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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

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Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book

By Rooftop Theatre Company
Created by Tim Wick & John Newstrom

Playing at Theatre in the Round

Over a million people visit Yosemite National Park every year. Most of them survive. These are the stories of some of those who didn't. It's a little bit like "Our Town" crossed with a serial killer movie.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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.

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So funny

by Mary Johnston on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I saw a lot of funny stuff this Fringe, but this one probably made me laugh the most. Often I feel comedy shows just beat you over the head with the same joke over and over and over. This show had a specific concept that it's jokes were based on, yes, but there was enough variety and surprise to keep the joke funny even as it was told again in different ways. I loved the bears and was so glad I got to do some "audience participation".


Could not stop laughing!

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

We've witnessed so many crazy stupid people in national parks, including Yosemite! This made their antics "what were they thinking?" hysterical. Loved it!


Gruesome and Funny

by Bethany Nagan on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This was super funny and creative. A bit gruesome, but such is the nature of death. Witty and surprising in its humor. Well acted, good story line.


PSA of Park's Darwin Award Winners

by Cetius d'Raven on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

disclaimer: I have an ongoing working relationship with many involved in the production

As I am prone to laughing at tragedy brought on by personal stupidity, this show was right up my alley. This hilarious presentation of actual events that have taken place in Yosemite will amuse and educate. It did take me a minute to cut through the ranger's accent, but it only adds to the performance so I'm glad it's there, but I can see where it could be a distraction. The bears were great.


Be afraid, be very very afraid.

by Captain Heck on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I am now fearful of national parks, justifiably fearful as I now know them to be as magnificently captivating as they are deadly. The same could be said for the always delightful lead actress who plays both the spirit of Yosemite and herself, Dawn Krosnowski. The entire cast shines as hapless and helpless hikers who become seemingly mesmerized by the national park and thus doomed much to the delight of us all. A tightly written script keeps us educated and entertained apace with plenty of possibilities for audience participation if you are sure to sit inside the splash zone. Schadenfreude thy name is National Park Ranger Edwin Strout

1 person found this review helpful


Review From An Actual Park Ranger

by Sharon Stiteler on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Death in Yosemite is the hero I not only deserve, but the hero I need right now.

2 people found this review helpful


Hilarious

by Nancee Magistad on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I knew I'd enjoy the show because a few friends are involved as actors/creators, etc. but I had no idea how much! I was especially impressed at how a topic as morbid as this was made to be hilarious....perhaps because it's hard to be sad about getting rid of a few more idiots in the world. Clever and a must-see! (I'm also going to buy the book it's based on.)


Learn from these people!

by Heather Rand-McKay on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I almost feel bad being as entertained as I was. The performers played their parts well, switching back and forth between the characters in the reenactments and the characters visiting the park. The show had lots of physical comedy, lots of jokes, and some interesting information about Yosemite in general. The death scenarios get a bit crazier as the show builds, and the props were used excellently. As has been mentioned, the front couple of rows are a definite splash zone, but it added to the fun of the show.


Death, mayhem, hilarity

by Anna Amyx on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show is the work of seasoned comedians who can take stories of death and dismemberment and still come up with a laugh-out-loud production. Highly recommended.


Best of the night

by Jake Garhofer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show was the most entertaining show DO the night. The cast's energy and interaction with the audience took it to another level. The show is unbelievably funny, with the ranger and the spirit of Yosemite standing out above the others. I would recommend this show to New fringe goers and veterans. Would go see again 10/10

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I wanted a water pistol...

by Andy Rakerd on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This show is pretty hilarious with it's clever physical bits and a spot-on riff on the Stage Manager from Our Town. I felt the concept grew slightly tired toward the end, but not before I'd thoroughly laughed like hell.

1 person found this review helpful


Park Accidents Have Never Been So Fun

by Joshua Humphrey on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Talented performers? Check.

Well-written and funny? Check.

Subject matter that calls into question the intelligence of human race? Check.

I've never walked out of a Rooftop Theatre production thinking that I'd wasted a fringe slot. This is well-cast with fun performers that understand the material. Further, the show made me WANT to visit parks. A hard task, considering also made me paranoid about visiting said parks.

I would love to see a remount, although I don't think it should be much longer than an hour if they choose to extend it.


Park it here for a fun show

by J-D Harrington on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I haven't yet made it to Yosemite, but this show is a hilarious Cliff's Notes of what not to do while there. I thought they found a really inventive way to join the separate stories into a cohesive plot. You'll definitely enjoy this one if you appreciate humor that's a little on the dark side.


Great performances, Terrible choices!

by Corinna Troth on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Edwin Strout is the perfect combination of Dudley Do-Right, the Our Town Stage Manager and the Pepridge Farms guy. And he's just the beginning when it comes to this exceptionally talented, fun-loving cast. Excellent use of the venue for staging scenes throughout the beautiful but deadly Yosemite National Park. But the people in the stories - their choices are TERRIBLE. And yet you can so see how it happened. How it could potentially happen to any one of us, given just one foolish decision within a particular National Park. Useful takeaways: Tell someone where you're going, Get a guide map, Stay on the trail, Stay out of the rivers, and beware siren call of The Spirit of Yosemite! Oh - And nature valley granola bars - they're messy!


Death in Yosemite

by Eileen ANDERSON on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Irreverently funny! LOL!


Human Stupidity Knows No Trails

by Adam Boutz on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

True tales of stupidity and avoidable death in a national park. One part Darwin Awards, one part 'A Million Ways To Die In The Old West'. The fictional framework thrown up the stories was funny, but felt forced and a bit awkward. Its gleeful morbidity was infectious, but it still felt thrown together.


Bear Bear Bear

by Christopher Jones on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Hullo. I am bear.

Show start slow. Me wunder "where R bears?" Then bears show up.

Show wus gud. More bears wud meen 5 stars.

Bear Bear Bear


True stories, until the hockey masks

by Josh Forsythe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I just spent time in Yosemite this summer, so I had to check this show out - and was glad I did! The ranger is totally the star, and the rest of the cast does a great job of playing ... um ... I lost track of how many characters. The in-the-round staging makes it completely immersive, and it's amazing how funny lots of death can be.


Thank you, Mr. Ranger

by Diane Hellekson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The seen-it-all Park Ranger is the perfect guide for tales of death by idiocy and a critical anchor in this wacky rush of a show. The first 20 minutes or so are pure kick and LOL funny but after a while, I was disappointed to realize that the rest of the show was the same basic joke, repeated with variations. Still an amusing diversion and, gosh, Edwin Strout is good!


Engaging Premise

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Interesting script, but needs tightening. Some of the gags didn't work (pacing, sloppiness, lack of commitment) Maybe a soundtrack was needed to help build the mood, the acting just wasn't enough. At times it seemed just too slow and I admit, I nodded. Perhaps actors needed to raise their own stakes, add more tension and less slapstick.


trail maps for all

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

We just love Tim Wick's work, so this was a must-see for us. Funny stories, solid cast, clever writing. My husband even caught a t-shirt at the end! Make room for this one in your Fringe. :)


Darwin Awards at Yosemite

by Corrie Fiedler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Yes, it really is based on true stories of deaths at Yosemite. And yes, it really is a comedy. After many years of experience, we usually find Fringe comedies 'too silly' for our tastes.

However, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. None-the-less, the script had the feeling of "Oh, crap, we were selected for Fringe and have two weeks to put something together". Strengths: physical acting, story selection, over-arching idea (the "spirit(s) of Yosemite"). Weaknesses: hard to separate stories?, quite a bit of filler. All in all needs some tightening.

1 person found this review helpful


A PSA with a smile

by David Nienaber on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Didn't know what to expect from the title. Left with a smile and a better appreciation of dates and the National Park system. A fun show with a lot of heart, death, and broken wrists. Some standout performances and a well cast show. Theme becomes a bit repetitive but never leaves you fidgeting.


Fun - and it may save your life

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Just a hoot - should be presented to all those who enter national parks, tongue in cheek. Well done and well conceived.


Highest laugh ratio + useful life tips

by Charles Borchert on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Laughed more at this show than any other. I found it remarkable how effectively and quickly that dang ranger (and his pitch perfect performance) could convince me that each real - and yes, tragic- death was actually really funny at its core. Fast-paced and full of great energy from the performers. I feel like a bit of a ghoul, but a satisfied giggling ghoul. And hey, I’ll try a bit harder not to die in the wilderness as a result- finally a Fringe show with a lesson I can actually put to use!


Kind of funny PSA

by Grenacia Green on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The acting was great, I'm sure I laughed many times, but honestly I got bored with the repetition of story after story of people breaking park rules doing something dumb and causing a death. The script seemed like what you would get if a high school drama teacher gave their class a list of facts about Yosemite and deaths that occurred there and assigned their class to create a funny but fact-filled hour-length Public Service Announcement about why you need to follow park rules.


Great use of the space

by Julie Schramke on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I loved this show! I especially loved how the company used the space to depict the geographical features of Yosemite. I liked that all of the events depicted are based in fact. The park ranger was most entertaining reciting facts concerning the park. I would see it again.


Bears Bears Bears

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This is my second favorite show of the season so far. The park ranger is AMAZING!!! The re-telling of the deaths that have happened in the park due to the stooooopitiy of others is strangely hilarious. And...bears bears bears! Do yourself a huge favor and go see this show.


Thoroughly delightful

by Laurie Sweep on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Bears bears bears. What more do you need?


Wow

by Sosan Flynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Funny, tight staging and great acting.


Funny and informative

by Fourth Wall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I felt bad laughing at the stories of actual people dying at Yosemite. But not that bad.

1 person found this review helpful


I got to shoot a squirt gun!

by Don Feeney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Sit in the first row for some audience participation that's actually fun and not embarrassing. This show's just fun, though the plot line flagged a bit by the end. As others have commented, Ranger Stroudt makes the show.

1 person found this review helpful


I enjoyed this show!!

by Cole Sarar on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yay!!


She had me at Bookends!

by Dennis Dienst on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show made my belly hurt! Interaction with the audience at several levels, great story line, actors with split personalities, Bears-Bears-Bears, a Spirit with split personality, and educational material about two great National State Parks! Well worth your time and you will leave happier than you came in AND feel so much smarter than some others.....


Laughter & Informative at the same time!

by Jim Louis on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

There are multiple of members of this cast and crew in a nonprofit I manage.

Very rarely do I go to a show that informs me and makes me laugh all at the same time. I have never been to this national park but I feel now have! The interaction with the audience helped add to the comedy. If you get a chance go see this!


Such fun.

by Emily Grace on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I love how interactive this show was, incredible! This cast was truly rocking the round theater, which can be a hard feat. It is a show you watch and see the actors having so much fun you just want to join them!


Natural wonders don't just happen

by Little Voice on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Maybe the best comedic adaptation of a non-fiction book since, well, Adaptation. The talented cast gamely demonstrates many of the ways to die in nature, and the park ranger perfectly ties it all together with his dry commentary.


Funny Show!

by Matt Hartmen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was really funny show for anyone who has ever been to a state park. Great Job!


SO Funny

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

Consistently hilarious throughout - and it offers sensible advice for people visiting National Parks. My 14 year old daughter adds that this show is "amazeballs."


Funny! (And maybe educational)

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

This is a very funny show with snippets of good advice about how to NOT die in Yosemite. Recommended!


Creative and funny

by Jeff Luoma on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A play-within-a-play within a book. Unique source material mined with capable hands. A wonderful romp in the park. You will get an actor crush on a few of the performers. Super fun and fast-paced. This show would be an excellent choice for an evening Off Broadway. Minneapolis is lucky to have them.


May the Dark Spirit of Yosemite keep you

by Eric Meininger on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Hilarious, physical comedy with a demonic park ranger. Recommended.


Don't forget your trail map!

by Divya Maiya on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Concept and use of the theater space was brilliant. Loved the acting, narration and accent of the ranger!


Bear Bear Bear Bear

by Ryan Stello on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

With a lot of gusto and smart audience participation, the cast delivered complex dialogue and impeccable comedic timing.

If you've ever were wondering all the hilarious ways you can die in a national park, this is for you!


Funny

by R. Henkel on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Hilarious! I loved the park ranger character. what a great idea to take a nonfiction book and turn it into something funny.


Cute but not laugh-out loud

by LuAnn Monahan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A fun show with a cast who gives it their all. Great use of the space and loved the props and the audience participation. Edwin Strout as the park ranger was easily the strongest cast member with a great comedic timing and fun facial expressions.


Romp in Yosemite

by Richelle Amundson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Enjoyed it. Brought the stories to life in a creative way.


A show with an important message!

by Chris Gennaula on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Get a trail map! Stay on the trail! Bring snacks! THE PARK HAS IT OUT FOR YOU!!!! Hilarious!


Some good laughs

by Randa Schollmeyer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I liked the originality of this show, and while it had some really funny moments, the overall execution was uneven and didn't quite deliver on the premise. The park ranger was the standout performance - he did a good job keeping it pulled together.

2 people found this review helpful


Fast Paced Humorous Stories

by Afton Benson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This cast worked with the space worked beautifully! Simply put, a quickly moving piece that will leave you smiling. I loved their use of props.


A lighthearted look at death!

by Cali Mastny on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This was a fun and ridiculous look at tragedy. A solid show overall. It was fast-paced and enjoyable. Because it's a series of stories it's hard to get overly attached to any storyline, but I also think that's part of the point. The park ranger was really well acted and kept me engaged through his continuity. Some things were a little over the top for me, but still a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It made me both want to visit Yosemite and also fearful of it!


Great idea but...

by Will Weisert on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of this show, presented skillfully with a 'tongue firmly planted in cheek' verve. The weak link was just that, the underlying plot intended to link the individual stories pushing this into four star range. A minor criticism given the carefully crafted, laugh out loud tales of foolishness and sometimes outright stupidity.

1 person found this review helpful


Great concept didn't quite cut it

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

Here's another show I chose because I know and adore most of the cast. The script was great in concept, but just didn't deliver. The cast seemed to play more for schtick than anything else. I think this one could use a good workshop and stronger direction.

2 people found this review helpful


Death Chance HIGH! Abandon All Hope

by Bradley Johnson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Clever idea... Awesome park ranger... but the rest of the cast and script could have used some more direction and rework to take it from average to greatness like past shows from this group.

1 person found this review helpful


Silly murderous fun

by Nathan Gerber on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you have seen a Tim Wick show before, this is that, x10. For me, that's a good thing. It was equal parts educational, ridiculous, and blood soaked (without real blood) . The comedy is in the details, as the show makes even the most tedious of information comical. Each character is well acted and each scene creatively executed using the theater space and minimal props. Enjoy the possibility of audience participation if you're in the first few rows. I chuckled heartily.


Great concept and solid performances

by Florence Brammer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

Such a clever idea for a show. Endearing performances and skillful use of the venue to convey falls, cliffs and hiking trails.
The script seemed to sag a bit at times and may have benefited from some tightening up and more modulation among the scenes, but this is charming and well worth a Fringe slot.


Don't bring a date.

by Joe Allen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This show is a blast. If you're a sucker for morbid humor, horror tropes, unnecessarily indispensable props, and metatheatrical silliness - you're walking into the right show.

Edwin Strout has a marvelous presence, voice, and timing. The character work of the gang of park-goers are a delight.

I don't know how to describe the style of humor other than (from my notes), "obtusely obvious, pedantic, expository jokes." Words are fun. Don't choke on a mouthful.

Meanwhile, six years later.

I loved the growing absurdist horror of this show as it steadily grows to borderline, prop-heavy, snuff.

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Delightful

by Kelly Regan on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Terrific cast that used the space incredibly well. Blocking and direction were great, script was hilarious and the actors ran with it in the best way! A must see for sure!


KILLER SHOW!

by Rachel Beauchamp on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A joyous romp through the deadly history of one of America's great treasures, I never imagined being so amused by the death and destruction of so many in the great outdoors. Ranger Strout's deadpan performance carries the word-weight of the show with compelling storytelling and never misses a line or a fact. The rest of the cast slays with a combination of audience interaction, physical humor, and running jokes. This show is exactly as advertised, so if the description intrigues you, the show will not disappoint!

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Clever, enjoyable

by Torre Edahl on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A unique premise with great comedic actors and absolutely fantastic use of props. No, really, the props make this show.
It's DIY in the best way and knows itself. Clever and quick and worth seeing.


Bear delivers

by Amy Bonifas on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I love this idea! Pacing good, selection of vignettes good. Worth seeing and off the beaten path for story concepts. Opportunities for tighter crafting of dialogue though I wouldn't change one word for the ranger. Edwin Strout stands out for his wonderful sense of timing.


Oso primero pero no ultimo

by Christine Malcom on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Premise is excellent, most of the performances are very good (especially the ranger!), but things are pretty talky and prop heavy. Streamlining would take the show from good to great c

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Cast and crew

Edwin Strout

Ranger

Edwin is very happy to be working with Rooftop Theatre Company once again, having played Moriarty in “And To Think I Saw It On Baker Street” at last year’s MN Fringe Festival. In the 26 years that Edwin Strout has been performing in the Twin Cities theater community, he has worked with over 41 different theater companies in over 100 roles. Most recently, he has performed as Man in “Turn of the Screw” for Hero Now Theatre; Saul Hodgkin in “The Ghost Train” for Wayward Theatre/Mission Theatre Companies; Eygorushka/Pugachov in “Goodbye, Cruel World” at Theatre Pro Rata; Quince/Egeus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Park Square Theater; and Flan in “Six Degrees of Separation” for Theater Underground. Upcoming: “The Weir” for Wayward Theatre Company in October.


Dawn Krosnowski

Spirit of Yosemite

Dawn is a Fearless Comedy Productions core member and has been involved with the company since their first show in 2013. In addition to theater, Dawn does commercial, film and voice over things. Her favorite gig is voicing and puppeteering the mascots Connie and Connie MKII for CONvergence, an annual nerd-con.

Want more Dawn? www.DawnKrosnowski.com


Sam Poppen

Sam

Samuel Poppen is from South Dakota and enjoys spending his time petting animals, riding bikes, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, learning fancy words, perambulating with his wife Kimmer whilst avoiding reading the books she bought him on raising the baby that they are expecting in September, and prancing about the stage for companies like Theatre In The Round Players, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Lakeshore Players Theatre, and most recently for Top Gun: The Musical and 221b Baker Street with Rooftop Theatre Company.
When not doing the previously mentioned, he also loves to experience all the new things Minnesota has to offer and can’t wait to find out what this "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor" is all about.


Jason Krueger

Jason

Jason Kruger has a B.S. in Theatre performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a co-producer of The Monday Night Comedy Show, and, is a founding member of the geek-centric rap group Lyritics. Previously, in Fringe, Jason has performed in: Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend, Theatre 101, and Show Goons (which he also directed), as well as a couple other shows. As always, Jason would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support, and his girlfriend for loving, and, otherwise putting up with him.


Windy Bowlsby

Windy

Windy Bowlsby has worked throughout the Twin Cities as a choreographer and director (Heritage Theater, Lakeshore Players, Actor's Theater, Minneapolis Musical Theater to name a few). She is also a frequent Fringe Festival producer, creating the audience-choice winning "Boogie-ography" (2012) and choreographing another audience-choice winner "Top Gun: The Musical" (2014). Her collaboration with Mike's Brass was the highly-praised "High Flight," (2015) and she also created the popular "Jumpin' Jack Kerouac" (2014).

While her choreography has been called "moving" and "inventive" and "infused with energy and humor" - you're getting Windy the actor in this show. Windy has performed throughout the Twin Cities, and you may have seen her on Fringe stages in "The Complete Works of William Shatner, abridged" (2012) or in one of many performances in Blue Umbrella revues such as "Flops!" and "Are You There God, it's a new musical revue."

But you probably haven't seen Windy onstage or in the production credits recently here in the Twin Cities because she moved to Texas two years ago. How she manages to keep being in the Minnesota Fringe Festival - and convincing people to work with her long-distance - is quite the story. (Thanks Tim and John!) Ask her about it when you see her at Fringe Central!


Benjamin Domask

Ben

Benjamin Domask is a professional performer that has traveled all over the world. He has been seen on street corners, festival grounds, elementary schools, hospitals, theaters, retirement homes, private parties, weddings, and conventions!


Tim Wick

Writer / Bear / Creator

Tim is a comedian and playwright whose past Fringe shows included "And To Think That I Saw it at 221B Baker Street, The Sound of Footloose," and "Top Gun: The Musical." He has personally spent more than two months of his life in Yosemite National Park and has, to this point, not died. At the 2017 Fringe, he is also appearing in "Katie Versus the Devils" at the Rarig Arena.


John Newstrom

Director / Creator

John has been fortunate to work on the previous six MN Fringe Festivals. Previously working with Tim Wick on Highlander: The Musical, Top Gun: The Musical, and The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged). He is thrilled to reunite with Windy, Dawn, Edwin, Jason, Sam and welcome newcomer Ben to our fringe family!

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The Reviews Are In!


Jay Gabler of City Pages - "Darwin Awards for the outdoorsy"


 


Matilda Ruth of Twin Cities Geek - "Don't Miss"


 


Rohan Preston of the Star Tribune says "gleefully macabre"


"Death in Yosemite - The hilariously dark side of the park"


 


Rob Hubbard of the Pioneer Press - "loose and laughable fun"


 


One of Ten don't-miss shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival!


 


 


Come and see us Wednesday at 7:00pm at Theatre in the Round!


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From the creators of MN Fringe favorites Top Gun: The Musical!, The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged), and To Think That I Saw it at 221b Baker Street comes a new comedy from the great outdoors!


 



 


Previous praise for Wick/Newstrom Productions

 


"THIS is the best show I've seen yet! Made me laugh so much! Well executed & Professionally performed. Would see this one again and will recommend it to my friends!"


-Fringe Review 


 


"About the quintessential Fringe Show...lyrics are frequently laugh-out-loud funny...It's Clever Nonsense." - howwastheshow.com


 


"Perfect Fringe fodder, kudos to all involved!"


-Fringe Review 


 


"This is a fun and silly show that doesn't take itself too seriously, and the audience has as much fun as the cast!" Cherry and Spoon 


MUST SEE." - St. Paul Pioneer Press


 


 

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