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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US-52 South

By The Gentipede
Written by Collin Knopp-Schwyn

Playing at Strike Theater

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Warnings: Adult language.

The Craigslist ad says: "Need help moving my van downtown." What it doesn't mention: there's a massive bomb in the trunk. Now, Eli must make hard choices: who does she save? And who does she say goodbye to?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Really cool idea executed well.

by Felix Shaddowhammer on August 17, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Overall I really enjoyed the show. I thought it was tense and exciting for most of the run time. I liked the format of a single character driving and dealing with the emotions of the moment while also struggling to contact and connect with a few of the important people in her life. I thought the lead actress did a really wonderful job of anchoring this character in the events of the story and had to accomplish a lot since the focus was on her pretty much the entire time. I had a little trouble hearing some of the other characters over the phone, but not so bad I couldn't keep track of what was happening. I also liked how the conversations were a little unpolished which lent a sense of realism with how people really talk over the phone.


New Concept

by Margot Lourde on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I've never seen a show in which all of the actors are not in the building, but this show pulls it off. Their use of telephone calls instead of microphones or in-person acting is very intriguing. I want to see more from this group where they take this technique further and explore it more. Definitely worth a watch.


Pleasantly Surprised

by Rachel Teagle on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

There's a lot to like in this show. The way the smart phone drives the show was novel and felt very authentic. I could read the screen of her phone from where I was sitting, and it actually showed that she was calling the people she claimed to be calling. There were some great moments of realistic tension and drama, and I definitely felt for the protagonist.
But, there were definitely also missed opportunities. The suspense could have been better maintained and the other actors in the piece were very underutilized. I would have like to see much more of them, or not seen them at all. Overall, an interesting premise with some strong choices and good use of technology.

1 person found this review helpful


Funnier than advertised

by Chuck Pines on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show is driven in an interesting way that provides a very subtle humor which is manifested in the mannerisms and sarcasm of the main character. As a dialogue centered show it was a treat to watch natural feeling conversation. Being that it is listed as a drama it lead me to be surprised by the amount of humor.


Just okay

by Chorf Mender on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Needed some work, but it was a good attempt. I don't know if it was the writing or direction, but I just felt that it could have used more rehearsal time.

1 person found this review helpful


Lost in Translation

by Alex Dall on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Unfortunately, this show was not put together and it seemed like the story was not there to begin with.

2 people found this review helpful


A Story Going Nowhere

by Adam Boutz on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Take what could have been a chilling and emotional premise, fill it with shallow characters,portray them with little emotion, and then replace half the dialog with phone-quality recordings that were hard to understand at times.

I wanted to slowly learn about the driver. I wanted to slowly learn of the magnitude and rationale of her choices. Instead, the whole story is laid bare with exposition in minutes. The rest of the time is her brooding over a failed freshman year crush that was *really* hard to get invested in. The final moments of the story made me realize that there could be a phenomenal show buried in there somewhere, but that was not what was presented.

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Cast and crew

Susie Campbell

Director/Eli

Susie graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015. Since then you may have seen her in various works including EPIDEMIC and ITCH with Dangerous Productions and Crime and Punishment with Live Action Set.


Gabby Vanden-Avond

Director/Therese

Gabby graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. Now she is a head writer for Minnesota Tonight, a Minnesota-centered news-based comedy show at Brave New Workshop. She also wrote the season 2 script for Agent Max (coming soon), as well as sketches for The Ex-Girlfriends, a comedy web series based in Los Angeles.


Teygaen Hartman

Lily


Jay Kistler

Kevin

Jay Kistler is an actor/improviser in town, and has shown symptoms of a writer. You've seen him in past Fringe shows like ITCH, Frankenstein, and Don't Let Them See You Cry: The Failures and Successes (But Mostly Failures) of Daisy Kay McChubbins. You can see him in current Fringe shows like The Last Bombardment and this one. See him and Gabby's work on Minnesota Tonight where they talk mainly about Snow White and Geese. You be good now!


Mackenzi Brophy

van Rooke


Linda Weingarten

Patty


Iain Knopp-Schwyn

Arno

Iain is a former Circus Juventas performer and current show rigger. He appeared in 1001 Nights (The Genie), Neverland (Smee), Oz (The Cowardly Lion), and several other shows with Circus Juventas. There is, unfortunately, no need for acrobatics in this role, a fact that really gets Iain's goat.


Collin Knopp-Schwyn

Writer/Producer/Gahn

Collin is a multidisciplinary theatermaker from Minneapolis, now serving as operations manager at The Tank theater in Manhattan. Recent credits include Vera & Valya & the Magical One Cat Circus (Skazka) with Reckless Tricycle, How the Lighthouse Became an Island (director) with the Vassar Experimental Theater, and The Donner Party Kidz! (writer and director) with No Offense/Future Waitstaff of America at Vassar College, where he graduated with a BA in Drama/Earth Science.

More information

US-52 South is a mostly solo show told through a series of phone calls as Eli races through the Twin Cities to safety or doom.


From the creators of 2012's The Donner Party Kidz! and 2013's A Midsummer Night's Gotham, but also completely different from those shows in every way.

Joia Spirit
MTA