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.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling 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 and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.



Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows 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 the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: 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 our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by Central gives you a serious head start.


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.


Choosing a Show

With 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad 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.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The 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.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.




Apple Picking

By Ben San Del Presents
Created by Ben San Del
Playing at Ritz Theater Proscenium


Physical theater/Clowning, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Actors' Equity participants


Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots.

Two couples go apple picking. It escalates from there. A darkly comic, psychedelic crime thriller from the creator of encore-winning Fringe plays A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex and Minnesota Middle Finger.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/4 @ 8:30pm


Fri, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Tue, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/11 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/13 @ 2:30pm

Ticket Options

Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for any performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Wristbands can be purchased in advance with reservations or at any venue box office during the festival.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

You don't have to buy a 2016 Fringe button, but you might just want to. It identifies you as a part of our incredible Fringe community and gets you great deals at these local bars and restaurants. Get yours at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

Read the reviews

Will cure even the worst Social Anxiety!

by Alex San Del on August 15, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

As Ben's brother one may think I would not be objective, but I am often my little bro's toughest critic. That said, I've enjoyed all his shows, but Apple Picking is my favorite (even better than the one I worked on). My Social Anxiety Disorder kicks in fast & furious at live shows - including Ben's - and it doesn't leave until I get home. I don't think I could give a better review than to say that within 10 minutes of AP, my SAD was cured and stayed that way the rest of the show. The play was involving, funny, well staged, well acted & with just enough tragedy to go with the comedy. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Reality came crashing back when my Android phone humiliated me after the show ended, but I'll always have that hour. Bravo!

1 person found this review helpful

But They Don’t Listen To Me

by Dave Romm on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 30 shows

An imaginative script well staged. Two people go apple picking, with the help of the apple trees, and then the plot thickens. Another pair arrives, and the plot thickens even more. As the story emerges, so does the blood. For a pastoral setting, the show is pretty violent. When it works, which is most of the time, the show is funny and engaging. Great acting all around.

Best. Trees. Ever!

by Michael Mellas on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Superb cast using props and simple set pieces to hilariously effective ends. While the story falls apart a bit, the individual moments are so funny that you won't care.


by Casey Rafn on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Hilarious and well worth the price of the wristband.


by Edwin Strout on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Easily one of my favorite shows of the Fringe! Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed. Who knew that trees could be that funny?!!!


by Jeanie Johnston on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 23 shows

The highlight of this play was the trees. I would have liked to see them move about a little more! So much talent, however, from the whole cast. These guys are experienced and their acting shows it.

Funny, with surprises!

by Janis Wrich on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Funny, clever and very creative! A unique take on a classic theme.
Great performances too. Catch their final show.

Fun Show! Hillarious!

by Ashley Helsel on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

We really enjoyed this show. It was just funny and original. The trees were my favorite but the whole thing and whole cast rocked!

Obviously Professional

by Mary Johnston on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 23 shows

It's fringe! We love fringe. Equal opportunity for all levels experience in playwrighting, directing, acting, singing, etc. Luckily for us all levels also means highly professional. It was so obvious that this production was a professional production. Well written, well directed, well acted. Really great. I loved the druggy goodness. Would have liked more (especially during the long ass monologue).


by LuAnn Monahan on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 15 shows

Outstanding cast, great script – although several of the monologues were a little long – but a show worth seeing. Loved the minimal use of props. Check this one out.


by Marino Eccher on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Tense, trippy, tragic, laugh-out-loud funny. There's a high degree of difficulty here and it sticks the landing.

1 person found this review helpful


by Emily Grace on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The trees stole the show for me, this show had it's moments but a lot of these scenes seemed to drag on.
Mo Perry and Natalie dazzled me.

Clever and Fun

by Shawna Bradt on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Loved Johnny (don't get me wrong, all the actors were excellent), loved the trees, and loved all the props and effects that were used. Really, there were so many well thought out small things that made this show SO FUN as an audience member.

Apple Picking

by Carol Malone on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

I completely enjoyed seeing Apple Picking. The script was creative with clever plot twists I didn't see coming. Very well acted.
A polished production, highly recommend!

Fun Twists

by Lonnie Ebertowski on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Loved the talent, the story, costuming, and the simple set. A little draggy in one area toward the end, but still a must see show.

Very clever

by Rashi Mangalick on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Loved this show- it was very well-written and cleverly put together. The props/ background were brilliant. The only negative was that the middle monologue got a little long, but overall, it was a great show that I highly recommend!

Funny and Strange

by Matt Pitts on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This show was very fringe-y. With a high profile cast who were great in their roles and some entertaining jokes and situations it was a good show. I docked it because the second half of the show can kind of drag on at parts.

Definitely worth seeing!

by Nora Powers on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 4 shows

So beautiful and a thinker!! Existential text with quirky clowning. Really tightly run production! One of the best shows I've seen in Fringe this year.

Gotta go Apple Picking this Fringe!!

by Avani Gosalia on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It's such a cleverly written script, the actors do a great job and it is a thoroughly enjoyable show. They have a simple story and yet their little gimmicks keep you gripped!

Come See This Show for the Trees

by Vera Marco on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Terrific cast with a script that takes many crazy detours through orchard of ideas about identity and self-determination.


by Jeanette Chalgren on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 41 shows

I really liked this show. The twists and turns, the humor, the philosophy. Definitely worth the trip to Northeast!

Not what I thought

by Chris Gennaula on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I really didn't know what to expect when I came to see this show--except that I'm sure I'd laugh. And laugh I did. This is a show where Tree 1 and Tree 2 are coveted roles, and worth fighting over.

A Delightful Start

by Hillary Olson on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I saw Apple Picking last Friday night and it was a perfect way to start my Fringe. The script was clever and unique, but what took it over the edge was the natural comedic strength of the actors. From wacky physical bits to mind-numbing puns, this group really has an understanding of comedy. And those trees were darling.

1 person found this review helpful

Look and listen beyond the fronts

by Matt Alto on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A fantastic mixture of comedy, intrigue, philosophy, mystery, drama & more. Ben San Del has a smart ear and a razor sharp pen. Some people's conscious may prefer to see it with more silliness & absurdity, but he has a finger on the pulse of the world. There is more reality in this show than many would willingly admit. Strong performances and delightful staging mask the uncomfortable truths hiding under the surface.

1 person found this review helpful

Life, Apples and You

by barb brown on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This play made for a fun evening with a great script and great acting. I highly recommend it.

Half comedy, half philosophy

by Dan Hendricks on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

First half of the show was great, but second half was long discussions on philosophy and the air went out of it
Still worth seeing, though

Can I hug the trees?

by Divya Maiya on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This is a simple story enacted in a super creative way. Acting is stellar and the trees are endearing! Special shout out to the indie fringe icon!
Loved it!

So much Potentual

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 22 shows

Individual actors were good enough, but as a whole it seemed under rehearsed and lacked cohesiveness and a shared vision. The trees stole the show.

Go See This Show!

by Lindsey Fuhrman on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Extremely clever, hilarious, and philosophical! The actors were fabulous (especially the trees!), and I loved all of the plot twists and special effects. This show made my night, and gave me a great laugh. I urge you to go see this Ben San Del production!

A good time

by Kelly Glader on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show is an overall fun hour. It surprised me how much it surprised me.

Funny, Smart, and Well Paced

by Nancy Iversson on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Apple Picking is a laugh out loud blast from start to finish. The show twists and turns and delivers a lot of unexpected but pleasant surprises. The show only lags briefly during a lengthy philosophical monologue that feels a bit shoe-horned, but this is minor in the grand romp that is Apple Picking. Recommended for any Fringe-goer.

Funny show.

by Rebecca Bright on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A funny, clever show with a very talented cast! The trees were great. I recommend giving it a shot!

Excellent As Expected

by Cetius d'Raven on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

As a fan of several of the people involved in this show, I had high expectations. All of them were met! This is a fabulous show and a must see. I'll never look at trees the same way again.

Funny Show!

by Greg Scott on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Very funny show. I would have loved more Joshua Scrimshaw but who wouldn't? This had me laughing from start to finish.

Philosophical Comedy

by Maia Crews-Erjavec on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The acting in this show was amazing! Funny and potent. There was some dialogue that seemed to drag on a bit, but still well worth your time.

Good for a Laugh or Two!

by Miranda Shunkwiler on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show got me laughing from the moment the lights went up! Very humorous! It hits you will a bunch of humor and then towards the end it gives you a good message. Unfortunately, I went to the 10pm show and felt the "message" part of the show dragged on a bit.

The vegetation steals the show!

by Opal RoseMeadows on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Clever, comedic, and crazy. All in all, an hour spent laughing. I think it would have been stronger if edited five minutes shorter. The navel gazing dialogue becomes secondary to staring at the trees - which may have been the point after all.

funny stuff

by Stephanie Alexander on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 15 shows

the trees!

Apple picking really

by Sandra Mason on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Who knew apple picking could be so dangerous? Go out to the orchard and never come back? The performers did a great job and the writing was good. If you are at Ritz and need a filler put this on your list. Joshua Scrimshaw you were the best tree ever!!!


by Katy Read on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As with all of Ben San Del's projects, it's very funny and well executed by all involved. This one also features surprising twists and philosophical musing.

1 person found this review helpful

Drugs + Puns = Funny? Right?

by Aidan Jhane Gallivan on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Felt a little let down for all the hype.

Overall, pretty good performances. I really enjoyed some of the physicality and the creativity of the production itself. "Blood" stuff was fun, trees...

The story itself on the other hand...
I felt it spent too much time driving in the identity theme, in such an abstract, verbose way that was in direct conflict to how the story was presented - as a light, outrageous, comedy.
Lots of shows do the drug thing... some better than others. This kind of felt like a really extended sketch idea.

Good plot and funny

by Varghese Alexander on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The creativity behind this show is amazing. Talking trees...confetti blood...wooden block gun shots...and of course the twists in the plots. All together an amazing play. The acting and the script was awesome too.

Apples Not Apple Sauce

by August Berkshire on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 42 shows

I went to a comedy and some philosophy broke out. Too bad because the comedy was more entertaining. I came for the apples, not the sauce. Many very clever, funny moments, though, and overall quite worthwhile.

Thought-provoking and funny!

by Ashley Stevens on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show felt like it could have been an actual show not just a fringe show. It was hilarious! All of the actors had great comedic timing and knew how to work the audience. The show brings up some great thought-provoking lines. Some I missed because it went over my head (completely my bad). The show has great twists that you don't see coming. I could hear all of the actors perfectly and I was sitting almost in the bad. Just a fun time with some shocking moments!

1 person found this review helpful

Another great show from Ben Sandel

by Shellae Mueller on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As always, Ben's writing takes you down unexpected paths. Funny, observant, and dark in just the right ways. Definitely worth the trip to The Ritz.

1 person found this review helpful

A lot of feels

by Thomas Rupp on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The show had great pacing, some surprises, and made me feel a lot of different emotions. I dug it

More trees please

by Randa Schollmeyer on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 27 shows

This show started strong but steadily lost momentum until it was just sputtering along at the end. There were certainly great moments, mostly involving the trees, that make it worth the while if you're in the area.

Still laughing next day!

by Deb Zachar on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is going to end up being a show that if you don't reserve your space, you won't get in. So very cleverly thought through. Actors I've seen in other performances so they are well practice and excellent in their trade. This show is so good! Lots going on so keep your eyes open to the WHOLE performance! My friend and I sat in the front row so got to really see the expressions as well. I'd see this one again. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I'd have been allowed to. Thanks!~ Ha, this one could be the winner.

1 person found this review helpful

A very funny half show

by Suzanne Sharrock on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 56 shows

The trees were hilarious. One actor was hilarious, but the other three were only moderately good. I did expect more from this cast, based on the preview and past experience with them. The plot does bog down quite a big in the second half of the show and the humor takes a break for a while. If you love this group, definitely see it. If you're in NE Mpls and trying to fill a slot, probably see it. I look forward to whatever they do next year.

Blurb doesn't do justice

by Stuart Ackenberg on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This wasn't as hilarious as the preview, but it was still a lovely hour of laughter. You'll never think of apple picking the same way again!

More than a few flecks of LSD

by Kippler Donovan on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 17 shows

I loved the acting and I think I related the most to the trees (you'll feel empowered if you've played a tree in a show before). The comedy landed expertly, and some clever stage work brought about gore in a loving and whimsical way. The acid distraction I could have done without...it added levity to an already mostly light hearted show (with earned gravity at the end, admittedly). It's explained, but it seemed to be more of a justification for being weird rather than advancing the plot and giving the trees a reason to talk.

Otherwise, great show!

How to be upstaged by a tree - or two

by Outof Towner on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 14 shows

There are moments of comedy genius in the branches of this. I could have watched a whole hour of trees. At moments I was hoping for more trees when the script dragged a little towards the end. Interesting balance of hilarity and somber philosophy. Maybe a little heavy on the philosophy. This is either a comedy with dramatic elements or a drama with moments of comedy. I think it's the latter. Whatever it was, I let off some nonsense steam anyway. Recommended!

1 person found this review helpful


by J. Bach on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

A very funny comedy with an excellent cast! I subtracted one star because the show did drag a bit at times, but the best parts were excellent!

A good Pick

by Adam Boutz on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A comedy full of the kind of philosophical quandaries that can only be taken seriously when LSD and talking trees are involved. A superb performance by a stellar cast, though the story got a bit bogged down in the third act when the the slapstick levity that made the show so special took a break to let the characters reach deep.

1 person found this review helpful

Professional & Funny

by Corrie Fiedler on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 30 shows

Or maybe that should be "Funny and Professional". A top tier of local performers, a 'crime thriller' type plot (who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?), great quips that just didn't stop, some thought provoking monologues, and some very creative (and mostly subtle) physical humor.

Don't let the title send you astray ... this is about much more than "two couples go apple picking".


by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 46 shows

This show is brilliant , twisty, and hilarious. I had no idea what to expect (the concept seemed so simple), but I loved it.

1 person found this review helpful

Clickity, Click

by Liz Blank on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 28 shows

Reserve your seats now. A Ben San Del production just should not be missed.

The Trees Have It

by Bradley Johnson on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Glad I picked Apple Picking and it should be a show worth picking for your schedule too! It has an all star cast, but I must say, the trees stole the show!

Funny and plot twisty

by Dan Delaney on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 26 shows

This show would have garnered only a 3 star rating if it weren't for the scene stealing Maggie Smiths that were Tree 1 and Tree 2 (sequel?). The story was interesting, and there were funny moments intertwined with meaning of life stuff.

When it was good, it was very VERY good

by Daniel Pinkerton on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A strange, absurdist, and wildly funny comedy about . . . oh, wait, no spoilers. Let's see: the direction is crisp, and the cast is uniformly excellent, from the leads all the way down to Tree #2. I laughed hysterically, and I highly recommend this show to anyone and everyone. I subtracted one star because there was one amazingly, mind-numbingly long monologue that made its point about halfway through, and after that I was glancing at my watch until it (the monologue) was over.

Pick this apple

by Amy Bonifas on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Definitely see! Unexpected and original story. Wonderfully acted. Not a single throw-away line. This piece will leave you with a new appreciation for the scenery.

1 person found this review helpful

Just when you think you've "got it..."

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 21 shows

Fun plot twists, philosophizing, character development. Hilarious trees. Fine performances. Interesting concept. Still, It felt like it dragged a bit and I left feeling ambivalent.

All star team of actors

by Katherine DuGarm on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Tree #1 and tree#2 were outstanding. It took me a while to get into the action, but it was no trouble to figure out the trees. LSD hallucinations were entertaining. (How often does one get to write a sentence like that?)


by David Rust on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Incredible writing and an extremely compelling story that seems to ask if "character development" (ie: personal and deep change) is really possible in the world. There are some great monologues, both profound and comedic, and the two trees have some of the best scenes. Towards the middle of the second act it seemed to drag a bit after the points had been made but, still, that's not a big problem when everything else is so compelling and original. Right out of the gate, you're wondering what's going on. And the revelations keep coming as two couples cross paths while picking apples. Mo Perry was amazing! I honestly wasn't sure how her character arc would end. The same might be said for Tree 1 and Tree 2. See it soon!

1 person found this review helpful

Original, hilarious, strange

by Christine Malcom on August 4, 2016
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Terrific, original story. Funny and unexpectedly deep. Really great performances.

Cast and crew

Mo Perry

Candy Rosanay

Mo is a freelance writer and actor who prefers her apples in pie-form. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Minnesota Monthly, Mpls-St. Paul Magazine, City Pages, METRO, and more. As an actor, she's appeared at The Guthrie, Torch Theater, Children's Theater, Mixed Blood, The Jungle, Park Square, and more. This winter, you can catch her in The Mystery Cafe's production of The Ex-Files. Mo's a member of Actors' Equity.

Natalie Rae Wass

Red/production adviser

Natalie has performed in almost every Fringe since 2000, starting with the show 47 Samurai with Green T Productions, a company she still works with regularly and just toured to San Francisco with to perform in Kaidan: Studies and Stories of the Strange at the Fools FURY Ensemble Theater Festival. Her first show with Ben San Del Presents was A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex in the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival and she couldn't be happier to be working with him again. Favorite festival credits include her self-produced show Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist (a top-five best-selling show and encore winner), Love in a Time of Rinderpest with Bedlam Theater, and a number of shows with the Ministry of Cultural Warfare. She's also been seen frequently at the Old Log Theater and works for the entertainment department at Mall of America. She is a member of Actors' Equity.

Jason Ballweber


Jason Ballweber is the Artistic Director of Four Humors Theater. Jason has also worked as an actor and director with other theaters including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Sod House Theater, Jon Ferguson Theater, Bedlam Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Manitoba Theater for Young People, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Know Theatre of Cincinnati where he won an Acclaim Award for his direction of Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Open Eye Figure Theatre where he co-created and directed the Ivey Award winning Milly and Tillie, and Children’s Theater Company where he directed the North American Premiere of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. Four Humors will be presenting a new show Ubu for President at the Twin Cities Horror Festival V.

He will also be performing in Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions' In the Time of Spies

Christopher Kehoe


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Christopher Kehoe has performed onstage in over 50 productions with more than 25 theater companies, from classical Shakespeare to solo performance to devised works. Notable roles include Macheath in The Threepenny Opera, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock’s Last Case, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aeneas in Dido, Queen of Carthage, Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well, and Danglars in The Count of Monte Cristo. He has trained with The SITI Company, Brave New Institute, and Nautilus Music-Theater, and has an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Joshua English Scrimshaw

Tree 1

Joshua English Scrimshaw is co-founder of the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase, as well as the dance and physical comedy troupe English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties. Joshua has been called "a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater" by The Star Tribune, and "a modern day Buster Keaton" by mnartists.org. When not making theater, Joshua can be heard on the Doctor Who podcast Get Off My World (along with many local theater nerds), and a brand new old-time radio podcast from Ghoulish Delights called The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society.

Rachel Petrie

Tree 2

Rachel Petrie is a performer, writer, producer, director, and teacher from St. Paul. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with various theater companies throughout the Twin Cities, mostly creating original productions. Past MN Fringe shows she's performed in include: Deviled Eggs ('06); You Only Live Forever Once ('11); Bump in the Night ('13); the award winning The Finkles' Theater Show!!! ('09 & '14), and last year's sold-out run of Stuff that Reminds Me of Other Things: A Walking Tour (which she also directed). Post-Fringe, you can catch Rachel performing in Dangerous Productions' Senseless at the Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Ben San Del

Writer/Director/Producer/Voice of Cam

Ben San Del Headshot
Ben San Del has produced eight shows in the Minnesota Fringe Festival and has also appeared in the Fringe productions Jumpin' Jack Kerouac and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Doctor Jekyll. He is a former newspaper reporter, a member of the performance troupe the Rockstar Storytellers, and, as a stand-up comic, past winner of Acme Comedy Co's Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. This summer marks Ben's 10-year anniversary as a Fringe producer.

Ben will be performing stand-up comedy at Acme Comedy Co. Oct 4-8.

Find out more at bensandel.com

Laurie Swenson

Dramaturg/Props Assistant

Zoe Benston

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"Creative, inventive and fun...'Apple Picking' combines devised theater with 'Remington Steele' in a contemporary wonderland." - Minneapolis StarTribune

"It's really funny and the cast is fantastic, thoroughly enjoyable start to finish. Which is probably why it won the encore slot." - Cherry and Spoon

Among the 11 "most memorable shows" of the festival, with "pitch perfect performances across the board."

"Once you’ve gone to Apple Picking, you’ll never go back to apple picking…a rapid-fire hour of comedy laughs." - Twin Cities Arts Reader

From the creator of Audience Pick-winning Fringe plays A Nice Guy’s Guide to Awkward Sex and Minnesota Middle Finger, and the 2014 solo show Fiddlestick Conundrum, comes a darkly comic, psychedelic crime thriller starring Fringe veterans Mo Perry*, Natalie Rae Wass*, Jason Ballweber, Christopher Kehoe, Joshua English Scrimshaw as Tree 1, and Rachel Petrie as Tree 2. Written and directed by Ben San Del.
*Actors’ Equity member


Romantic dates go awry when two couples cross paths deep inside an apple orchard where they quickly find themselves wrapped up in life-threatening conspiracies of their own making. Also, there are talking trees.


“Dragging a skeptic to their first Fringe show? Make it this one.” – StarTribune
“Sharp, with perfect pacing” – Pioneer Press
“Made me so happy on so many levels (5 stars)”Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Always on-target stalwart”City Pages
“One of our favorite finds”Mankato Free Press
“Make sure to mark it on your Fringe itinerary”– Secrets of the City


This is Ben San Del Presents' third ensemble play and eighth overall production for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, following (in reverse chronological order): Fiddlestick Conundrum, An Agony of Fools, the encore-winning Minnesota Middle Finger, the encore-winning A Nice Guy’s Guide to Awkward Sex, the encore-winning Animal Cracker Genocide, Strawberry Fields Temporarily, and the 2006 debut show Mittens for Fat Kids.

Photography by Craig VanDerSchaegen
Graphics by Lindsey Fuhrman

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