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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So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

By First Daughter Dance
Choreographed by Carla Bode and Jeffrey Peterson

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage

At this humanist revival, deeply embodied dance encourages demons to release and spirits to rise. Check your personal baggage on this fun, irreverent, celebratory, movement flight to the land of warm fuzzies!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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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Cast and crew

Carla Bode

Choreographer / Producer

Carla Bode is a choreographer, dance educator, and certified yoga teacher. Currently the director of Waconia Dance Arts, she has previously served as dance adjunct faculty for MN State University-Mankato, and was a dance specialist for Buffalo Arts Magnet High School and the Anoka Middle School for the Arts. She holds degrees in Dance Education (K-12) and Communication Arts & Literature Education (5-12). Carla also has a Master’s Certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine’s University. She completed her 200 RYT yoga certification through Sun-Moon Yoga in Mankato. Carla has enjoyed teaching movement for a variety of non-profits and private schools, like the Mankato Ballet Company and the Govenaires Drum & Bugle Corps. In her spare time she dances with Rural Route Dance Ensemble, enjoys drinking coffee, and spending time with her wonderful and weird family. This is Carla’s second time producing work in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She co-produced “That Which Binds Us” with Nora Schull in 2007.


Jeffrey Peterson

Choreographer / Producer

Jeffrey Peterson creates choreography with keen attention to detail, intent, staging, and a sociological perspective in order to comment on the human experience. "Choreographer Jeffrey Peterson has some serious chops," says Minneapolis St. Paul dance writer Camille LeFevre. His brand of social commentary and dance captivated, challenged, and uplifted festival audiences in ‘03, ‘10, ‘11, and ‘12. His '03 work "Up-Down Up," was dubbed "poetic precision" by Rick Nelson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Peterson's ‘10 production “Thinkingaview” was notably named the #1 Fringe show to see by infamous Fringe blogger Matthew Everett. Beyond his productions in the Minnesota Fringe, He’s been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s In The Company of Men, Movement Research at Judson Church, Rhythmically Speaking, and presented by the Dancenow/NYC Festival at Joe’s Pub and Joyce SOHO, Dixon Place, The Bryant Lake Bowl, The Rabbit Show, Patrick’s Cabaret, Kinetic Kitchen, and The Rivers Merge Dance Festival (PA), as well as the gala concert of the Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association. Peterson holds a Certification as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst through Integrated Movement Studies, an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His professional work includes performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski, ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski, Stephan Koplowitz's Grand Step Project, Clare Byrne Dance, DELiRiOUS Dance, The Minnesota Opera, and the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, among others. For educational programs, Peterson has created work on students at Gustavus Adolphus College, The University of Minnesota-Morris, Old Dominion University (VA), The University of Vermont, Bucknell University, Saint Mary’s University – pWinona, and Hamline University, as well as for The Children’s Theatre Company and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. This is his fifth time producing work in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Past Fringe collaborators have included Mathew Janczewski, Rebecca Katz-Harwood, Christopher Watson, and Sarah Stevenson-Scrimshaw.


Laura Selle-Virtucio

Dancer


Gabriel Mata

Dancer

Gabriel Mata is an independent choreographer, educator, performer, and Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo based project. His work explores the different stages and spaces in the performance and the performers experience. Mr. Mata works to expose the truths hidden behind the facade of choreography. His dances have been performed in California, Minnesota, and New York. He received his B.F.A. from San José State University where he trained in Limón technique from Gary Masters. He performs for Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis and has performed for Wynn Fricke, Keith Johnson, Joel Smith, Diane Frank, and Gary Masters. He has received awards in performance and choreography.


Danielle Cina

Dancer


Rachel Horner

Dancer

Rachel Horner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in dance. She began dancing at the Waconia Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Waconia, MN. She spent a gap year in California dancing professionally with Imagine Ballet Company. Throughout college she performed in work by Carl Flink, Shapiro and Smith, Nora Chipaumera, HIJACK, Emily Johnson Catalyst, and Jolene Konkel. She is a company member with Eclectic Edge Ensemble. She also teaches dance at numerous studios, travels as often as possible and drinks a voracious amount of coffee!


Randall Anthony Smith

Dancer


Rahila Coats

Dancer


Annika Hansen

Dancer

I am a Minnesotan, a dancer-maker-thinker, an ecstatic aunt, a lover of books and plants and tiny things. I am interested in how dance can contain details of groove and texture, how it can promote community, and how performance is a statement of the importance of bodies. This May, I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. In the dance program, I was fortunate to perform works by Justin Jones, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Marcus Jarrell Willis, luciana achugar, Brian Brooks, Michel Kouakou, and Joanie Smith. I also completed a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, where I performed works by Ohad Naharin, Amir Kolben, Dana Rottenberg, and Noa Zuk. In my own choreography, I have presented locally at 9x22, Future Interstates, and Zenon Dance Zone. With my collaborator, Abigail Whitmore, I have shown site-specific performances at Glam Doll Donuts (You're Invited) through a UROP grant, and the University Rec Center pool (Run Rinse Repeat). This summer, I look forward to dancing in Rhythmically Speaking, the Fringe Festival, Hear Here, and developing new performative events.


Gabriel Anderson

Dancer


Doug Hooker

Dancer

Doug Hooker graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Dance. He is very thankful to have had a wide variety of professional performing opportunities, such as dancing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Santa Clara, California, and touring with the Broadway show Blast!, both nationally and internationally, including Japan and the 2012 World Expo in South Korea. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Doug has performed full time with Dancing People Company in Ashland, Oregon under the direction of Robin Stiehm. Local dance projects have included ARENA DANCES, Threads Dance Project, and Paula Mann. Doug is honored to have this opportunity to dance for Jeffrey Peterson and with fellow dance artists!


Cecilia Wall

Dancer


Jacob Borg

Dancer


Alexandra Bodnarchuk

Dancer


Callie Rosenbaum

Dancer

Callie Rosenbaum is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While training at the U of MN she had the opportunity to perform in works by choreographers Brian Brooks and Justin Jones, and is currently working with various local dance artists on the jazz and American vernacular show, Rhythmically Speaking. She is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast for this Fringe production and would like to thank Jeffrey for his choreography, energy, and guidance.


Courtney Hunsberger

Dancer

Courtney Hunsberger is from Allentown, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Dance and Mathematics as well as a secondary education certification. She currently teaches eighth grade mathematics at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. During her college career, she performed “D-Man in the Waters” by Bill T. Jones (restaged by Germaul Barnes), in addition to works by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Jeffrey Peterson, and Teresa VanDenend Sorge. She has choreographed various pieces, including “Penrose Stairs” which was selected for the Gala Concert at the Mid-Atlantic North American College Dance Festival in 2015. Courtney was classically trained in ballet and pointe for 13 years at Delaware Valley Dance Academy, and has since, greatly expanded her dance genres to include modern, jazz, contemporary ballet, and hip-hop. Growing up in a Mennonite community, she has been challenged to inform those who are unfamiliar with dance, as well as find the intersection between dance and spirituality. As a politically-aware, adolescent-advocating, and outdoor-adventure seeking individual, Courtney is constantly finding ways to use dance as a barrier-breaking common language with people and all aspects of life.


Ben Findley

Stand-Up-Comedian-Pastoral-Emcee


Jen Luitjens

Stand-Up-Comedian-Pastoral-Emcee


Kari Tweiten

Composer/Musician

Self-taught composer Käri Tweiten is also a pianist and bassist who has spent most of her adult life playing bass in various rock bands. She revisited piano as an adult, began to compose her own solo works and eventually also wrote for ensembles, the first of which won the Eric Stokes Song Contest hosted by new music ensemble Zeitgeist. Recent collaborations with dancers and choreographers have offered yet another musical direction to explore.

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At this humanist revival, deeply embodied dance is the medium through which demons are exorcised, energies are uplifted, and spirits rise. So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! is a uniquely contexted hour of dance, cultural commentary, and community empowerment. It is produced by veteran Fringe choreographers Jeffrey Peterson and Carla Bode and performed by a fantastic ensemble cast of dancers, musicians, and a standup-comedian-pastor-emcee!


 


“Both kooky and graceful, it defied all expectations of what a dance show should or can be.” -Robyn Hendrix of MPR’s Art Hounds, in naming Peterson’s 2010 Minnesota Fringe production a “highlight of the year.”


 


So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! weaves Peterson’s quirk with Bode’s sensitivity in illustrating the highs and lows of life like your favorite hand-stitched old-screenprinted-tshirt quilt. The show encourages its audiences to find comfort in the warm embrace of communal existence as it dances its way into the downs and ups of life. The irreverent, poignant happening seeks to reframe how we think about ourselves amongst a community and in the world. Themes of loneliness, common bonds, spiritual ecstasy, family, diversity, and togetherness are explored through dancing, song, and shared experiences. So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! gets serious and silly; thoughtfulness mixes with sarcasm as the show dances its way toward existential, embodied release!


 


Staged as part of So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! is Jeffrey Peterson’s grandiose and poignant Side By Side (2013). Inspired by his move from Minnesota to Pennsylvania in 2012, the work boldly claims the need for human connection. As a choreographic illustration of the rifts and possibilities in American culture today, Side By Side illustrates a journey from the loneliness of difference to the joyous embrace of diversity in community. In the staging of the work, moments of caring delicacy are juxtaposed against frenzied choreographic passages of full-bodied, syncopated, contemporary movement with all 11 dancers. Ultimately, through illustrations of personal connections with community, Side By Side conjures joy. Joy is not new terrain for Peterson’s work. His ‘12 work for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, a comment on the state marriage amendment, was called: "...moving and heart-racingly joyous… ...an exultant celebration of love” by Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


 


Finding inspiration from poetry, Carla Bode’s work in So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! explores themes of shared, simultaneous suffering and intuitive guidance. One choreographic exploration sends Bode’s dancers into the uncomfortable experience of following other’s life choices: what is it like when we stray from our own stars? In another piece, veteran dancer moms including Bode, Melissa Brown-Guenther, and featuring Sage Award winning dancer Laura Selle-Virtucio, recreate the authentic, playful, and bizarre movement of their own children. Bode’s creative offerings encourage you to peel off the layers of society’s influence and in the words of poet Kahlil Gibran: “forget not that the earth delights to feel your barefeet.”


 


So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! wants you to feel. Come experience a range of emotions from  suffering to simple connection to effusive joy as you join in this rejuvenative experience! Check your baggage on the flight to communal happiness! Get healed as you sing your way to bliss!


 


Expect: great dancing, song, audience participation, and lots of warm fuzzies.

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