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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Never Wonder Land

By Laughing Nomad Productions
Directed by Katherine Skoretz

Playing at Crane Theater

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Warnings: Adult language.

"Who are you??" is the question when Peter runs into Alice and Wendy is caught between a shadow and the final kiss. When Wonderland and Neverland collide, things change shape. Hold onto your shadow!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
 

 

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

High hopes, but not much here

by Florence Brammer on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

I adore Alice in Wonderland (and Peter Pan as well), so was really looking forward to this mash-up of adventures. I don't need a linear narrative and I can appreciate the dreamy vibe apparently being sought here, but it just didn't work for me. Beautiful use of shadow to depict Alice's enlargement and shrinkage, though.


Slow and uninspring

by Mark Webb on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

With little dialog, this show had a confusing script that just didn't deliver. Performances were uneven and seemed unrehearsed.

1 person found this review helpful


Charming

by Ellen DeYoung on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very fun! Sure, the plot was a bit meandering at times, but the actors more than made up for it with their charm, commitment, and physicality.


Childlike Wonder

by Matt Ledder on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A truly dreamlike production! The minimalist setting showcases the incredible physicality of the actors. This show will call to audiences with strong imaginations and a love of play.


Didn't grab me

by Eric Cohen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

The actors did great physically, but the whole thing moved too slowly and too erratically to hold my interest.


Dreamlike

by Liz Conway on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I find the reviews that mention the oddness of the plot to be missing the point! This production is gorgeous and dreamlike, with the surreal disjointed quality of dreamlogic. If you're looking for a straightforward retelling of either of the two source stories, you will be disappointed...so go instead for a sweet little story about reimagined beloved characters. Without spoiling anything, let me say that the transformations, both in size and in character, are done superbly. I am most impressed with the versatility of the actors who are playing multiple characters. The transitions between characters are crisp and convincing.

The show is also unexpectedly hilarious, particularly Peter and the fellow who played all the small parts! I was laughing through the whole thing. This would be a great show for grade school age kids and up, despite the 16+ warning. There was a kindergartner there who was having the time of his life when I was there.


Never Wonder Land

by anca sima on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

very entertaining, well, done, great actors and choreography.


um....

by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Though the actors were engaging and charming, their efforts were thwarted by the (I use this term loosely) plot. The worlds of Alice and Peter Pan should prove a gold-mine in their embrace/attack, but here was a flabby, confusing "meh" of a mess. Hopefully, they'll find a better path into those worlds in the future.

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Beautiful imagery

by Matilda Ruth on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The physical dance aspect of this show was very stimulating. I particularly enjoyed the use of shadows. Synchronization of mirror scenes could use some work. I love the concept of Alice and Wendy going on an adventure together, but the story lost me a few times.


Won Over

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

I’m real critical of mash-up concepts these days.
But this piece won me over with its charm, its movement and flowing fabrics, its child-essence, and its goofing around. A fun, fast flirty flight of fantasy.

1 person found this review helpful


Magical and adventurous

by Anthony Chlebeck on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This play is a beautifully artistic blend of favorite fantasies. While the dialogue is sparse, it's all strong and deep and references the originals wonderfully. The thing most magical about this play is it's movement and expression. The actors excel in grace as they flit and flutter across the stage. It feels easy to see Peter Pan dragging his shadow into the treetops...
If you love dance and fairy lands, you would Love this play!


Visually Interesting

by Sunny Sorenson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This production to me is the what the Fringe is for: to try something new and then develop it more after.

Over all, there were some lovely visual moments. But the narrative structure was lacking.

So I hope that the creators continue with the piece: define the "story" and refine the physicality, which at times felt disconnected from the action and each other.

Oh! Michael Terrell Brown is fantastic. He has a great personality and text technique, he really made the show's quasi-poetic language clear and full of purpose.

1 person found this review helpful


Adventure and curiosity!

by Frank Neubecker on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved the movement and atmosphere they created with this show! Simple set that was used to its fullest and brought you into the world.


Fun whimsical tale

by Sonja Freeman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

What a great concept! I loves the development of characters with just enough hints to help the audience along. Wendy and Peter's storyline could have been even more developed but they did an amazing job acting. Nice physical touches throughout and I enjoyed the tender connection between Alice and Wendy.


Disappointed

by Kimberly Peterson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Okay, this show just wasn't ready yet. Acting was way overdone, the choreography was overdone, the story was trying to get there but it just never managed to really get legs.

The pre-show antics were kitschy not engaging, and were pointless as well as being irrelevant to the story.

The story, while using beloved characters, plotlines, and the riches developed from their story-worlds; manages to dilute them both. Plot holes exist which seemed to be glossed over in the breakneck pace of the show. While there are glimpses of fascinating plot lines, they are never developed in the story, casually tossed aside for something that ends up taking us nowhere.

Its truly a shame. But this came across as unformed, messy and overwrought.

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Very well acted

by Ed Burke on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The acting is excellent and the choreography is very good. The story itself is more of a montage than a fully plotted story and at times didn't move as quickly as it could have.


Adventure with glory and glitter

by Sarah Black on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Incredibly well acted re-imagining of Peter and Alice. Thoroughly enjoyable!

1 person found this review helpful


Fun to watch

by Deb Zachar on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

My first Fringe of the year and what a way to start it off. This one was wonderfully creative blending both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland themes and then stretching them a bit. I would confidently recommend this one to any one wanting to see what a real Fringe show is all about.

1 person found this review helpful


I liked this show!

by Cole Sarar on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yay!!


Lovely concept

by Tara Kieffer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved the movement and the characters. The concept is grand. I enjoyed the audience interaction. Somehow though it fell a little flat.


ok

by Maria Keith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The movement was nice but the story was not intriguing enough to keep me awake.

1 person found this review helpful


Magical fun!

by Tyler Haugen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Imaginative storytelling, physical exploration of childhood wonder. A visual treat!


So much charisma!

by Joshua Salisbury on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had so much fun at this show. The ever-changing characters never have a wasted interaction and every conversation is fresh. I left with an appreciation for what it means to love someone enough to go adventuring with them.


Imaginative and Thoughtful

by Sarah Heller on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is not your standard "stick two pop culture items in a blender" Fringe show. It's simple, it's playful, it has something to say, but it doesn't rush you.

I was most impressed by how effectively the staging evokes that eerie topsy-turvy quality that is common to both stories. I really loved it.

2 people found this review helpful


Imaginitively Glorious!

by Karen Folman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was engaged by all three actor/actresses in this production. They were fun, lively, and switched into different characters with ease and precision. I was also impressed by the inventive use of simple props and wardrobe to create each scene. I was laughing, clapping, and smiling the whole way through the adventure of Never Wonder Land. This one is a must see by all!

1 person found this review helpful


Subtle perfection

by Chris McGrath on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Joyous, real, and engaging presentation of the greatest internal and external human dynamic. A must see for anyone struggling with love, identity, and belonging.

Welcomes the audience in by refusing to take itself too seriously.

Gorgeous, uncomplicated production from front to back. All involved should be extremely proud of the impact they will surely have on Fringe audiences.


Absolutely Wonderful, Creative, Funny

by Emma Bryant on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was so so so so so so in love with this show. Three actors and they were SO engaging.
Very creative what they did with props and light and the weaving of the two different stories was imaginative and fun.

Also surprisingly funny! The guy who plays a bunch of different characters had me rolling from start to finish.

If you're considering going GO!! If you aren't... still go. It's so so good.


Cast and crew

Tamara Koltes

Performer/ Collaborator

Tamara Koltes holds her BFA in Theater from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, with an interest in developing new work and a background in dance and movement. Recent stage appearances include: Romeo and Juliet (Mission Theatre Company), The Bernice Project (Phoenix Theater), Consumed (Playable Artworks), Air D&D (MDK Productions), Rumors of Shadows (Kinetic Fusion Physical Theatre), The Cruel Painter of Radostdale (Laughing Nomad Productions), Tales from Wonderland: A Common Night (Maximum Verbosity), Daylight’s Nightfall (YFX), Broceliande; The Death of Merlin (Six Elements Theatre), along with the New York debuts of Charles Mee’s The Four Seasons (Merchant’s Hall) and The Strange Tales of Preston Stagger (Lion Pinball Players).


Kit Shelton

Performer/ Collaborator

Kit’s background is in visual art, improv, circus performance, burlesque, and ecstatic dance. She trained formally in studio art and informally in improv theatre at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she performed in the improv troupe Unusual Suspects; Kit now uses improv concepts to teach personal and leadership development workshops. Kit studied contortion and aerial arts in Chicago at The Actor's Gymnasium. Her dance background is quite literally home-grown, having taught herself to dance in her parent’s living room from an early age. She has been honing her craft at Dance Church over the past year. Never Wonder Land is Kit’s Twin Cities stage debut.


Katherine Skoretz

Director

Katherine Skoretz is a PhD candidate Scholar-Director of Theatre at Wayne State University. Her dissertation study is on post-9/11 theatrical exploration of re-integration and home through analysis and performance of contemporary plays. She has been performing and directing for the past 12 years, favorite performances include: Juliet, Rosalind, and Pamela/Annabella/Margaret from The 39 Steps. She co-founded the Underground Theatre at the Studio, and will be performing in Savage Umbrella's EX-Gay: Not a Straight Remount in September.


Kirsten Stephens

Producer/ Collaborator


Rebecca Surmont

Collaborator/ Movement Coach

Rebecca Surmont is an actor, voice-over and on-camera talent and formerly an ensemble member of the award winning Margolis Brown Co. She has also worked throughout the Midwest as a mime, dancer, movement artist, arts instructor, and writer. She studied with Marcel Marceau, Stefan Niedzialkowski and Kari Margolis. This is her first time collaborating with Kinetic Fusion.


Michael Terrell Brown

Performer/ Collaborator

Michael is excited is very excited to be apart of this amazing project and journey. Michael has a BFA in Acting from Millikin University. He serves Director of Sales and Engagement at CLIMB theatre where he has been on and off stage for almost 10 years. As an actor in the Twin Cities he has worked with Park Square, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, History Theatre, Pillsbury House, Artistry, Theatre Coup d’Etat, Mission Theatre, Freshwater, and Wonderlust. After Fringe you can see him in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s version of Moby Dick.

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When two iconic worlds of adventure and imagination collide, gender roles change shape and "Who am I?" becomes the greatest adventure of all.
Are you ready for this? Are you sure?

Neverland The island of childhood imagination, who's delights and dangers bend to Peter's caprice. Where lost boys play and die, and all the men are pirates.
Wonderland A landscape of curiouser and curiouser which constantly insists that Alice meekly conform to its whims. Where growing up means navigating mad tea parties and refusing to be decapitated.

Can Alice and Peter find themselves in Never Wonder Land? The stakes may be higher than you think...

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