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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Passing the Poison

By Twin Cities Dance Court
Created by Mary Williams Jasicki

Playing at Crane Theater

Bold dance, timeless songs by James Walsh and Gypsy, hopeful voices of lovers and veterans expose what haunts the Vietnam vet and their new war to protect their kids from the devastating legacy of Agent Orange

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


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 4:00pm

* 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

Cathy Wind



Sophia Pimsler


SOPHIA CECILE PIMSLER / Choreographer began studying dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota and continued her training in ballet, composition, contemporary, Gaga, improvisation, modern, and pointe in Minnesota, Georgia and New York. She graduated high school from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and continued her study of dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU). Sophia's choreography was selected every year of her attendance at MSU to perform at the regional American College Dance Festival to represent her university's dance program. Sophia graduated from MSU Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Dance and a Minor in Alcohol & Drug Studies. Professionally, Sophia has performed with Bill T. Jones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zivili Dance, GloATL, and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater. Currently, Sophia is in her 4th season as a company member of Borealis Dance Company. Sophia's choreography has been commissioned and performed by Threads Dance Project, Borealis Dance Company, & Alternative Motion Project. Ms. Pimsler has taught at Zenon Dance School, Summit Dance Shoppe, Jete Dance Center, The Dance Factory, and Allegro School of Dance. In addition to dance, Sophia has her Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Marriage & Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Sophia is also currently a practicing therapist working with a variety of individuals, couples, and families.

Brenda Nepsund


BRENDA grew up in Sturgis, South Dakota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with bachelor's degrees in both Dance and Mass Media. Brenda choreographed MSU’s main stage production of Carmina Burana and performed in the Gala at America’s College Dance Festival (North Central) 2014 in War Story by Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry. Brenda has performed in other works by Daniel Stark, Suzanne Costello, Susana DiPalma, Sophia Pimsler, Jolene Konkel and Lynn Andrews, among others. Brenda is an instructor at Touch of Grace and is currently performing with Eclectic Edge Ensemble.

Julie Hatlestad


JULIE HATLESTAD, Dancer / Flash Mob America, On-site Producer/Teacher/Dancer , 2015,2017. Heathers The Musical ,Dance Captain/Sporty Girl, 2017, Sabes Theater St. Louis Park, MN. Finian’s Rainbow. Susan the Silent/Dance Captain/Choreographer, 2016, Sabes Theater, St. Louis Park, MN. Legally Blonde, The Musical, Delta Nu/Perfume Girl, 2016, Sabes Theater. Philly, The Musical, Dance Captain , 2015, Sabes Theater. Mayo Clinic 150th Celebration, Dancer/Singer, 2014, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN. Romeo & Juliet , Lead Role – Juliet, 2014, The Lab Theater Minneapolis, MN. The Belmont Hotel, Lead Role – Mack’s Girl, 2013, Southern Theater Minneapolis, MN. The Nick & Mandy Show, Dancer – Jazz 2008, LEVEL 3 Night Club, Hollywood, CA. International Presentation of Performers, Opening Showcase Performer 2005, New York Marriot Marquis New York City, NY.

Joshua Engebretson


Joshua Engebretson has been dancing his whole life. He has traveled around the country performing in New York, LA, Vegas, the Houston area and of course Minneapolis his home town. He is currently a member of Borealis Dance Company. After performing in three other Fringe Festival shows, he is looking towards bringing his energy to a the fringe stage again.

Adam Rousar


ADAM ROUSAR, Dancer / happy to be returning to the MN Fringe! Previously was seen as William Shakespeare in Shakespeare Apocalypse in the MN Fringe. He grew up dancing at Larkin Dance Studio. He has worked with Actors Theatre of MN, Frank Theatre, MMT, Freshwater Theatre, Philly Productions, BCT, Lyric Arts, Collide Theatrical, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

Lilly Jacobs


Lilly is an apprentice with TCDC and making her theater debut at the 2017 Fringe. Lilly has been dancing her whole life. She is actively involved in Competition dance and is also a member of the Spring Lake Park Dance Team.

Ally Chaffee


ALLY is an apprentice with TCDC and is making her Theater debut at the 2017 Fringe.

Natalie Pehl


NATALIE is an apprentice with TCDC and is making her debut at the 2017 Fringe.

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                          This may be your story whether you’ve seen a battlefield or not. 
They returned from the War un-glorified and unaware of the toxins simmering in their DNA. 
Passing the Poison depicts the tumult of lives and love altered by war. The story lays bare the issues that haunt many Vietnam Vets including the new battle to protect offspring from the devastating legacy of Agent Orange.
 Bold Dance fused with timeless music of the James Walsh Gypsy Band connect the warriors, the wounds and the simmering aftermath that hangs over Gen X and Gen Z.……..something’s brewing here. 

– Modern, Lyrical, Urban Jazz and Tap;
an explosive variety of movement by an amazing team of choreographers
More Information about Agent Orange and its effects: Faces of Agent Orange



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