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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Nowhere in Glass

By JSB Theatre
Created by Joseph Bricker

Playing at Crane Theater


Opera/New Music, Magic, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Warnings: Adult language.

A young woman finds herself with her memory wiped in a purgatorial abyss. As she unpacks the choices that led her here, she begins to ask the question of whether anything is truly absolute.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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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Interesting show

by Sarah Miller on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

There were some interesting concepts in the show, and the young woman actor was the best in the company. I enjoyed the bits of humor. My main advice is that the lead singer take some voice lessons. He has a fine instrument, but needs some training.

Retroactive delight

by Astrid Sartorious on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

While I prefer literal and un-intellectual entertainment for my normal distraction, this performance 8/6/17 at 7 pm) had me on the edge of my seat from warm up to the final bow. The music was edgy, yet accessible, sometimes lovely and lyrical, other times ranging from ethereal to foot tapping familiar--but always tastefully scored and expertly played and sung. Lyrics were easily understood and contributed to the plot development. While the lead player and the heroine are clearly the dominant parts in this performance, the cast was well rounded and contributed evenly to an overall ensemble affect.

This was a performance which I not only enjoyed watching, but thinking about afterwards. Ve

Well Performed Abstraction

by Cetius d'Raven on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

While it is likely that this live concept album is meant to be somewhat unclear until the end (which is still arguably open to interpretation), I feel the show may have benefited from just a smidgen more exposition, which could be easily added if remounted. The cast is very talented, both vocally and in physicality (the dogs!), and I particularly enjoyed Ms. Bongiardina's lyric-less number. The individual vignettes hold together on their own and, in sequence, craft enough progression to make the story feel (mostly) complete.


by James Gerlich on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Ok, so how to review this? I guess I'll start by saying there is no story here that makes any sense. So ..... how then 4 stars? Well, in the midst of the non-story, there are some wonderful moments ---- the acoustic, original music is compelling and catchy; the male singer/announcer is charismatic and has a good voice; the female lead had a nice stage presence, and a delightful voice; the musicians were very good together, the cellist having especially good timing; and ...... there was a well acted short bit when one of the musicians played the role of mother to the woman/girl on stage. I left wanting more music, less "story"; their song writing skills considerably exceed their play writing skills, in this performance, at least.

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solid solid cast

by Chloe Bell on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show had a strong story with important themes.
Abstract and enjoyably so.
Would highly recommend seeing this production.

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Almost Perfect

by Karley Anna on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The opening song threw me a bit, wasn't their strongest piece to bring me into the show, but the acting was magnificent and the movement to portray the story was impeccable! I especially enjoyed the part where three of the performers became a dog creature, wonderful! Some of the sound cue times seemed a bit off and I found the lighting distracting. Overall wonderful show, made me think, was both humerus and serious. Congrats!


by Kiaran Hartnett on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The music in this show was enthralling and carried us on a wild journey. I particularly enjoyed the lead woman's performance. All around beautiful show!

Nowhere in Glass

by Steve Gehrenbeck Miller on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Solid piece of work. Surprising content, seems every actor outdoes the next. Did not expect to love these young artists.

1 person found this review helpful

Abstract and Thought-provoking

by Annie Schiferl on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show explores the challenging concept of life after death and the exploration of multiple realities. This one will make you think. With some beautiful poetic text and compelling music, the story is told through the lens of a woman in a man's world (or underworld?). Eerie but altogether powerful, this one's well worth seeing!

1 person found this review helpful

Too much

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

The actors need to learn to be subtle. Also what is this story? I couldn't for the life of me figure out what this was trying to say. Seemed like an excuse to be dramatic and edgy. There were some interesting moments, but I got the impression these actors just wanted to shock me.

Great Music Sequences and Point-of-View

by Michael Wolfe on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Full of magical moments and meditative lines. The music is killer and the choreography is sharp. It's a strong piece that works to create an experience (and from a women's point-of-view, as a bonus.)

1 person found this review helpful


by Benjamin Lohrberg on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Smart, thought-provoking, suspenseful, and just the right level of disturbing. Joseph Bricker creates an abstract universe that feels all too familiar. Intelligent writing, and engaging cast. I might try and see this one again!

1 person found this review helpful

Nowhere in glass

by Annette Crator on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Something to make you think , great music!

1 person found this review helpful

I thought

by kim buskala on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

They did of fine job of interpreting what goes on while falling down the rabbit hole. And arriving somewhere.

Cast and crew

Alessandra Bongiardina

The Heroine

Joseph Bricker

Lead Player (Vocals)

Luke Myers

Player 2 (Percussion)

Calvin Adams

Player 3 (Guitar)

Jordan Zurn

Player 4 (Guitar)

Max Mainwood

Player 5 (Cello)

Isabel Patt

Sound Design/Stage Manager

Imani Vaughn-Jones

Costume Designer

Courtney Reistad

Director of Filming

Maureen Gleason


More information

A young woman finds herself suddenly in a purgatorial abyss. With no memory of how she got there, she must rely on the elusive guidance of an all-male band of musicians. As she falls further down the rabbit hole, she begins to piece together her memories and discovers that everything is not as it seems. At once a meditation on death and an exploration of the male-gaze, Nowhere In Glass layers multiple realities on the stage to ask the question whether anything is truly absolute.

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