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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Thor: Jurassic Park

By Access World Productions
Written by Basil Considine

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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GLBT content, Physical theater/Clowning, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Literary adaptation, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

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Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language.

Hawkeye has come out of the closet and taken a job at Jurassic Park. After a tragic accident, he asks Thor and his Avenger buddies to endorse the park as safe. Hilarity ensues as the T-Rex and raptors escape.

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

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

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.

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

Basil Considine

Playwright

Basil Considine is an award-winning composer, playwright, and director. He debuted at the 2014 MN Fringe with his opera The Frat Party; his Game of Thrones: The Musical premiered at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe and was one of the best-selling shows of the 2017 O’ahu, Maui, and Tampa Fringe Festivals. His play The Abortion Bomb premiered to critical acclaim at the Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia in 2011.

Basil studied opera composition with Samuel Headrick (The Hostage), fiction writing with Sandra Benitez (A Place Where the Sea Remembers), and playwriting with Lydia Diamond (The Bluest Eye, Stick Fly, Smart People. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of San Diego. He is also the director for Really Spicy Opera's production of A Pickle and Tesseray Productions’ Oxygen is Overrated.

More info at: basilconsidine.org.


Mark Monfils

Director

Mark Monfils is a freelance stage director who has directed over 50 plays, musicals, and other shows. Recent credits include directing the female version of The Odd Couple, Everybody Loves Opal, and Cinderella for River City Theater Company; directing Game of Thrones: The Musical for Really Spicy Opera; and assistant stage-managing Twisted Apples for Nautilus Music-Theater. He also directed a large-scale production of Babes in Toyland for the 2014 Winter Show at Rosetown Playhouse in Roseville, MN. Other selected credits include Blithe Spirit and Dracula for River Valley Theater Company, All Wrapped Up 2012 for Minnesota PerformDance Productions at The Cowles Center, Guys and Dolls for Rockford High School and Born Yesterday for The Barn Theatre in Willmar, MN.

Mark has also acted in or stage-managed 35 additional productions over the years. This Fall 2017, he will direct The Curious Savage for River Valley Theater Company.

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Cameron Schmalz

Thor

Cameron Schmalz is excited to be a part of his first Fringe show and his first show in Theatre in the Round. In the beginning of this year he worked on Bone Portraits through his school at the Phoenix Theater. At the end of 2016, he worked on A Christmas Carol at the Phipps Center for the Arts. Cameron also performs in many shows at his local theater, Woodbury Community Theatre. His recent WCT productions include Mary Poppins and Stars on Broadway.


Kim Greene

Hammond

Kim Greene is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota and an international creativity consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She has plunged back into acting after a long hiatus, appearing in a variety of short independent films and the feature films Dragonfly and Edge of Insanity. She also works as a role play actor for police crisis intervention trainings, and also appears in the Fringe show Dancing Feet.


Christy Johnson

Falcon

Christy Johnson makes her Fringe debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Some of her favorite roles include: playing the Third Witch in Macbeth and the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. She thanks her husband, family, and friends for their enduring support, saying, "I hope you will come to the show, enjoy the adventure and don't get eaten by dinosaurs!"


Casey Marie Holmes

Dr. Arnold

Casey Marie Holmes is excited to be a part of the MN Fringe Festival for her first time. She loves seeing this much collaboration happening at one time! A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a BA in Theatre, Casey Marie has worked for companies such as St. Croix Festival Theatre, The Phipps Center for the Arts, and Prairie Fire Children's Theatre. This summer, she is also directing a production of Pinocchio with Locally Grown Theatre and interning with Chain Reaction Theatre Project.


Logan Schuneman

Timmy

Logan Schuneman is excited to be part of the Fringe Festival and wants to thank the Cast, Crew, Staff, and Audience for making this such a fun experience. Logan recently performed as Panda Bill in Revenge of the Space Pandas, Flick in A Christmas Story, Tweedle Dee/Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Johnny Steadman in A Laura Inglalls Wilder Christmas at Lyrics Arts Theater in Anoka, MN.

Logan is going into 7th Grade at Breck School, where he enjoys writing, improv, 40s Music, and eating broccoli.


Heather Baldwin

Stage Manager/Ant Man

Heather Baldwin is a veteran stage manager, including six engagements at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, but this is her first time portraying a superhero on stage. She has stage managed for Really Spicy Opera, Notorious PKG, Box Wine, Hardcover, Shadow Horse, Freshwater, Seldom Scene, and Maximum Verbosity. In addition to stage managing, she sells theatre tickets and alcohol for a living, and also does improv and storytelling for fun.


Kartik Joon

Nedra

Kartik Joon is a mechanical engineer by day and an actor by night. A native of India, he is also a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He has worked on three movies and makes his professional play debut in Thor: Jurassic Park.


Tyler Stafford

Hawkeye

Tyler Stafford is ecstatic to be making his MN Fringe festival debut as Hawkeye in Thor: Jurassic Park. Tyler is a gender-blending singer-songwriter as well as an actor, dancer, and model, who creates a theatrical flair in all of his artistic pursuits. Tyler Stafford has performed all around Minnesota for the last 10 years and has been featured in an array of musicals such as: American Idiot (St. Jimmy), RENT (Angel), HAIR (Woof), an awarding performance in Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), and many more.

Aside from acting, Tyler is working on a new and exciting musical project and cannot wait to share it with everyone.


Kelli Grant

Black Widow/Lady Thor/Velociraptor

Kelli Grant is a heartfelt lover of the creative process, whether it's through writing, improvisation, film, songs, or visual art. Quite simply, to bring humor and laughter into people's lives through curious and unexpected art feels darn good. Last year, Kelli was awarded Best New Entertainer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for her portrayal of Pip the Hoarder. She recently played several roles in the One-Minute Play Festival, and will be appearing soon in the new web comedy series Totally Trucked Up.


Gillian Chan

Lexy/Person in line

Gillian Chan does art, acting, competitive Pokemon card games, and speaks Klingon. A 5th grader, she named her dog Indiana and cosplays as Ms. Marvel, Peggy Carter, X-23, Link, and more. She has starred in multiple productions of A Klingon Christmas Carol.


Sarah Chapman

Pterodactyl 1

Sarah Chapman goes from 5'3" to 9'3" on the weekends. A member of Chicks on Sticks, she contracts for parades, art fairs, and surprise appearances at weddings and rehearsal dinners. Her first time on stage as a lead was as Vasilisa the Beautiful in the Russian Cinderella in 3rd Grade. She also moonlights as a stagehand in burlesque shows, and has performed for the Barebones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza since 2011.


Meera Safford

Pterodactyl 2

Meera Safford is a 14-year-old artist and performer from Minneapolis. She has performed multiple times in the Barebones Halloween Show, In the Heart of the Beast's May Day parade/pageant, and the MN State Fair parade. As a painter, her work has been featured on local billboards as part of the Ordway International Children’s Festival. This is Meera’s first Fringe show!


Diana Wilde

Voiceovers

Diana Wilde has appeared on stages around the Twin Cities, including Artistry, Actors' Theatre of Minnesota, the History Theatre, and the Old Log Theatre, where she is currently engaged as Bessie the Cow in Jack and the Beanstalk.


Cary VanHeel

Costumer Designer

Cary VanHeel makes her MN Fringe Festival debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Cary returned from studying Costume Construction in New Zealand in 2016. Since her return stateside, she has built and designed costumes for two seasons at Morningside Theater Company (recently including 101 Dalmations–KIDS, Aladdin, JR, and Godspell, JR) and several productions at Edina High School (including the national high school premiere of Peter & the Starcatcher). She has also made costumes for Walking Shadow Theater (The Three Musketeers, Red Velvet, Wellington Opera House (Evita), and at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School.


Ian Yang

Assistant Stage Manager

Ian Yang makes his Fringe Festival debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Outside of school, Ian recently concluded a run as the lightboard operator for Morningside Theatre Company's productions of 101 Dalmatians–KIDS, Aladdin, JR, and Godspell.

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