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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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heaven

By Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions
Created by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio

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Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

Join your hosts Sevlin and Devlin as they present the story of the battle for one Evan's soul. A very weird show in a very small venue.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
High sell-out risk
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
High sell-out risk
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm
Limited sales at door
Audio described

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm
High sell-out risk
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
High sell-out risk
ASL interpreted

* 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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Mostly funny

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

I loved the concept but some of the performers were too over the top and that distracted me from the show.


Silly but still funny

by Walter Furtney on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Surprisingly this show reminded me of Monty Python and old Bob Hope television specials with its silly walks and the ability to keep going when a prop doesn't work. I kept saying to myself this is silly but I kept laughing. I was surprised when my wife said she didn't get it.


An Uncomfortable Amount Of Smiling

by Adam Boutz on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Whimsy and weirdness are the trademark characteristics of a Ferrari McSpeedy production and they are here in spades. Surprisingly not morbid for a comedy about death. The thin plot was more than compensated for in puns and slapstick humor.


Funny and strange

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Like the two previous Ferrari McSpeedy Productions shows I've seen, this one is funny, more than a little strange, and sort of hangs together. It's enjoyable to watch, but don't go in expecting depth.


SO Funny

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

An hour of unending silliness, wonderfully performed.


Fun show

by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Vaudeville feel with loosely connected singing, dancing, and comedy throughout.


Should Have Been Better

by Bradley Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I typically love these guys, but the last couple years I feel they have been slacking. Sure they can be funny and at times they were, but this show fell flat. Only one show left and seating is limited, so if you don't already have one reserved, I wouldn't rush to get there.


Not much story, but who really cares?

by Florence Brammer on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

In any other hands, this show would be a bust as the narrative isn't much. But these artists are so endearing and talented and funny, it's a joy to watch. Great puppetry, movement, sight gags, cast chemistry and non-stop energy.


That's what makes it amazing.

by Tom Caravello on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This script could of been used for a 3rd grade class play.And that's why it's amazing. The talent and joy the cast brings to this simple story carry the audience with them . We totally believe these absurd scenes. The relationships between the characters hinted at a well done Waiting for Godot, except lighthearted and funny. This is a must see.


Unexpectedly Awesome!

by Jessica Wojachoski on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I had a fantastic time at this show. I know that Joe and Mike always do something great at the Fringe and I look forward to it, but this year I didn't really know what to expect and I discovered that the show was awesome. It's strange, quirky, and everyone should check it out. I was there on Saturday and it sold out. So reserve your ticket now! Do not miss!


Inspired silliness

by Don Feeney on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

It's unfortunate that the small space means that a lot of people won't be able to see this, but the space actually works really well for this production. Laugh-out-loud from start to finish, with performers who know exactly how to play this material and are clearly having as much fun as the audience. It's well worth the reservation fee that you'll need to pay to be sure you get in.


You never know what to expect

by Derek Reise on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

You never know what to expect from Ferrari McSpeedy, except that it will be silly, bizarre, and possibly surreal. While this show felt like it had been hurriedly put together, it had clunky moments, it was still a fun time. Anna Hickey and Rita Boersma were especially delightful, especially during their song and dance. My favorite moment came early in the show with the out of control combine.

Great fun!

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So great!

by Shea Roberts on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It's just so gosh darn great. Fast paced without leaving you behind. inexhaustibley cheerful. See it!!!!


Heroines' Journey

by Jim Robinson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved watching the various Evans find their way from Heaven to Hell and back. The entire cast understands the very specific (and very, very funny) Ferrari McSpeedy feel; they seem to be discovering the humor in these absurd situations before our very eyes. A strange, delightful show.


Love Ferrari McSpeedy Productions

by LuAnn Monahan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I’m never disappointed by this production company. The writing is always strong, the timing of the show non-stop entertaining and they do a great job casting the show. I love it when you can tell the performers are having as much fun as the audience is having. This is a silly, but highly entertaining show I strongly recommend.


Fun and silly

by Matt Allex on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show gave you most of what you would expect from a Ferrari McSpeedy show. Laughs at a mile a minute, fun character work, and ideas that catch you off guard. My only real complaint is that the narrative isn't really there. The story is obviously second to the jokes, which isn't gonna be a problem for everyone. You WILL laugh and have a great time at this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Delightful

by Roy McEnroe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Ferrari McSpeedy does it again with a vaudevillian tale of heaven and hell. Loads of fun and laughs all around.


Fun fun!

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

These guys are always a treat! Fast, funny, clever!


Quirky Fun!

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

So much quirky humor. It's a great show! One audience member could not stop laughing and was honestly a distraction. A great show, but the Devlin character came off as disinterested.


A known quantity with great performers

by Nanette Stearns on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

The performers are well known to Fringe goers and attendees at other Twin Cities productions but come together blending their unique talents in a great and funny show. Get reservations! This one will probably sell out every performance. Blending music, sight gags, dark humor and physical comedy, Seven Evans tells the stories of sisters (both named Evan) who die and are spit between heaven and hell. Chaos and humor ensue! Catch this one if at all possible.


Hysterical Blending, Literally!

by Marie Cooney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Each performer is outstanding in his or her own right. Blended together, it was an even more hysterical show. Totally outrageous and full of laughter, again and again and again. One request: please focus side lighting out of audience. Triggered migraine. Otherwise, a perfect evening of laughter.


LOLOL!!!

by J. Bach on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

Absolutely wonderful! As funny as you'd expect with this talented cast. The outrageously small space somehow made it even funnier!

1 person found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Joe Bozic

Evan


Mike Fotis

Evan


Rita Boersma

Evan


Anna Hickey

Evan


John Gebretatose

Evan


Erin Sheppard

Evan


Ryan Lear

Evan


Jason Ballweber

Director

More information

Two Evans.
Both die.
One goes to heaven.
The other doesn't.

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