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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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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.

Read the reviews

Make this your priority

by Kate Huebsch on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What's Agent Orange? A soda? A cartoon? This show weaves a compelling story in dance and dramatic effect to show you what Agent Orange did and continues to do to so many. The narration feels highly personal yet universal. The choreography expresses emotional situations in ways I hadn't seen before. Don't miss this performance.

Bringing the past to the present

by Jane Tollefsrud on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Perhaps the reason this performance touched me so personally is because it brings issues of the 70s, those of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange, and how no veteran comes home without emotional and physical baggage, to the present. Through powerful words and energized dance interpretation, we realize how the consequences of that era are still alive, and "poisoning" current and future generations. I was once one of the protesters portrayed who saw my friends, those who were lucky enough to return from Vietnam alive, forever changed. It is a reminder that these atrocities should not be repeated, and working to maintain peace is one of the best ways to honor those who serve to protect our nation, and the world.

WOW, just wow!

by Joyce Patrick on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Bravo to this group for an outstanding performance dealing w/such an ugly topic!! Having a sibling who served in Nam, was exposed to AO, and like so many Nam vets- won't talk about being over there, I have researched PTSD etc. but not exposure to AO. Yet, during Josh's portrayal, I saw my brother several times. Gave me chills and once moved me to tears. The dancing was outstanding- so much talent & so professional! Given the confines of the small theatre they used the space perfectly. The story was extremely well written and narrated, the music perfect for the era and so much more. Of all the fringe shows I've seen this year, this one is the only one that received a standing ovation at the end. Deservedly so. WOW

Missed the Mark

by Nora Anderson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

For a show that is meant to depict a difficult time in our history and the effects of a horrifying chemical, it was deeply disappointing. The movement did nothing to portray any of the depth and emotional tumult surrounding this subject. Dance tricks and up-beat music with cheesy smiles to the audience have no relation to the grave topic of Agent Orange. I was unimpressed with the performance quality, as I was distracted by performers who didn't know what they were doing or had misplaced facial expressions. I give two stars because Josh was the saving grace, as he was the only performer who showed any emotional integrity to the topic. I otherwise left feeling like I had walked in on a high school dance team audition.

Loved this show!

by Nancy Nothaft on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Passing the Poison told the story of Vietnam and Agent Orange with music and fabulous dancing!

A Little off Broadway in NE Minneapolis!

by Jeff Funk on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Came in town from Duluth to see some Fringe. Last night we saw "Passing the Poison". Great show! Great dancing. I am more aware of Agent Orange and its affects as well. Very entertaining. I am a veteran and I would see it again.

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Passing the Poison

by Kathi Hollihan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

BRAVO! BRAVO! Stunning portrayal of the lasting effects of the Vietnam war...not only on its veterans but also their families. Although I lived through that time period, I was too young to understand what was happening during the war. Unfortunately now we are discovering the war effects will never fade away.

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Great story, adequate execution

by Karley Anna on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

First: stunning performers! Well trained and energetic, great commitment to the characters. Yet, I think the movement missed the mark, some movement didn't make sense to further the story line and I questioned why it existed. I also really disliked the voice over for the mom and dad, why can't the performers just say them? Didn't make sense.

Wonderful set, wonderful dancing, important story, maybe a little bit more work on the intention of the movement.

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Passing the Poison

by Charlotte Olein on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Totally impressed with the message, the emotions, and the unknown facts about a war that was catastrophic for so many. So moved by the 2 lead dancers. They were amazing along with the rest of the troupe.
This was my era. This agent orange and it's consequences are real and I am glad to see the truth being told.

right on

by jeff norsted on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

the emotions of the performance were dead on for what they were describing , a turbulent time that left deep scares and generational problems
the performers were spectacular and the choreography and set told the story
perfect music perfect narrative brought together by a wonderful cast see this!!!


by Robin Norsted on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very informative and entertaining. The story was moving and to the point. The quality of dance excellent. A very moving story of the effects of Agent Orange.I learned so much, really tugs at your heart and reminds you of how many lives changed due to the Vietnam war.A must see

Powerful message and beautiful dancing

by Peter and Janice Girard on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Fabulous choreography and talent tell the story of our selfless soldier's challenges with a legacy of chronic diseases passed on to generations as a result of agent orange. Don't miss this! And there's tap dancing too. Loved it!


by MaryAnn Eich on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved this performance. The dancing was amazing. The story was riveting, sobering and evoked many emotions. This is a must see performance.

Ambitious and well done!

by Jen Lynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved this show. It was a moving tribute for the soldiers and families of the Vietnam war. The show starts slowly and thoughtfully as it pulls you into the storyline through the music and varied dance styles, including jazz, tap, lyrical. Lots of talent on display here and I thoroughly enjoyed the tap and live drumming.

Excellent Dancing and Production

by Liz Blank on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Amazing infusion of dance, costumes and set.

The actual story and science I personally do not buy into.

Loved it!

by Natalie P on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a moving and inspiring piece! Be sure to come out and see this show.

A call to action, a MUST SEE performance

by Kathy Shockency on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This performance covers multiple dance genres including an awesome tap number at the end with a live drummer! The music and choreography tell the story of havoc caused by war and a demand for the government to do more for vets and their families. Why see this show? Because of the cast....AMAZING TALENT and the dancing is INCREDIBLE!

Soldiers sacrifice collateral damage

by Walter Furtney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Really 3 1/2 stars. This show had a lot going for it. Important theme great lead dancers, a delightful tap interlude, wonderful music but the show made the cut with a sledge hammer instead of a knife

Great Dancing and solid story

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

This troupe does a great job of entertaining and creating awareness of the issues with Agent Orange poisoning. Great dancing through the whole show including a tap number with a drummer! If you slightly enjoy dancing you will like this performance!

Cast and crew

Mary Williams Jasicki

Creator, Producer, Artistic Director, Choreographer

1st time producer at the Fringe. 'Passing the Poison' is based on 'The Legacy of Horrific Tales' written by Mary Williams Jasicki. " Research brought my attention to the battles that still plague the Vietnam Vet, regarding PTSD and their exposure to Agent Orange. Further research along with the onset of autoimmune disease in my children, lead me to further investigate Agent Orange affects.
'Passing the Poison' has an incredible cast of talented dances who passionately move through history to Agent Orange Awareness."

Cathy Wind

Choreographer, Artistic Director

Cathy Wind of Keane Sense of Rhythm/ Choreographer / Artistic Director

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.

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.

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.

Natalie Pehl


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

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.

Anna Esposito


Annabell Schreier


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.

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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