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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There Ain't No More!

By Willi Carlisle Productions
Created by Willi Carlisle and Joseph Fletcher

Playing at Crane Theater


Historical content, Opera/New Music, Solo show, Puppetry, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company


Warnings: Adult language.

An award winning tour-de-folk operetta. An old folksinger confronts his legacy, his troubled past, and death itself with five instruments, square-dance calling, and dirty jokes in this heartfelt hootenanny.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm

* 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.

Read the reviews


by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

I love Out-of-Towners and this one did not disappoint. His knowledge of music and his Southern flair was mesmerizing and delightful to experience.

Worth Your Time

by Edwin Strout on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I would have given this a 3-star review, but the energy, talent and skill of this actor was magnificent. The show? I felt very disengaged. I felt myself drifting into my own thoughts. I was unsure what to take away from this show. Other people in the audience seemed to love it, so I may be entirely in the minority, but I just couldn't get into this one. But, once again, this man's talent is worth seeing.

Like an old familiar song

by Philip Skretvedt on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Really well done. He pulls you in to a compelling story of a folksinger while playing multiple instruments. About the best example I can find of someone committing to the role and making me lose any sense of the performer underneath the mask. Such powerful themes. I really appreciated his reverence for folk music and the history that pours out of such songs. Trippy, funny, moving, manic, heartbreaking, and I loved all of it.

I Guess I'm in the Minority

by Bradley Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Liked the show, but didn't love it like many of the other reviewers. Maybe my expectations were too high going in? Not sure. Wish I could have liked it more.

Highly entertaining

by Mark Webb on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This piece was both entertaining and thought-provoking. Mr. Carlisle is wildly talented and gave a mesmerizing performance. There are many layers to this one - all wonderful.

Using ashes to fertilize new gardens

by Florence Brammer on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

What an amazing show -- created, presented and performed with such intricacy and skill. Amazing use of props, music, lights, masks, puppets and visual art. Complex and layered without ever feeling heavy-handed or didactic. A real tour de force.

Fantastic performance!

by Phil Darg on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Flawless and energetic performance by a very talented actor, singer, and musician. The show profiles its main character, who is defined both by his life events and the folk music that he loves/performs. Very creative and professional.

Fab. And Hand Puppets!

by Mark Giorgini on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

So I was "encouraged" to see this. Loved it. From start to finish. Everything. So glad Mr. Carlisle made it to Minnesota.

There Ain't No More

by Nancy Black on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Initially I wasn't enthusiastic about attending this show. Within 2 minutes, I was absolutely stunned by this remarkably talented actor. If you can only see one show make it this one. Absolutely mesmerizing.

there ain't no better

by Jeremy Motz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

good LORD what a show. the music, the acting, the structure, the theatricality...how long has it been since i've seen cantastoria (aka, the moving panorama) not only utilized, but utilized BEAUTIFULLY? i couldn't tell you, but now i know the next time you ask me. i can't extol the virtues of this show enough, and our festival is made all the stronger for its participation. drop everything and don't miss the remaining performances!

1 person found this review helpful

Exit the (Folk) King

by Samantha Jane on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Willi Carlisle defies categorization. His show is an art that is high and low, fine and folk. Rough, nuanced, elegant, bawdy, intellectual, and guttural. "There Ain't No More" is fast-paced and continuously engaging. Clever, dirty jokes will have audiences rolling only moments before unabashed vulnerability has them wiping tears. I cannot recommend this show highly enough. Pete Seeger would roll right out of his grave to experience this production.

1 person found this review helpful

My Man Liked the Show

by Leah Boyd on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I love theater, but my fella is more of a blue collar country guy who's not so much into the theater scene. I hoped that since this monologue play was delivered through talented music, with themes based in war and lifetime adventures, delivered with raw honesty, that my fella would enjoy it. Mr. Carlisle delivered :) I don't often to get to go out on a date with my boyfriend, so it was great to both be able to enjoy the show.

Go for the music, stay for the stories

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I was sucked in by the multi-instrumental talents of Willi Carlisle. This show is SO much bigger than that! There are layers of stories here, folded over themselves throughout contemporary and recent history. Our folkways might be fading, but we are still the folks and we still hang onto the old traditions because they nurture us. Oh, and did I mention he plays lots of instruments and does excellent physical acting?


by Samuel Cole on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows


Makes me want to visit Arkansas

by Tom S. Rhea on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

There is so much depth and so many unexpected turns in this show. Virtuoso music, changing times, and fear of death. I wish I could go see this folk music in person in the field!

What Amazing Talent

by Justin DeLong on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

This show blew me away. Great music, solid storytelling. It is a complete package of a show and I'm still in awe of the talent of the performer.
See this show while you stil can!

1 person found this review helpful

Great Musician, Wonderful Story

by Mark Long on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Bringing great musical talent from out of town should be enough to make a Fringe show. Add an interesting and engaging story/history to the music, and it puts the show in an elite category.
Willi and Fletch have put together a unique show that is difficult to describe, but easy to enjoy. Trust that Willi will take you on the musical journey of his folk persona, and it's a fun, weird ride.
Wish I could see it again. I did get a CD, so at least I can listen again.

1 person found this review helpful

Much To Hear, Much To Miss

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

An elderly folk singer facing his eminent death and reflecting on his life and values. Questions of what gives a life meaning conflated, in this man's life, with carrying forward the past. All the stages of grief are present as he tries to make the audience understand that they are what will carry him. The dread of what comes next and the spectre of death hangs over all his words.
Energy swings from ponderous to frenetic and the tone gyrates around between mournful and reflective. Often in the blink of an eye.

Sock Puppets!

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

Need you know more after the title of the review? I mean, who doesn't like some good sock puppet theatre? The actor/musician/storyteller has some serious talent. The timeline confused me a bit, but, overall, I enjoyed this show.

There Ain't No More!

by anca sima on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

so talented guy and such a good show! i hope he'll come back next time.

reserve your ticket

by Tracy Mingus on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Wow. Just wow. "There Ain't No More" covers so much territory, it's hard to begin to describe except to say that in an hour, an epic story of a musician's life gets told from several different perspectives by blending music, visuals, puppets, mask, and poetry.

2 people found this review helpful

There ain't no more

by Lydia McAnerney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Wow, I heard it was good, but it was excellent. Great music, history, funny at times and serious too. A great way to spend an hour. Space was new to me and totally appropriate for this show. Music was familiar and in context to provide a view of history. A must see.

one-man hootenanny

by Nadra Wass on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Lots of different skills on display and the performer delivers on every one. Puppets? Live music? Historical reflection? Rural American human interest? Got it all. His energy keeps you engaged all the way through. It became a little hard to follow exactly what was happening near the end (but that was way past my bedtime). Bring your singing lungs!

1 person found this review helpful

Knows his craft

by Ariel Leaf on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a fantastic show. Music and storytelling reminding me what I love about folk music so much, how you can hear the history of it in every note. I wanted to stand up, dance,and beg for more fiddle. This is his first time to the MN Fringe, and I will eagerly await his return.

1 person found this review helpful

Go! The people in line didn't lie!

by Heidi Ziemer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I went to this show based on in line feedback and rain. This was one of the best shows I've seen at the Fringe- Not just in 2017. The music and story flowed beautifully and worked great in the Crane Theater . add this to your list and make a reservation!

Niche; Very Good Niche

by Miranda Mier on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is another one-man out-of-town production whose creators REALLY know what they're doing.
The story of this show is told out-of-order through different scenes, characters, and even mediums in a way that's hard to describe in limited space but very enjoyable. And, of course, intercut with some wonderful songs. With a lead and writing so wonderful, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.

Manic performance art

by Corrie Fiedler on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Definitely a case of misplaced expectations. The actors have been such personable and relaxed fixtures around Fringe this year. In contrast, the show is somewhat disjointed manic activity and humor (think Robin Williams) with a bit of singing. A very creative work, though I feel I missed the big picture.

Standing Ovation

by Stefanie Hailperin on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show got a standing ovation and deserved it. A master of folk instruments, changing characters, and a heart-bursting story line interwoven, this solo show deserves to be at or near the top of everyone's Fringe list.

2 people found this review helpful

Fun but also very moving

by Max Hailperin on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The performer really put heart and soul into his characters, not just the music, so that I came away moved by difficult emotions of loss as well as lifted up by resilience. Plus it was a lot of fun.

2 people found this review helpful

Great Show!

by Jack Bauer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Caught the opening night after hearing the hype, and man, it did NOT disappoint. A wild, smart, and hilarious one-man-show. I don't wanna give too much away, but the script and performance are both incredible!

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Willi Carlisle

Actor and Writer

Willi Carlisle is a theatre artist, folksinger, poet, and square-dance caller. He received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Arkansas. Sing Out! Magazine calls him an “Ozark renaissance folklorist” who writes “brilliant, slice of life Americana.” He is a co-leader of a Fayetteville Oldtime Music and Dance Society and a company member with the Artist’s Laboratory Theater. His debut EP, “Too Nice to Mean Much,” is available at www.willicarlisle.com.

Joseph Fletcher

Director and Producer

Joseph Fletcher is a director, producer, and stage manager. Past directing credits include Purim-Schmutz, China the Whole Enchilada (NYC), The New Now, Las Posadas, Alley 38, War of the Worlds, The Pillowman, Candide, and The Sunshine Boys (Regional). In various capacities he has worked with the Walnut Street Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, National Tour of Chicago the Musical, The Signature Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, TheatreSquared, Target Margin Theatre, Hippodrome State Theater, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Orlando Opera. He is a founding member and artistic producer for the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre a nonprofit community based devised theatre company in Fayetteville, AR. He has a BFA in Theatre from University of Central Florida.

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“There Ain’t No More!” is an award winning tour-de-folk operetta based on legends of American folk music.

During his last performance, a dying folksinger faces the life he has led, the legacy he will leave behind, and death itself with five instruments, square-dance calls, and enough dirty jokes to make a beaver blush. The medication-addled musician relives lost love, his experience of the Vietnam War, years of political activism, and adventures into the American wilderness in this haunting, heartfelt hootenanny. The Orlando weekly describes it as “A poetic celebration of America's original art form that is simultaneously ancient and avant-garde.”

"There Ain’t No More!" addresses the faded and sometimes troubling legacy of American folk culture. Developed in a collaboration with “Ozark renaissance folklorist” Willi Carlisle and director Joseph Fletcher, the play is the product of five years of research, down-home poetry, field recordings, music-mentorship, and folklore amidst the misty mountains of the Arkansas Ozarks.

Reviews/Articles: Washington Post Review  Orlando Weekly Review  Twin City Arts Interview

What they are saying about the show: 

"Willi Carlisle is a folk music superman, both scholar and showman." - Trav SD, Chelsea Now, NYC

“Powerful...Both down-home and brainy, 'There Ain't No More!' is worth seeing out." - Roger Catlin, Washington Post

He calls his show a ‘one man folk operetta.’ I saw it last night and I'm just gonna call it ‘holy-cow-you-ain't-seen-nothing-like-this-before-awesome.’” -Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News


Winner 2017 Orlando Fringe “Best Show of the Fringe” and “Patron's Pick”, 2017 PortFringe "Patron's Pick" and "Excellence in Acting and Writing" Awards, and 2017 Tampa Fringe "Venue Pick".

For more information visit: www.willicarlisle.com

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