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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MEDUSA

By Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus
Created by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Playing at Boom Island Park

A mythological priestess' heroic story of blind devotion, fiery wrath and cursed fate. Contemporary dance and fire performance, set within original music and video environments. Audience Choice 2014 and 2015.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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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Cast and crew

Kristin Freya

Artistic Director and Choreographer of Vox Medusa


Rah Diavola

Artistic Director and Choreographer of Infiammati FireCircus


Jeremy Christensen

Original Music Composer (Post Transformation)


Dylan Nau

Original Music Composer (Pre Transformation)


Tony Biele

Video Artist, Set and Light Designer


Julie Marie Muskat

Choreographer of Vox Medusa, performing as priestess Medusa


Emily Colay

Vocal Director & Songwriter, performing as gorgon Medusa


Nicole Collins

Vocalist performing as Athena


Andrew Bendzick

Performing as Perseus


Erin Belfry

Infiammati fire performer


Siri Dove

Vox Medusa Dancer


Tona Dove

Vox Medusa Dancer


Kimoja Emeka

Infiammati fire performer


Alyssa Hill

Infiammati fire performer


Kim Keen

Infiammati Fire Performer


Angelia Marann

Vox Medusa Dancer


Grace Mollenkopf

Vox Medusa Dancer


Kaia Rokke

Vox Medusa Dancer


Serena Tritschler

Vox Medusa Dancer


Natasha West

Vox Medusa Dancer

More information

Medusa's full story is scarcely known beyond her vilified ending as a monster and destroyer of men. Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus join forces to honor the powerful myth of Medusa's transformation from Athena's loving and devoted priestess to demonized gorgon. Infiammati spins fire to bring to life Medusa's emotional state and the destruction of her innocence, while Vox Medusa unfolds her tale of sorrow and redemption. "MEDUSA" is a fiercely provocative and visually stunning outdoor production set along the bank of Boom Island Park. This poignant story is retold by passionate artists collaborating through contemporary dance, fire performance, a video projected set, and an original electronic music score accompanied by live vocalists.

 

Vox Medusa creates works inspired by women's mythology and history using themes that are timeless and stirred by the human condition, but explored through a modern lens. Vox Medusa's experimental storytelling blends contemporary dance, live vocalists, original music, video environments, and fire performance. Vox Medusa has created dynamic productions for the Fringe Festival held at Intermedia Arts: "Labyrinth" (2014), "Casting Shadows" (2015), and "Rune" (2016), and was honored to receive the MNFringe Audience Choice Awards in 2014 and 2015.

 

Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus have been collaborating since 2005. Together they annually create dance and fire performances presented at "Barebones" held at HiddenFalls. Their joint production "Persephone: Reign of Fire", was voted "Best Performance Art Show of 2010" by Lavender magazine. Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus have eagerly anticipated the opportunity to carry out their vision of "MEDUSA".

 


Boom Island Park (outdoor performance space is located behind playground)

Audiences may bring blankets or collapsible chairs if they wish.

 



 


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