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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STRANGER

By Perspectives Theater Company
Created by Morgan Holmes & Erika Levy

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena

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Religious content, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

Memory, history, text and ritual entangle three strangers in a sprawling, modern epic, summoning the immense joy, messiness and struggle of being seen at the intersection of race and faith as Jews of Color.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm
 

 

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

Learning!

by Bailey H. on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

Really nice performance value, you could tell the actors put in a lot of work in this show. I didn't go into it with any expectations, so I was pleased to learn something about JOC. The only qualm I had was that the whole show ended tied up with a bow - a "here's what you should have learned" type scene. I don't want to be told what I should be taking away from the performance. All in all, a good show.


Yes, and

by Ned Heckman on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really enjoyed this show! Structurally reminiscent of The Laramie Project in terms of basis in real life interviews, I found myself deeply captivated for the whole time. I enjoy works that go beyond what we would expect- in this case, expanding my mental model of what it means to be Jewish.


Beautiful work!

by Rachel Glass on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show was enlightening and gave great insight. However, It did not hold my attention and I thought it was a bit to discussion based. I would love to see this concept explored more in a more theatrical piece. With that being said- beautiful and talented cast who carried the show well!


POV: POC; JOC

by Kosher Oreo on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As a Jew of Color, this play did a great job revealing some of the experiences that Jews of Color face -- always being different; standing out; being alone even when not alone. It's hard to hit on all of the possible experiences in only an hour, but it touched on conversion, born into the faith and hidden identity. The movements were interesting -- the water scene choreography was amazing. Some of the other movements were not as clear, making it truly art left for interpretation. Even if you're not Jewish, you should see this play and remember: Yes, Jews can be of other races and ethnicities. But the show is also a microcosm for being different, yet special and amazing and finding your niche and purpose. Congrats Erika and Morgan.


Beautiful and moving

by Gina Musto on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This performance is incredible. Focusing on untold stories and microaggressions against Jewish people of colors, this show combines wonderful movement and personal storytelling into a heartbreaking and empowering performance. Not to be missed.


Inspired self-reflection

by Phillip Germond on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show gave me a lot to think about. I appreciated the honesty, and the performances and script were solid.


Didn't keep my attention

by Michele Briggs on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

It was interesting for the first 15 minutes but then it became repetitive. There was nothing new that was said. There was nuggets of brilliance but they didn't keep those up. By the end was just wondering when it would be over. If you don't have experiences with people of color or those who are Jewish, I would see it.


Enlightening and moving

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

A tender, beautiful and effective glimpse into a culture and lifestories and challenges that probably differ from yours. Acting, movement and music blended seamlessly to provide a unique experience. See for yourself!


Important, moving theatre

by Bethany McHugh on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

PLEASE put this on your list. I was so moved by the actors and the stories they told -- simple, effective storytelling with voices and bodies. Talented direction and acting.


I liked this!

by Cole Sarar on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yay!!


Brilliant

by Hannah Coleman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

All around beautiful: great content, great actors, great show.


Powerful

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

I wasn't planning on seeing this show, but I am very glad I did. It opened my eyes to different aspects of cultures I normally do not see. Thank you and I recommend people to go see this show if they have a chance.


Craft and Heart

by Michael Sheeks on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A beautiful concept articulated with skill and passion by a talented cast and artistic team. I couldn't ask for more from a Fringe show. Don't miss this one and watch these performers in the future. Kudos!


A unique show, well done

by Florence Brammer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

The three cast members are effective and appealing in this show about Jews of color and the intersectionality of identity. Great movement and use of props and music.


Eye opening

by Richard Heise on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Not being Jewish I think I missed some of the symbolism. It was, however, an enjoyable performance by three very talented performers.


Entirely unique storytelling

by Jinai Bharucha on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

An honest, intimate take on how it feels to be marginalized - whether you're black, white, Jewish, not Jewish, whatever... there is something valuable for you in this show. I love the way it approaches a difficult topic that we rarely acknowledge, but should be more often. I felt both sad and happy intermittently throughout the quick 45 minutes. The stories are raw and work really nicely with the lighting design.


Poignant and touching

by Nanette Stearns on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

The joys and challenges of being both a POC and a member of the Jewish community was fascinating. The addition of movement, dance, and music brought the show to life in fascinating ways. Apparently the concept of being both Jewish and a POC is beyond some folks which makes this show even more necessary. I am neither but really enjoyed this three-person show.


Beautifully honest

by Justin Carlson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This kaleidoscopic meditation on colliding identities is wonderfully cast - it is easy to believe the actors themselves are the source of the stories they bring to life (they are not). The intimacy of Arena theater makes the work's cycles - through vulnerability, strength, connection, fatalism, hope, and more - much more impactful. On Thursday, the movement didn't connect or express as well as the stories, but it didn't detract from the experience and gave me space to reflect. Expect an honest window into the experiences of people you may not have known were always around you.


Music, Movement, Mysticism

by Marie Cooney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Kudos to Morgan Holmes for exploring religious themes, struggle for identity, and search for social justice for the stage. The inclusion of music by sound designer, Izzy Burger Welsh, and movement by Emily Madigan, with subtle lighting design added to a magical and mystical world of exploration by the talented ensemble of actors Fernanda Badeo, Ricardo Beaird, and Gabrielle Dominique. The individual and shared exploration of what it means to be both Jewish and a person of color (POC) was very moving. I enjoyed the exploration and creation of rituals. After everything seems to come to a complete standstill with numerous questions, the one thing I found lacking was the reintroduction of music and movement to bring us forth to climatic ending.


Moving and Original!

by Joe Norcross on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Stranger was a moving play that told a story from perspectives I've never seen in theater before--Jewish people of color. After the success of Moonlight, I'm glad to see different forms of intersectionality explored that hardly were before. The language is powerful, the movement is original and by the end I felt I had experienced something new and exciting.


Impressive!

by Heidi Carlson on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Genuinely impressed, mature acting, a topic seldom broached which did an effective job of putting the audience in the personal experience of being a minority in a religion that has traditionally experienced oppression. Looking forward to future efforts by this creative team!


Beautifully Done

by Hannah Culbert on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A thoughtful, engaging show on POC/Jewish identity. Poignant and well-acted. The music and movement was incorporated very effectively. While it explores social injustice, it ultimately leaves you with a sense of much needed hope in a politically frightening time.


noice

by Kathleen Prengaman on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

really made me think what freedom looks like in regards to intersectionality


Cast and crew

Morgan Holmes

Writer/Director/Producer

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Morgan Holmes has a background in exploring religious identities on stage. She is interested in using theater as a tool for social justice, to foster empathy and build community. She engages with theater as a writer, director, stage manager and theater administrator.


Erika Levy

Writer/Director/Producer

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Erika Levy has a background in arts management, both as an administrator and a box office manager. She is interested in the intersection of race and faith, and how people find community while navigating questions of identity.


Fernanda Badeo

Actor

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Fernanda Badeo started studying and performing theatre in Brazil since 2003. She has performed in various plays at Minnesota State University Moorhead, while getting a Bachelor of Arts there. In the Twin Cities she has worked with Uprising Theatre Company and Cromulent Shakespeare. This is her first time performing at the Fringe Festival.


Ricardo Beaird

Actor

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Ricardo Beaird is an actor, teaching artist, and local cheese curd enthusiast from Nashville, TN. You might have caught him in shows with Theatre Latte Da, Pangea World Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, or Park Square Theatre. If you haven’t, hakuna matata! Ricardo is thrilled to be fringing this year and to share the room with such talented artist. Special thanks to Bentley the beagle, Ricardo’s friends and family, and Beyoncé for being an endless fountain of support and love.


Gabrielle Dominique

Actor

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Gabrielle is thrilled to be joining Perspectives Theater for the 2017 Fringe Festival! She is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, she has had the opportunity to work in the Twin Cities as a performer, choreographer and director. Her work has been featured at St. Olaf College, Artistry, Guthrie Theater and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. She was most recently seen as Rosalia in the Ordway’s production of West Side Story. Other favorite credits include: St. Olaf College: In The Heights, Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Artistry: The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Oklahoma!; Guthrie: South Pacific, A Christmas Carol. NEXT UP: Gabrielle will be heading back at the Guthrie this fall to join the company of Romeo & Juliet.


Emily Madigan

Movement Director


Izzy Burger Welsh

Sound Designer

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Izzy Burger Welsh is a recent transplant to the North Star State and could not be more thrilled to be making her Twin Cities debut with the cast and crew of STRANGER. An award-winning stage actress and comic from North Carolina, she also has also lent her voice to several popular anime titles and been seen in regional spots around the southeast for everything from dry cleaners to the N.C. Poultry Council. Favorite past roles include Betty Rizzo in Grease, Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera, and Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. She has been making music as long as she can remember and was a founding member of the Kakalakalayuans. Special thanks go to the production team for this opportunity and to her amazing husband, Richard.


Josie Ross

Stage Manager


Hannah Culbert

Graphic Design


Molly Weibel

Photographer

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STRANGER


"What was it like before? Before the rooms you used to fly into shifted and you shifted and they shifted and you became not really what you had always been? Before you knew?"



A fresh and exciting reinterpretion of the book of Exodus, STRANGER explores the lives of Jewish people of color seeking to define their identity, community and faith. Through interviews with Jews of Color MN members and Leah Donnella of NPR’s Code Switch, research, and personal exploration in the rehearsal room, this new, devised work illustrates Perspectives Theater Company's commitment to creating space for untold stories and validating multi-dimensional identities.




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