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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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.


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.


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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 Something different 


Never Wonder Land

By Laughing Nomad Productions
Directed by Katherine Skoretz

Playing at Crane Theater


Just so you know, this show contains 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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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 works 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


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 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 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...


Two Bettys