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 Simple Mind of Dillon Magee

By Segue Productions
Directed by Scott Gilbert

Playing at Intermedia Arts

Dillon hasn't spoken since it happened. His retreat from this world, replacing interaction with incomprehensible ritual, leaves his mother, too, at a loss, and alone in her grief. Until David comes along...

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 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.

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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More please!

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Touching story, well performed, just too short.


Wonderfully played, beautifully written.

by Adriana Attwater on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This story about a little boy who has lost his father touched me deeply. The direction is solid and the nontraditional script does not rely on dialogue but rather demands that the actors create characters in moments of silence which they do to great effect. But the story of three people forced to confront loss with positive hope for the future is the strongest part of this play. Very charming and enjoyable production.

1 person found this review helpful


More interaction from script

by Christopher DeVaan on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Maybe if I knew a little more about PTSD, I would see that this script is secretly brilliant. This is a very emotional, very heartfelt story about a mother & a graduate student's attempts to get a traumatized boy to communicate. Somehow, anyhow.
As an actor, there is one thing i crave from productions I am in, and those I see, and that's interactions between characters, and when you have a 42 minute play, and maybe six minutes of dialogue between more than one actor, it's uncomfortable. Maybe that's the point, but it needs work. Kari Elizabeth Godfrey is amazing, and the AV effects jar exactly the right emotions.
With polishing, this show could be spectacular.

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful Movement and Emotional Work

by Callie Meiners on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I agree with previous review stating that there isn't much to the text of the script. However the actors and creative team rise above this to provide some really beautiful moments of movement and emotional work. I really appreciated the repetition of setting the clothes out, and the great bit of removing the water bottle and papers from the desk. The addition of video elements were wonderful as well.

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful

by Em Gill on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was beautiful! Each actor was open and honest in their portrayal of their character. I loved the opening scene in particular because the actress Kari Godfrey really let the audience SEE her in such a truthful way. There were also moments of comedy dotted throughout which worked nicely. Well directed and acted. Catch it if you are able. It's not one to miss.

1 person found this review helpful


Enjoyable Show

by Tim Erickson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was my first show of the Fringe and I didn't know what to expect. I was concerned about where it was going after the opening scene, but in the end I enjoyed the show.

I really enjoyed the performances of the three actors, I was less impressed with the actual story. The parts of the story that we see are pretty well written, but I felt like it ended a little sudden and left me wanting more. It felt incomplete.

1 person found this review helpful


Small Scale and Beautiful

by John Dykstra on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show doesn't try to reveal the meaning of life or change the world. It just tells a simple human story in a very effective way.

The script is extremely strong, in its approach to the story and the language used. The actors build on that to create fully-realized characters who you believe and care about. It feels like a chamber music piece--carefully crafted, with an emphasis on quality over quantity, and a feeling at the end that you've just experienced something beautiful.

1 person found this review helpful


Tragic yet hopeful

by Anthony Chlebeck on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The Simple Mind is a beautiful portrayal of life after tremendous tragedy. Both the acting and the events of this play brought tears and chills. Wonderfully written, it captures the essence of loss and how those left behind struggle to move on. While a little slow at times, it brings rays of hope midst the bleakness and highlights how strong and complex each of us really are.

1 person found this review helpful


Beautiful, Creative Family Portrait

by Sam Ahern on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A touching and insightful journey through a child's mind and relationships following tragedy, this is a very creative show with heartwarming performances, especially from Kari Godfrey, and some really creative video and sound design too. Check it out!

1 person found this review helpful


Simple, yet well executed

by James Zappa on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

While "Simple mind..." may not have had the most complex plot, it had three of the best written characters I've seen in a fringe show. The writer found significance in small moments, and those moments were well highlighted by director and actors. Projections through out the show helped tell the story, and the wonderful sound design kept me immersed in the story.
All three actors found the subtleties in the their roles. Logan did a wonderful job in his silent title role, Kari beautifully captured the struggle of a mother trying to reach through to her son. Steve brought a lightness to the show that really highlighted the optimism I felt leaving the theater.
All around well executed. I strongly recommend this simple, well done show.

2 people found this review helpful


There's a lot to like in this!

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Lovely videography and sound design really enhanced this production. I liked, but did not love the script; I DID love the performances, especially by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey and the young find Logan Gilbert Guy. An emotional play about "thinking outside the box" when dealing with mental illness, or in this case, ptsd. Good work!

2 people found this review helpful


A really wonderful story about healing.

by Trisha Raylen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This well acted, well written and positive show started with a tech elements that drew me in. It is is a short , interesting commentary on how we heal and how helping others heal benefits us as much as them. As someone who has dealt with tragedy and sadness recently, I found this play uplifting and heartwarming. Thank you!

3 people found this review helpful


Solid story and acting

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

This is a tight, well-acted play. The three actors do an excellent job with the material, and it's a solid story. I wouldn't have minded more story, though.

2 people found this review helpful


Simple But Very Good

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

A very simple story about a sad situation. Great acting. Would love to see this with more detail about Dillon's recovery.

1 person found this review helpful


A+ direction. C- script.

by Amy Salloway on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Director Scott Gilbert knows how to work the "limits" of a Fringe Festival show. He's made "...Dillon McGee" feel as rich & sensory as any bona fide theatre production, & the world he creates becomes quietly wrenching, with its kinetic, nature-wild video of the tragic past overlaying Dillon's still, tiny haven; sunrises & nightfalls showing the passage of time; & the comforting closet light just offstage. Logan, the teenage lead, is phenomenal; his silent, repeated actions were riveting because he'd so clearly built an inner life for Dillon. The weak link in all of this is the script, which rushes a fakey, unsupported climax, has no ending whatsoever, & wants us to LIKE a therapist so condescending & dehumanizing I'd have smacked him.

1 person found this review helpful


Quiet, moving simplicity. A lovely thing

by Kit Bix on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Producer Corinna Knepper Troth and Director Scott Gilbert have done a superb job staging this simple but moving play about a boy who suffers PTSD after the sudden death of his father. The play features some terrific acting by Steve Looten, Jr. and Kari Elizabeth Godfrey (as the Dillon's mother), gorgeous sound design (Forest Godfrey), and it makes wonderful use of video projection (kudos to videographer Greg Bauhof) to maximize the emotional impact. But the biggest attraction here is the debut of young Logan Gilbert-Guy who, working in silence through most of the play, performs Dillon with subtle dignity and heart-rending honesty. He's the real thing.

1 person found this review helpful


BETTER than expected

by Larry Ripp on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I had to think about this one. 4 stars or 5? That's the beauty of this show. Simple and quiet, at first you don't think you are seeing all that much. But then you realize that the filmed stuff is really GOOD! The Lead is really GOOD! The pace is exactly right. The length is perfect.
All the actors are focused and on point ALL the way through. What the heck else could I want from a very, very thoughtful show that only asks you, gently, to give them a chance? I did that and I was rewarded. 5 stars and don't let them fool you into thinking anything less.

1 person found this review helpful


Heartfelt

by Jen Potvin on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Wonderfully acted show. I felt for the mother who was dealing with the loss of her husband as well as the loss of her son the way he used to be. The therapist also conveyed a lot of empathy and humility. It was a simple story of love and perseverance at a time of loss.

1 person found this review helpful


The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee

by anca sima on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

nice played an intriguing plot.


The Clue Was There From the Beginning

by Bradley Johnson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show captivated me. It was tender and funny at times, yet serious. Logan Gilbert-Guy did a wonderful job as Dillion. Sometimes the thing you least expect can be the key to unlock the future. It made me smile!

1 person found this review helpful


An intimate peak at life.

by Cheryl Witsoe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Wonderful story. The integration of multi-media use was helpful to the plot and a creative way to move the story. Actors were fabulous. It seemed to slow down a bit after the initial wind-up; but well worth sticking in to watch the story develop. Writer has an excellent grasp of the subject and the frustrations played out well on stage.

1 person found this review helpful


Solid work, could be much more

by Corrie Fiedler on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

The use of video and sound effects was exceptional and my first thoughts were "this is going to be a great piece of theater." When the initial video ended, my engagement decreased. The story and character development could have use some more work-shopping to hold my interest beyond the great start. Bottom line: extremely interesting story that deserves stronger development.

1 person found this review helpful


A Touching honest short play.

by Bob L on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Creatively written and well performed. This story of loss held my interest and had moments of laughter mixed in. The mother was particularly strong. It is a one act play so it ends just as you are getting in to it but it is a sweet and cute story generally appropriate for all ages.

1 person found this review helpful


Loved it then Lost it

by Karley Anna on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I loved the performance, the mom and therapist were both wonderful but the actor playing Dillon did an outstanding job creating depth to a character with no text. This show kept me drawn in from the moment it started. My only critique was that I wanted more, I thought the story ended abruptly without too much resolve.

1 person found this review helpful


Can there be more?

by Bailey Hess on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I was excited to see this show. The reviews were good and I love a good drama. Unfortunately I wasn't drawn into this show. The performances of the mom and the therapist were good, and there was an interesting storyline, but the whole thing was very stagnant. It ended pretty abruptly and I was left wanting more. I wish more could have been shown rather than told at the end.

1 person found this review helpful


I Am The Giant

by amelia mohn on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show made me laugh and cry. It was extremely heart-warming and left me with a smile on my face. All of the performers were convincing, the music was wonderful, and the transitions were lovely.

1 person found this review helpful


Lovely Production

by Lori Roovers on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A sweet story and a perfect cast. Kari Godfrey gave a heartfelt, lovely performance that I could identify with as a mom.

2 people found this review helpful


Beautiful

by J. Bach on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Beautiful story, beautifully executed. The actor who played Dillon was particularly moving and memorable - subtle, mostly non-verbal acting. I was mesmerized. Great work.

1 person found this review helpful


The Simple Mind of Dillon McGee

by Ted Jewett on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As a pediatrician I appreciated the writer's development of the subject and the mother's quiet forceful comforting presence for her son. Her character was spot on as written and as performed.

1 person found this review helpful


Good show!

by Danielle S on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

All the actors played their parts well. I enjoyed the overall story, the set/prop design, and use of video to help tell the story.

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent performances

by CJ Mantel on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A loving and heartfelt look at trauma in which Chekhov's pratfall shows how important even the smallest moments are with those you love.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Logan Gilbert-Guy

Dillon Magee

Logan Gilbert-Guy is excited to be working with such wonderful people on such an amazing piece. Currently attending Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists with the class of 2018 Logan was recently seen in 20% Theatre Company's production of The Naked I: Self Defined performing the solo piece: "What is Owed." Please enjoy the show and the rest of your day!


Kari Elizabeth Godfrey

Kim Magee

Kari is thrilled to be back performing in the Minnesota Fringe after a four year absence, and to be making her debut with Segue Productions!

She and her husband recently co-founded Theatre Uncorked, which co-produced Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with The Chameleon Theatre Circle. Recent credits include: Martha/Producer in The Chameleon Theatre Circle and Theatre Uncorked's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Lysistrata , a staged reading benefit for the ACLU (Producer), Bunny Flingus in Theatre in the Round's The House of Blue Leaves (Broadway World Best Actress in a Play, 2016).

Kari owns her own photography business, and loves to spend time with her awesome sound designer husband and her adorable kitties and dog.


Steve Looten Jr.

David

Steve Looten, Jr. is excited to participate in his fourth MN Fringe Festival! An Illinois native who performs, teaches and designs theatric violence across the Twin Cities, Steve recently choreographed fights for Theatre in the Round's production of Deathtrap and has also had the pleasure of working with CTC, Chameleon Theatre Circle, the the Mounds Theatre, Gadfly Theatre Productions, the National Theatre for Children, and others. He is an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds a BA in Theater from SIUC. Outside theatre, Steve also teaches math and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching at Hamline University.


A.D. Hasselbring

Playwright

Raised in the Midwestern United States, author and lyricist A.D. Hasselbring received his B.A. in Literature and Composition from Pepperdine University. First published as a playwright in 2010 by Heartland Plays, his full-length works include the ground-breaking musical Here I Am – the Rock Drama, Selling Love, a faithful adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, an innovative musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the smash hit Dark Heart of Poe, named by the VC Reporter as 2015’s play of the year. Other theatrical offerings include Plummet, and Sometimes We Sleep. He has appeared on ABC Television and LA Talk Radio, and currently serves as the artistic director for Common Man Stories and Gramercy Artists Theatre Ensemble.

Hasselbring’s works have been seen at venues across the globe, including the International Storytelling Center and Brighton University in Great Britain. His lyrics have been sung by Broadway’s preeminent voices, Tony Award winners, and multi-Grammy Award winning recording artists. His songs have appeared in compilations and shows including Smashing Broadway, Mad Captain Minor, and the star-studded Songs for a New Orleans. In 2015, he authored and voiced A Thicket of Tales, an audio collection of fairy tales and adventure stories published and produced by New Ground Sound.

For more, visit: http://www.adhasselbring.com/


Scott Gilbert

Director

Scott is happy to be directing his fourth and fifth shows for the Minnesota Fringe this summer. His other show, First Year Queer is also playing at Intermedia Arts. Previous Minnesota directing credits include: The Antichrist Cometh and We Gather Together for The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and Stay Carl Stay,Perchance to Dream, and Steel Kiss for the MN Fringe festival. He founded Segue Productions in 2012 with the belief that theatre should lead to conversations about current events and experiences we as individuals are facing in our lives.


Greg Bauhof

Videographer

Greg Bauhof is a "jack of all trades" of sorts. He's an actor, filmmaker, producer, writer and whatever else he needs to be for any given project. He also is an owner of poodles. So, that should be all you need to know.


Forest Godfrey

Sound Designer


Meegan Johnson

Running Crew


Corinna Troth

Producer

This is Corinna’s first time as a Fringe producer or artist, though she has been an enthusiastic attendee for the past five years. Never one to under-commit, she is also producing, puppet-making and performing in First Year Queer for Sparrow Productions in this year’s festival.

Corinna holds a B.A. in Theater and Latin from St. Olaf College. She has worked on numerous Twin Cities productions in a range of capacities, most recently as co-scenic designer for Theatre in the Round’s 110 in the Shade and prop designer for Theatre Pro Rata’s Goodbye Cruel World. Corinna also serves on the board of 20% Theatre Company.

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After Dillon Magee is involved in a tragic car accident that kills his father, he refuses to speak or interact with the outside world. He is not autistic, has no learning disabilities and has never been violent, but his strangely manifesting PTSD has disconnected him from nearly everyone and everything he knows.


His mother, Kim, watches helplessly from the sidelines, constantly trying to reach the son she has lost, even as she grieves the loss of her husband. Finally, Kim engages the help of a new teacher, David, in a desperate attempt to unlock Dillon’s imprisoned mind.


Dillon greets David with a silent handshake, and begins to show him some of his peculiar habits which include a mysterious ritualistic changing of clothing throughout the day.  How can Kim and David help Dillon find his way back to laughter, promise and love after such a devastating loss?


One of the winners of The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 17th Annual New Play Contest, The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee will resonate  with anyone who has ever suffered a loss or loves someone who has.





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Learn more about A.D. Hasselbring.

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