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.

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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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Persephone

By Torre Edahl Dance
Created by Torre Edahl and Mariah Larkin with the cast

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

An original devised piece that blurs the line between theater and dance through an integrated exploration of life with a mental illness.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

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

Not My Jam

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

Dance isn't a medium I completely understand or truly know anything about, so perhaps I'm wrong. While the frantic energy of the mental illness character was understood, I couldn't tell if the choreography appeared intentionally sloppy or if it was simply poorly performed--I'd like to believe the former. I'm also not sure having the shrink character dance during therapy time was a choice I can get behind. It does not help I've recently seen another show in a similar vein that I found much stronger, I couldn't help but compare the two in my mind.

For those not familiar with how mental illness, particularly depression or social anxiety, can affect one's life, it's worth checking out.


Thank You

by J. Bach on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Thank you to all the artists involved in creating this beautiful work. This will stick with me.


An intense visceral experience

by Crissy Tolson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Utterly raw and honest. The acting was incredible. So much so that I felt like I was an outsider looking in on real life situations. The quality and care put into this production was overflowing, down to the flowers that were given to audience members at the end. My only small criticism was that the one instance of nudity,while visually stunning, felt tacted on rather than a driving vehicle of thematic content. Personal aesthetic bias speaking here. Otherwise an outstanding, high quality production!


Stunning

by Stacy Herron on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The dancing was incredible and gorgeous. Tough to hear at beginning with voice overs. But unbelievably good. Want to see more of these actors and dancers!


Mental Illness In Motion

by Adam Boutz on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A spoken word and movement piece that took me by surprise. Vignettes about mental illness where the actors danced an interpenetration of the words they were speaking. It was an neat fusion of skill sets to observe. The journey was both painful and beautiful to watch.


Amazing

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

One of my favorite pieces in this year's Fringe. Well written, amazing dance, great staging. I loved this!


Impressive Dance Piece

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Depression isn't something that it's easy to represent but these dancers do a nice job of expressing one person's depression journey. Technically excellent dancing and a great concept.


Well directed & well performed

by Alys Ayumi Ogura on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Beautiful dancing and great tensions and some sweet moments through out the show. Sometimes dancer tries to act/speak during the show and fails... Sometimes actors try to dance and not so successful... BUT, this show is a success case of performers who can dance and act while moving. Life goes on even when people face mental illness and each path people go through fafe different challenges. I am really glad that I saw it.


Deals with stigmas by creating new ones

by Nathan Bryant on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The program note for this show said that it was trying to undo both the stigma and the common aesthetic representations associated with mental illness. I don't think it did either. As someone with both anxiety and depression, this show seemed to say to me "well, yes, depression isn't really like the color black, but it IS like modern dance!" The tired trope of a split consciousness between "the demon" and "the real you," although complicated a little by the end, suggests a binary that frankly is dramatic and.. stigmatizing! Maybe.. just maybe, mental illness can't/shouldn't be "represented," and maybe the only real way to talk about it is to talk about the difficulty of representing it. This show made it seem so simple and legible.


Beautiful / Tragic

by Elizabeth Douglas on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A Beautifully told version of mental illness from many points of view. Some parts may not be understood by someone not aware of the experience, but the movement and expression tell the story.
The dance was astounding, each moment so carefully choreographed to be meaningful.
Thank you for bringing this unseen topic to view


Authentic and moving - a must see

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

I can't recommend this show enough. Thanks to these artists for taking on the subject of mental illness and bringing what is often invisible into the light. The performance of the movement and acting fell away for me in the best possible way, showcasing an authentic story with big heart. A true portrayal of how life can be full of darkness, light, pain, and beauty all at once.

1 person found this review helpful


couldn't hear

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

I liked the dancing and the emotions but I could not hear the dialogue when the characters were on the floor or kind of whispering to each other.


Depression

by Walter Furtney on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Really 4 1/2 . Powerful with very expressive dancing but hard to watch. She had great support but couldn't break through the fog even though it was obvious her friends cared for her. In the lobby after the show the performers were smiling the fog had lifted.

1 person found this review helpful


Powerful portrayal of powerlessness

by Catherine Mamer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Persephone, Goddess of the underworld, appropriately takes us there sharing the horrors of being overwhelmed by demons. A powerful, beautifully choreographed theater experience, tells a story in dance. We can give ourselves over to the dancers and understand the feelings that are being portrayed even if we miss some of the words. We can all relate to the powerlessness expressed by all of the characters whether we are 8 or 80. I learned so much from this play. I expected to be overwhelmed by sadness but I left with a flower and hope. Cheers for this remarkable cast and their directors.

1 person found this review helpful


Wow

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

This is one of the best pieces of theater I have ever seen. I don't even know what else to say. Absolutely spectacular.


Expressive and authentic

by Eric Siegel on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I'll start by saying that the script of this show feels bare bones but it's effective because of and not in spite of that fact. The story feels straightforward and enough information is provided to the audience to understand what's happening.

But the real meat of this show is the various dance and movement pieces which are so utterly engrossing and evocative they sweep away the need for heavy dialogue and plot. It's an incredibly powerful and effective emotional experience which is communicated mostly through the ensemble's movements. Great performances by all those involved and strongly recommend this show for it's articulation of anxiety and depression through motion and body language.

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful

by Ben Mendis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

It's hard to find the words. It's very raw, very honest. The movement in the piece is incredibly expressive. It feels like the performers are sharing a very intimate, personal side of themselves with the audience. Given the topic, that takes some tremendous courage, yet they execute it flawlessly without hesitation.

2 people found this review helpful


Considering a repeat showing

by Emma Dozier on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

- As a dancer and a dance fan and a craver of important subjects, this ticked all my boxes but in an unexpected way.
- The dance blended away for me (in the best way possible).
- I saw myself in the "friend" archetype/character.
- I want to be directed by this director! I've never seen such natural movement/text-driven artists. It's like the artists and the director pulled out the most core and authentic part of each performer.

1 person found this review helpful


Exquisite Masterpiece

by Stephanie Vadala on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show is beyond words, but the first that comes to mind is delicate. The show perfectly captures the delicate nature of mental illness and all that it embodies. The dancing and acting are woven so beautifully together. The dialogue between the artists is powerful and meaningful. One of my favorite aspects is the way in which dance makes appearances but does not take over; It subtly accents the conversations being held. It is to go without saying that by the end of the piece, I was a blubbering mess in the best way possible. So often, the artists are saying thank you to the audience, but I'd like to say thank you for creating such beauty. Please keep creating. <3 To all Fringe goers - GO SEE THIS SHOW!

1 person found this review helpful


Feelings into visual arts

by Stephanie Alexander on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

If you have ever experienced any form of mental illness or have loved someone who has, this will either help you to understand your loved one more or say.. omg, yes that is exactly the visual representation of what I have felt / am feeling. Beautiful, thoughtful, poignant, present, needed. Thanks!

1 person found this review helpful


Poignant and Exquisitely Crafted

by Daisuke Kawachi on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

It's utterly apparent how much care and work has been put into this beautiful piece. Every aspect has been thought through thoroughly, and it is presented with an extraordinary emotional investment. Though Persephone deals with some difficult subjects, you feel the creators taking care of you throughout the whole piece. Don't miss it.


Accessible experimental and intense

by Melody Lynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As someone new to dance performances, I found the performance to be very accessible and understandable. I loved the use of mixed media throughout the show. I was impressed with the range of talent the performers had. The show seems to be very hard for people who are going through depression. (A few people were escorted out of the theatre in tears). Tread carefully and have a buddy with you to reflect with after the show.


Fantastic

by Jourdan Togstad on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I laughed and cried and had amazing conversations with friends after this show. It stirred up different things for each of us. I found Persephone to be relatable and moving. Thank you for tackling tough subject matter in such a beautiful way.


Truely "something different"

by Sofia Lindgren Galloway on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Most fringe shows in this category are a little left of center and incorporate more than one performance style with varying success. Persephone, however, puts dance, theatre, poetry, and film into a blender and sets it on high- then pours the mixture very, very, very slowly and meticulously over the always tricky subject of mental health. They don't just give you flashes, either... they make the audience marinate in the themes which might be too much for some people. It WILL hit too close to home for some, but with the right self-care tactics, it can be a very moving experience. If you don't like avant-garde/experimental/non-linear performance, you may find yourself checking your watch. If you DO like those things, GO SEE THIS SHOW.

1 person found this review helpful


Emotionally evocative.

by Alicia Jackson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

When is the last time you sat with your emotions and examined how they came to be? Have you taken a look at the mechanisms that frame the way in which you see the world and how you interact with it? After seeing this show, you will be moved to do so. Persephone hits home on so many levels that it feels parts of the play are memories from the past or sounds in your head never spoken aloud. Please see this work and take in everything it has to give and all that it can inspire you to do. An amazing experience awaits.

2 people found this review helpful


Powerful. Beautiful.

by Anna Dielschneider on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Wow! This show is so good. It's hard to find words. The dancing. The acting. Everything is just right. This is A MUST see show! You just have to experience it. So powerful!


Intelligent and thoughtful production

by Matthew Keefe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a tough subject to create a show around -- it was thoughtfully and compassionately produced. The dancing was excellently weaved in with the dialogue, the humor was well placed in the show and much appreciated as there were some tough scenes to sit through. The music was compelling and the more abstract scenes really supported the flow of the show. I came away with a better understanding of how mental illness might feel on the inside. Very well done.


Deeply moving and beautiful

by John Lukach on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My best friend struggles with serious mental illness and this production hit home in so many ways for me. The visuals were beautiful and I was engaged for the entire performance. Definitely a must see.

2 people found this review helpful


Evocative, embodied and real.

by Hillary Olson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

This was hands down one of the most moving dance pieces I have ever seen. I am still processing how powerful it was hours later. The words and movement worked together so seamlessly because the ensemble embodied every complexity of emotion. This show is so important, so honest. so beautiful - I cannot recommend it enough.

1 person found this review helpful


Raw

by Emily Weiss on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

As someone with a mental illness...this was sometimes difficult to watch, if only because I recognize myself in some of the moments. Incredible, moving and raw; but still, worth checking in with yourself before you see it.

2 people found this review helpful


Unique Blend

by Allan Lundquist on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Unique blend of spoken word, theatre, and dance. The presentations were emotional, and designed to draw you in. I think that there were some bold choices here, and visually interesting.


Real. Raw. Rare.

by Suzi Love on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

How do I begin? Whooo, I should not have worn my stage makeup to this one. I have never before been so impacted by a production. I was a royal mess after this beautiful whirlwind of the jarring combination of anxiety and depression expressed through dance, song, and poetry.

The performances were honest, relatable, and entirely human. As someone who is learni g to live with mental illness, it was hard not to see myself in Persephone. I would only suggest more warning for the viewers who would call this close to home. I left the theater shaking, but I thank you deeply for making this work, and for your final gesture of compassion. It was well worth the digging.

3 people found this review helpful


Weaves a great blend of theater & dance

by Evan Stewart on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Persephone tackles tough issues with honesty and compassion. The concept-blended dance and narrative-feels like high end art for art's sake, but what I appreciate most is how evocative movement and true to life dialogue (and humor!) ground the show and keep the audience engaged. There is nothing pretentious about the production. Go see it if you're looking for something fresh!


So good, it hurt.

by Beckett Love on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I'm struggling to find words for this one. It was just so...good. Damn. Wow. I just...can't. Wow. It was so real. The dancing was so beautiful, so vulnerable, so accurate. You could see the total investment of the entire team. This meant something to them. I see it, and I appreciate it. Was it hard to watch? Of course. Absolutely. That's the nature of the subject they took on. Was it worth it? A resounding "yes".

1 person found this review helpful


Difficult to watch

by Eric Meininger on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

This show is hard to watch as someone who experience(s/d) mental illness and health. The dancers do a good job of portraying the inner turmoil, but it was challenging to sit through. There haven't been many shows I've been watching the clock, but I looked down and struggled with the fact we were only 40 minutes in. Powerful work.

2 people found this review helpful


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