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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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.


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.


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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The Perils of Steve

By SaMi Productions
Written by Robb Krueger

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust


Just so you know, this show contains Sexual Content.

When Steve and Lily met, it was love at first sight. But things got complicated. 1 spy + 1 barista = double trouble. 4 actors. 9 dialects. 34 roles. 50 minutes. Hold on to your butts.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm

* 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

Andy Gullikson

Narrator/Steve Hostengoosen/Gregor/Swedish tourist/Italian tourist/Scottish Tourist/Security Dog

Andy Gullikson is happy to return to the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Andy graduated from MN State, Mankato in 2011 with a BFA in Acting, and has since been involved in several Fringe Festival productions, including The Selkie, Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance, Astrolibrary, and Behind the Bigtop. He wrote and produced The Confederate, which has since been produced and remounted after its premiere at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe. You can also find Andy in the Rarig Xperimental theatre as Estragon in Waiting for Gygax.

Yvonne Ingrid Freese

Narrator/Lily Lillyhammer/Natasha/Swedish Tourist/Italian Tourist/Scottish Tourist/Airport Security

Yvonne is an aspiring actor, singer, and liar. She decided to take this role after LinkedIn suggested she apply for a job as an FBI agent. (Sadly, she was turned down.) After graduating from NSU she has been performing throughout the Midwest. Some of her favorite experiences include performing with Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion," playing Linda in "Spandex: The Musical," Puppeteer at Open Eye Figure Theatre, and Mom in Stages' "Fancy Nancy." One of her favorite Fringe experiences is working with cast member/director Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha in 11:11 in the 2012 Fringe Festival. You can catch her next as Mother Nature in "Little Fox and the Wheel of Time" August 17-26 at the Minnsky Theatre!

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha

Narrator/Balloon Salesman/Livonia Thibodeaux/Cache', Master of Disguise/P/Ilsa von Grossenstroppen

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is thrilled to be returning to the Fringe and she's just so darn happy to be reunited with Robb, Andy, Yvonne, and Bailey in The Perils of Steve. After doing a variety of dialects at home on a daily basis, her husband Brian is just glad she'll finally be using them with good purpose! Sara's written and produced other Fringe shows including 11:11 and Thick Chick. She has also directed The Forger's Apprentice and Flushing, New York at the Fringe, as well as this year's Playwrights On a Train. She holds an MFA in Acting from MSU Mankato, and has taught for Northern State University and University of Minnesota Morris. Sara can usually be found directing something, teaching something, and gushing about the wonders of her husband and her cat in between the teaching and directing.

Robb Krueger

Author/Narrator/Al/Beauregard Thibodeaux/The Pilkington-Smythe Brothers/Boris/Assassin/Klaus

Robb Krueger is devilishly excited to return to the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He wrote the music and lyrics for 2011's "Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance" and 2013's children's musical "Shine." In 2014 he created the role of Jim McDonough in Andy Gullikson's "The Confederate" and acted in Ryan Thorsen's "#relationshipstatus." In 2015 he appeared in "The Consolation" and narrated the children's show "Baby Carrot." He graduated from MSU Mankato in 2013 with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and has worked throughout the Twin Cities as an actor, composer, arranger, and lyricist. The idea for "The Perils of Steve" came to him in a dream after eating a Sarpino's Alfredo Pomodoro (personal size); this, like many things in the play, makes no sense but it's there. Robb makes killer cheesecake and has invented several questionable but highly intoxicating cocktails. In his spare time he collapses.

Bailey Soika

Stage Manager/Sanity Tracker/Assistant Wonderful Person

When Bailey is not hot-dogging onstage, she can be found coloring and listening to Disney music with children at the YMCA. Bailey attends the University of Minnesota Morris as a theater performance major and creative writing minor where she met Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha who directed her in their production of James and the Giant Peach. The Perils of Steve is Bailey's first Fringe show and she is so excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of artists (thanks Sara)!

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4 actors. 9 dialects. 34 roles. 50 minutes. Hold on to your butts.

The Perils of Steve is a wild physical comedy about an unemployed actor working as a barista who meets the woman of his dreams...who happens to be a spy.  He finds himself catapulted into a world of assassins, conspirators, double agents, intrigue, mad scientists, and mispronunciations.  Can an Average Joe survive two days in a world of international espionage?  And will he still have a girlfriend when the shrapnel settles?

The Perils of Steve is also an experiment in creating theatre using suggestion, imagination, and make-believe.  There is no set.  There are no props or costumes.  Four actors play all the roles, using only their bodies, faces and voices to create the characters, suggest the setting, and depict the action. 

Finally, The Perils of Steve is an affectionate parody of every sort of espionage entertainment ever made, from James Bond to Marathon Man to Rocky and Bullwinkle, with nods to Mel Brooks, Judy Dench and Richard Kiel.  The pace is frantic.  The laughs are constant.  The suspense is killing us.

CAUTION: Do not sit on the edge of your seat.  You might fall off laughing.



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