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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A Resister's Handbook (for holding onto optimism in shitty times)

By minnerican productions
Written by Javier Morillo

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

As an union leader, Javier Morillo has always held that organizing is a vocation of optimists. Facing attacks against immigrants and workers, he asks how do we hold onto optimism in today's really crappy world?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
Audio described

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 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.

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Cast and crew

Javier Morillo

Writer/Performer

Javier Morillo is a labor union leader and activist, writer, storyteller, podcaster and political commentator. As president of SEIU Local 26, he leads bargaining and is the public face of a union of janitors, security officers, and other service workers that has grown dramatically in the past ten years. He is a well-known political strategist in the state, where he has earned a reputation as a dogged fighter who loves to argue and hates to lose. He created and co-hosts "Wrong About Everything," a weekly podcast that brings together two conservatives and two progressives to dissect the week's news. He appears regularly on local television and radio programs as a polítical commentator, usually sparring with conservative guests. A few years ago, he ventured into the Twin Cities storytelling scene and quickly left his mark. He is one of the regular hosts of The Moth Story Slam and performed in one of their main stage storytelling shows. He has also been featured on the "Risk!" podcast. This is Javier's fourth year in the fringe and his second solo show. His 2016 show, "Broken English, Mother Tongue" received praise from audiences and critics alike and was awarded an encore performance. You can find him on twitter @javimorillo


Levi Weinhagen

Director

Levi Weinhagen is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster and educator. He co-founded the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase and has created multiple original shows that were in the top 10 of ticket sales at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2012 Levi was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages. He created and hosted the award winning Pratfalls of Parenting podcast. He was the first ever Artist in Residence for the Walker Art Center’s Education and Family programs department in 2014-2015. Levi presents comedy workshops and interactive experiences with his Knight Arts grant award winning project the Mobile Comedy Suitcase. He’s also a teaching artist on the COMPAS roster. In late fall of 2016 Levi launched a new podcast called ‘Not About You’ that is a serious yet entertaining look at social justice issues in America. He’s also a communications and media specialist at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Twitter = @ThatLevi

More information

Organizing is a vocation of optimists.  If you can't paint a picture of a brighter future, one you believe in, why would anyone follow your lead? But what to do when the reality around you becomes too much? In A Resister's Handbook, Javier Morillo chartsthe path he followed from being a restless academic who moved to Minnesota to teach at Carleton College to becoming the leader of a union of janitors and other service workers. Along the way, he finds new ways to answer the challenge: can we hold onto optimism in a really shitty world?


Javier Morillo is a labor union leader and activist, writer, storyteller, podcaster and political commentator. He is one of the regular hosts of The Moth Story Slam and has been featured in one of their mainstage storytellig shows and two grand slam competitions. This is his fourth yera in the fringe and his second solo show. Javier's 2016 show, Broken English, Mother Tongue, received praise from audiences and critics alike and was awarded an encore performance. 

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