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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To The Quick: A trio of short plays that cut deep

By Diva G Productions
Directed by Emily Gill,Written by Ashley Prillaman

Playing at Theatre in the Round


GLBT content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

There are moments in our lives where we know something just happened. We became friends. We fell out of love. We gained or lost respect. Everything leads up to and out of these moments. Life cut to the quick.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm

* 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


by K Anderson on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thoughtful and insightful. These three vignettes presented poignant moments in life that all can relate to in some way. All three were well acted and directed. The first scene was particularly well acted- funny, tense, tender, and compelling.

Really really good!!!!!!

by Melissa Elmer on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was a really well done show! I enjoyed all three storylines and found each actor very compelling. I thought the two actors in the last scene were especially talented!!

To the Quick

by Gary Strauch on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I enjoyed all three plays. I appreciated the mystery within each play and then how it was revealed. The topics were relatable to the audience. To bring the emotion to each of plays must have been difficult in the short period of time they had but the actors did an exemplary job.
The director developed the characters and created an atmosphere that drew the viewer into The scene.

Good job!

by C Resell on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Slow start for me, but very intriguing after things got pulled together. Compelling stories!

Very Compelling and Moving

by Lynda Dahl on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

All performers were really strong. This was an emotionally moving show, and I highly recommend it. Well written short stories.


by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The synopisis sounds great. The stories are poorly written and not terrible compelling. It seems that maybe this was a high school production-- so for high schoolers I give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it was also written by high school students? I could see the topics being more relatable to high schoolers than adults-- a little over the top dramatic. Might be worth targetting thst audience. Acting was fine.

Small revealing moments

by on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

These three short plays capture moments when women face each other and themselves. The writing is true and the actors are faithful to it. Small moments captured with heart and wit. Loved them.

Three great scenes

by James Carlson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was five stars on all fronts. Great acting, emotionally engaging, and wonderful usage of the arena stage.

Great show

by Linda Gill on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I enjoyed all three plays. They were thought provoking and the acting was great.

3 short scenes

by Eric Herr on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I enjoyed the plans of what was layed out for plays, however I didn't feel the scenes we're fully developed. The first one was really nicely acted and I was disappointed it ended. I would've enjoyed seeing a full length piece. The second piece was underdeveloped and the third didn't give enough context for why the mother/daughter had a stressed relationship. Again, more time on this last piece could've developed a really nice story.

Good acting

by Patti Gage on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I thought all the actors did a good job! The final scene had a nice balance of humor and drama, so I really enjoyed this scene the best. The second scene needed more development and the poem at the end of the scene was a bit flat. But overall I think this show was definitely worth seeing.

A Little Too Quick

by Bradley Johnson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Three shorts that were too short on character development. The first was the best, but maybe only because it was the first. Wish I would have skipped this one.

Great use of the Round

by Roopali Phadke on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I really enjoyed these three pieces and how they used the Round. They were just the right length and character development for thoughtful vignettes. With a run time about 40-45 minutes, we could easily get to our next show!

Wonderfully done

by Erin Whitcraft on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A wonderful trio in its acting and directing. All of the shows are emotionally engaging and thought provoking.

Quick to my heart

by Kiran Arquin on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was truly touching, this was the first show that I saw at fringe this year and I can say it is off to a great start, well acted characters and the minamilism was super cool, would definitely recommend!

Not bad for a first Fringe

by Nancee Magistad on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The first story was the most poignant and best acted. A sweet story. The second story's acting was stiff so it was distracting until the reveal; after the reveal the acting improved. The final story was well-acted and the story was sweet but it was hard to tell if the daughter was a child or adult, another distraction. From a fellow first-timer though, I was impressed overall.

3 riveting, human stories

by Jim Oliver on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

3 great short pieces that work together in a fascinating way, structurally and thematically. Great performances from all the actors that carry a very stripped down production. Exactly the kind of thing I want to see in a Fringe show.

Worth staying up for

by Laura Doty on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I saw this show last night in the 10 pm slot and am glad I decided to go. It is an excellent production with 3 very different and riveting stories. I was impressed with all the actors, especially the actress who was in 2 of the 3 stories. I highly recommend this production.

1 person found this review helpful

Excellent Production

by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show is what Fringe is all about-packing as much as you can into a limited time, all the while delivering on all levels-content, talent, and direction. In the round is difficult and Em Gill did a great job with the material and actors so that nobody missed out on anything. All of the performers were absolutely amazing, and Lori Roovers did a fantastic job in a role not usually her type. The minimalist sets/props was also a great choice, as the actors created their spaces and locations spectacularly, with blocking and choices. A shout out to the sound design too, for creating a believable oceanside setting.

All Three Plays Deliver

by James Zappa on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The title promises the three short plays will cut deep and all three live up to the promise. The scripts were cleverly crafted, giving us a chance to empathize with the characters before they really go at it. The blocking made good use of being in the round, and the directing elevated the already suburb script. Acting in the round is tough, and all five actors delivered strong performances and felt at home in the intimate setting. All three shows made the audience leave discussing the issues and situations addressed in the plays. All of the themes touched on are timeless and universal. I strongly recommend seeing this piece!

Beautifully done

by Robin Rayfield on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

These were three short scenes, all well done drama. These scenes were beautifully performed, deeply emotional, but nothing over the top depressing. They all had nice sentimental messages, and were poignant. In addition to that, there were some nice bits of comedic dialogue.

1 person found this review helpful

Three Interesting Stories

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Three short short stories - understated but well acted. The scripting is good but could use more tension.

1 person found this review helpful


by Peg McKee on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

To The Quick is more than just a title, it is a description. Three words, three vignettes: Each incisive, direct, and to the point in addressing love, loss and forgiveness. This show is well written, well acted and well directed. Go see it!


by Jessica Pratt on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Really moving, poignant, and funny performances. It was very well written, directed and performed. Very enjoyable evening!!

Drama For Short Attention Spans

by Andy Flamm on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

These two-person scenes are well-written and well-acted, and brief enough to hold the interest of even the most impatient audience member. If you want a little substance to go with your comedy, you can't go wrong with this show.

1 person found this review helpful


by Rich Dippel on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a fast paced show that takes the audience on an emotional ride. Outstanding performances and tight direction made for a really enjoyable night.

Eavesdropping on three stories

by Mary Cathryn Ricker on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So much emotion packed into three short stories, likely a combination of creative scripts and fresh, talented casting.

1 person found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Emily Gill


Emily Gill is a Twin Cites area director, actor and teacher. Directing credits include: The Women of Lockerbie (Illinois State University), Veronica’s Room (Chameleon Theatre Circle), The Playboy of the Western World (Illinois State University), Grease (St. Paul Central), Moon Over Buffalo (St. Paul Central). She holds a BA in Theatre and Dance Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University and teaches acting at St. Paul Central.

Ashley Prillaman


Ashley Prillaman's short plays have been produced in Minnesota and New York. Ashley received a B.F.A. in Theatre from The University of Minnesota, Duluth. She went on to study improv and sketch comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. Ashley currently writes for online publications AudioFemme and Inspirer Life Magazine; she also does an interview series on her blog: www.ashleyprillaman.com.

David Moberg

Stage Manager

David Moberg, Stage Manager, is a rising senior at Central High School in St. Paul. He has previously stage managed Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Moon Over Buffalo as well as helping to direct Moon Over Buffalo and Almost, Maine for the Central Theatre Department. He plans to attend college after this year of school, and hopes to study political science and Spanish. When he is not studying or working on a production, he can be found out with his friends, or at home with a good book and a caffeinated beverage.

Meg Hirman


Meg Jahns Hirman is returning to the stage after a long hiatus. She recently returned to school to pursue her K-12 Theatre license and her Master of Education, which she could not have done without the support of her amazing husband, daughters, and parents. Meg is excited to be back at the Fringe after having directed several shows for the Festival many years ago.

Clara Hutchinson


Clara Hutchinson is thrilled to be acting again after taking many years to focus on teaching and directing. She studied English, theatre, and education at Hamline University where she received her BFA and then continued on to get her MEd at the University of MN. She's been teaching English and directing plays and musicals at Central High School the past 13 years, but has taken a break from the theatre world to raise her two beautiful boys. She's excited to be back at it all with this talented group of artists.

Emily Kueppers


Emily Kueppers is very excited to be participating in their second Minnesota Fringe show. Emily is entering their final year of school at Champlain College where they study Creative Media and spend a lot of their performing time doing improv comedy. Emily enjoys writing music, hosting a weekly radio show, and creating online videos. They're thrilled to be participating in this Fringe show and want to thank you all for coming out to the Fringe Festival and supporting local theater! (Emily also wants you to know that if you ever need someone to watch your dog to not hesitate to contact them, they love dogs)

Sydney Long


Sydney Long recently received a Certificate in Graphic Design: Print Media from MCTC and hopes to work as a graphic designer for the performing arts. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) where she spent most of her free time on stage whether it was in theatrical productions, dance, or singing. While at UMM Sydney received two Irene Ryan nominations, once in 2015 for her performance as Holly Kaplan in Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein and once in 2016 for her performance as Dr. Emma Brookner in A Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. She has also received the KCACTF Region 5 award for outstanding ensemble performance along with the cast from Pinnochio Commedia in 2016. Sydney has always had a passion for the arts and is very thankful to be welcomed back to the stage with such a wonderful cast after a year long absence from acting.

Lori Roovers


Lori Roovers – is making her Fringe Festival debut and feels like she hit the Fringe jackpot! She couldn’t be more excited about this show, cast, crew, and venue. If you love this venue, you may have seen Lori in Theatre in the Round’s productions of “The House of Blue Leaves” as Corrinna Stroller and “Fahrenheit 451” as Alice. She wishes to thank you for choosing to see this show and wants you to have fun with Fringe!

Matt Davies

Sound Designer

Matt Davies will be a senior at Central High school this coming year. He has worked on sound for 6 musicals and plays at Central. Matt has been a sound technician at central for three years and has worked on various shows from outside companies. He hopes to continue his sound career in college.

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