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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Mayor Lear of Townsville

By Play-Dot
Directed by Shalee Coleman

Playing at Intermedia Arts

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Just so you know, this show contains Violence.

When our favorite dotty mayor of Townsville is vacation-bound, he decides to deputize Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup as temporary mayors. Does absolute power corrupt the ultra-super powered Puffs? Absolutely.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
ASL interpreted

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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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Cast and crew

Natalie Rae Wass

Mayor of Townsville

BoomerNatalie has been performing in very nearly every fringe since the year 2000 when her first show was '47 Samurai' with Green T Productions, a company she still works with regularly '2001 a space odyssey' was remounted for fringe and this fall look for 'Frankenstein'. Last year she performed in 'Apple Picking' by Ben San Del with whom she also worked on 'A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex' for the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Other festival credits include her self-produced show 'Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist', 'Love in a Time of Rinderpest' with Bedlam theater, a number of shows with the Ministry of Cultural Warfare, Sharon DeMark's 'Knit One, Purl the Other' and 'Tiger in the Room' among others. She's also been seen frequently at the Old Log Theater and works for the entertainment department at Mall of America. Catch her this fringe in two other shows right here at Intermedia Arts! 'Full Metal Rabbit', an 80s action movie based on Watership Down and 'YouTube.me', a story of unrequited self love.

Natalie feels conflicted about her predicable choice of Bubbles as favorite Powerpuff girl but the appeal of the good natured fool can't be denied, she's always been drawn to the funny ones and underdogs.

Natalie Wass is appearing with the permission of the Actors' Equity Association. 


Bre'Elle Erickson

Blossom

BlossomBre'Elle is a theatre teacher in the Twin Cities, most notably for Children's Theatre Company as well as Twin Cities Academy in Saint Paul. When she is not teaching, she is probably reading, or wishing she was reading. Bre'Elle was in Play-Dot's production of The Final Tubby Bye-Bye last year as Laa-Laa and is thrilled to be playing Blossom in this production.

Bre'Elle's favorite Powerpuff Girls character is Blossom of course, "because Blossom is most similar to Bre'Elle herself... narcissism at its finest."


Meghan Wolff

Bubbles

BoomerMeghan Wolff is a Minneapolis improviser who can most often be found performing with ComedySportz, improvising Jane Austen with Manners & Misconduct, or improvising Shakespeare with Juliet & Juliet. She's also one-half of the podcast and YouTube channel Magic the Amateuring.

Meghan's favorite Powerpuff Girls character is the city of Townsville, because of it's endless optimism and willingness to rebuild in what is obviously a nexus of monster activity.


Emily Rose Duea

Buttercup

ButtercupAs an actress and teaching artist, Emily Rose is passionate about her local, Twin Cities community. Emily Rose graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Psychology. Recently, she has been seen performing with Uprising Theatre Company, Teatro Potlach (Fara Sabina, Italy), Segue Productions, Theater in the Round, Theater Underground, Chameleon Theater Circle, Babo Works Productions, Youth Performance Company, Season of Dreams Productions, Just Once Theater Company, and is a company member (Community and Diversity Advocate) with Hope Theater Company. Emily Rose has also had the pleasure of directing shows for Independent School District 191 and Beth El Synagogue. When not on stage, Emily Rose teaches yoga and is a professional makeup artist. See more at www.emilyroseduea.com.

Emily Rose's favorite Powerpuff Girl character is Buttercup. "Growing up with 3 brothers, I needed a little bit more grit than bubbles, and a little less "know-it-all" than Blossom; she and I have major middle-child syndrome. I also love that she is all action! She knocked out her own teeth to make a buck; that's badass! "


Nicole Wilder

Brick

BoomerNicole Wilder earned her MA in Directing and Gender Studies from Miami University (the one in Ohio) in 2008. She moved back to the Twin Cities and has been delighted to work with companies like 20% Theatre Company, Freshwater Theater Company, Theatre Unbound,and many more. She returned to the stage as a performer with Wonderlust in The Adoption Play Project. Check out her other 2017 Fringe shows: F@*k the 90s and "________."

Nicole's favorite Powerpuff Girls character is "Hands down Buttercup. I think as a tiny person I used her as a surrogate for my own rage. She is tough, sassy, and she takes up as much space as she damn well pleases. I try to channel my inner Buttercup as much as possible. "


Amanda Chial

Boomer

BoomerAs a lover of Shakespeare and 90's Cartoon Network, this project is a dream come true! Amanda made her Fringe debut in 2016 with The Drollery's "Hostil Watching." Other recent credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Glowing Ember, "The Tempest" with Lakeshore Players, and "Tartuffe" with Wayward Theatre. Amanda currently resides in Bloomington with her boyfriend Josh and their cat Arya. 


Amanda's favorite Powerpuff Girls character is Him. "Because he is the only actually terrifying villain. "


Jessica Smith

Fight Director/Butch

ButchJessica Smith has been working in the Twin Cities theatre scene for the last three years since achieving her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.  She has had the privilege of working with various companies in the capacities of fight director, dance choreographer and actor.  Recently, she appeared as Desdemona in CC Production's Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief and as Agnes in Six Element's She Kills Monsters. She also works for Dancing Classrooms as a ballroom dance instructor for elementary-aged students in the Twin Cities. This is her second time getting to work with Shalee Coleman as a fight choreographer and her first time as an actor in a Playdot production.  She'd like to thank her family and Matt for their continued support.  And Jennifer Sayers, who has been so accommodating these last few months, allowing me to return to what I love most.

Jessica's favorite Powerpuff Girls character is Bubbles. "I love how she's a badass, but doesn't allow anger to motivate her choices as much as the other two.  She fights because its the right thing to do.  Also, she's adorable.  "


Shalee Coleman

Director/Producer

BoomerShalee Coleman is an early career director/choreographer in the twin cities who specializes in working with visionary playwrights and performers to assist them in realizing their work. Shalee has previous directed with 20% Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre Company, Uprising Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Company, Theatre Unbound, and has  assistant directed with Walking Shadow. It is a special treat for her to be returning to the the MN Fringe for the 3rd year in a row after directing KamehameHamlet and The Final Tubby Bye-Bye with her favorite Fringe company Play-Dot. For something completely different than this, check out her other MN Fringe show: Mnemosyne with Sunday Driver at The Southern.

Shalee's favorite Power-Puff girl is Buttercup, DUH! When Shalee was in 3rd grade she learned how to draw the Power Puff Girls and doodled them on to everything. She also got into trouble with the after school program "It-Girl" for signing autographs as Buttercup when she was supposed to be signing them as Bubbles. Oooops! As Shalee has aged though, The Amoeba Boys have wormed their germy way into her heart. She hopes one day to direct a musical telling their unheard, un-cared-about epic.


Daniel Mauleon

Writer/Producer

Daniel graduated from Hamline University with a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults. This is the third Fringe show he has producing with Play-Dot and the second he has written. While not writing cartoon theatre mash-ups, Daniel write comic scripts and cuddles cats.

Daniel's favorite Powerpuff Girl character was Bubbles when he was younger. He now questions the socializations around such a choice.


Meesh Morris

Stage Manager

Meesh Morris moved here from Ohio 5 years ago. Since then she has stage managed for companies such as: Theatre Coup d'Etat and ArtsNest. In the fall she will be stage managing for Swandive Theatre's production of mONSTER. This is Meesh's first Fringe show and she is very excited to be working with this group.


Meesh's favorite Powerpuff Girl is Blossom because she is basically a ginger and is both smart AND tough.


Sarah Simon

Costume Designer

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Play-Dot brings more Saturday Morning Theater to the MN Fringe with Mayor Lear: a mix of Shakespeare's King Lear, the 90's Powerpuff Girls, and chemical X.  


Starring a super powered cast of women and featuring Jessica Smith's explosive fight choreography, Play-Dot's Mayor Lear of Townsville is must see fringe.

Follow the production on Twitter and Instagram using #MAYORLEAR.

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