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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Mnemosyne

By Sunday Driver
Created by Sunday Driver

Playing at Southern Theater

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language, Sexual Content.

*Pantheon Inc. does not condone the trading or selling of memories. Service is only intended for personal storage and the preservation of history. Violators will be subject to immediate termination of service.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 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

Shalee Coleman

Director

Shalee Coleman is an early career director/choreographer in the twin cities who specializes in working with visionary playwrights and performers to assist them in realizing their work. Shalee has previous directed with 20% Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre Company, Uprising Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Company, Theatre Unbound, and has assistant directed with Walking Shadow. She is delighted to be back to the MN Fringe, directing for the 3rd year in a row. For more MN Fringe fun, check out Shalee's Play-dot Productions show: Mayor Lear of Townsville at Intermedia Arts!


Kelly Glader

Gale/Assistant Director/Writer

Kelly Glader recently found out she likes to do theatre stuff after having so much frickin fun putting on The Final Tubby Bye-Bye with her friends last year. She's a graduate of Hamline University ('12), a writer, artist, collaborator, sometimes model, often times audience member, and loves giving her time and money to Pro-Choice Resources and Planned Parenthood. She is a hardcore feminist but her guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelorette. Follow her and her cat's mostly boring life @wednesday.cat.jpeg.


Siri Hammond

Ensemble/Chorus

Siri Hammond is an actor, mover and singer who is thrilled to be back at the Fringe this year after a very long hiatus. She was last seen at the Minnesota Fringe in 2010 in the well-received Grind: A Coffee-Shop, Comic-Book Musical. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2013 with a B.A. in Theater and many credits in Dance and French. Since arriving in the Twin Cities, she has appeared with Artistry (The Secret Garden, The Baker's Wife, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Phantom, Carousel), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Leaving Iowa), Gadfly Theatre Productions (Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tale Edition), Mission Theater Company (Van Winkle: A Folk Musical), and Theatre in the Round Players (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). Upcoming Productions: Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater.


Pauline Johnson

Mnemosyne

Pauline Johnson is an improv, sketch actress, comedian in the Twin cities. She is a U oM twin cities graduate with a BA in theater. You can find her sketch comedy on Facebook Pauline G. Comedy or Instagram @Powleen13 !


Paris Kelvakis

Rook/Head Writer/Producer

Paris is a poet, librarian, and gumball connoisseur. MNEMOSYNE is his love letter to mythology, science fiction, and nonlinear narratives. Paris also likes infinite diversity in infinite combinations, obscure Star Trek references, and the number three.


Beckett Love

Ensemble/Chorus

Beckett is a Twin Cities performance artist who has acted and directed for a variety of shows, most notably in productions with 20% Theatre Company. When they are not onstage, they are also an arts educator. They are delighted to be acting in two pieces for Fringe this year and to be rejoining the team from last year's "The Final Tubby Bye-Bye."


Suzi Love

Percy

Suzi Love holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the U of M (2014), and is a theatre performance artist and educator. Their previous
works include writing for and performing in The Naked I, If We Were Birds (Philomela) Slut (Bed), and Q-STAGE 2017.

Check out Suzi Love and Beckett Love (real life couple) tackle relationships, time warps, and ghosts in "_____", playing at the Jungle Theatre: 8/3 @8:30, 8/6 @10, 8/7 @7, 8/11 @7, 8/13 @1.


Hillary Olson

Anon/Writer/Producer

Hillary is an artist and creative collaborator from Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Hamline University in 2013 with a degree in Studio Arts & Theatre Arts. Hillary is a fine art photographer, graphic designer and theatre artist, both on and off stage. She is currently the Marketing & Box Office Manager at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. This is Hillary's third year participating in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She most recently starred in "The Final Tubby Bye-Bye" and Galdfly Theatre's production of "Slut." Hillary likes to grow things in the dirt.
www.hillaryolsonphotography.com
@scrappyradish


Eric Siegel

Joe Stevens/Writer

Eric Siegel would like to pet your dog. He would also like you to know he is 26 years old, a graduate of Hamline University and is not proficient at using the Oxford comma. This will be Eric’s 2nd year participating in the Fringe festival as both a performer and a writer. Eric spends too much time on Twitter, is generally wary of people who do not eat pickles and aspires to one day be seated on the Iron Throne, his birthright. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support of his misfit lifestyle.


Taja Will

Choreographer

Choreographer Taja Will is a queer, Latina artist. Her body of work includes multi-dimensional contemporary performance and holistic therapy. These two parallel worlds come together in her artistic work through modalities of somatic movement and structured improvisation. Will’s aesthetic is one of spontaneity, bold choice making, sonic and kinetic partnership and the ability to move in relationship to risk and intimacy.

'She's after connection. Looking at Will is like opening the door to a fire: she glows' Lightsey Darst for MN Artists

Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances recently at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series and Late Nite at the Pillsbury House Theater. Will has been named ‘One to watch, one to embrace’ as the Keeper Award recipient in 2010 from Metro Magazine, she received a 2011 Sage Award nomination, named a highlight of the 2014 dance season by the Star Tribune for her role in Off Leash Area’s Maggie’s Brain and was recently a featured artist in Lavender Magazine’s ‘Choreographers that Move Us’. Will received the Right Here Showcase commission, Jerome Travel Study Award and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for her most recent solo work Bruja // Fugitive Majesty. Her futuristic trio Gospels of Oblivion just received a Catalyst commission from Intermedia Arts and will perform in May 2018.

In addition to her own work Will has collaborated and dance with Rosy Simas Danse, Aniccha Arts (Pramila Vasudevan), Deborah Jinza Thayer, Off Leash Area, Vanessa Voskuil, Body Cartography Project and others. Will maintains a private healing practice blending modalities of healing justice work with developmental psychotherapy and somatic bodywork.

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 A book of photographs. A historical trinket. More often than not, our most valuable inheritances aren't physical objects at all. They're lessons learned and experiences shared. Memories. Stories.

Our collective memory is humanity's most precious resource. From ancient oral traditions, to the study of history and science, to the modern ubiquity of the Internet, memory and our desire to share experiences with one another account for every one of humanity's great leaps forward. The ancient Greeks understood this. The Titan MNEMOSYNE personified memory and was the mother of the nine muses, who in turn inspired us mortals to create art.

From the creators of THE FINAL TUBBY BYE BYE, comes a genre twizzling exploration of the inexorable link between our memory and our imagination, our bodies and our minds, and the great and terrible beauty we find when ancient myth and speculative fiction become entwined.

It's a story that you won't want to forget.

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