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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 Comedy 

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Facebook Lite

By Nancee Magistad
Directed by Becci Schmidt

Playing at HUGE Theater

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Political content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

Help Wanted: Post Monitor Specialist. Must be willing to uphold Facebook Lite's mission to provide a safe environment for the global community to share non-controversial and non-offensive posts.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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

Solid Fringe fodder

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This silliness is just what I anticipate from a Fringe Festival. First funny and then absurd, this show takes a near-real premise and runs with it. Plenty of chuckles and eye-roll moments, especially with the help of the refreshments on sale at the Huge bar.


Cute concept, loses steam

by Bryn Tanner on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Dylan Olmsted does a good job selling us on Facebook's Orwellian cousin, Facebook Lite. I like the idea of a company orientation for a play, but I feel it was stretched a little thin. Some good satire and I really enjoyed the actress who played Bev.


Loved it

by David Guell on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really enjoyed this play. It was funny, clever and entirely relevant to today's culture of political correctness, fake news and internet trolling. It had relatable characters and culminated in a useful lesson. And most importantly, I learned to recognize crazy cat ladies and why to avoid them even though they can be hilarious.


Lots and lots of laughs

by Sarah JL on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

A terrific example of a true ensemble piece. All the actors worked together to present something that was fun, funny, and thought-provoking. And Amy Burge as Bev may be my favorite character to appear in Fringe show this year.

2 people found this review helpful


Inventive

by Michele Engdahl on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I liked the show and the comedic look at social media and sensorship. The show was laugh out loud funny -- especially when Bev was on stage.

1 person found this review helpful


a few laughs

by Carl Smith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

kind of funny, kind of good. has potential.


Lives Up To Its Tagline; Need More Bev!

by Matthew Garten on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Three "B"s: Bland, Boring, Benign. And sadly, that is what this show was. I had high hopes, but a good concept falls apart with poor execution and forgettable characters and scenes. The character Bev was the only highlight, but unfortunately she only appears in a couple of scenes.


Facebook Lite

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

Interesting subject, didn't deliver on a final unifying message. This production felt hampered by the small stage/backstage at HUGE. If they'd had just a little more space (BLB, Rarig X, etc...) the scene transitions would have felt smoother.


Lite

by Danielle Larson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

While some of the actors clearly did the best the could with what they were given (Noteably, amazing line memorization and delivery by "Zuckerberg" and great characters from Burge) the story fell flat. It feels like it would work better as a quick sketch rather than a 50 min performance. There were solid laughs from others, so maybe it just didn't do it for me.


Satire on Censorship

by Jennifer W. on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is an interesting take on censorship in social media. Loved the use of humor and exaggeration to expose how ridiculous it would be to monitor and control everything everyone says. A lot of laughs and some really funny characters!

1 person found this review helpful


FBL

by Michelle Lang on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Entertaining show with some memorable & funny characters! A fun behind-the-scenes look at this alternate version of facebook.

1 person found this review helpful


Lite-hearted laughs

by Ben Mendis on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This is a fun show in a creative format. While it does get a bit repetitive, it had us laughing out loud the whole way through.

1 person found this review helpful


They said it: bland, boring benign.

by Ariel Lopez on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

The chuckle-worthy jokes in the program is the only material the show has, and they amateurishly repeat it for an hour. There is a half-hearted attempt at political commentary at the end, but it seems like they are trying to address modern internet discourse while falling victim to their own critique and being afraid to actually say anything.

1 person found this review helpful


comedy lite

by Warren Porter on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Some characters left me wanting more of them; but exploring the premise becomes belaboring the explanation. I began wondering, starting with this situation, to what other issues they could branch out. That stated; over time, some depth is revealed.


Facebook Lite

by Katherine Korte on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wow what a show! Very well written and anyone that is a part of the social media world can totally relate. Bev was HILARIOUS!! A must see!!

1 person found this review helpful


I liked this show it was good! (FB Lite)

by Jim Louis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I have members in this show who is part of a non-profit I help manage.

There are some good characters in this show (FB Lite Approved Comment). It makes you think what is are the three B's and how and what we post on social media.

1 person found this review helpful


Great jokes

by Danielle S on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

...rehashed over and over again. The premise is fantastic and the first 15 minutes or so were great until I realized they were just going to keep using the same joke formula the entire time.

2 people found this review helpful


Cry laughing

by Jesse Swallow on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show had me cry laughing! I loved the topic! Go see it!


Cast and crew

Dylan Olmsted

Jake Zuckerberg

Dylan Olmsted is very pleased to be returning to the Fringe Festival as Jake in "Facebook Lite." He moved to the cities after earning a BA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. Most recently, he was in the Ensemble for "Anxiety! The Musical" and played the role of Josh in "Fearless Five: Harbingers." Other credits include Arthur the Sasquatch in "Sasquatched the Musical," Max Bialystock in "The Producers," QachIt in "A Klingon Christmas Carol," Eddie and Dr. Scott in "The Rocky Horror Show," as well as some ongoing work with "The Dinner Detective" and "ProCrisis." When not acting, he works as a loader at UPS.


Gayle Aldrich

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

Gayle Aldrich has studied acting based in: Stanislavski Method, Robert Lewis Script Analysis, and Sanford Meisner Technique. She continues to find environments that support artistic growth and has participated in The Performance Studio, Tony Steblay’s Acting Studio, Brave New Workshop, Wide Variety Theater, community theater, and independent film. This is her first appearance in the Fringe Festival!


Skyler Bough

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

This is Skyler's first ever fringe show. Whoo! They moved to the Twin Cities from Connecticut 6 months ago. They are an actor and improviser. Skyler also preforms monthly with Transvestite Soup doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Skyler is very excited to perform with such an amazing group.


Amy Burge

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

Amy Burge is proud to be performing in her third Fringe show ever (after a 15-year break). She most recently performed as Erin in Anxiety! the Musical--a Fearless Comedy Production. She is also active in the local improv scene in The Pickup Artists, Triage, Cookin’ Burgers and Thank You 5! In addition to theater, Amy is also a special ed teacher (yay, summer!) and a mother of two very active teenage boys.


Jessi Goins

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

Jessi is an In-home nurse by day turned local actress/improviser by night. This is Jessi's first performance in a Fringe show, and she is very excited to be a part of an amazing cast and show. Jessi has performed with Fearless Comedy Productions in Fearless Five: Harbingers and stage-managed "Masquerade at Bernard's." She performs weekly with Fantastic Voyage Improv every Wednesday at 7pm at Magillycuddys Anoka. You can catch her performing with Double Blind Improv on occasion as well. She looks forward to hearing the laughs from all the audience in this "LITE" COMEDY PERFORMANCE!


Aiden Milligan

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

Introducing Aiden Milligan. A member of Fearless Comedy Productions, Aiden has spent the last year doing stand-up comedy and improv. He is best known for his role as Tree #3 (silent) in his elementary school play "Why are there so many effing trees?". Facebook Lite is his first outing both on stage as an actor and for Fringe. You can usually find him at Fearless Lab trying to tell jokes about his diminutive package (that means small penis), or on Facebook trying to explain why everyone else but him is wrong.


Tom S. Tea

Various roles, Facebook Lite user/customer service

Tom is a local actor who, after years of acting as a Fringe groupie, is very excited to perform in their very first Fringe show! Tom was last seen in "Anxiety! The Musical," and "The Goodbye Project," and also performs monthly with Transvestite Soup, the Twin Cities' only Rocky Horror shadowcast.


Becci Schmidt

Director

This is Becci's seventh year participating in Fringe. She is an actor, improvisor, director and producer, having just recently produced her first play, Anxiety! The Musical, this last May. Becci is a member of Fearless Comedy Productions. She has also participated in Twin Cities Improv Festival, Austin Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and the Vancouver International Improv Festival. Basically she's done a lot of funny stuff, sorry you missed it. However, Becci can be seen regularly at Bryant Lake Bowl as a member of Vilification Tennis, having won the 2016 Amateur Show.


Jake Cohen

Contributing writer, model

Jake works in the healthcare industry and is hilarious!* That’s why he was asked to contribute to the script. He also has a jawline like a Greek god** which is why he was asked to be our model for Fringe Festival advertising purposes. This is Jake’s first Fringe show. (*Note, Jake is not vain, Nancee is his ghost-writer. **Nancee has a double-chin.)


Mary Korte

Co-producer, co-writer

This is Mary's first year participating in Fringe and she's enjoying the experience! Don't worry; she's not planning to quit her day job as Sr. International Regulatory Affairs Manager at a local medical device company and adjunct professor for St. Cloud State's Graduate Program. When not writing Fringe shows she enjoys traveling, movies, checking out new restaurants/bars, and hanging out with friends/family/Oscar.


Nancee Magistad

Co-producer, co-writer

Nancee works in compliance at a local medical device company. When she’s not complying with compliance, she is a PT building manager at Brave New Workshop, a PT comedy writer and she performs stand-up locally. She’s also a proud member of Fearless Comedy Productions which has provided her the opportunity to write, produce and perform at Honey, Phoenix Theatre and Fearless’ annual Die Laughing 50-hour comedy marathon. She also loves traveling, spending time with friends and family and creating fake hashtags and acronyms. Her favorite movie is “The Sound of Music” (and no, that’s not her password #sodontbother). #facebooklite

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Jake Zuckerberg, Mark's step-twin, co-founded Facebook Lite to proactively protect users from controversial content by ensuring the content is a) always appropriate and b) meets the following criteria: bland, boring and benign. 


Facebook Lite (FBL) is delivered from the perspective of new employee orientation. During the show, you'll be trainees in FBL's rapidly-expanding call center and witness the quality monitoring process in action. Ever wonder how something simple like a recipe could be flagged as controversial? Come see for yourself, at Facebook Lite.

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