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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Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners

By Comedy Suitcase
Created by Joshua Scrimshaw & Levi Weinhagen

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Two fake professors demonstrate the key elements of physical comedy. After the lecture, students will be able to 1) identify a pratfall 2) evaluate where Joshua needs ice; and 3) staunch Levi's bleeding.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
Audio described

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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

Marc Doty

Live Musician

Marc Doty started writing music at the age of 9. Shortly after that, he decided he was to be a synthesizer player. After getting his first synthesizer at 17 (a Roland Juno-106), he played in a lot of high school bands. He majored in both music education and composition in college. In 2003, after playing in a number of bands, Marc Doty started Automatic Gainsay in a school band room. Marc recorded a number of songs that wound up being used in 2004 when Automatic Gainsay became the house band for The Scrimshaw Show. In 2005, Automatic Gainsay started performing frequently in Spokane, Washington. After a half-joking application to play in a bar in Bath, England, Automatic Gainsay was invited to play in a bar in Bath, England. This bar welcomed Marc back three more times after that. Due to Marc's avid interest in vintage synthesizers, he became an outspoken vintage synthesizer enthusiast and historian on a variety of internet forums. Today, Marc Doty is largely associated with synthesizer demonstration, and the name "Automatic Gainsay" is synonymous with analog synths.


Joshua English Scrimshaw

Creator/Performer

Joshua English Scrimshaw is a Twin Cities based actor, writer and producer and co-founder of the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase. He has been called "a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater" by The Star Tribune, and "a modern day Buster Keaton" by mnartists.org.

Joshua is also the co-founder of English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties with his wife Adrienne English. English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties blends dance and comedy to create original works of physical theater. City Pages named English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties’ 2002 production Shut Your Joke Hole, one of the top ten local theater productions of the year and their recent production at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, To Mars With Tesla or The Interplanetary Machinations of Evil Thomas Edison, was the top selling show in its venue.

In addition to producing his own shows, Joshua has worked with a wide variety of Twin Cities' theater companies including Bedlam Theater, John Munger's Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Theater in the Round, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Off Leash Area, Cheap Theater, and Hardcover Theater. Joshua made his television writing debut on the new syndicated educational sketch show M@d About. His 2011 collaboration with Collision Pictures, The Good Friend, earned six awards at the Twin Cities 48 Hour Film Festival and a Jury award at the South Dakota Film Festival.


Levi Weinhagen

Creator/Performer


Levi Weinhagen is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster and educator. He co-founded the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase and has created multiple original shows that were in the top 10 of ticket sales at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2012 Levi was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages. He created and hosted the award winning Pratfalls of Parenting podcast. He was the first ever Artist in Residence for the Walker Art Center’s Education and Family programs department in 2014-2015. Levi presents comedy workshops and interactive experiences with his Knight Arts grant award winning project the Mobile Comedy Suitcase. He’s also a teaching artist on the COMPAS roster. In late fall of 2016 Levi launched a new podcast called ‘Not About You’ that is a serious yet entertaining look at social justice issues in America. He’s also a communications and media specialist at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Twitter = @ThatLevi

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