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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On The Exhale

By Market Garden Theatre
Written by Martín Zimmerman

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Xperimental

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Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language.

When an act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime and to the irresistible feeling of power that it brings.

Grown-ups only (18+)

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

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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Cast and crew

Jane Froiland

Woman

Jane Froiland is a Twin Cities based actor, director, and teaching artist. Jane has performed with Children's Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Dark and Stormy Productions,Jungle Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Old Log Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, The Playwright's Center, and Gremlin Theatre, among others. Recent credits include Pony in The Realistic Joneses at Park Square Theatre, Olive in The Norwegians with Dark and Stormy Productions, and the title role in Marie Antoinette with Walking Shadow.
In addition to her stage work, Jane is also a film, on camera, and voiceover talent. She can currently be seen in the second season of the acclaimed series, Documentary Now! opposite Fred Armisen on Netflix, as well as the hit web series, Theater People.

She has performed in back to back Ivey Award winning productions, Doubt with Ten Thousand Things, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty with Walking Shadow. She was named best actress in a drama by Lavender Magazine for her work in Rocket to the Moon with Gremlin Theatre.

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Martín Zimmerman

Playwright

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, On The Exhale, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Roundabout Underground, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, American Theater Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, Teatro Vista, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Foundation, Cara Mía Theatre Co, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Theatre Row, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University with upcoming projects at Roundabout Underground, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

A recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, and the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, Martín was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos, is a Story Editor on the upcoming Netflix Series Ozark, has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month, was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre, is a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and has been a finalist for the Kendeda Competition and Heideman Award.

MFA in Playwriting: The University of Texas at Austin. BA in Theater Studies, BS in Economics: Duke University.

www.martingzimmerman.com


Lucas Skjaret

Director

Lucas Skjaret is a theatre director, costume designer, and teaching artist in the Twin Cities. As the Artistic Director of Market Garden Theatre, he has directed: Gray Duck, Three Days of Rain, the world premiere of Public Exposure, and a staged reading of Ghosts & Zombies. He has also directed Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at Lakeshore Players as well as with Little Life Boats/T.E.A.S.E, The One Minute Play Festival and others. He has also worked with The History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Yellow Tree, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre, Daleko Arts, Theatre in the Round, Minnesota Musical Theatre, The Public Theater of Minnesota, and Teater Neuf in Oslo, Norway.

As a teaching artist, he has taught at The Children's Theatre Company, Jefferson High School, and at Normandale Community College as a guest dramaturg.

He was the Artistic Administrator at Public Theater of Minnesota and was a production intern at The Playwrights' Center, where he worked at Philip Dawkin's Le Switch. Lucas received his double B.A. in Theatre Arts and Scandinavian Studies from the University of North Dakota where he studied Norwegian culture and Ibsen in Oslo, Norway and did research at The Ibsen Centre. He is a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of North America.

www.lucasskjaret.com


Ellen DeYoung

Stage Manager

Ellen DeYoung is thrilled to be working with Market Garden Theatre for the first time! She is a freelance stage manager in the Twin Cities and has worked with Mission Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Artistry, Eat Street Players, and Stages Theatre, among others. During office hours, you can find her at The National Theatre for Children, emailing cat pictures to her coworkers.

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