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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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

By Katherine Glover Presents
Written by Katherine Glover

Playing at Strike Theater

A group of time travelers wants Reagan to help save the Republican Party. A rival group wants to teach him a Scrooge-style moral lesson. But Reagan's reaction to 2016 may not be what any of them expect...

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

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.

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

Don't Quote Me

by Bradley Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show is here to remind us that the Republican Party does not have a good track record when it comes to Presidents. The "actual quotes" given in the show are quite funny as I look back, but reminds me how embarrassed I am from what is being said today. I guess we'll never learn. Overall, I liked the show, so if you can make it to their last show, go for it. It's good for a few laughs.


Heavy Handed

by Jesse Swanson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Great energy from the cast, but the script wasn't very satisfying.


Sharp as a tack

by Bryn Tanner on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is one of those Fringe shows that sells you on its utterly bizarre concept and executes it flawlessly. The time travel gimmick is utilized well and the satire is spot on. Highly recommended if you have any investment in politics.


All Laughs, No Nuance

by Adam Boutz on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Rapid pacing and quick transitions made for a well-coordinated and slickly-produced show that I wanted to love. This is a genuinely funny piece. While I admire the writing and humor, the politics were a little too heavy-handed and mean-spirited for my tastes. Leave the one-sided smear campaigns to the idiots and demagogues. Aim higher.


Next.

by Crosby Reisch on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Such a great idea it's too bad when the execution doesn't match it. Informative, but that was mostly the meat of it. Jokes often didn't land or they were not funny. Rush Limbaugh would have been a better protagonist.


Great show!

by Joe Norcross on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Well-researched history lessons mixed with great comedy!


Fun (And Informative) Show

by Christopher Allen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Like some reviewers have said, the script itself can be a little messy. That being said, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments (funnily enough, the most hilarious are when they're quoting Reagan directly) and the cast does a good job with it. Mitch Vosejpka in particular is a standout character actor and Isabel Middleton-Watts is solid as well. Shahd Elkhier was also very likable and deserved a much better reaction than the audience gave her. If you're a fan of historical humor, or general silliness, try it out!


FABULOUS!

by Pat Deckas Becerra on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thoroughly enjoyed this witty, funny, OMG recap of some of the outlandish things that Reagan did. Loved hearing his "Actual quotes". I had never heard of the Black Wall Street gigantic attack in 1921. Will google that now. History does repeat itself, unfortunately.


Fun!

by Edward Jones on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Expected a silly show, ended up with a fast paced humorous show with a bit of a history lesson. Definitely worth checking out!


No

by Chorf Mender on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The guy playing Reagan seemed extremely unsure of himself and confused. It really took away from the performance. This was an interesting concept but didn't deliver.


Fun historic show

by Ken Christen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved it. My favorite show at the fringe this year!


And yet Reagan still looks better...

by Laura Kauth on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was a fun mashup of politics and Dickens, with a journey back in time that will be a kick for anyone who remembers 1980s' politics, and goggles at how much the current mayhem makes the '80s seem sane.

The actors delivered farce at full force....except the person depicting Reagan. That President had such an iconic speech pattern that even puppets have nailed him, yet the actor sounded like just some vaguely confused guy....and occasionally some vaguely confused guy from, vaguely, New England. The sheer unReaganyness actually diminished the Reaganism of actual Reagan quotes.

OTOH, the Trump impersonator was spot on. Brilliant!

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Nice little time capsule

by Mark Webb on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

The show was quick-paced and quite clever. Although no real revelations here, it was a nice reminder of the cartoon politics in which we continue to live. Interesting script and some nice performances.


Entertaining and original

by Deborah Yarchun on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Very entertaining and original! I learned a lot about Reagan and American history – and not in a way that felt annoying and educational. I’ve never felt more angry at a piñata. Also, very clever staging- and fun use of umbrellas.


witty and well researched show

by gerry fuller on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show went quickly as it was so well written and acted. Also topical as it showed the decline of the country from Reagan to
Trump. Loved it!


One sided and under-researched

by Ellie Browne on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Theater should not be this divisive. I'm no Trump fan, but can we handle this in a classier way please?


So. Much. Fun.

by Kate Brown on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved every minute of this show! Super enjoyable, incredibly funny and fast-paced. The energy of this show just made me so happy and everyone gave solid performances with perfect comic timing and awesome use of props/hilarious sound effects. Attention to detail was amazing. This is a show you need to have on your Fringe list for sure.


Great Show!

by Fernanda Badeo on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was hilarious! I had a lot of fun and there was so much historical things I didn't know, overall I'm sooo glad I saw this! Definitely recommend it!


Fantastic

by Kevin Boedigheimer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Smart, funny, clever, great acting, great comic timing. Great job.


Funny and eye-opening

by Windy Bowlsby on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The opening performance I saw was a bit rough around the edges still (cues and lines, but nothing egregious). And Strike is a tough theater for sound (voices often get swallowed in the space).

That said - the script is laugh out loud funny. Performed very well by the cast. Extremely clever staging.

And it's a good reminder that 45 is not the first person to sit in the Big Chair who has been woefully out of his depth. Ronald Reagan was just so damned likeable that you've forgotten what the man actually said. The most powerful parts of the show begin with a card that says "Actual Quote."

Bravo Katherine Glover for finding a fun and funny way to horrify me.


Dickensian around (sorry)

by Charles Borchert on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

A fun excuse to play with time travel, republican politics, and the effectiveness of ghost guilt. Really, lots and lots of laughs that came fast - though a few meta jokes, while very clever, were a little too belabored. I wish that the through-line was more pointed or had a more clear message, but that may be asking for too much - perhaps I should think more in black and white and listen to Enya. Rounding up for that, and the time machine special effects.


The Reagantor Used Fossil Fuel

by Gnarles Xavier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Tight direction from Denzel Belin and a terrific performance by Phillip Schramm. What I would have liked to see more of is how Reagan had dementia as opposed to him simply being a crazy Republican (where does the line blur with those two?). Also a bit heavy handed at times; while I liked the swapping between what was written for the show and Actual Quotes, I think they could have loosened up on all of those segments. There was an aspect of one character towards the end that felt shoehorned in as well. Probably a good start to more fully realized show in the future though.


History and Humor, a great combination!

by Doug Butler on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Super funny show that had me laughing from beginning to end. The script is also sprinkled with actual Reagan quotes that are absurd. Many cast members play multiple roles, which is sometimes used for a hilarious effect. Finally, I enjoyed the historical cameos, who knew Andrew Jackson could be so funny.


Fast Paced and Fun

by Bradan Swatch on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Lots of laugh-out-loud moments in this liberal friendly comedy. Some good historical content that parallels nicely to issues of today. AND a very talented group of actors to boot!


Whooooaaa!

by Danielle S on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Grab your umbrella and (time) travel to this show. All the actors play their roles with great energy and enthusiasm, and it's got a little something for everyone: Tons of humor! Music and dancing! Props thrown through the air with reckless abandon! Props not thrown but still expertly used! I truly enjoyed this play, and I bet you will, too.


Solid

by Roy McEnroe on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Great performance and fun and quirky directing made the show quite fun. The script gets very heavy handed at times which makes it exhausting but the other elements of the show overpowered that in the end:


Fun!

by Alex Dall on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was a fun time! I saw many of the jokes coming, but the cast did a great job at keeping this show fast paced and funny!


great cast, meh script

by Aspyn Fields on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

LOVE the cast, but I didn't love the show as much. I felt the piece was preachy and predictable, although I i love that there are SO MANY political pieces this year. It's great to see artists doing important yet funny work.


History, Humor, Time Travel

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

Ever wish you could see a president travel through time and see what this country has become? The time has come. This show is quirky and fun, and educational. You're hearing real quotes from the former president while also joining 2 quirky time travelers exploring what they feel is most important. The acting in this show is silly and very well done. If you want to have fun and go on a journey through time with 40th president get yourself to strike this Fringe.


Fun and Educational!

by Dahlia Acman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

A very left-wing take on a Republican hero. Really funny show brought to life by a strong ensemble. It did get the tiniest bit preachy so just make sure everyone in your group is super liberal and you'll have a great time.


Remember the 80s

by Candace Milovich on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Funny political commentary. Liked it a lot. Wish we had this show 30 years ago!


Make Way: They're Reaganing!

by Justin DeLong on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show had a ton of great moments and was a barrel of laughs. The ensemble really made the show. The time flew by!
Pun intended.

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Katherine Glover

Playwright

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based playwright and performer. Past Minnesota Fringe productions include Celebrity Exception and solo shows Dead Wrong, Burning Brothels: Sex and Death in Nevada, and A Cynic Tells Love Stories. She won a 2013 Ivey Award for her one-act, Alien Love Triangle, produced by Freshwater Theatre Company, and she was a 2015 Br!nk playwright with Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee. Upcoming projects include co-curating American Civil Forum's 2018 series, and writing a comedy for Raw Sugar about World War I efforts to combat syphilis. For more info, visit katherineglover.net.


Denzel Belin

Director

Denzel Belin is a director, improviser, and actor currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has directed with Uprising Theater Company, Phoenix Theater, Freshwater Theater, Gadfly Theater, and The Easy Access Script Experience. He is currently performing in the Brave New Workshop's Guardians of the Fallacy: Executive Disorder. He is also directing "En Passant" with McGo Productions which you can see this Fringe at Jungle Theater.


Phillip Schramm

Ronald Reagan

Phillip Schramm is an improviser and actor out of Minneapolis and is excited to be working which such a fun group of people. This is Phillip's fifth year of Fringe. He has performed in various Improv Festivals, such as the Chicago Improv Festival, Compass Improv Festival, and Twin Cities Improv Festival, as well as done scripted work through Theater in the Round, Theatre Cosmic, and Conundrum Collective. Outside of Fringe, you can see Phillip doing improv at Huge Theater for shows like Ka-Baam!, The Truth: The Improvised Conspiracy Theory Show, and his duo Side Pickle.


Mike Hentges

Joe

Mike Hentges is super excited to be in Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler. This is his fourth time acting in a Fringe show. When not doing fringe stuff Mike can be found in other theatre productions in the Twin Cities or doing improv, but like, not as much improv as Phil. Look at that guy. He's been in festivals. Mike can't compete with that. Pick up your game Mike! C'mon! What are you doing!?


Shahd Elkhier

Ifrah

Shahd Elkhier is a recent Fine Arts graduate from North Hennepin Community College. She is excited to perform in her first Fringe show. Some of her recent work include playing Prometheus in an Uprising Theatre Company's production of Prometheus Bound and Zafiya in a TEASE production of A to Z. She has also played the Space Girl in the movie Fred and the Space Girl and has appeared in a North Memorial commercial. When not performing, Shahd can be found hanging out with her siblings watching Forensic Files and Basketball Wives. Special thanks to Mike Ricci and Kathy Hendrickson for the best training and support a person could ask for. Peace.


Erik Bredeson

Uncle Leo/George Bush/Dog/Scientist/Pope John Paul II/El Donaldo/Etc.

Erik Bredeson is making his Twin Cities acting debut, and is excited to help take you on a crazy trip through time! Being out of the acting game since college, he is excited to mix it up with this young and vibrant cast!


Isabel Middleton-Watts

Linda/Nancy Reagan/John Hinckley Jr./Andrew Jackson/Tip O'Neill/Film Historian/El Donaldo/Etc.

Isabel Middleton-Watts is super excited to be making her Fringe debut with Katherine Glover Productions. She is still a fairly recent transplant to Minneapolis, celebrating one year in the city this summer! When she’s not hitting the scripts in rehearsal or navigating to an audition through public transit, you can find her slicing up vegan meats and cheeses at The Herbivorous Butcher. She’d like to thank Katherine and Denzel for adding her on Facebook and messaging her when email wouldn’t work, Allison for keeping us on track, and the whole cast for a full month of ridiculous amounts of laughter. Party on and enjoy the show!


Mitch Vosejpka

Edwin Meese/Billy/George Bush/Doctor/Housewife/El Donaldo/Etc.

Recently graduated from Metropolitan State University, Mitch Vosejpka is proud to say this is his third Fringe Festival as an actor and is honored to be a part of Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler! Mitch has done productions in the Twin Cities such as the Laramie Project, Urinetown, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He thanks his loving and supportive family especially his parents who come to every show. He also thanks his drama mama as well as his mentor for guiding him along his journey.


Allison Knauss

Stage Manager

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