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.

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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.

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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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Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

By Clevername Productions
Directed by Alexander Gerchak

Playing at Jungle Theater

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Warnings: Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content.

Listen. Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. In this musical, we see the life and death and life again of Billy Pilgrim, survivor of the bombing of Dresden. Adapted from Kurt Vonnegut Jr's famed novel.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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

Good adaptation

by Robert Cohen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Strong musical adaptation of a Vonnegut classic. Nice work!


Slaughterhouse Five: a Musical

by David Wheeler on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Reading Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhoue Five, is a crazy, funny, and moving experience. That's exactly the kind of experience I had at this production! The madness on stage is perfect for Vonnegut lovers. It's also perfect for the Fringe! What fun!


Poo-tee-weet

by Paris Kelvakis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Slaughterhouse V is one of my favorite novels, and this production excels at embodying its themes, tone, and trauma. The key to a successful, dynamic adaptation is being able to translate the heart and soul of a story into a different medium, and the team here really nailed this one. Fabulous.

1 person found this review helpful


This is why we come to the Fringe

by Catherine Brennan on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A bold experiment that, on the surface, looks ridiculous. A musical of a main character who suffers violent disruption of everything he knows, surviving the bombing of Dresden? Well, O.K.
The concept of becoming unattached in time works well for the swirling activity that is the progress of a musical. This is performed by the actors purposefully, even grimly, marching round the set. Would it have killed you to throw in some dance?
The score has a fifties version of what life beyond earth must be like. But then there are lovely, tender moments between Billy and Montana. Billy's fiancee gets to give full reign to her feelings for Billy.
Vonnegut's distant, sardonic point of view is maintained. Yet, there is kindness, however oblivious.


Why?

by Seb C. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Why was this a musical? Ok idea to see slaughterhouse five on stage but music made it too clunky to enjoy.


Brilliant adaptation of quirky style!

by Vance Michael on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This production seamlessly captures the year to year, location to location, event to event jumps that Kurt Vonnegut uses so well to tell his story. The changes are wonderfully portrayed with characterizations, stage movement, music, special effects, scenery and lighting. Flowing smoothly in less than moments, in full view of the audience, there is no sense of rushing or awkwardness. The audience is lead to the next time and place leaving no doubt in their minds that the story has quickly moved on. Bravo to a brilliant cast, orchestra and director to recognize with feeling the importance of the author's style! Slaughterhouse Five is a true to story fast paced full of feeling joy to watch. An impressive new work! A perfect addition to Fringe!


Three Stars

by Alison Mahoney on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I wish I could rave about this sincere effort to bring Billy Pilgrim, Dresden, Optometry, Montana Wildhack, and the Trafalmadorans to the Fringe Festival stage. Lots of funny bits, but I felt precious time was wasted on minutia and explanation that only partially explained. Loved the on-stage band, the flutter and flurry of the set changes. My advice to anyone attempting to whittle a complex novel into a Fringe event: focus on the big picture/message, make sure the details prop that up.


Good not great

by Solveig Bloomquist on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I would not recommend this show to someone who is unfamiliar with the book, and I would recommend that those who have probably lower their expectations before walking in. The first 80% of the script slapsticks its way through everyone's favorite quotes before trying to dump the heart of the novel in our laps right as the show wraps up. An able cast and a killer score make this a fun one for Vonnegut lovers, but take her with a grain of salt.


Impressive!

by Hillary Olson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

OMG THOSE TRANSITIONS. You've seen painful transitions, you've seen acceptable transitions but I can't remember being this amazed during those interludes. Every one of them was as exciting and dynamic as the rest of the show. The talented ensemble worked well together under some clever writing and staging by Alexander. Successful musicals are a rare treat at Fringe and this one does not disappoint.

2 people found this review helpful


Some Stories Don't Need To Be Musicals

by Adam Boutz on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A musical adaptation that tries to cover too much ground in too little time. This was probably the wrong book to adapt. The show couldn't decide if it wanted to be a parody or accurately represent the story. It was rushed and chaotic and carried the nihilistic tone of the book close to the chest, but without the depths available on the written page it just looks... sloppy. And don't even think of watching this if you've never read the book.

1 person found this review helpful


Definite Fringe material - Odd and Fun

by Mark Webb on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I'm not sure this warranted being a musical, but it was interesting to see. Fine performances and well rehearsed, the talented cast moves through this one at a quick pace.

1 person found this review helpful


Hilarious

by monica reeves on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Beautiful spoof on the story.


A clever rendition

by Eric Siegel on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

With a menagerie of fast transitions, impromptu musical numbers and wide ranging cast, this show collects all of Vonnegut's weirdness and threads it back together in a colorful way. Transitions are numerous but employed to give the show it's pacing and rhythm while also reveling in the mannequin nature of Billy Pilgrim as he gets tossed from one end of the cosmos to the next.

The biggest hurdle this show has to overcome is it's audience familiarity with the source material. Yet with its economical use of set, clever alien costumes, solid performances by the cast and apt use of Vonnegut's repeated intonation - "So it goes" - the show brings all of the necessary elements together to create an enjoyable and wry hour of theater.

2 people found this review helpful


Really wanted to like it more...

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

Like many, I read the book years ago. That wasn't enough to make sense of the constantly changing scenes. Frankly, not sure it lent itself to a musical format. Some great characters though and well-placed humor. It would probably help if you're a big fan of the book -- which I'm not.

1 person found this review helpful


Time Flies!

by Justin DeLong on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show perfectly nailed Vonnegut's absurdism. The music, though minimal, is great at giving a pause through Billy Pilgrim's nonlinear journey. The actors are solid while portraying the caricatures they are meant to be, and I couldn't have been more thankful for this. It is in no way heavy-handed and will make you smile.
Not Quite family-friendly, but readers of the novel know this.
Do yourself a favor and see this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing and fun

by Greg Sautter on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I never could have imagined how this book could be made into a musical or even a play. Somehow they did it. Good job


Smart and hilarious

by Grace Barnstead on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Absolutely wonderful! The script was hilarious and well adapted, the cast had amazing comedic timing, and the music was delightful. The transitions were seamless and were really the glue that held the show together, along with the stellar cast. I was also impressed with the sound effects and thought there was good use of narration. As someone who has never read the novel, I was worried that I would be lost, but the show is well structured enough that I was able to follow along with no issues. It actually has inspired me to read the novel now! I would love to see this production put up on a larger scale; I could have easily watched at least another hour of this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Slaughtered

by Bradley Johnson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I should have Wikied the story before seeing. It might of helped jog my memory. I liked Billy (good casting) and the jumping in time stayed true, but I found the music very distracting... at times over powering and unable to hear the cast. If you do not know the story (or remember much of it) you'd be better off skipping the show.

1 person found this review helpful


If you like the genre, you'll love it!

by Cheryl Witsoe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great acting and a script true to the genre, this show is well done. I think you'd need to know the plot line of the book to understand and appreciate the show (very easy to google and read while waiting in line to enter!). Some of the singing was hard to hear, which was a shame since all of the cast were excellent.


Vonnegut Would be Proud

by Hannah Coleman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

True to the style of the book, and infinitely more clever in delivery. The unstuck story line presented a hilarious and interesting adventure. Billy Pilgrim engaged the audience in such a twistedly simple way, and you can't help but want to know what will happen to him next. Apart from some sloppy orchestrations and awkward blocking; the big ideas, great script, and steller leads make this a must-see.

2 people found this review helpful


Maybe would have preferred no songs

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

Good energy by the cast, and nice characterization of Billy Pilgrim with minimal dialog and some sublime moments. Loved the movement and music cues. The musical numbers though, with the exception of one, were unmemorable and lyrics were often hard to make out. The central sorrow of the work was missing, in my opinion, and I don’t know if someone who hasn’t read the novel would catch enough to enjoy (though I may be wrong). But, it was dang fun to see scenes from the novel brought to life, so still quite enjoyable.

2 people found this review helpful


An Ambitious Endeavor

by Brian Isles on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I should preface this by saying that I adore Kurt Vonnegut, but I'll also mention that I don't think knowledge of the book is a prerequisite for appreciating this show.

The show requires constant attention from the audience, and the structure is deliberately strange; that being said, it's not impossible to follow if you look at the notes in the program. The cast does a tremendous job bringing life to Vonnegut's text, and the music is lively. The themes of the show can be a bit repetitive at times, but it's done deliberately to show the framing structure of the show.

I admire the hell out of the cast members, orchestra, crew, writer, and director for their ambition, and it was one of the best things I've seen at Fringe!

4 people found this review helpful


Didn't quite get it

by Karley Anna on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This performance was humerus and entertaining but I think I missed the point. I haven't read the book and therefore didn't understand the show, though I don't feel there should be a prerequisite for being an audience member. I appreciated the music and intense, well choreographed, scene changes but left feeling confused and mostly unsettled.

2 people found this review helpful


Funny and Thought Provoking

by Kelly DuBois on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is a great addition to your Fringe experience. Whether you are a Vonnegut fan or not this show will entertain you for the entire 50 minutes! It has a great cast, fun music and many twists and turns. Go see it!

1 person found this review helpful


Fantastic Adaptation/Great Performance!

by Kelly DuBois-Gerchak on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's famed novel is cleverly written, superbly acted and great Fringe show to see. For those of you who have read the novel, the details from the novel are subtly woven into the fabric of the script and add to the shows satirical nature. But don't worry if you haven't read the novel as the story is clear and easy to follow. The musicians were wonderful and the vocals were very well done. The songs enhanced the script and gave the characters a bit more depth - I wish there had been more? This show made me think, laugh out loud and left me wanting more. Thank you for a great experience!

1 person found this review helpful


Glittering cast in a subpar show

by Mickey Anderson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

First and foremost, this show is extremely hard to follow if you have not read the book. A lot of time in the show was wasted transitioning, and none of the plot points really stuck. The show was saved, however, by the singing and acting a talents of Billy Pilgram played by Jacob Hooper, and Ronald Weary played by Chase Adelsman. Both have great voices and amazing acting talent, and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. The show however, does not quite live up to the talents of these actors.


A Must See

by Belle Allan on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Funny, Strange, and Dramatic, this show cannot be missed. The actors showcase a broad comedic, dramatic, and musical talent alongside a talented house band and composer. Each "vignette" is heightened by impressive and integrated technical elements that push the plot forward. The nonlinear timeline will keep you on your toes but the general themes and conflicts are easily digestible especially in the current world political climate. While I have never read the novel, I was able to follow the developing action and the various twists and turns. Well written, well scored, well performed. So it goes.

2 people found this review helpful


Unstuck in plot

by Dave Romm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Some good ideas which were never developed. The songs didn’t add to the plot, and the sound cue for the chronosynclastic infundibulum was overused and never really explained well. The firebombing of Dresden is the autobiographical heart of the book, and is treated like a secondary plot point . The final moment should have worked better than it did. Two and a half stars rounded down for only being 45 minutes.

5 people found this review helpful


Pilgrim!

by Fourth Wall on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I think you can miss this if you haven't read the book. I enjoyed the music but it was hard to hear the lyrics over the instrumentation. Loved the aliens. I was a bit lost having not read the book. But it was still enjoyable!

2 people found this review helpful


Pitch Perfect

by Cheryl Lambert on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I really enjoyed this show. I thought Billy Pilgrim was well cast, and I thought the musicians were extremely talented. My only gripe is that due to the instrumentation, the vocals were often lost. Great adaptation, though!

2 people found this review helpful


More!

by Liz Malanaphy on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was a compelling, unique, interesting, tight and well orchestrated production. I could have watched the cast (and musicians) for another hour, easily! Cast perfectly, and the musical score was subtle, bright and brilliant in turns, throughout the play.
Especially loved the "Barbershop Quartet" moment...stunning and effective!
Simple and fast-paced staging (and a wonderful theater) completed the totally engaging experience...thank you for a great show!

2 people found this review helpful


So it goes

by Little Voice on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

The production does a good job of illustrating the "unstuck in time" concept through music, staging and choreography. Many of the cast members had a hard time projecting over the band, so the instrumental music worked better for me than the lyrical.

2 people found this review helpful


Needs more Tralfamadorians!

by Tim Dwyer on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a lot of fun.
The band was good, and the music kept the show moving.
Billy Pilgrim was just right.
A few of the singers were hard to understand over the band, but most of the songs were clear.
And. The Tralfamadorians were wonderful.

1 person found this review helpful


An excellent treatment

by Sarah Heller on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A startlingly thoughtful treatment of the source material, for those who know the book. But if you never read it, no fear: you'll get everything you need to follow the narrative. Such as it is.

1 person found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Chase Adelsman

Roland Weary


Nelle Anderson

Montana Wildhack

Nelle June Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bard College (NY). She was invited to the Classical Singer Magazine Competition in 2016 and won first prize in the Schubert Club Annual Scholarship Competition in 2014. Recent roles include Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto with Oberlin in Italy, soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, and editorial intern for Opera News Magazine. She's supes excite to play Eurydice in Orfeus in the Underworld with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera in October!


Joseph Finn-Bolling

Edgar Derby

Joseph Finn-Bolling is very excited to be a part of his second Fringe Festival, having directed Don Quixote last year. Some favorite roles include Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Nick (Over the River and Through the Woods), and Sideway (Our Country's Good). Thanks to everyone involved!


Erin Gassner

Valencia Merble

Erin is excited to be back at the Fringe Festival! Last year she played Huma Abedin/ensemble in Trump: A Musical Tale at the Mixed Blood Theater. Recently she played Verges in Desperate for Approval Productions' Much Ado About Nothing and Shelley in Stage and Spotlights Theatre's Hairspray. She graduated from UW-La Crosse in May 2016 with degrees in musical theatre and arts administration. Enjoy the show!
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut


AJ Herman

Paul Lazzaro

A.J. is thrilled to be working with Clevername Productions again in Slaughterhouse Five. Some of his favorite productions hes been a part of include: Iolanthe, Trump - A Musical Tale, One Man Two Guvnors, and Assassins. On top of singing, he also loves playing cello, bass, and piano. When not engaged in musical activity you can usually find him either playing video games, practicing karate, or chilling with his dog.


Jacob Hooper

Billy Pilgrim


Jiselle McCollam

Ensemble

Jiselle McCollam grew up performing in plays, musicals, and choirs in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is happy to be performing in her first Fringe show with a wonderful cast, and is also happy to be out of North Dakota. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota where she studied Child Psychology and sang in the University Singers and Vocal U A Cappella.


Riley Parham

Ensemble

Riley Parham is excited to have his Fringe debut with Clevername Productions. Riley recently graduated from Augsburg College with a major in Theatre: Dramaturgy, Directing, and Playwriting and has previously worked on Sod House Theatre’s touring production of The Hoopla Train. Coming up, you can catch Riley in Bucket Brigade’s new musical, Sam’s Son, at Art House North. He would like to thank all who support him and is excited to continue pursuing a career in theatre.


Lydia Wagner

Ensemble


Dan Knoflicek

Bass


Kate Malanaphy

Keyboard


Alex Norman

Drums


Shanna Frasier

Stage Manager


Alexander Gerchak

Writer/Director

Alexander Gerchak is excited to take part in his 3rd Fringe production in the director's chair, his 2nd with Clevername Productions. In addition to asking cast members to do stuff on stage, Alexander has also worked as a performer and technician in the Twin Cities area for the past few years, most notably working as a member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company.


Bradley Kallhoff

Composer/Music Director


Connor McEvoy

Set Design

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