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.

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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.

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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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Katie Versus The Devils

By Scared Hare Productions
Written by Jon Stark Olsen

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena

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Religious content, Historical content, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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Warnings: Violence.

Untold stories of Katharina Von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther. Thrill as she and a friend battle assassins, magicians, and the Devil himself! The 16th century like you've never seen it before.

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm
Audio described

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 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.

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Comedic Title, Dramatic Performance

by Kristi Manning on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Marked as a comedy, there was not much that was funny about this show. Both Barbara and Katie's somewhat comedic performances were enjoyable, but the rest of the characters fell a bit flat. The concept of the show is interesting, but some of the scenes seemed to drag on. Generally, the show was interesting but was labeled under the wrong category. If labeled as a Drama, the show would have been more like how it ended up turning out.


Katie Versus the Monologues

by Kayla Hambek on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I wanted so badly to like this show - I love theological history, especially poking a bit of fun at it. The production starts very quickly, but after the first five minutes it just drags, and I found myself looking at my watch more than once. The show's saving grace is Gina Sauer as Katie, who displays beautiful emotional range (from tear-jerking to laugh-out-loud moments) in her difficult lead role. Unfortunately, Sauer deserves both a better script and a better supporting cast. The second the first third of the show is over, it's immediately obvious what the rest of the plot will be. Like another reviewer said, I would love to see a revamped version of this show with Sauer plus a better supporting cast.


A bit rough

by Mighty Thor on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I really liked the concept but I never felt that the action jelled together. I know it's the anniversarty of the Reformation but this just needed some more time to ferment.


Unique concept at glacial pace

by Jacob Gulliver on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is a great concept, with some solid old-school dialogue - believable for the setting. The costumes and the performances were good, and I commend the cast for their work. The dialogue felt very long-winded, and there was a lot of times where I was wishing for the scene to end long before it did. Worth the watch if you like classical theater or religious alt-history.


3.5 Stars

by Brendan Philip on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show has a cool premise and is easily anchored by a wonderfully magnetic performance by Gina Sauer as Katie Luther. It's also pretty funny (or at least our audience thought so). The villains are often saddled with long stretches of obviously evil dialogue... they might as well be steepling their fingers & cackling to complete the image. A little more subtlety on their behalf and a stronger supporting cast would be a benefit to this show. I would love to see a more fleshed out version with a little more plot and a little less monologuing (haven't we learned anything from The Incredibles?).

1 person found this review helpful


a surprise

by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

A bit quirky, this piece won me over with beautiful phrasing and fine acting. Though the plot is a bit thin, the collision of Lutherans with elements of horror felt unique.


Well-Crafted Drama

by Tom S. Tea on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I happened to see this one by chance, and I absolutely loved it. It's definitely mislabeled, but it's a well-crafted drama set in the Reformation. The costumes and sets were well done, and I felt drawn into the world of the play. The actors rolled well with a sound cue that went wrong, but opening nights at the Fringe always have snags, whether or not the audience sees them. This is worth making time for!


Not a comedy, but a well done DRAMA

by Robin Rayfield on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

People can complain that it has been mislabeled, but I was fortunate to be asked to come see the show without seeing it on the website, and I was told by a member of the cast that it was a drama. I thought it was well done. It seemed to be well researched on that time period, but the show was a fictionalized story, giving speculation of what could have been. The acting was well done, and it does have a great story. There was one part of the show that I think was intended to be a surprise. However, it was something that I predicted was going to happen. I can't say without spoiling anything. The show did have a slow start, but it definitely picked up and got pretty exciting. I do highly recommend it.


Katie Verses the Devils.

by deb kammerer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Good enough story, but was labeled as a comedy. There were 2-3 laughs, but if you are looking for a comedy this is not it.

1 person found this review helpful


Intriguing and fun

by Bonnie Watkins on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So great to see a strong woman and her woman friend, apparently unearthing some history (and some fantasy) totally unknown to me before. Well written, well acted, good costumes and set, just the right dash of earthy female humor - but the ideas most intriguing - who woulda thunk to lift up the first known pastor's wife as a character in her own right? Would like another story about the same woman from this author - maybe the "breakout from the nunnery." But for now, fun to imagine the missing pieces and inspires me to do a little research. Need info about the painting featured on program cover.

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Devils in the Details

by Captain Heck on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I am honestly uneducated when it comes to the actual history of this time period or these characters, but I have to say that Katie the wife of Martin Luthor seemed to have quite the adventurous night life. Death, sin and temptation at every corner of her dinner table, this is a well acted and thought provoking piece with a unique voice and plot. Check it out if you want to see something different, risky, and fringey.

1 person found this review helpful


Plenty of high points

by Heather Rand-McKay on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I think that the source material for this show is so interesting and something I knew nothing about. The costumes were beautiful, the props and set were quite nice, and there were several moments of levity which helped the pacing of the show. Like other reviewers have said, it was a bit slow to heat up, and the character development in the first third of the show is on the clunkier side. But as it moves into the action, it becomes a very enjoyable show. The cast is great, and managed some technical difficulties gracefully.

1 person found this review helpful


Don't Fall Asleep

by Samuel Cole on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

It takes a good 20 minutes to get going, and when it finally finds its voice, the payoff is a letdown. The acting is overacting and the characters, except for the doctor, don't speak loud enough to hear all the dialogue. Bit of a snooze-fest. But not horrific.

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Great concept but rough

by Torre Edahl on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I applaud this company and cast for creating new work from interesting source material, and I would love to see where else this show and concept could go.

That said, this piece somehow both dragged and felt rushed; long dialogue with characters laboriously describing their personal histories made some moments drag, but the action was almost over before I could really feel invested in the story. The text and line deliveries also switch from formal, period dialect to modern speech and back again numerous times and, while I appreciated that the show wasn't bogged down by period text, the switches felt jarring.

I want to love this piece, and I would enthusiastically see the next draft of it.

1 person found this review helpful


Enjoyable But Rushed

by Cetius d'Raven on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Jon Olson's drama draws from the grand tradition of German fairy tales but with a Lutheran spin. The characters are well defined and performed well, and the actors did a splendid job of rolling with a minor technical glitch. My petty grievance is that while the dialogue is intentionally built to include characters interrupting one another, it played too often as actors stepping on one another's lines, which left me with a final impression of being rushed. I would love to see this remounted with a longer run time.


A Great German-style Lutheran Fairy Tale

by Nick Glover on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

(Disclaimer - one of the performers in this show is a close friend & someone I perform with. I'll do my damnedest (ha) to keep it objective.)

Usually when I go see MNFringe shows I stick to comedy, but this show reminded me that I still like drama, and that I shouldn't get myself stuck into a comedic rut. Seeing this show, I kinda felt like I got to taste a bottle of wine that hasn't quite hit its perfect age yet, but you can already tell it's going to be really good when it does get there. Katie didn't even raise my (admittedly) somewhat sensitive atheist hackles, this felt more like a solid Lutheran fairy tale. There was a slight technical issue that the cast rolled with like pros. They were completely unphased, it was great.

2 people found this review helpful


Close!

by Jim Louis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I have a member of the cast who is in a nonprofit I manage.

I came into this show not knowing much about the storyline. I felt this show started and ended strong, but there were some flat points in the middle. I feel that this is one of those shows that will get better as Fringe goes on.

I applaud the cast for working through unexpected situations.

1 person found this review helpful


Just a bit more.

by Jena Young on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Someone else said "serviceable" and I feel that's fairly accurate overall. But there were a few stellar moments for me, most noticeably the title roles. The rest passed acceptably, but Katie and the Devil both had some very real, fantastic moments that bumped this show up a star for me.

2 people found this review helpful


Fun Concept, a catchy title, & pretty OK

by Lanny Langston on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I live pretty close to Luther Seminary, and know several people who attend, so was excited to see a play that was about Martin Luther's bad### wife, Katie. I enjoyed the script, and thought the historical context served the audience well (as there are a few Lutherans in Minnesota).

The acting and direction of the show were serviceable, and stood out in parts, but overall needed a little more work. Kudos to the cast and crew for a clever idea though, as well as some of the most beautiful set pieces and costumes you're likely to see at Fringe this year.

If the rating system allowed it, this would actually be 3.5 stars. Definitely worth seeing, especially if you are interested in Katie Luther.

2 people found this review helpful


Katie's In Control

by Molly Glover on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Katie Versus the Devils is a play that showcases the strength of a woman who believes in herself and her own moral compass. It's a period piece that revolves around Katie Luther, wife of Martin Luther (yep, that one).

The costumes are great, and the set evokes the cozy dining room of a well-kept home. I enjoyed the parable and the overall story, but I felt some of the writing and acting fell a little flat at times.

Overall this was an enjoyable show and I have a feeling it will only get better as the run continues.

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Cast and crew

Gina Sauer

Katharina Von Bora

Gina is happy to be battling the forces of evil in her first Fringe show. She returned to theater 3 years ago after a very long hiatus, and since then has appeared with theaters throughout the Twin Cities including 20% Theatre Company, Lyric Arts, Gadfly, Little Lifeboats, Aethem Theatre and Maggie’s Farm. Favorite past roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Emelia in Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief. She thanks Jon for casting her in a show that allows her to kick butt while wearing Renaissance garb.


Susan Dempsey

Barbara Cranach

Katie Versus the Devils marks Susan’s second Fringe production. Recent credits also include Six Elements Theatre, Uprising Theatre Company, Theatre 301, and Expressions Community Theater. Susan is having a blast playing a historical figure, even if it’s someone nobody knows.


Jack Neveaux

Freischutz

Jack is excited and honored to collaborate on this, his first Fringe production and enjoys the talented group of people who have joined him. He regularly works with several theatres in the Metro area as a director, actor and designer, including 4 Community Theatre (directing “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Dial M for Murder”, “Private Lives”, “Camelot”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Music Man”, and “Of Mice and Men”); Buffalo Community Theatre (directing “The Murder Room”(this coming Fall), “Tuesdays with Morrie”, “And Then There Were None”, and “Cheaper by the Dozen”; Theatre in the Round (designing set for “Murder on the Nile”); Eden Prairie Players (directing “Once Upon a Mattress”); Morris Park Players (playing Narrator/Mysterious Man in “Into the Woods”); and Theatre 301 (playing Governor/Innkeeper in “Man of La Mancha”).
He is also a member of the board of 4 Community Theatre, Chain Reaction Theatre Project, and Skylark Opera Company. Years ago, he worked professionally in the Twin Cities, and in academic theatre in California. In his day job, Jack is an attorney in Wayzata and teaches business law at local colleges.


Erik Sorensen

The Doktor

Erik is an actor and theater artist. A recent graduate of Carleton College, Katie Versus The Devils is his first production in the Twin Cities. Favorite Carleton credits include: The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Tartuffe, Visitors, and The Merchant of Venice. His intensely collaborative senior thesis production of Cock was awarded distinction by Carleton’s theater faculty. Recent original performance projects include: Let’s Play a Game; Hello, I am Isadora; and The Hidden Camera Game or Please, I Need This Class to Graduate.


Tim Wick

Von Acht

Tim Wick is an actor, comedian, writer, husband, and father. He has written several plays for the Minnesota Fringe Festival including "And to Think that I Saw it at 221B Baker Street, The Sound of Footloose" and "Top Gun: The Musical." This year, his "Death in Yosemite" will be performed at Theatre in the Round. He is also the artistic director of Fearless Comedy Productions. This is his first time playing a devil. He hopes he can turn it into regular work.


Jon Stark Olsen

Writer & Director

Jon has worked in academic, community and professional theater for about 25 years, doing every task possible except pyrotechnics for theaters including Cricket, Eye of the Storm, Le Vieux Nez, Theater Zoe, and Matthews Opera House. This is his third Fringe production, previously appearing onstage in THACO, and co-authoring "War Golems" with Zach and Rob Curtis . Other plays include "From the Brink of Ramah" and "The Inward Pilgrimage." He also produced his one-man show "The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver" at Bryant Lake Bowl in 2015.


Amanda Oporto

Stage Manager

Amanda is thrilled to be stage managing her first show with Scared Hare Productions. She was previously assistant stage manager for Antony & Cleopatra with Lex-Ham Community Theater and has been seen lurking behind-the-scenes on multiple shows at Theatre in the Round including Privates Lives, The Three Musketeers, and Deathtrap. Amanda also does a bit of acting now and again. Recently she appeared onstage in Our Rotten Town (also with Lex-Ham Community Theater) and in If World War I Were a Bar Fight at Minnesota History Center. She hopes to never meet the devil because she’s terrible at resisting temptation.

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Starring Gina Sauer, Susan Dempsey, Jack Neveaux, Erik Sorenson, and Tim Wick
Written and directed by Jon Stark Olsen


The wife of Martin Luther does combat with Satan and his minions stepped right out of the pages of German folklore. It's the 16th century as it TRULY WAS and as you've NEVER SEEN BEFORE.


In this original production inspired by the real life of Katharina Von Bora, Gina Sauer faces off with strange and terrible legends from the Holy Roman Empire.  &


Feminism!


Black magick!


Gunplay!


Some of the most famous religious figures from the start of the modern era, confront the darkest agents from the end of dark ages in a Grand Guignol-flavored mashup sure to tickle your fancy.


Out of respect for the Reformation, everything is presented exactly as it occured.

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