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 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.


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.


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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By Windmill Company
Directed by Grace Barnstead

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena


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


Just so you know, this show contains 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


Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
Audio described


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.

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

Grace Barnstead


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


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


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


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


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, sexual content, adult language


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