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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Bear Eats Bear

By The Last Grizzly
Written by Lydia Blaisdell

Playing at Kenwood Community Center


Political content, Storytelling/Spoken word, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Literary adaptation, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company, Includes artists of color, Site-specific


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

A retro-future audio adventure on a vintage cassette. Hike to discover and join the Rebels in a feral, apocalyptic American wilderness. When society burns, what narrative remnants remain?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm


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

Lydia Blaisdell


Katie Van Winkle

Director and Sound Designer

Elizabeth Richardson


Bart Pitchford

Sound Designer

Bruno-Pierre Houle

Visual artist

Adrienne Dawes

A voice

Alexis Scott

A voice

Barbara Chisholm Faires

A voice

Briana Rae Bower

A voice

Chris Humphrey

A voice

Christi Moore

A voice

Emily Socolov

A voice

Gabby Randle

A voice

Kaci Beeler

A voice

Katie Bender

A voice

Katie Dahm

A voice

Katie Van Winkle

A voice

Lana Dieterich

A voice

Martinique Duchene-Phillips

A voice

Rachel Gilbert

A voice

Rama Tchuente

A voice

Sarah Richardson

A voice

Taylor Flanagan

A voice

Tina Van Winkle

A voice

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Venture with us on an imaginative mapping of a decimated America where totalitarian mega-states rule (think getting lost in the woods of Atwood & Orwell). Audience members experience this meditation on the resilience of bodies & narrative while hiking alone, accompanied by voices recorded on the salvaged tech of the past. 

Bear Eats Bear takes place on a self-guided walk. The Last Grizzly recommends that you bring a bottle of water and wear good walking shoes. Audience members may choose to experience Bear Eats Bear from a stationary position.

Bear Eats Bear has toured to Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Toronto. This new experiment from our Austin-based collective makes up one third of Lydia Blaisdell’s fierce & feral Bear Trilogy. This trilogy, composed of The Last Great American Bear Hunt, Apocalypse Radio, and Bear Eats Bear, explores and dramatizes the continued acceptance of corporate and government surveillance in our lives. A crucial catalyst for these theatrical explorations is the fear that we’ve passed the point of being able to reverse the ecological damage we have wrought. As a writer, Lydia is attracted and inspired by the work of contemporary novelists in speculative fiction like Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam trilogy and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. She is also fed by films like Brazil and Bladerunner.

In Bear Eats Bear, participants spend 45 minutes with an artifact from a past/future time as they walk alone through a natural world. What does it mean to experience theater alone? What does a park mean to us now? What will it mean to us in a few decades?

This piece is a hike, a collage, a satire, a desperate plea, and a memorial for the world’s transient and feral beauty.


The Last Grizzly creative team, Katie Van Winkle (director) and Lydia Blaisdell (playwright), have collaborated on daring theatrical projects since 2014 in Austin, TX. Our work together includes Old Broads, which delighted sold-out audiences at the Off Shoot; and the immersive radio piece Apocalypse Radio, a terrifying hit of the Cohen New Works Festival. See past production stills from these and other plays on Lydia’s website, here.



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