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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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Box Office Info

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More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

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Denial of Service

By Savaali
Created by Ahmed Naumaan

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Xperimental

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Warnings: Adult language.

Social tensions about politics and policies become frighteningly real as events overtake characters and lead to heartbreak and loss.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm
 

* 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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Superb acting and a great script

by Gopal Sadagopal on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Couple of early reviews were very discouraging and very WRONG!

The show had nothing to do with the election. It was very relevant about the issues of immigrant rights and cultural integration. It did a surprisingly great job of highlighting the concerns a typical white Minnesotan related to race, immigration and Islam and presenting sensible counter points.

The script was very well written with a lot of thought and use of great lines to get a point across without too many words; example 'that smacks of separate but equal'.

The acting was simply superb. All four of the actors were very true to their roles.


Still relevant

by H.R. McCormick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Yes, the election was nine months ago - but no, we still haven't gotten over it. I applaud the efforts here to examine these rifts.

1 person found this review helpful


No Surprises, No Passion

by Cetius d'Raven on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

For a play meant to show dialogue between colleagues of differing backgrounds and perspectives, it was awfully tame. There was little passion to the arguments on either side and I feel the arguments made by the side I feel the play intends to make the antagonistic view where given too much support and were not undermined nearly as strongly as they could (and should) have been (yes, my blue politics are showing). The content is fine, but without passion, it just falls flat.

Further, I'd like to agree with another reviewer in that this play is simply a rehash of talking points presented over and over again in this debate, the only difference being in a fictional structure rather than on news channels. Not what I'd hope for in Fringe.

1 person found this review helpful


A rehashing of the 2016 campaign season

by Ben Mendis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

It was basically an all too familiar debate that you've had a million times with strangers on the Internet, with coworkers on lunch break, or with relatives of a different generation than yourself. The same points, the same counter points. Maybe a touch more civility, as voices never get raised and the characters never seem to lose their cool or take offense.

Having lived this debate innumerable times before, I don't feel like I needed to watch other people argue it. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone attending a Fringe show would have learned anything new or gained any insight.

It's an important topic, but soft and shallow on the delivery. The tension, being entirely off-stage, didn't help to inspire a sense of urgency.

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Cast and crew

Taylor Meyer

Aaliya

Taylor has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point this past May and is excited to be working on her second Minnesota Fringe show. She grew up south of the Twin Cities so has lived in MN her whole life, but is fired up to begin her professional career here. Taylor would like to thank you all for coming and supporting the arts. Taylor’s website is www.taylor-meyer.com.


Ankita Ashrit

Anjum

Ankita is a recent graduate of University of Nebraska- Omaha and is thrilled to be in the twin cities! She would like to thank her mom and her dog Shaggy.


Jessica Passaro

SarahAnne

Jessica Thompson Passaro (Sarah Anne)

Regional: Six Elements Theatre: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came; St. Croix Festival Theatre: On Golden Pond, The Real Inspector Hound; #MNFringe shows The Non-Producers (Tromp’L’oeil) and If Only (SPOG); WSTC: The Christians; Fitzgerald/Cardinal Theatricals: The Wild Party; CLIMB Theatre: Watershed Protection Squad; Signature Theatre, VA: Follies; Way Off Broadway Theatre, MD: FORUM; and Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, VA.

NYC: Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Night of the Iguana; Snug Harbor Theatre: OLIVER, Guys & Dolls; The Studio Theater: Three-Play; Sundog Theatre Co: Charlotte’s Web.

Jessica has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. She also designs/sells stuff for humans at unhingedartistry.com.


Bao Vue

Maryan

Bao Vue’s is a Hmong actor in the Twin Cities. She is majoring in Visualization Technology at Saint Paul College. Meanwhile, she is reaching for her dream at John Casablanca for Modeling and Acting.

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Denial of Service


The casual bantering of three grad students turns fraught as their political views collide. As the debate begins to pick at their identities and heritages, relations grow increasingly tense. The strain is compounded when they react in opposing manner to a tragedy encountered by another friend. One of them takes a personal risk in lending assistance and runs into trouble herself. Are they so certain of their polarized views that they would politics above personal relationships?

The creation of “Denial of Service” was prompted by the current deep political and social polarization in the US which seems to have reduced public communication to sets of words thrown by each “side” at the other. Thoughtful dialogue, nuance, and listening to the concerns of people with variant views, let alone trying to understand the reasoning behind those concerns, seem to have fallen by the wayside. Private conversations take place with like-minded people and are generally self-reinforcing. Genuine, and difficult, questions get left unanswered; incompatibilities remain unaddressed and unresolved. This play is an attempt to bring some of these issues to the fore. Questions of identity and integration are of ongoing concern to minorities however the recent presidential election and its consequences, coupled with assertions that the views of white, working-class Americans have not been given sufficient attention led to the specific elements of this play. The name “Denial of Service” refers to the condition when a network server is unable to respond to a genuine request for service because it is being deliberately overwhelmed by malicious, fake service requests. Many people feel similarly overwhelmed and unable to respond effectively to the broad array of official measures that are affecting programs in areas ranging from the preservation of civil liberties, to the defense of privacy, to protection of the environment, to provision of social services, to support of the sciences and the arts, and more.


More information about the play is available here.


Characters:


Aaliya: A Pakistani-American Electrical Engineering graduate student. Has an activist bent and likes becoming involved in progressive causes.

Anjum: Another Pakistani-American Electrical Engineering graduate student and Aaliya's friend. Thoughtful and outspoken but also somewhat world-weary and cynical. Gets dragged into Aaliya’s escapades.

SarahAnne: Yet another Electrical Engineering graduate student. White Minnesotan, raised in a small town. Clear thinker but her social and political views are conservative and don’t always jibe with those of Aaliya and Anjum though they work on related projects in the engineering department.

Maryan: An Electrical Engineering sophomore of Southeast Asian origin. Looks up to Aaliya. Is in love with a non-Muslim part-time student, and hiding it from her family.
 


Aaliya is played by Taylor Meyer:



 


Anjum isplayed by Ankita Ashrit:



 


SarahAnne is played by Jessica Passaro:



 


Maryan is played by Bao Vue:



 


For ongoing information about the play visit us at www.savaali.org.


 


 

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