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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Our Boy

By Theatre B
Written by Rob Urbinati

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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Political content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area), First-time producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

An athlete idolized by the community is accused of sexual assault. His parents are shattered. How do they trust the son they adore, while confronting the possibility that he perpetrated an appalling crime?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

An intense ride

by Mark Webb on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This was the second show I saw on the subject, and was just as strong. The script was powerful and the actors pulled it off nicely. I loved the dissonance and revelation between these two characters as they discuss the actions of their son. Nicely done!


A Parent's Nightmare

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

Deals with a subject parents hope they never have to deal with and shows how different parents react. Who's really to blame? The son's friend, the son, the mom, the dad... maybe each share some blame? Well in this production, David and Carrie were convincing in their roles. Just really thankful I didn't have to deal with it happening with my kids.


Beautifully Raw

by Berit Johnson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A very well-done show that covers sensitive material in a very graceful way. Beautifully directed, very strongly acted. A definite must-see!!!


You Gotta See This!

by Candace Doriott on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I wasn't sure I wanted to see this show--it sounded too serious. But wow! Great script, great acting,definitely thought provoking. I was totally impressed. Out of the 16 shows I've seen at this years Fringe, it was the best. Glad I saw it on my last night in town.


Thought-provoking

by Paige Johnson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

When coming to "Our Boy," I was hesitant to be immediately immersed. After all, I'm a strong believer that victims should be listened to and justice dealt. So, yeah, I felt gross after watching it. I felt like I was violating what I thought was a strong opinion on the issue. That’s what made this play an incredibly thought-provoking, timely discussion. No matter your point of view, this play was incredibly eye-opening and started a discussion that I've continued to have with myself long after the play's finale.


Wow!

by Alison Mahoney on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This piece checked all my good-theater boxes: Believable, sympathetic characters in the grip of a serious problem, lines delivered clearly, good blocking in that dang round theater, fast-paced dramatic dialog relieved as needed by humor. The portrayal of this family in denial is Chekhovian.


Outstanding

by Solveig Bloomquist on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Very hard to sit through but you must stay put. Expertly executed on every level, this show is a single conversation between two people, and every sentence poked and prodded at how i think I feel about how I feel and think. Well done all!


Our boy

by Jay Tracy on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play is powerful and intense. The interaction between the husband and wife characters is dynamic and compelling. The topic was difficult but moved me to go to the RAINN website to learn more.


Good Theater About Questionable People

by Cetius d'Raven on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

A friend who also saw the show remarked afterwards to the tune of "never before have I hated two characters so much" and I share the sentiment. The play is well written and performed (outside a couple of apparent flubs that may not have been), hence the four stars, but I am not sure I can condone the content of the play. It feels like an effort to elicit sympathy for the loved ones of a rapist, which to me only seems to perpetuate rape culture. The parents attempt to find excuse after excuse to condone their (unseen) son's actions, seem unable to come to grips with the likely outcome, and are in denial of his crimes.

I'm not sure I can recommend it in good conscience, but the craft of it is sound.


Ambiguity

by Mitch Vosejpka on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Going into this show, I had expectations of a different show. Essentially I witnessed an hour long struggling conversation between the two characters. At times I was uncomfortable with the ambiguity. Would the conversation really go further? Is there going to be more than what we are seeing at this moment? Are they going to actually reach the subject matter? Most of the performance I felt somewhat unsettled. Sadly it was not by the raw and sensitive subject matter, but more so by the presentation and disconnect of the plot. With a script made up of a lot of pretentious language and personalities it just overwhelmed my ability to see any reality in this portrayal of a really important conversation. Instead it felt taxing and endless.


Too Strong, Too Long

by Lily Handahl on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I was hoping for a lot to come out of a show with this topic, but with only two characters I felt like I was in the middle of a couple's drunk argument. The plot never seemed to take us anywhere. I value this topic greatly, but this show could be cut down and be more effective.

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intense subject matter

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

Interesting relationships between the two onstage characters and the unseen son. There were a few places where lines were coming in on top of each other, and the amount of liquor consumed inside an hour could (should?) have affected their performances. Great use of TRP space from well-seasoned stage performers.


Great fringe debut by Theatre B

by Tony Sofie on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is a timely and thought-provoking story, well acted by the Wintersteens as the characters deftly and subtly explore the cracks in their relationships with each other and their son. If this is representative of the work Theatre B does, I will definitely seek them out if they participate in future Fringe festivals.


Committed performance.

by Bailey Hess on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

This show was absolutely fantastic. I expected the son to be apart of the show based on the picture, to he honest I expected something completely different. It was so much better than what I had imagined it was going to be. I loved that it was in real time and that you were living through the conversation with the characters. I felt like I was there in that living room. Cast was phenomenal.
This is exactly what Fringe should be. Relevant. Impactful. Necessary.


Not just for parents!

by Corrie Fiedler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Many of the reviews for on the relationship between parents and their son. But equally interesting is the relationship between Mom and Dad. Are secrets OK in a marriage? What amount of childrearing dissonance is OK between parents? How do married couples resolve binary disputes. The acting and script are outstanding. And lest you think it will become too didactic: at 50 minutes in, we were sitting on the edge of our chairs wondering how the tension would resolve itself.

Among my '5 star reviews', this is one of the top ones.

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Intense

by Pat Daily on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Don't miss this show. Intense, all-too-real portrayal of the subtle ways we can influence our children's lives and the choices they make. Superb acting by both Carrie and David. Will hit you hard if you're a parent.


The choices we make!

by D Daily on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Super story telling and provoking our review of the choices we make and how they affect those closest to us. Are we responsible for the consequences of the choices we make and how they affect the actions of our children? Tense dialogue and interaction of Mom and Dad, as they struggle through their son's possible actions, its subsequent consequences, and their responsibility for all of it.

MUST see! My first review of the 2017 Fringe!


Develops nicely with superb acting

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This surprised me - I expected a morality lecture and instead got a really well acted play out of revealing tensions in a couple facing the direst consequence of their ( and our own) culturally-inherent and reality-incoherent sexism.


fast fast 50 minutes

by Timothy Mahoney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I couldn't believe this play had absorbed 50+ minutes. It was so intense that it seemed to occur in half that time. Amazing what two actors can do with simple staging. Serious though this play is, it's got fine moments of humor and irony.


Top show of my 2017 Fringe!!!

by JoAnn W. Pasternack on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The script was spot on in addressing this disturbing and important topic. And the Wintersteens acted it perfectly.
Excellent use of the venue, too.
A MUST SEE for every parent, every teenager, and everyone else.
I can't praise it enough.


good show

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

Blocking felt a tad overdone-- lots and lots of moving from place to place to make sure everyone could see, lots of drink refills, too, that made such movement feel mostly really motivated.

A strong show. The first beat felt meaningless compared to the rest of the show, because it is awhile before the stakes are really raised in the show. All in all, an interesting and important topic and a show that doesn't exonerate its characters. Well acted.


Challenging Topic

by Chet Taylor on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Overall, well executed. Carrie's acting was strong throughout, but David's performance was a little uneven. Just not completely connected to the character. And hard to believe he could drink that much during the course of the show without any impact on his character's ability to function. But I applaud them for tackling such a difficult topic.


Important and scarily relatable

by Mame Pelletier on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

David and Carrie Wintersteen deliver strong performances in this show that we need to be watching and thinking about. I found myself relating to the story on many different levels. I'm a feminist, I'm a rape survivor, I'm the mother of a son who I love more than anything and I think he's the best thing going.

You should see this out-of-town producer. It's a discussion we need to keep going.


Our boy

by Stacy Herron on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Every line was spot on. So believable and I was so moved to go sign up and do a review. I wasn't in the audience. I was sitting right next to the two actors mesmerized line by line. My husband and I have taken in two full days. This is the best! Bravo!


Strong Show

by Lori Horvik on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Theatre B is known for its intense, thought provoking work. This show continues that tradition, with a story of a husband and wife confronting their son's potentially criminal actions. What are the ramifications of hero worship gone wrong? Who is responsible for a child's behavior? Fantastic work by two skilled actors with a strong script.


Satisfyingly Gut Wrenching

by Melanie Neumeier on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Such an insanely tough topic to cover, but these two did it was grace and honesty. It's so important to have these kinds of conversations and it was a gift to observe it played out with these two characters. Bravo!!


Excellent Work

by Shelagh Linklater on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A disturbing but well presented play about parental denial. Excellent performances ! I highly recommend!


Dynamic duo

by Allan Lundquist on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This play is all well-acted by just two people from start to finish. Focusing on their son's recent misdeed, it is very stirring subject matter, and presents a strong conflict between the needs of parents to protect vs. their need for justice.


Our Boy

by Michael Peterson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Thought provoking, well acted, and well directed. Theatre in the Round is the perfect venue for this performance.


Intense (in a really good way!)

by Steve Soler on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Intense and thought provoking. Really draws you in to the situation and how the characters would react and act. I needed a bit of time to decompress after and thankfully I had seen a bunch of fluffy and funny shows before and after. Totally worth seeing because this is the type of theater I really love!


Great performances lift a gritty story

by Don Nowicki on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Chilling in its premise how far someone will go to deliberately turn a blind eye. Theatre that really works in an arena stage.


Cast and crew

Carrie Wintersteen

Actor

Carolyn Wintersteen (Carrie) is a founding member and Executive Director of Theatre B. She is the recipient of the 2017 LRAC/McKnight Artist Fellowship. Performance credits include Maggie in Slice of Life; Richard, et al. in Equivocation; Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Vivian Bearing in Wit; Sylvia in Scrooge Macbeth; Veronica in God of Carnage; Becky in Becky's New Car; Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Minka in Murderers; Kate in Sylvia; Joan in The Guys; Maggie in Joined at the Head; multiple roles in Parallel Lives; and Beth in Dinner with Friends. She earned an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Theatre from Gonzaga University. In addition to performing, she has worked as an adjunct instructor at MSUM and NDSU, Executive Assistant at Prairie Public Broadcasting, and Program Coordinator at Trollwood Performing Arts School. She enjoys getting off the grid; riding motorcycle or tandem; savoring fine wine, cheese, and chocolate.


David Wintersteen

Actor

David serves as Director of Theatre Concordia College in Moorhead, where he teaches Acting, Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. A founding member of Fargo’s Theatre B, David currently serves as co-artistic director and technical advisor. David has directed Theatre B productions including Scrooge Macbeth, Wit, Slice of Life, Wintertime, Joined at the Head, and The Guys; acting credits include Joined at the Head (Jim), Quake (Brian/Jock/Angel Bruce), Dinner With Friends (Tom) and Sylvia (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie). David holds degrees from Luther College, MSU Mankato, and the University of Oregon. David met his wife Carrie while performing in Design for Living at TRP in the 1987 season.


Rob Urbinati

Playwright

Rob Urbinati is a freelance director and playwright based in New York City. He has directed at The Public Theater, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre, New York University and theatres and universities across the country. He is Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre. Rob’s plays include Hazelwood Jr. High, West Moon Street and Death by Design, published by Samuel French, which will also be publishing Rebel Voices and Mama's Boy. UMW: University of Mostly Whites is published by Steel Springs Stage Rights, which will also be publishing The Queen Bees and Nymph Errant. New work includes Miss Julie in Hollywood, a bilingual adaptation of Strindberg's play. His book, Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners was published by Focal Press/Routledge. His plays have received over 150 productions world-wide.


Darcy Bakkegard

Director

Darcy Bakkegard is making her Minneapolis Fringe debut. After working the non-profit theatre scene in Minneapolis, she completed her Masters in Secondary English Education and spent the past decade teaching and directing theatre in high schools and communities. Favorite directing credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Sweet New (Theatre B, Fargo); The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Antigone (Robert College, Istanbul); and a multi-media adaptation she wrote of Oedipus set in Minnesota.


Rachel Clausen

Stage Manager

Rachel Clausen is an east-coast-based artist. She graduated from the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program in May of 2017 where she played roles such as Violet Hilton in Sideshow, Ariel in The Tempest, and Reverend Hale in The Crucible. She holds a BA in Theater and English Literature from Muhlenberg College. She was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in the year 2009. Rachel is deeply grateful to her friends and family in her homes of Moorhead, Allentown, Chicago, and Providence.


Joshua Clausen

Composer

Joshua Clausen is a Minneapolis-based composer. Clausen is a 2016 Composer/Sound Artist Fellow with the Jerome Foundation. His works have also been supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Clausen has recently attended the Atlantic Center for the Arts summer residency program and the East Coast Chamber Ensemble’s Etchings festival. Clausen has been commissioned by Wild Rumpus collective (San Fransisco), Milieux Percussion (Baltimore), AVIDduo (Dallas), The Dream Songs Project (Minneapolis/Los Angeles), the pianist Keith Kirchoff (Boston), saxophonist Kyle Hutchins (Blacksburg, VA) and clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee (Minneapolis).

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Before his son's sentencing, the father of Brock Turner--the Stanford rapist--wrote a letter requesting leniency, and he immediately became the symbol of “rape culture.” 

What would you do if your son was accused? Who would you believe?

How would you reconcile the boy you raised with the possibility of his brutality? Are you to blame?

Every week there is another celebrity, another athlete, another news story of sexual assault. Terrible headlines, no progress. Time passes and stories fade. Is there a lack of justice or no need for justice? 

How do we raise boys to be better men?

Carrie and David Wintersteen have always been interested in thought-provoking stories. In 2003, they co-founded Theatre B, a professional theatre on the plains invigorating civic conversation through intimate and transformative stories. Wintersteens commissioned Our Boy to explore a social issue that disturbs them deeply as parents, in a format that excites them as empty-nester artists – the Fringe circuit.


 

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