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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FAITH: From Anger Into Trust and Hope

By Zealots and Mystics
Created by David Lind

Playing at Jungle Theater

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Religious content, Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, Includes artists with disabilities

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language, Sexual Content.

Is it possible to recover from spiritual abuse? Take a journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes humorous mind of a survivor traveling on a healing path from anger into trust and hope.

Grown-ups only (18+)

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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.

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Cast and crew

David Lind

Creator/Performer

It's been 10 years since David Lind participated as a performer at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's also been ten years since a memory surfaced that revealed he was sexually abuse by the priest at his church. Coincidence? He doesn't think so.

Some of David's previous Fringe Festival projects:
The Farce of the Worthy Master Pierre Patelin
Serial/AfterLife
The Cat Came Back
MDick
The Frog Prince
5/5ths of the Fringe: Romeo and Juliet (Act II)

David has also worked with the following local theatre companies:
Mixed Blood
The Jungle
nimbus theatre
The Phipps Center for the Arts
Theatre Unbound
Stages Theatre
Theatre in the Round
Walking Shadow
Crawling Eye Theater


Neal

as Himself

Sometimes a dummy is smarter than you might think.


Oliver Lind

Reality Anchor

This show marks Oliver's first effort in a "behind the scenes" position with a Fringe show. Or any show.


Joe Hendren

Consultant/Dramaturg

Joe Hendren is an actor, director and playwright. Some of the theatre companies he has worked with are:

Theatre in the Round
Minnesota Opera
Walking Shadow
Crawling Eye Theater
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Lakeshore Players
Lyric Arts
Rosetown Playhouse
Masquers Theatre
Open Window Theatre
Girl Friday Productions


https://minnesotaplaylist.com/talent/joe-hendren


Christine Clayburg

Voice Over Artist

More information

While the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis drags through it's third year - one survivor is speaking out.


The healing journey for survivors of sexual abuse and assault is different for every survivor, but there are some similarities. This is one survivor's story of their healing journey. Along the way, we'll run across The Archbishop's New Vestments and St. Justin Case's Annual Talent Show/Fundraiser for Legal Defense Fund (and other delightfully dark, cynically comical, yet respectful in their ridiculousness stories.)


Some of the talented people involved in bringing FAITH - From Anger Into Trust & Hope to the Minnesota Fringe Festival:


David Lind - Creator/Performer
Oliver Lind - Reality Anchor
Joe Hendren - Consultant
Christine Clayburg - Voice Over Artist

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