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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Be Your Selfie!

By Hey Rube
Created by Marcus Anthony

Playing at Intermedia Arts

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Improv, Actors' Equity participants

An aspiring Youtube vlogger comes face to face with selfie culture and learns it takes more than followers to find oneself. This is a story of unrequited self-love.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

Social Media Parable

by Kara Greshwalk on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

It's a fact: people either share their "greatest hits" or self-proclaimed "TMI" on social media these days, and I appreciate that this show explored both ends of the spectrum. It's a relevant message that wraps up in a really lovely, positive way. I seriously could have spent another hour with all three characters. They were well-written and were in the capable hands of a very talented and engaging cast. I look forward to seeing more from this talented group of artists (including the writer and videographer!).


Funny and Creative

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Really wonderful stuff! Natalie Wass is so perfect for this that I was surprised to see she did not write it herself! Great video work and a nice message about embracing the "real" you. All the performances were spot on and often laugh out loud funny!


Good concept; not enough there there

by Ariel Lopez on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Fun performances make this show worth watching - I enjoyed the caricatured contrast of how we construct online personas, and the interplay of video and live acting. Unfortunately, the show takes way too long setting up the conflict (the last third was much better), and the "be yourself" message was a little after-school special for my taste.


Believe in BE YOUR SELFIE.

by Matt Saxe on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This is one of the most innovative and most meta-Fringe plays I've ever seen. Marcus has done an excellent job of capturing the desire of people to become insta-celebrities and our YouTube obsessed culture. Should vloggers edit or show everything? Are you really being yourself when you cut out the rough patches, or when you don't, are you giving too much information--and do you know who your Followers really are? Fantastic use of the Intermedia space with all the videos to go with the casts exits and entrances. The videos have some real laugh out loud moments, including the pre-show ones. I really loved its observations on Fringe & what outsiders could see it as. Ethan, Rob, and Natalie all give great performances in this unique & fun show


Perfect Fringe Show

by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This is by far one of the best shows I have seen at Fringe. The writing is tight, the video work is seamless, and the performances are amazing. It's a very clever and hilarious take on what our social media/self-obsessed culture has become. I loved that we were able to experience the vulnerabilities of the characters, which gave us insight as to their need for followers, fame, but mostly, friends. It is so easy to get lost online these days, and hide behind who we really are, and this was a great exposition of that mind-set & intention. Natalie, Ethan, and Rob are extremely talented, and I loved the use of the voices as additional "characters". The editing, sound, and production values are superb.

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Be Your Selfie: A Reflection of Us

by Douglas Stewart on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Marcus Anthony has cleverly tackled the subject of our self-indulgent new media culture. Wannabe celebrities reveal themselves in wild waves of delusion only to discover the striking truth that lies within their authentic selves. Anthony's fun use of video tees-up the basis for the central characters in the show. All three actors perform equally well in their roles, particularly Natalie Rae Wass as Marlyn MN-roe and Rob Ward as Billy Boy. The show I saw had a few bobbled lines and dropped technology parts on the stage but, for the most part, it didn't matter. The play seemed to bog down a bit at the end. I fully expected Marlyn MN-roe and TMI Kai to have a duel to their death with their selfie-sticks!


Amusing

by Sarah JL on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The preshow videos were a real treat, leading into a video-driven show. I wish that I could have seen more live from the three actors, who were all quite talented. A fun show!


Self-Destructive Self-Obsession

by Adam Boutz on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A cute story about a couple of wannabe celebrities and our selfie-stick culture. It made some interesting use of mixed media elements. Sadly, the characters, both the ones presented to the internet and the ones presented to the audience, were kind of flat. They felt like caricatures rather than the flawed and vulnerable people that were hinted at. I feel like the story got bogged down in the 'How' of their self-destructive self-obsession when it could have been exploring the 'Who' and 'Why'.


Great use of media

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

Characters were interesting and fun to watch, the use of media was totally captivating. But the plot....well, it never really engaged me. Sorry.


Art As Awareness

by Cetius d'Raven on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

This is a story about identity and authenticity, which tickles my inner philosopher. While not emotionally moving, I believe this play is a pleasant reminder that it is important to be who you are, whoever you are, and not to change yourself into who you think other people think you *should be.


Fun idea!

by Dahlia Acman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This was a really good concept, but it could have been about half as long and we would have gotten everything. Well-acted, but it lacked strong plot and character development.


Plumbing the depths of superficiality.

by Jim Dryden on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great fun, entertaining with lots of laughs, but enough substance to invite a viewer to consider - who am l, who would I like others to think I am. NRW is brilliant in the role of the exquisitely neurotic Marilyn MN-roe.

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entertaining & timely

by robert rule on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

didn't know what to expect, and was very pleasantly surprised. witty and timely play on the current generation's fixation on/with social media (or, if you will, ME-dia) and the prevalent disconnect of too many folks these days, when people create characters and focus on their "numbers" (likes/friends), instead of interacting with the physical world around them as themselves. to top it off, the back and forth of video/online and "not" online was very smoothly executed. lastly, especially for the first show, the actors and direction was very well done. funny, fun, thoughtful and relevant. good job!


Clever and unique!

by Christina Downs on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a great concept! I thoroughly enjoyed the live performances mixed with the "vlogging" videos. The ending was hilarious! Great job from the actors and director!


I admit it, I'm old!

by Bradley Johnson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I usually love Natalie's shows, but this one miss the mark for me. Partly because I'm not into YouTube personalities, but it also needs better direction.

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Witty, brilliant play on narcissism

by Almira Downs on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Witty and creative. Wonderful mix of video and live action. So timely with all that is on our minds about narcissism. Congratulations to Marcus Anthony and cast. Well done!


YouTubers will Enjoy.

by Mitch Vosejpka on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

With a good message, a quirky and fun cast, and fringe humor: this show was enjoyable certainly. I felt as if though the content could have been played with a little more. Gone a little deeper. Maybe slightly more realistic. As a YouTuber there was a charm to the show, but somewhere lies a disconnect where the shows message of authenticity doesn't come through. Overall I think as a YouTube and Fringe artist, this show was worth seeing. But first, let me take a selfie...

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Cast and crew

Natalie Rae Wass

Marlyn MN-roe

Natalie has performed 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. They remounted '2001 a space odyssey' for fringe and this fall look for 'Frankenstein'. Last year she performed in 'Apple Picking' l Other festival credits include her self-produced show 'Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist', 'Love in a Time of Rinderpest' , several shows with the Ministry of Cultural Warfare and 'Knit One, Purl the Other' and 'Tiger in the Room'. She's also been seen frequently at the Old Log Theater and works for the entertainment department at Mall of America (wanna be a character???). Catch her this fringe in two other shows this year right here at Intermedia Arts! 'Mayor Lear', the Powerpuff Girls are 20 years older and living out King Lear, and 'Full Metal Rabbit'.


Ethan Bjelland

TMI Kai

Back in Fringe this year to kick butt and take names with this rad cast and original show! Ethan wears many hats in the Twin Cities theatre community and local Nordic cultural communities. As an actor, he's worked with numerous companies, such as nimbus Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Shadow Horse Theatre, Theatre 20%, and most recently, as Helena in Phoenix Theatre's Burning Ember Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This Fringe, Ethan is also performing in Full Metal Rabbit and as master code-breaker Robin Bell in Jenna Papke's 1940s Cyrano de Bergerac retelling, 'Code: L-O-V-E.'


Rob Ward

Billy Boy

Rob Ward is an actor, deviser, physical theater artist, and improviser. He has worked with several companies in the Twin Cities including Upright Egg,Shadow Horse Theater, Actors Theater MN, Erin Sheppard Presents, and Apostasia Productions. Rob has also featured in several episodes of the FunWitFunny Show and is a founding member of the improv group Reservoir Frogs. This year at the Fringe, he is also performing in 'The Last Bombardment' and 'Full Metal Rabbit'


Marcus Anthony

Creater

Marcus is a writer and director responsible for Fringe such shows as "Medea Ex Machine", "Strike", "The Base", "Yama & Kalindi", and "So Bright the Night". He also recently made his film debut at this year's 48-hour Film Project.

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