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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En Passant

By McGo Productions
Created by McGo Productions

Playing at Jungle Theater


First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

The board is set. In a city of millions every move has a consequence, every move tells a story. Two strangers sacrifice, two players develop. We do the best we can.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm


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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Cast and crew

Jamila Joiner


Jamila Joiner is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has been seen in many shows around the Twin Cities including Teen Idol: A Bobby Vee Story (History Theater), Leading Ladies (Woodbury Community Theater) , and Airbags (Fringe Festival 2016). She would like to thank everyone involved in this production of En Passant and would like to send a special thank you to her friends and family who come to the show.

Kira Pontiff


Kira first caught the theater bug as a student as South High School and went on to major in Theater Arts at Hamline University. Her recent work includes "My Life Through History: An Autistic Man's Journey" with Freshwater Theater, "Sense and Sensibility" with Theater in the Round, "Who Has Eyes to See" with Uprising Theater Co., and "The Most Massive Woman Wins" with Theater Unbound.

Lynda Dahl


Lynda is thrilled perform in the debut production of En Passant. She most recently played 3 roles in Theatre Unbound’s production of Mere Trifles, an evening of 4 short plays, including Lynn Nottage’s Poof!. Previous credits include the debut of Trust at The Lab Theater, a production of Self-Reliant Actor where she took part in its development; Fahrenheit 451 at Theatre in the Round; and And She Would Stand Like This for 20% Theatre Company. Film credits include the upcoming feature Twin Cities. Lynda would like to thank Scott, the love of her life for his constant love and support.

Mike Novak


Mike Novak has practiced law for 25+ years and raised four incredibly gifted and hardworking children. He recently returned to theatre, film and writing now that his children have graduated from college. He has appeared in a number of shows at the Black Box in St. Cloud including: Galileo, Murder In The Cathedral, Miracle Worker, Christmas Carol, Trust and recently filmed Can’t Go Home and Nobody’s Home. He is grateful to have worked with everyone involved in En Passant.

Denzel Belin


Denzel Belin is an director, improviser, and actor currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has directed with Uprising Theater Company, Phoenix Theater, Freshwater Theater, Gadfly Theater, and The Easy Access Script Experience. He is currently performing in the Brave New Workshop's Guardians of the Fallacy: Executive Disorder. He is also directed "Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler" with Katherine Glover Presents which you can see this Fringe at Strike Theater.

Joe McGowan


As a first time playwright and producer Joe is excited to see his work come to life. Trained as an improviser and theater technician at HUGE Theater Joe loves exploring all aspects of storytelling. You can catch him performing Saturday nights at HUGE Theater a part of Ka-Baam!! The improvised comic book.

Sarah Maxwell

Stage Manager

Sarah Maxwell is proud to be involved in her first Minnesota Fringe production, and her second project with Denzel after stage managing Dirty Story last year. Since moving to the Twin Cities two years ago, Sarah has performed as part of Gadfly Theater's Fringe Festival; directed Charlotte's Web (Parnassus Preparatory School); and stage managed Willy Wonka (Ashland Productions). Most recently she was involved in The Neutrino Video Project at Huge Theatre. Sarah Maxwell graduated with a degree in Youth Theatre from Bowling Green State University.

Abbey Casino

Assistant Stage Manager

Abbey Casino is excited for her first time at fringe! She's a recent transplant from Bowling Green, OH, where she's worked on shows both on and backstage. When not doing theatre, she enjoys staying at home and hiding under blankets.

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An original work by first-time playwright and producer Joe McGowan, En Passant explores the parallels of chess and life. Using a Jazz Hop score to set the tone for a true-to-life drama, experienced director Denzel Belin has shaped En Passant into a realistic, yet experimental, piece. Utilizing chess metaphors and significant items to create an underlined importance, the audience can not help but be drawn in. The playwright also excels at creating a detailed world with hidden connections and meanings that slowly reveal themselves as each move is made.


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                                                  Teaser Trailer


                                            In Depth Interview

Have a Great Day!

Yours Truly,

                 McGo Productions



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