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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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The Perils of Steve

By SaMi Productions
Written by Robb Krueger

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust


Warnings: 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.

Read the reviews

High on energy, low on content

by Little Voice on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Kudos to the cast for bringing it: they were always moving and constantly, seamlessly switching characters. But the script needed to be sharper and funnier to live up to their performances.

High Energy Slapstick Without the Pies

by Pj Doyle on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Not usually a fan of slapstick, but the high energy and four talented performers won me over. Not only were the accents fun (and surprisingly well done for as many as there were!) but the actors projected well and used their bodies as props. They moved about the space like choreographers.

A fun, high-energy romp

by Greg Abbott on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show is a fast-paced, fun play that reminds me of the Spy V Spy cartoons I loved. The actors were wonderful and had a ton of energy. After seeing some heavy dramas, this really helped as a pick-me-up.

Fringe meets Natasha and Boris

by Matthew David on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This reminded me of the Natasha and Boris cartoons in the old Bullwinkle show -- done live action. The energy was there and the acting was there, but just like the cartoons -- it was one-dimensional and felt like 1970 with timeworn laughs. A little twist in the script would have gone far.

Hardest working show in Fringe?

by Liz Capouch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

A cute and goofy story told with energy and accents. SO MANY ACCENTS. These folks are working it!

I was rooting for them

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

With such charming and enthusiastic performers, and a whirlwind of goofy characters, I really wanted to like this piece better. Unfortunately, the jokes and jibes - though plentiful - tended only to the mildly amusing. Sigh.

Insanely entertaining

by Kati Bachmayer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is insane and wildly entertaining. Full of quick wit, dialects and a ton of laughs, the cast brings crazy energy and leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend!

Perils of Steve

by William Marshall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show struck me squarely in my funny bone. I am a huge fan of improv and physical comedy. This cast obviously has a great working chemistry and fearless comedic chops. The repeating themes never got old; just better and better as the show went on. Go see it and laugh out loud!!

Live Action Cartoon

by Jacob Gulliver on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was very fun. It felt like a spontaneous and sexy live-action cartoon, with the actors working their butts off to deliver fast physical comedy and role after campy role. Definitely worth a watch if you love slapstick, funny voices, or send-ups of the spy genre.

Frenetic Fringey Fabulous

by Joy Gullikson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The Fringe at its most Fringey best. A clever silly script and four super talented actors made for 50 minutes of laugh out loud entertainment. The hidden gem of the Fringe.

Very talented cast!

by Maggie Caplan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Fun, engaging, laugh-out-loud funny. Really impressed by the versatility and ability of the cast to do so much with so little. Fast paced but never lost me.

1 person found this review helpful

Frenetic Fringy Fun!

by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Having worked with three fourths of this cast before, I know how talented these actors are, and this is a show that puts all of those talents on display. If you are looking for a fun, fringe-friendly romp with great energy, clever physical comedy and an array of campy characters, this is the show for you.

Nice cast. Failing script.

by Mark Webb on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

The script left these fine actors with little to work with. It was nothing short of just silly. I want to give this one a 2, but I could clearly see the actors were working their butts off to deliver this one. It's a fun genre, and I really was hoping for more.

1 person found this review helpful

Perilous Fun

by Matt Saxe on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

All four actors play multiple roles and do it very well. If you're in to the genre they're exploring--spy movies with a comedic twist---you'll like this show.

1 person found this review helpful

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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