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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Songs for a Post-Apocalyptic World

By Dean Olivet
Written by R. D. Rhobajt, transcribed by Dean Olivet

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre

A funk-rock scene-cycle exploring "existential human enigmas" brought about by various global catastrophes ... also "mutant magnetic genitalia."

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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

Beautiful singing... but that's it

by Sophia Feller on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

It was pretty in that the music didn't kill me, but the other content did :(

1 person found this review helpful


Good music, but. . .

by Ariel Lopez on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

In the opening number, a character finds an American flag and a US history book, and feels deeply inspired by these things. I'm honestly not sure how ironic the intent for this was, because although the show claims to "explore existential questions" there really isn't much exploration, just some random non-contextualized and undeveloped ideas. And OK, magnetic genitals was pretty clearly just for fun and didn't need much explanation, but there badly needed to be some signposts for the audience in other places. The band and vocalists were talented and enjoyable, but I couldn't wait for the scenes to end and get back to the music.


Music

by Walter Furtney on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

I love a tight live band. The songs were fun and pointed highlighted by the Magnetic song. The exposition a little less so. I was always eager to get to the next song.


Fun commentary sometimes choppy

by James Zappa on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

For how light this show was throughout, there was commentary hidden that kept this show intriguing. The premise was interesting, the disconnected story lines worked well to build the world. Some of the segments went on a little long, but the actors kept the energy going. The music was catchy and some of the songs were a lot of fun; especially the more satirical numbers. All of the actors were pretty good vocalists, the harmonies and balance among there voices were always spot on; but the soloists were once or twice pitchie and relied too much on belting for my taste.
The transitions were rough; the band had to vamp through their music on most of the changes. The transitions into the songs were choppy, and slowed the scenes down.


ONE OF A KIND!

by Sam Heyn on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is like nothing else playing at this year's Fringe Festival!

From what I can surmise, SFAPAW is a series a musical vignettes poached from a group of new, original, full-length musicals. The selections all explore common themes of the Earth's remaining humans trying to make sense of their existence, and their destiny, in a post-apocalyptic world.

The company performs with a lot of heart. The pit orchestra is tight, and the music is upbeat and catchy!
Where else are you going to be able to hear a song about "magnetic genitalia?!?"
I didn't stop smiling through the whole performance. Was it for the right reasons? Who cares!

This show is campy, and beautifully absurd. Bring friends and laugh until your cheeks hurt!


Not for everyone.

by Jonatan Mitchell on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I found myself wishing for so much more out of this. The band, singing, and arrangements were very solid. I could even get behind some of the messages they were trying to get across. But the scene-jumping, overly-acted, and fantastically random way of telling snippets of stories is just not for everyone. I left disappointed and baffled (and yes, I followed along with the program), but I can understand how some others may feed off the energy of the performers and have an enjoyable time.


One of my favs so far!

by Paul Strebe on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I really dug this. Very solid acting and excellent songs. Dare I say "inspirational"?

1 person found this review helpful


Note to Self: Actually read the program!

by Crissy Tolson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This is the type of show that jumps. Each scene different; vaguely familar to the last. User error. If I had read the program more clearly I would have had a better understanding of the show and each scene. There were definite fantastic moments. The singers lovely, the quips appreciatable. But to me it felt a bit all over the place. So read the program!!!!

1 person found this review helpful


Surprised!

by Catherine Fischer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was happily surprised with "Songs for a Post-Apocalyptic World." The level of acting and singing was much above what I expected, with each actor fully committed to the whole. The theme defied the norm, and gave one pause to think in the context of what so much of life is about in these days of political incivility and unrest. The performance was tight overall, and the music delightful.

1 person found this review helpful


Quirky and Thought Provoking

by Rachel Wixson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Just make sure to read the scene descriptions as this is not one whole story but short scenes from larger works. You'll be confused without it if you go in thinking this is going to be a traditional one story show! Knowing that, this show feels like a very timely commentary on our current climate almost like a cautionary tale. The scenes toggle between thoughtful and intense, to well, radiation induced magnetic genitals and other comedic moments (in one scene I felt like we were in a post-apocalyptic Julie Andrews movie- and I loved it). Great chemistry and energy from the cast especially as a group. Quality voices all around. Fun interaction between the cast, the band, as well as the audience. I hope to see the full works someday.

1 person found this review helpful


The future is now...

by Kirk Ramautar on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

In today's Trumpocracy, it's hard not to try to imagine what the future might hold. This show gives people a hilarious, provocative view on how that may look. The cast does a brilliant job of transitioning between the different shorts, and the common post-apocalyptic theme rings throughout. Over all, a well rounded show, good for a laugh and your daily dose of weirdness.

2 people found this review helpful


Sha na na

by Tj Kudalis on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fun show! The music was inventive and fun, and the cast sounds great, especially all together. The show is a little disjointed, as some of the scenes are connected and some aren't, but it's interesting and fun-weird all the way through. I think I might be pregnant from touching magnetic genitals.

2 people found this review helpful


Exactly what Fringe should be

by Jennifer Whigham on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a beautiful example of the soul of Fringe: a complex, deeply weird and wonderful musical about thriving in a post-apocalyptic world. I look for Fringe shows to make me feel something - and this one made me cry a little, laugh a whole lot and think about my own political actions in the current climate. Songs were incredibly well-structured and complete - and I'll be singing the Magnetic Genitals song for the end of my days (trust me - you have to see this one). Cast was full-throated and worked well as a company. Band was well rehearsed and professional. Wild and relevant. See for yourself.

2 people found this review helpful


Still baffled

by Mark Webb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This was a definite "WTF did I just see?" moment, and I don't mean that in a bad way. The show is perfect fringe material, and off to a good start. The cast did a nice job with this odd piece, but the musical numbers seemed to be way under-rehearsed.

1 person found this review helpful


Sometimes chaos isn't good

by Chris Madsen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

If the future is going to be filled with this soundtrack, I am hoping I will be deaf by then. Live music of dishords and noises accompanied poorly crafted lyrics. The cast and musicians were committed, I'll give them that. But when the magnetized body parts came out, I was ready to leave.


Magnetic!

by Dan Patton on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great music and singing!
Evocative of a 60's musical. Godspell or Pippin or the like.
Worth it just for the second to last scene.
You'll see what I mean!

5 people found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Megan McDonald

Choreographer, Ghel, Ainjee, Enemy 4, Narrator, Congregant 6


Mari Widen

Jamison, Slahnk, Genital Puppeteer 2, Congregant 3


Grant Ruckheim

Seeyes, Enemy 5, Genital Puppeteer 1, Congregant 1


Lauren Drasler

Whardin, Kemdin, Jerin, Woman 2, Congregant 2.


Andrew Scipioni

Sumduff, Adams, Man 1, Congregant 5


Cory Tiesel

Dajee, Rennon, Man 2, Preacher


Katie Widen

Ahyoo, Kelly, Woman 1, Congregant 4


Rick Widen

Guitar, Keys, Enemy Captain


Chris Fahey

Guitar


Abe Heyn

Bass


Andrew Bartelson

Drums


Mark Monfils

Director

More information

A funk-rock scene-cycle exploring such existential questions as “How do we retain our humanity in the face of various global catastrophes?”, “Can the spirit of Christmas endure the Apocalypse?”, and “What would happen if cosmic radiation mutated our genitalia into radar-magnetic natural selectors of our best genetic matches?” Features ten original songs in seven scenes, in five dimensions, possibly six.


For song demos visit www.deanolivet.com/post-apocalyptic-songs


This show brought to you in part by Trivia Mafia, www.triviamafia.com 


 

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