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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Well

By Coattail Productions
Directed by Matt Allex & Erin Kennedy

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio

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

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Warnings: Violence.

Lost and separated from the rest of their raiding party, four souls take refuge for the night near the ruins of a crumbling well. Unfortunately, they appear to have found an even more dangerous foe.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
Audio described

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm
 

* 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.

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Good Production, But Little Suspense

by Adam Boutz on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

All of the elements were in place were in place for a great piece of horror theater, but it just didn't gel. I think it was all just too straight forward. Monster in well. Monster kills people. The end. Loved the makeup and accent work by the cast, but it just didn't give me chills.


Imaginative

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

Great costumes, good acting. Overall, a nice plot concept.


Tough space to perform

by Connie Petersen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A different venue and a bit more development and this will be great. Studio is tough, anything on the floor is difficult to see from several areas in the audience. Story is creative but could use a bit more development to keep your audience on the edge of their seats. Loved the accents - the acting was great - I enjoyed this show but it has the opportunity to be more.

1 person found this review helpful


Well, Well, Well, What have we here.

by Edd Jones on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Solid acting chops all around in this show, and they do a lot with a minimal set (literally just a well). A fun horror trip, short and sweet.

1 person found this review helpful


Loved the Accents

by Rebekah Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The cast really put their heart into their performance and I so wished they had a better script to work with because their acting was the only highlight for me. There were too many scene change pauses that broke up any momentum that was starting to rise. The Scottish accents were cool to hear.

1 person found this review helpful


Great actors, not-so-great script

by Mark A. on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The actors put their hearts into this, but the script didn't hold my attention. I also thought people were dressed a bit too fancy for being on a raid. Some stories are scarier just being spoken or written and not acted out. Great actors, though, I'd cast them in anything else.

1 person found this review helpful


Solid cast

by Alex Yang on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This is worth seeing for the costumes and all-around strong performances from the actors. I think the premise has a lot of potential, but I wasn't as compelled by the story itself and thought the characters could have been more developed. By the end, I was missing some sense of resolve - however, that may just be the nature of the genre.

2 people found this review helpful


Well...

by Justin DeLong on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

I left this show in a foul mood. The script was lackluster and longwinded despite its 40 minute runtime, the set pieces, transitions, and dialect were distracting, and the suspense was anything but.
I'm rounding this review up to two stars because the actors committed to the show despite all these things and SOME of the wound makeup looked very good in spite of the proximity.

3 people found this review helpful


The Well

by Sara Allex on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Full disclosure-related to director. Horror not my genre of choice but this was "well" done. Acting and dialect brought you into the time and situation. Imagination takes over and you are led through this story. Suspend disbelief and enjoy!


Dark Slice of Life

by Justin Betancourt on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This play shows horror by not focusing on an actual monster but by showing the fear a person can create in their mind from the unknown. We see the fear of a raiding party that is being picked off one by one. The real shining star of this show is the acting. The actors are completely invested in the characters and have a Scottish accent that is consistent and not distracting. While the show isn't without it's faults this is a very entertaining show that will leave you unsettled at the end. I enjoy the horror genre at Fringe and this dark show would be good to see if you like the horror genre.


It has potential

by Bradan Swatch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I do think this has the potential to be something great, but the problems with it were so distracting that it is hard to know for sure. Problems like:

* I did not care about the protagonist at all (who was on this outdoor journey in full HEAVY makeup, as women of the time do on such occasions)
* Scene changes were done frequently and without any sort of masking
* I don't know what the point of this play was?
* The REALLY COOL puppetry that could of been something was used for like ONE second
* The play wasn't even 40 minutes long

I'm sad about this one.

2 people found this review helpful


Left Me Wanting More

by Lily Handahl on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Amazing acting and accents all around, but the lines and plot didn't leave me with anything particularly meaningful. I was expecting something scary like many previous review mention. What I got instead was poor tech transitions, a dragging plot, and lots of screaming. Worth seeing for the talented actors.

1 person found this review helpful


Fearless Comedy does Horror?

by Christopher DeVaan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Yes, that's right, Fearless COMEDY Productions has a horror stage show, & pulled it off. It started off a little sluggishly, but soon we were lost in this eerie Scotland bog as characters began to die & disappear.
Not that you needed a reason to begin with, but if you see a well, don't look in it, don't go down it. Just run to the next field far, far away.
The small but mighty cast had Scottish dialects that were spot on, & that's not an easy task with Scottish. There are whole shows filled with actors who swing & miss, but these four got it the whole way through.
Lana Rosario was particularly good as Kate, and the show, which clocked in at about 43 minutes, finishes with a chill you can't easily get with live theater.

1 person found this review helpful


Acting chops

by Cate Jackson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Very good show. I was expecting more mythology, but I didn't mind because the story telling and production value was quite well done. Acting chops solid across the entire cast.


Meditation on death?

by Walter Furtney on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

I think they were talking about fate or the randomness of life but the deeper meaning faded from my thoughts as I hurried to my next show.


Accents!!!

by Milli Manchester on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I came to this one blind. I was already at the venue and thought, eh, what the well? (see what I did there?)

Anyway, I did not know what to expect. I had no idea what this was about but as soon as the first line was spoken I thought, 'oh crap-good luck maintaining that accent the whole show'-BUT THEY ALL DID!!!

The plot was a little hard to follow at times but I think the ambiguity is a little deliberate in the script.

I felt this group of actors was legit! Phenomenal acting. Especially the female lead, but really the whole cast did a fantastic job!


Great Acting!

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

The actors were truly committed and talented. The costuming was perfectly period appropriate and authentic. Unfortunately, those were the only things I truly enjoyed. The transitions were distracting and the lighting design choices left me needing more. The story didn't really build enough for me and the 2nd half seemed predictable. I left the theatre a bit disappointed.


So much to like!

by Jim Louis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

There are members of this cast and crew that are part of a nonprofit I manage.

I feel conflicted on this one. The acting was great, the costuming was well done and the building of the story basics was good. I wish some of the story points came earlier in the production. I think it would have helped me better understand some of the earlier scenes.

I this was the best acting performance I have seen from Lana Rosario. Well Done!


Well acted, but didn't hold my attention

by Ben Mendis on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

One star for the great acting, and one star for the costumes, but there's little else I can recommend about this one. The story, felt predictable throughout. The first half, seemed to have potential, but the second half felt like it was dragging on. As another review mentioned, the scene changes felt distracting.

1 person found this review helpful


Did Not Enjoy

by J. Bach on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Uh oh, I did not enjoy this. Wasn't captivating or suspenseful to me. Lovely actors, though. Nice job with the accents. Very cool well prop too.


Fun and Atmospheric

by Roy McEnroe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

An enjoyable show with an intriguing ambience. The cast was strong and the script, though short, was effective. Overall recommend for the horror-loving Fringe crowd.


Dark and Unclear

by LuAnn Monahan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I appreciate the effort to pull off a period piece show and the actors were all fairly strong performers, it just wasn’t a story I could get in to. It’s very dark and mysterious with very little explanation at the end to help those of us understand what was happening. The scene changes were also a little clunky but I think I attribute that more to the space they had to use.


Bloody well done!

by Eric Cohen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Creepy, weird, still not really sure what happened, but that's the point! Great acting by Ms. Rosario. Transitions we're a bit distracting.

1 person found this review helpful


Exceptional

by Richard Heise on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Short but very well done. The cast did an exceptional job. If you like horror this is a must see.

1 person found this review helpful


My favorite kind of scary

by Anne Kinner on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I am not usually a horror person but this was just perfectly atmospheric horror in the best way. Even with the stripped down setting, you really get a sense of the dread the characters go through thanks to the talented cast. Definitely recommended!

1 person found this review helpful


Goosebumps!

by Mary Ellen Weber on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well done!


Ambitious

by Kristopher Dean on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The Well was an ambitious attempt at the kind of period fantasy that I love. It is hard to bring a solid Scottish period play to life but fringe is the place to try. The script has some holes and could use a bit of some rearranging to make it less predictable. The costumes were very attended to and the Scottish dialect was fun. Leaning into the horror might help this story live up to its many possibilities. Glad I went.


"Well" done!

by Alan Smith on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The cast does a great job of capturing our innate fear of the unknown without scaring the pants off us. Very well acted, with a minimalist approach that I appreciated. Highly recommend checking this one out.

4 people found this review helpful


Exciting and real

by Margaret Bierman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Well is really well done! The show is able to demonstrate drama and fear without resorting to startling the audience, instead playing in to our innate fears. I really enjoyed the show and would definitely recommend it to my friends and family.

8 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Matt Allex

Producer/Director

Matt is a performer, comedian, improvisor, writer, and podcaster in Minneapolis. If that last sentence nearly made you sick because of how pretentious it sounded, trust me, he feels even worse having written it. Matt is the Assistant Artistic Director of Fearless Comedy Productions, and produces online content with his podcasts: Horror Show Hot Dog and News from Honeytown. A veteran of the Twin Cities Horror Festival since its second year, he is thrilled to be bringing The Well to the MN Fringe audience.


Chip Limeburner

Writer

Chip Limeburner is a horror creator from Canada who first presented The Well as a staged reading at the Twin Cities Horror Festival in 2016. He is glad to see it fully staged as part of the Fringe Festival.


Andrea Ropella

Stage Manager

Andrea Ropella is a local actress, director, voice actor, and show producer. She is a member of Fearless Comedy Productions and regularly performs with Double-Blind Improv at Honey in Minneapolis. She also appears with Wise Fools Improv at the MN Renaissance Festival.


Erin Kennedy

Assistant Director

Erin is thrilled to be involved in MN Fringe for the 3rd straight year, with this year marking her first and hopefully not last opportunity to Assistant Direct. Her with past Fringe performances include Demo Tape (2015), Bird of 7 Colors (2016), and Gilligan! The Tropical Musical (2016). When not reading comics and trying to finally find a horror movie that keeps her up at night, Erin can be found improvising regularly at HUGE Theater and ComedySportz.


Lana Rosario

Cait

Lana has performed locally with Fearless Comedy Productions, Theatre in the Round, Harcover Theater, and others. Recent roles include a wacky soothsayer, a Klingon, Thing Two, a demon, and a Nazi nun. Good times!


Dan Patton

Andrew

Dan is excited to be involved in his first Fringe show! He last appeared in Spamalot at Woodbury Community Theater and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Lakeshore Players. He is also an entertainer at the MN Renaissance Festival.


Shea Roberts

Brigid

Shea has never done a horror show and is terrified of haunted houses so this seems like a great idea.


Nathan Kelly

Malcolm

Nathan Kelly is thrilled to return to Fringe for a third year in a row! A native of South Carolina, Nathan moved to the Twin Cities to pursue his love for theater. Since then, he has been actively involved in the improv and sketch community. If you liked him in this show but wish you didn't have to hear or see him, you can also catch RomCom-Con: A Meet Cute Musical at this year's Fringe, which he co-wrote the script for. Nathan is supremely proud to be a part of The Well, and hopes you enjoy this brilliant show!

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