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 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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Dr. Kev: Licensed Loveologist

By The Boiler-Maker Collective
Written by Eddie Day

Playing at Crane Theater

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Improv, First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

Clueless love-mongers run amok. And Dr. Kev's frustration grows as his best efforts to bring people together are in vain. Or so he thinks. But as he slips into despair, he finds inspiration, and more.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Sarcasm at its finest!

by A H on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well thought out scenarios of dating and relationships that everyone can relate to. From old time dating to meeting online. Sarcastic yet real! Clever use of a few props and actors!


Meh...

by Elizabeth Douglas on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Filled with bitter stereotyped hetero typical dreck. The Dr kept tripping over his diatribe of discontent, with his only emotion range being noted in volume. While it could have been funny it was very poorly delivered.
There was promise for the plot but it needs a lot of work.


A good start...

by Scott Helmer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

...but needed a little more work.
Concept has a lot of common stereotypes, so I felt like there could have been more creative muscle -- edit down from lots of ideas to fewer, but more polished material.
But I have to give props to a first time Fringe writer and producer. Always great to see people brave enough to get out there!


Truthfully Funny Comedy

by George Petermeier on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is a fun and truthful romp through modern perceptions of love and romance, which causes both laughing and cringing when you see yourself or someone you know reflected in the characters. The more "sketch comedy" style works perfectly, and the whole cast's comedic timing was almost always perfect.


some potential

by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Some laughs and relevant observations. Good therapy for bad relationships!


Good laugh

by Nicole Koudelka on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lots of humor in this play. I found myself laughing out loud a lot.


Entertaining

by David Ward on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Some last minute casting changes may have hurt the shows pace, but overall, an entertaining time. Dylan Ward, Baily Hess, and Berit Johnson play what seems to be most of the current dating population. They do so with skill and crack comedic timing.


Not bad For the First Time

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

As someone who has been striking out in love as of late, this show and its premise appealed to me. Although not a absolute stand out, this show offered some laughs and perhaps a few tips on how to succeed not only in your love life, but life in general. Also, as a show with a first time producer and (some) first time actors, the jitters and slip ups can be forgiven.


Dear Abby in real life

by Greg Simon on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The performance was humorous while touching on real life relationship issues. The cast, particularly the three front stage members, were witty and animated. The theater itself was comfortable and the front staff folks were helpful and friendly.


Loved the women!

by Margaret Berg on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The two women in this black box comedy are the strongest members of this cast. They handle the silly banter well and bring good energy and timing to an SNL-like funny script.

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Cast and crew

Thad Mota

Dr. Kev


Berit Johnson

Lauren/Bestie

Berit Johnson's previous credits include: Concordia Theatre, Fargo/Moorhead Opera, Southwest Summer Theatre, Washburn High School Theatre, The Good Shepherd Players, and MN Fringe 2015. She recently completed a music direction internship at the Jungle Theatre with Mark Christine and Sarah Rasmussen. She will be a senior Vocal Performance major and Theatre Art minor at Concordia College, Moorhead.


Dylan Ward

Random Trope Dude

Dylan is thrilled to be performing in his second Fringe show. He has participated in productions with Theater on the Park, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and Freshwater Theatre Company. He hopes everyone who sees this show can go home with some helpful advice about love.


Bailey Hess

Random Trope Gal

Bailey J Hess is a Minnesota native and has been involved in theatre since grade school when she won over critics with her scene-stealing turn as Aladdin's Mother in the knock-off tale of Aladdin's Lamp. Since earning her degree in Performance Art and Rhetoric at St. Cloud State University, she has been featured in comedies and dramas throughout the country from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to The Awesome '80s Prom. The role she was born to play is Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, but she can't sing all that well, so that's a pipe dream.

When not doing theatre or talking about theatre, she works for the Minnesota Historical Society at the Oliver Kelley Farm and Mill City Museum, and spends the rest of her "free time" as Head Coach for the Mounds View High School Speech Team and as Director for Armatage Elementary's Kids on Broadway program. She loves cats and craft beer, and her favorite movie is The Notebook. (True story).


Mike Kocon

Wise Old Dirtbag

Mike Kocon is making his stage debut at this year’s Fringe. After retiring from a long career as an engineer (Yes, he’d been working on the railroad, but wasn’t that guy with the striped hat.), he’s enjoyed exploring new opportunities. He lives in Stillwater, where he’s been active in issues for the betterment of the community.

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Clueless love-mongers run amok. And Dr. Kev's frustration grows as his best efforts to bring people together are in vain. Or so he thinks. But as he slips into despair, he finds inspiration, and more.


This show features an ensemble cast, most of whom play multiple characters to depict common dating tropes.

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