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 Summoning

By Grumpy Bean
Created by Megan Slawson

Playing at Southern Theater

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Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

A stolen Ouija Board, a ritual ripped out of a grocery store tabloid, and three bickering childhood friends, what could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm
 

* 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

Needs some work

by Robert Cohen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This piece is an interesting concept, but needs more development in the script and its execution.

1 person found this review helpful


Solid First Outing

by Cetius d'Raven on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

disclaimer: I have a working or friend relationship with most involved in the production

I feel my rating is fair to what I saw but also a bit unjust in being three rather than four stars. I came in with high expectations, knowing as I do most of the production's cast and crew, and I think this was my downfall. While the story is a successful comedic twist on a classic horror trope, it wasn't nearly as nuanced as I had expected and the performers were subdued from what I've come to expect (notable exception in Ms. Fox). The energy I would have expected wasn't there and it left me hungry for more. Perhaps it being the last show and first thing on the second Saturday is somewhat to blame and would be understandable.


Wonderful Concept, Mediocre Script

by Adam Boutz on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A fun story that turns the 'kids summon a demon' narrative on its head. I thought for sure I was going to adore this. It really did have its moments of brilliance. Sadly, it suffered from missed cues, long silences, and a lazy plot that just ends abruptly. I loved the concept and cast, but it just needs a rewrite.


The Summoning

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

Amusing, original and entertaining. I enjoyed the performance and the writing.

2 people found this review helpful


Funny

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

This show was fun and unexpected! Lots of laughs, some actors had a stronger performance than others, but all did a good job. Great first show.

2 people found this review helpful


Just fell flat

by Ariel Lopez on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I wish I could give more specific feedback, but the show just wasn't funny. Except for the entertaining Angela Fox as Ms. Larvaz, the cast didn't really seem to believe in the play, the story wasn't very compelling, and the jokes didn't land. All in all, the Summoning just didn't work.


Will keep you snicker(doodle)ing 'til th

by Robbyn Weaver on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The Summoning is a dark comedy with a twist on a classic horror tale. When three litigious young demons summon a suburban human yogi by a 'commercial' ritual, we find that demons and humans alike share many of the same stresses, and I think we can all relate on some level.

The cast was great (the mother especially was phenomenal!), with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and I was engaged throughout the entire play. The plot was clever and interesting – lighthearted yet dark. It did end a bit abruptly, and I would love to see it developed a bit more – backstory and fleshing-out of characters (their motivations).

I think most people will find this play amusing and approachable, even from a non-horror perspective. Great job to all involved!!

4 people found this review helpful


Demons are people too

by Adam Engdale on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show has specific aims, and accomplishes those aims well. It is clever twist on a more traditional trope. Taking the idea of the summoning gone wrong, and turning it on it head this show successfully flips the genre tropes of horror and instead turns it into something far more familiar, though at the same time unexpected.

There are some moments where they go for the quick laugh rather than further developing the plot or character, but that seems to be the aim of this show, something that is straight forward, fun, funny, and more than anything something everyone can identify with.

A great first time show.

4 people found this review helpful


Struggle Bus

by Dani C on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The ideas where there and yet it was a struggle to execute well. Took a long time to set up plot points that should have taken minutes. The actress who played the mother was very funny.

1 person found this review helpful


Nice Attempt

by Edwin Strout on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Good effort from a first time producer and writer and director, so I don't want to discourage them from keeping at it. It's difficult, and we all get better the more that we do it. Actors need to pick up their cues, characters need to be more filled out, the stakes need to be higher, and a few other things. Again, a good first effort, but not overall entertaining. There were two actors who stood out.

3 people found this review helpful


Beware of kittens

by J-D Harrington on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This one was pretty light-hearted with a nice touch of darkness thrown in there. I thought all the actors did well portraying their characters, but the Mom was worth the price of admission alone. Plenty of well-earned laughs throughout for me. The only caveat really is the venue. It's a gorgeous space, but grab a program to fan yourself with in case it gets a little toasty.

3 people found this review helpful


Struggles with pacing

by Liz Capouch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

The concept of this show is interesting, but the execution didn't quite deliver for me. To me, it came down to pacing and line pickup, which seemed slow at times. Angela Fox is a standout as the mother, who brought needed energy to the performance.

4 people found this review helpful


Totally hilarious

by Matthew Kessen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

An inspired script, deft direction, and several completely amazing performances. Angela Fox is a particular standout. One of my favorites so far.

4 people found this review helpful


Fun and simple

by Amy Pleticha on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I theater itself is a great venue for this play. It adds to the atmosphere. Unforchantly, I heard that they can't have the air on while there is a performance due to the noise. It does get hot in there.

I sat second roll so hearing was not a problem. Overall the cast did a lovely job playing their streotipic roles (coffee drinking yoga going cellphone using human, know it all friend, award shy friend, party animal friend, and mom). The twist was nice to see to help develop a the world.

I would see it again, but I wish the venue had air in the theater.

2 people found this review helpful


Cold Brew

by Sean Wilcott on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The cast did their best job(the mother was great) to give life to this story, but they didn't have much to help them. The premise was fun, flipping the typical trope, but the script just wasn't there.

4 people found this review helpful


Interesting take on a old story

by Jim Louis on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

Many of the cast and crew are members of a nonprofit I manage.

I liked the interplay between the Mother, her son and his friends. There was a nice use of comedic symbolism in the play. If you need some laughs or are a lawyer it is one I would go to see.

4 people found this review helpful


Uncomplicated

by Christopher DeVaan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Sometimes Fringe is simple and straightforward.
So here is this show with an ominous title, & a twisted basis: what would it look like if demons tried to conjure humans?
It is a very funny jab at millennials, & homegrown fun, too as Mama demon speaks like Francis McDormand in "Fargo".
If the show ran it's full time, it might have gotten tedious, but it is compacted at around 43 minutes.
Shout out to Nicole Laurenne as "The Human".

4 people found this review helpful


Clever Concept

by Molly Glover on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

(Full disclosure: I am married to one of the actors and I am good friends with the majority of the cast and crew.)

The premise of The Summoning is inherently giggle-inducing. The execution is solid, and the cast delivers heartfelt performances.

The script had some very innovative ideas and humorous lines, several of which had me surprised-laughing out loud. The actors really bring the script to greater heights with non-spoken asides and funny characterizations. But I had trouble hearing/understanding some of the lines due to enunciation and acoustics, and I feel like jokes were lost because of that.

This show is only going to get better as the run continues, and if you like dark humor, you won't be disappointed.

5 people found this review helpful


Fun and crafty

by Matt Allex on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

(Full disclosure: I know people who are involved in this show.)

I appreciated the level of wit this show used, and enjoyed the premise. I think the actors really brought that extra something to their characters.

The show is not for kids, while not being explicitly adult. The level of meta awareness may not work for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

4 people found this review helpful


Did the best with what they had...

by James Zappa on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The actors did the best with what they were given, unfoetunately the script was a slow based, meandering confusion. There was a lot of world building needed to explain demons summoning a human, but what was written was vague at best. The humor was mostly fat shaming, which the script even acknowledged, and uninspired sex jokes. The show ended abruptly, and I thought there time had run out, which wasn't the case. The directing was mostly uninspired, and relied on the actors charisma to sell the premise.

Most of the cast managed to find something. One of the demons, who had the burden of the bad jokes, managed to sell his character with perfect timing. The human and mother brought a level of charm and lightness to the show.

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Megan Slawson

Producer/Writer/Stage Manager

Megan Slawson exists as a person and likes tacos. She is an avid fan of horror movies, comic books, and gin and is most content when somehow enjoying all three. She has previously worked on several Fearless Comedy Production shows, including co-writing both Build Your Own Inferno and Reunion at Mystery Lodge. This is her first attempt at Fringe and it terrifies her.


Eric Thompson

Director

Eric Thompson is a member of Fearless Comedy Productions. He hosts and produces Double-Blind Improv and Wise Fools Improv. He also produces Improvised Twilight Zone and News From Honeytown. In addition to these, he performs in Vilification Tennis, is a street performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, does voice work with Redshift, and is one of the hosts of the High Five Podcast. He currently writes for the Mystery Lodge series from Fearless Comedy Productions and wrote for the Vermin web series.


Angela Fox

Mrs. Larvaz

Angela Fox is an actor/singer/dancer with such theater companies as the Jungle Theater and Bloomington Civic Theater and is a core member of Fearless Comedy Productions. As a solo artist, she has performed as the lead singer of various twin cities bands. Angela is a published composer and has written music for local theater and film and educational music for voice and piano. For more information about Angela check out www.angelafoxmusic.com


Michael Bloom

Jinx Slaughterhus

Michael has been active in the Twin Cities theater scene since 2010. You may recognize him as the Sheriff of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, swinging steel in Human Combat Chess or as a new fresh face with Fearless Comedy. Michael enjoys scotch, a good beer and your company. Enjoy the show.


Nick Glover

Damien Larvaz

Nick Glover is co-host of the weekly atheist comedy podcast Geeks Without God. He also performs in the very NSFW comedy show Vilification Tennis at the Bryant Lake Bowl and the Minnesota Renaissance festival, where he is also part of the street performing duo Beefcake and Olive and the short-form stage show Wise Fools Improv. For Mn Fringe 2016 he also performed in the Schroedinger’s Dog
production Damned If You Do.


Nicole Laurenne

Mackenzie

Nicole Laurenne is delighted to be joining The Summoning as the dreaded human. ​Her recent performances include​ Chloe Coverly in The Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Gabriele van Kant in Shadow Horse Theater's production of The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant. ​​She’s ​also ​appeared onstage for ​Theatre in the Round, Dangerous Productions, Live Action Set, Lyric Arts,​ The ​​Soap Factory, ​and Six Elements Theatre.​ Nicole is a theatre graduate of the University of Minnesota.


Lauren Haven

Belladonna Goremayhem

Lauren Haven is a core company member of Fearless Comedy Productions and has performed in many shows with FCP, including Build Your Own Inferno, Murder on the Mississippi, Masquerade at Bernard's, and DoubleBlind Improv. She performed in The ImproVoice in the 2016 Fringe Festival. She graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.

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