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 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.

Reservations

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.

Rules

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 Legend of the Storm and I

By R. R. Ronson
Written by R. R.(Bob) Ronson

Playing at HUGE Theater

A raging monster of a storm bringing chaos, death and destruction to the midwest, with no warning the weather service never saw it coming,how did they miss it? A baby boy waiting to be born, life goes on.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

History, humor, humanity

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Who knew that there were so many tangents to the story of the great Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940? Well, Bob did, and I’m very happy that he took the time to craft this fascinating story for us. Freak weather patterns, strange coincidences, accidents of timing, immediate and long-term impacts in cities and rural areas, individual heroism, apples, ducks, trains, ships, his family - he packed a lot into his charming presentation. You’ll be informed, entertained and inspired.


the man, the myth, the LEGEND!

by Jeremy Motz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

a storm i knew nothing about, from a storyteller i knew nothing about, but by the end, was so glad to have learned of them both. the hidden heart and depth buried in this tale and why it is relevant to hear it today snuck on me and hit me hard, enough for me to recommend this show to everyone i can. it's simple, it's soothing, it's heartfelt. hear it for yourself!


Interesting!

by Chris M. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I saw two comedies before this one and I'm glad I stuck around for it. Nice work.


This is What Fringe is All About!

by Jennifer Syverson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I love Fringe because it's a grab bag of talents and stories and I love being surprised by something I normally would not see. Bob, is one of those plays. Yes, the story could be a bit tighter, but this is the Fringe and Bob, the storyteller is so full of heart and passion in telling his stories about the storm that it is hard not to get drawn in and be glad that the Fringe is here to give him a venue. Galloping girdy, apples in Iowa, and other things were all new to me. I'm also more grateful for the National Weather Service. And, I'm waiting to see when the GoFundMe for an orchard in Iowa pops up. Don't know about the apples? See the show.


Personal

by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A great personal relation of an important event hat many have now forgotten about.


Bob The Legend

by Emilia Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I am not normally a big fan of one-person-storyteller shows, but it's Fringe so I ended up at this one.

Bob is incredibly talented, and his storytelling feels like the current iteration of a very old tradition of passing down stories and wisdom at once. I was mesmerized, moved, delighted, and soothed. For those listening carefully, the story is about so much more than just the storm--Bob gently shared truths in a way that felt like such a gift. I really hope he gets packed houses! We are lucky to be able to listen to his story!

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Cool trivia & unrealized potential

by Corrie Fiedler on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

We attended the first show and we hope the audience grows. Bob and his story deserve a broader audience. And Fringe needs more shows like this! I had a very vague memory of hearing about the Armistice Day storm of 1940. But Bob talked us through the meteorological reasons for the storm and some crazy interesting related facts. [Who knew that Delicious Apples ere cultivated in Iowa, and that the Iowa apple industry was lost in that 1940 storm]. In fact, I spent some time in Wikipedia afterwards learning more about the storm and its wide impact. Bob is a good storyteller. I wish there were some photos to guide my attention. Also a bit more about the storm and maybe a few fewer personal anecdotes would have tightened the experience.

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Cast and crew

Bob Ronson

Story Teller

Bob is a lifelong Minnesotan. He spent much of his early life just trying to decide what he wanted to be when (or if) he grew up. But it wasn't until Bob started taking acting classes in the 90's that lightening struck, right from the first class Bob knew he wanted to be a performer. He started with stage plays, most notable, a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" in which he played the "Fool" as though he had been born for the part. Since then, Bob has done shows in MN. Fringe Festival, solo performances, skits, and many, many monologues at many different venues. Bob first started performing at Patrick's Cabaret in September 2000. He's been a regular ever since.Recently Bob seems to have (finally) found his niche telling stories about his early (sometimes very early) life, in a style uniquely his own.

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A true story of one of the deadliest storms in Americas history, and according to family legend I came riding into this life on the backside of that storm howling like a banshee and raising a ruckus ever since! Now,that part may or may not be true,  but everything about the storm is historical fact. It was a storm like no other. It cut a thousand mile swath of death and destruction from Kansas to Michigan. Over a150 people died as a result of that storm! 49 right here in MN. Sixty-Six on Lake michigan. Live Stock and Property damages were enormous. But, the true terror of that storm, wasn’t just the severity, but the awful fact, there was no Warning!  How did the weather service miss a storm of such magnitude?


One heck of a story!  


 

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