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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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.


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.


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


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

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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Cast and crew

Katherine Glover


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


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


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


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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