging questions and confront some of the darkest realities in our culture's history.

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