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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Full Metal Rabbit

By Beta Fish Productions
Created by Jenna Papke, MIckaylee Shaughnessy, and Rob Ward

Playing at Intermedia Arts


Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

Inspired by the classic, British novel "Watership Down" and 1980's American action films, FULL METAL RABBIT follows a group of soldiers gone AWOL in order to prove their innocence and bring a traitor down.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up


Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm

* 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.

Read the reviews

What's going on?

by Bailey H. on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

So this may be because I've seen little to no war movies from the 80s, but I had no idea what was going on in this show. I liked the energy of the actors (especially Kit), but I was just so confused. Often times I couldn't hear what was going on or couldn't understand the actors (I was sitting in the 2nd row). I wish there had been more of a set up and exposition, the story just sort of started already in progress. And as someone who isn't familiar with these movies, it was tough to catch up.


by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

The show is funny overall, and there are some great moments, like the training montage, but I struggled to hear and understand a fair number of lines, and the references to Watership Down were pretty fleeting.

Cute Show

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

I liked this overall and it had some fun laughs. The script could have been tighter and the Watership Down references much clearer. I really did love that training montage.

It had a training montage scene!!

by Kara Greshwalk on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Full disclosure: I've never read 'Watership Down,' so I probably missed a ton of references. However, I was raised on 80's action films and that made this show really work for me. Also, the cast was so fully invested and immensely talented, and the fights looked great! I look forward to the next chapter in the saga of the Hefner family.

Crazy fun

by Christine Auxier on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Hilarious show. Especially funny if you've read or seen "Full Metal Jacket" and or "Watership Down" but still funny if you haven't. Some terrific slow motion stage combat and comic timing.

Unfilled expectations

by Jim Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show should have been sooo much better. Didn't understand the guitar prop. Did have its moments.

Moves along quickly

by Mark Webb on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Some nice humor in this one, but the material didn't do anything for me. The cast did a fine job, and all were committed to the performance.


by Cate Jackson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

...see this show, see this show! Comedy at its absolute best. Absurd. Gilmore Girls meets MASH meets little bunny foofoo. Do not miss this one!

If you like...

by Eric Cohen on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

...80s movies, obscure references, obvious references, repeated tropes, James Bond, spy movies, bad action, good action, physical comedy, bass guitars, crappy effects, explosions, fourth wall breaking, alcohol humor, bunny jokes, ninjas, or laughter of any kind, this is the show for you.

Excellent '80s Excitement!

by Matt Ledder on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Hilarious, high energy adventure! This fast-paced action parody is enjoyable regardless of one's familiarity with the sources.

Funny and Lo-Fi

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Full Metal Rabbit is a good piece of comedy.

Actors could have projected a little more - there were definitely parts of dialogue that I missed, but definitely worth seeing. Just sit close to the front.

Hazel Meets Rambo=Fun

by Matt Saxe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

You don't need to know anything about WATERSHIP DOWN or 80's war action movies (think FULL METAL JACKET of course, but also RAMBO, and NAVY SEALS) to enjoy this talented casts performance. However, if you're a fan of these things, you'll enjoy the show on another level. The resemblance to the structure and many of the characters in WATERSHIP was especially cool to me. But the big draw is the physicality of the show and the elaborate fight scenes. Just a really fun show.

Fun Fun Fun

by Cetius d'Raven on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Pure ridiculousness! Every 80's action movie cliche played for laughs, with a side of rabbits on the run, makes for a lovely, lighthearted good time. Turn off your brain and enjoy the ride.

Awesome goofy fun!

by Jim Dryden on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Part of the enjoyment of this performance is how much fun the audience is having watching it. Everyone getting the jokes, bits, and references and responding together. Great ensemble cast too.

Thoroughly enjoyable

by Dylan Olmsted on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

I laughed so hard at so much of this. It's just the right amount of use of 80s action movie clichés for anyone who has a soft spot for the genre. The bunny one liners were also great. The only thing that REALLY bothered me was that they kept calling a bass a "guitar." For shame.


by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Very good fight choreography. Sloppy storytelling. Many of the scenes felt undirected.

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Non-matching comedy wavelength

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

The cast gave their all for this one - they were charming and devoted. And the action moved quickly and energetically. And yet.. I think I got the action movie references, but I don’t think many of the jokes landed for me at all, for whatever reason (outside of some of the clever staging of action movie staples). Plenty of others in the audience had a rollicking good time, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and say my humor circuits weren’t working (?).

So much fun!!!

by Jessi Evans-Christoffer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Full Metal Rabbit was a great time from start to finish! As a person who rarely laughs out loud while watching anything, I found myself laughing and smiling throughout the show! The actors/actresses were phenomenal, the fight scenes were amazing and well choreographed, the guitar playing was super, and the story was so much fun! Am going to watch again, and this time bring some friends to be able to enjoy it as well! Well done to everyone involved... YOU ROCK!!

Fun send-up of action movies

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

A well written and well acted send-up of action movies (with, I think, only passing Watership Down references). I caught references to several movies and suspect I missed a few more, but it was still enjoyable. My teen daughter, who probably hasn't seen any of the movies referenced, also really enjoyed it.

Fun, Fun, Fun!

by Larry Ripp on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This is not really my kind of fringe show. Silly stuff all the way through. Who needs it? People who want to LAUGH that's who! SO much better than I had feared, this crazy spoof is bursting with Talent, wit and FUN! So goofy I don't even want to start. But SMART goofy. That's the best kind. Might go back and bring some friends.

Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting

by Adam Boutz on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Full Metal Rabbit - Buckle in, you're going to need that safety harness. Full Metal Rabbit is a mashup of Watership Down and every cheesy 80's action movie ever. A parody so metal and so meta that I couldn't tell where the puns stopped and the audience began. It is insane. It has frenetic energy almost beyond belief. IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. In other words, it's The A-Team with bunnies. And it's glorious.

1 person found this review helpful

Good Energy Is Contagious

by Reid Gagle on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I enjoyed this show a lot more than I think I should have. It's the actors' fault. They made me like it against my will. My superego was stuffily protesting "This has nothing to do with Full Metal Jacket at all", "In Watership Down, they weren't on a mission beyond mere survival", and "What is with that accent?", my id was saying "chill out and enjoy". My id won. This is just good silly fun.

And the rocking 1980s soundtrack didn't hurt a bit.

1 person found this review helpful

Good Fun!

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Enjoyed the energy and in this show. I know little about Full Metal Jacket or Watership Down, but still had a great time. Rob Ward and Mickaylee Shaughnessy are an awesome team as brother/sister, Natalie Wass rocks it as the villainess. I did not really understand a lot of the convoluted plot, but that did not take away from the entertainment factor. Nice Job!!

Good fight choreography, funny

by Naomi Kritzer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I had a good time at this. The only source material you really need familiarity with is 1980s action movies; I've read "Watership Down" and the references were pretty few and far between.

The fight choreography was excellent and they did a good job with Fringe-style special effects.

This one runs short (I think it was just under 40 minutes); if you're thinking, "I want to see a play, but I also want to get food sometime this evening," you'll have a little extra time after this one.

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Know your source material!

by Liz Capouch on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I was entertained by this, but not as much as I think I would have been had I actually ever read "Watership Down" or watched "Full Metal Jacket." I definitely got some laughs out of it, though!

Killer Karma-Filled Soundtrack

by Sarah Black on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Great humour, acting, 80s soundtrack, and Ninjas!

Slapstick humor

by Eric Meininger on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

More physical comedy than deep. Beware the profane, but laugh along with the actors. Bring a bar of soap to clean up afterwards.

Cast and crew

Jenna Papke


Jenna is the Executive Director of Arts Nest, which runs Phoenix Theater. She has directed over 20 shows and this is her 6th Fringe show. Her 5th Fringe show, Code: L-O-V-E can be seen at Crane Theater.

Rob Ward

Willis Heffner/Writer

Rob Ward is an actor, deviser, physical theater artist, and improviser. He has worked with several companies in the Twin Cities including Upright Egg,Shadow Horse Theater, Actors Theater MN, Erin Sheppard Presents, and Apostasia Productions. Rob has also featured in several episodes of the FunWitFunny Show and is a founding member of the improv group Reservoir Frogs. This year at the Fringe, he is also performing in 'The Last Bombardment' and 'Be Your Selfie'.

Mickaylee Shaughnessy

Cass Heffner/Writer

Mickaylee Shaughnessy has been acting professionally in the Twin Cities for over a decade. This is the first time she's ventured into playwriting since college. After Fringe she will be in the Velvet Swing with Savage Umbrella and Green T Production's Frankenstein.

Emily Knotek

Holly Ripley

Emily is a Minnesota native who just finished performing with Six Elements in Human Combat Chess 2017 after a brief break from the theater scene, and what better way to round out her year than with more fighting? More action? And more adventure?

Ethan Bjelland


Back in Fringe this year to kick butt and take names with this rad cast and original show! Ethan wears many hats in the Twin Cities theatre community and local Nordic cultural communities. As an actor, he's worked with numerous companies, such as nimbus Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Shadow Horse Theatre, Theatre 20%, and most recently, as Helena in Phoenix Theatre's Burning Ember Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This Fringe, Ethan is also performing as YouTube sensation, TMI Kai in 'Be Your Selfie,' a story of unrequited self-love; and as master code-breaker Robin Bell in Jenna Papke's 1940s Cyrano de Bergerac retelling, 'Code: L-O-V-E.'

Siarde Evans

Aria Sage

Emily Marie Weiss

Vody the Russian

Reappearing onto the Fringe Stage, Emily is thrilled to be playing Vody in Full Metal Rabbit! You might have seen her before in Lightning Rod, SheLooks, TEASE, or just recognize her from being the sassiest redhead in the room. Heartfelt thanks go out to her roommates(for enduring hours of accent practice), her loving partner(for the constant and unending love), and her parents (for, well, everything else).

Natalie Rae Wass

General Gore

Natalie has performed in very nearly every fringe since the year 2000 when her first show was '47 Samurai' with Green T Productions, a company she still works with regularly. They remounted '2001 a space odyssey' for fringe and this fall look for 'Frankenstein'. Last year she performed in 'Apple Picking' l Other festival credits include her self-produced show 'Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist', 'Love in a Time of Rinderpest' , several shows with the Ministry of Cultural Warfare and 'Knit One, Purl the Other' and 'Tiger in the Room'. She's also been seen frequently at the Old Log Theater and works for the entertainment department at Mall of America (wanna be a character???). Catch her this fringe in two other shows this year right here at Intermedia Arts! 'Mayor Lear', the Powerpuff Girls are 20 years older and living out King Lear, and 'Be Your Selfie', a story of unrequited self love.

Rory Mitchell

Henchman 1 & Cousin

Rory Mitchell is a recent graduate from the U of M Acting Program and is honored to be returning to the Fringe Festival Stage. Since arriving in the Twin Cities he has been honored to work with artists from such companies as The History Theatre, The Moving Company and The Mcnally Smith Theatre Ensemble. His latest plans are to relocate to Austin, Texas in pursuit of a life full of music and acting.

Konrad Case

Henchman 2

Konrad is delighted to be apart of this show! He recently moved to Minneapolis from Omaha, Nebraska. He has had the pleasure of working with The Old Log Theater, The Actor's Theater, Nebraska Shakespeare, Waterside Theater, The Rose Children's Theatre, Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse, and Troika Entertainment's North American Broadway Tour of West Side Story. Much love and thanks to Mom, Kaley, and my beautiful fiancé, Jamie.

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