About Minnesota Fringe

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Showtimes

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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

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What to Wear

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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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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.

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More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

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Frankenstein

By Windmill Company
Directed by Grace Barnstead

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena

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Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Literary adaptation, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

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Warnings: Nudity, Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content.

A devised adaptation of Mary Shelley's esteemed novel that turns the monster narrative on its head. What happens when you become the very creature you fear?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Nothing about the show worked

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

I just could not wrap my hands around the show and what it had to offer. I thought the story was weak, the character developement and relationships between the characters was flat, there was too much going on during several scenes that I didn't know what I should have been focusing on, the female character who appeared in every scene...I just did not get her and foudn her to be distracting. It was a weird, different interpretation of a classic novel that unfortunately, just lacked punch. Aside from that, it was kind of bland and boring.


was there a story?

by Clark Kinser on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The didn't really work for me. I didn't notice any plot or character development.


Classic Story Under a New Light

by Kristi Manning on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I love the way this show gives room for the audience to create their own connections between characters and fill in the blanks for themselves. The narrator character was confusing at times, but added a spookiness that aided in the development of Frankenstein’s character. The dream scenes were also very powerful in getting to know his character. When more than one thing was happening on stage it was hard to know what to focus on. While the scenes were short and the script was minimal, the show flowed well and contained a lot of unique/subtle details. This show challenged my mind and was a great interpretation of a classic story under a new light.

1 person found this review helpful


Eventually

by Connie Roni on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I really wanted to like this more, but I didn't dislike it. There were things I liked and things I felt needed improvement. This could be a nice Fringe piece in the future when further developed.


It works for me.

by Phil Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The concept was a little hazy to what was performed, but I was much more intrigued than I thought. Even though it was not the story, some scenes were gripping and kinda spooky. This group took a bold look at a classic, and it was something that could be worked out at Fringe to potentially become something bigger.


Very Underdeveloped

by Diana Thompson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Sometimes a risk pays off. Sometimes it doesn't. This was one of those shows where the risk didn't pay off. It was unclear which aspect of Shelley's novel was supposed to be the focus of the show. The lights were distracting, and at times even painful. There were characters that weren't fleshed out, and I really didn't need to watch someone put their shoes on for a solid minute with no purpose. All in all, this show is underdeveloped and not fully realized. I will say that the woman playing Justine was good, even with a poor script. More questions than answers: What was the malevolent force? Mother? Narrator? Personification of madness? Unclear. It was a solid miss for me on this show.


Draft of Concept?

by Joe Allen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

There are very clearly some intelligent minds and interesting concepts being mulled over by the creative team, unfortunately they do not seem to make it to the stage with clarity. This production left me with the impression of every high-concept production that lost its way transitioning between table-work, movement improv, and blocking. I got the sense that the characters knew what they were doing. I also felt that consideration was not given to whether the audience had the tools they would need to unpack it.
Side note, please consider the light-sensitivity of your audience when using flashlights at eye-level in the round.

1 person found this review helpful


Just A Spark of Life

by Jessica Wojachoski on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I felt that the show was ok. It seemed to have a lot of cool ideas but they either weren't fully realized or developed. It was shame since I do love a lot of things monster / horror related. The story of Frankenstein is so rich with so many possibilities, that it is sad to not see more unfold in this production. A truly missed opportunity. I applaud everyone in the production for giving it a shot. Sometimes a risk pays off, and sometimes it doesn't, but its brave to take a risk in the first place. Sadly for me this risk didn't pay off.


Beautiful Young Talent

by Lily Handahl on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Frankenstein is a great show to see to jump into the spirit of Fringe and see amazing emerging talent. Don't go in expecting this classic story how you've seen it done before - this is a very creative adaptation that might not be for everyone, but it was the perfect addition to my day. The best part is how exceptionally confident all the actors are in their lines and movement.


Norman Bates?

by Harry Uxley on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Who was that person inserting herself everywhere? Frankenstein's mother's ghost? Stagehand? Director? We were confused if this was a postmodern interpretation that just fell flat or if the person forgot to don a costume. We are familiar with Shelley's text, and this did not do it any justice. The young actors could have some potential if they were allowed.

1 person found this review helpful


Underconceptualized

by Christopher DeVaan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Fringe audiences, unless they worship Brecht, hate it when you don't use the time wisely you were given. Frankenstein ran around 41 minutes, but kicking up the pace, even a little, would have tightened it to about 22.
Yes, I get that they were trying to go for ominousness & that creepy sensation of foreboding, and, even through stunted dialogue, the idea began to coalesce.
There were some good performances, and good intentions. Some characters began to materialize that I found myself wanting a little more development to.
But, in the end, it was a hit & miss attempt to convey the theme "Was his creation the monster? Or Was he the monster the whole time?"

1 person found this review helpful


Not a lot here.

by Larry Bieza on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Minimalist with set, and unfortunately, with script. Very little here to keep your interest. Actors did well with what they were given.

1 person found this review helpful


Bold Abstraction

by Alexander Gerchak on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

In this production of Frankenstein we see what Fringe should truly aspire to be; creatives taking genuine risks and creating material that pushes our boundaries and expectations. Here we have an interpretation that is far less reliant on plot, opting to explore themes of isolation, paranoia, and zeal with the source material. As a byproduct of this emphasis, more traditional scenes tend to feel weak in comparison to movement sequences that are arguably the heart of the show. Worth seeing for a notably different take on the well known story.


Frankenstein!

by Lauren Mars on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was incredibly put together. Yes, the writing and direction could have been more worked out but I hope the writers and devisors keep working on this piece. Excellent performance by Maurice Fields and Jacob Krohn. The lighting and movement were innovative, and the cast was incredible. Go see this if you're a fan of Frankenstein or if you like eerie theatre and supporting young artists!


All Good Questions

by Hannah Coleman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This devised piece really makes you think. Their natural execution of a company developed script, made for a lovely and entertaining night of theatre. It left me with a lot of questions. The "narrator" character captivated and puzzled me, and I thought it added to the mystery and ambiguity the show presented through the "who is the monster" theme. The cast was very varied in how they approached the piece, but their separate journeys added to the work as a whole. Overall, an exciting piece to experience.


A Good Exepriment

by Casey Marie Holmes on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Fringe was the perfect place for this show to be put on. It was very experimental for both the company to create and perform and for the audience to watch. The concept is great! But the execution wasn't 100% there. It felt more like a theatre class project than an actual production. However cudos to the cast of young college students for opening up their minds and taking this project on! Their talent will add so much to this theatre community once they graduate!

2 people found this review helpful


Spooky!

by Jackie Krage on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I love the elements of costume and lights during the show. I think the script is a little daydreamy but the cast really pulled it together!
I recommend seeing it for the young emerging talent in the cast!


Modern Frankenstein

by Belle Allan on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This adaptation of the classic Frankenstein tale gives it new light. The monster is sympathetic and the "townspeople" accepting. This show steps away from the mayhem of a town driven mad by fear and allows room for inquiring into the making of a monster and the consequences of being it's creator. The technical aspects heighten the drama with the integration of lighting by flash lights, fight choreography, and a lot of blood. While it does not adhere to classic thematic structures, it explores uncharted territory.

1 person found this review helpful


Adequate But Could Stand Another Draft

by Cetius d'Raven on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

I strongly agree with most of the points detailed Florence Brammer's review (save that about the lighting, which I felt was only mildly effective). I, too, was confused by the character that most reviews have already dubbed "the narrator", and I think this show would be greatly improved by better addressing that identity. Perhaps greater familiarity with the source material would aid one's enjoyment--I confess I have never read the original work.

1 person found this review helpful


Great execution, underdeveloped script

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

I adore Shelley's "Frankenstein," and this show looks great -- the lighting and sound are very effective, and the violence/fight scenes are very well choreographed and staged. The heavy-handedly presented theme of who is the master and who the creature wears thin pretty quickly, though. A major character's purpose (narrator? Greek chorus-type observer?) is distractingly underdeveloped and unclear, so much so that I found the character's presence to sap scenes of their power.

4 people found this review helpful


Body Count

by Walter Furtney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Intense, engaging, beautiful cast

1 person found this review helpful


The Modern Prometheus

by Eric Meininger on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

An adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel staged in the round of the Rarig Arena. Well acted and generally true to other adaptations, the show drags on after a while. Victor is quite handsome, and the acting of all is good, but the character of the narrator (I think that's who she is!) is confusing. Nothing more sensational than a little blood.


Cast and crew

Grace Barnstead

Director

Grace Barnstead is an emerging theatre artist in the Twin Cities. She is currently obtaining her B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Hamline University in St Paul. Her past directing credits include Shakespeare on the Lawn, The Dinosaur Play: a touring children’s show, and A Grimm Night on the Lawn, all at Hamline University. Though she performed as Hillary Clinton in Trump: A Musical Tale for the 2016 Fringe Festival, Frankenstein marks her Fringe directing debut!


Lisa Day

Narrator

Lisa is a Playwright, Actor and Director. Her play, "Consequences of Kissing Dragons" was produced in the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2012. Lisa's writing had been performed with Theater Beauregard, at The University of Iowa and selected to be in the University of Iowa Playwright’s Festival. Recently, she has also Stage Managed with Sandbox Theater Company. Favorite acting rolls of Lisa's include Abigail in The Crucible and Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird. Lisa has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa's Playwright’s Workshop. She is the Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator at the Minnesota Academy of Science.


Maurice Fields III

Henry

Maurice Fields III is an actor from Saint Paul who is excited to be in this production of Frankenstein. This is Maurice's first Fringe Festival, and he is excited for what it brings him. Maurice has been in several well known pieces such as The Seagull, West Side Story, Working: The Musical, and Spoon River. He is currently a double major in Theatre and Vocal Performance at Concordia in Saint Paul.


Cate Jackson

Justine

Cate Jackson returns to Fringe after three years away! Last seen at Fringe in "Crime and Punishment" with Live Action Set, she is so excited to bring more monsters back to the table. Cate is an actor in the twin cities and has worked most recently with Arts Nest: a project of The Phoenix Theater, and appeared in TEASE 2017 at The Crane. Happy Fringing!


Jacob Krohn

Victor Frankenstein

Jacob Krohn is an actor and dancer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Hamline University with a Theatre Arts degree and attended a semester program at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. He has been in productions like Hamlet, Passion Play, The Seagull, and Long Days Journey Into Night. This will be Jacob’s debut at the Fringe Festival.


Julie Manning

The Creature

Julie Manning is excited to be part of her first Fringe Festival show! She attends Wagner College (Staten Isl. NY) as a Theatre Performance major and was most recently seen in Dancing at Lughnasa at Viterbo University as Kate (u/s). Julie enjoys singing, reading and being in the great outdoors. She'd like to thank her sister, Kristi for being the rockstar of her life.


Laura Mason

Elizabeth

Laura Mason is a local actor and writer. She enjoys physical and devised theatre and writes anything from poetry about heartbreak to political commentary on Congress's shenanigans (those may not be all that unrelated). She also has been doing a lot more film lately. This is her third show in the Fringe, the other two being that choose-your-own-adventure roadtrip show and the musical walking tour around West Bank. If you ask her what else she's working on, she'll tell you about her company, Theatre of Melpomene, and how she's trying to produce a greek theatre festival to take place next spring. She loves to collaborate and she definitely wants to grab a beer after the show.


Rane Oganowski

Stage Manager

Rane Oganowski is an costume designer, makeup technician, and stage manager based in the Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in Hamline University’s 2016 production of Hamlet, in which she was the lead costume designer, as well as designed makeup and wigs for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is Ms. Oganowski’s premiere as a stage manager, and she very much looks forward to sharing this work and the talents of this cast with the Twin Cities community.

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This adaptation of the 1818 gothic fiction novel revitalizes the classic monster narrative by exposing the beast that lies within us all. Through blood, tears, and broken promises, this production investigates the fears and anxieties that spur exclusionary behavior in modern American society. Filled with tactile stage pictures, unexpected twists, and startling turns, Frankenstein stimulates the senses and evokes emotional responses that will keep audiences captivated long after they leave the theater.


TW: Blood, gore, adult language, flickering lights

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