Fringe 2016

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is upon us once again! 11 days of 169 shows throughout the Twin Cities. It’s a magical smorgasbord of theatre, storytelling and dance. With so many options, you’re probably wondering where to start. We’re here to help with some suggestions – shows featuring artists we’ve enjoyed working with in the past.


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Featuring Duck Washington (Snowflakes, TEASE)

Windy moved to Texas but convinced her cast she could direct a show from 1172 miles away. The topic? Distance & communication. A rotating cabaret of storytelling, dance, games, and even a professorial lecture.

Break Your Heart Featuring Scot Moore (TEASE)

Stranded, heartbroken, and sleepless in an airport halfway around the world, a hapless guy decides to just keep flying until something, anything makes sense, resulting in a heartbreaking journey of a lifetime.

Caucasian Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales Featuring Duck Washington (Snowflakes, TEASE), Suzanne Cross (Raise Your Voice)

Mixing story-telling and sketch comedy in a blend of black-and-white concepts, Pandas is a humorous exploration of what it’s like to be mixed raced, handle stereotypes, and find your place in the world.

Celebrity Book Club Featuring Sarah Broude (TEASE)

Need advice? Celebrities have all the answers. Join our hosts and local celebrity guests as they bring you advice from the world’s leading experts on everything, celebrities.

Circus McGurkus Featuring Clara Costello (Company Member)

Dr. Seuss’ ‘If I Ran The Circus’ comes to life through live music and dance. Set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals,’ this high flying story about the power of imagination will delight all ages.

Good Friday with Dillinger Featuring Shalee Coleman (TEASE)

John Dillinger and Billie Frechette bring chow mein — and danger — as they drop in on friends in spring, 1934. Can Minneapolis hustlers Bess and Eddie survive a visit from Public Enemy No. 1?

It Came From UUFO Featuring Erin Denman (Company Member)

25 yrs ago, aliens abducted 5 West Winsomites. Will this year’s UFO festival bring back the aliens and the missing townspeople? 4 actors play 20+ characters, populating the town and all its strange visitors.

Mead Hall Featuring David Schlosser (TEASE), Clara Costello (Company Member)

A one-man production of Beowulf and a wild adaptation of Road House find their Fringe venue double-booked. They come to realize that a 5th century monster-slayer has a lot in common with a Missouri bar bouncer.

Penelope Featuring Alana Horton (Butter Princess)

Odysseus is famously slow, but Penny doesn’t sit on her hands for a decade. This spin on the classic finds more than matronly virtue in the enigmatic best-wife-ever. BBQ, murder, yarn. Well, not that much yarn.

So Bright the Night Featuring Duck Washington (Snowflakes, TEASE)

A hard-boiled historical drama about the Mexican-American experience in the 1930’s. A woman boards a train in hopes to rescue her husband from deportation (or worse) before they reach the Mexican boarder.

The Abortion Chronicles Featuring Scot Moore (TEASE)

Stories gathered from women and men all around you. Because abortion is more terrifying, funny, sad, complicated and necessary than you might expect. No more silence.

The Gun Show  Featuring Aaron Konigsmark (Raise Your Voice)

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy telling stories about guns. Guns are either fun or terrifying; tools or weapons; safe or deadly; necessary or useless. Can we please just talk about guns?

The Last Red Shirt Featuring William Marth (TEASE)

Set in The Original Series (TOS) Star Trek universe we follow “the last red shirt” while he travels through time and space as he tries to avoid becoming the final casualty of a famous sci-fi trope.

the place between Rob Ward (TEASE)

While your body sleeps, thoughts wake and drift deep into your subconscious. Fall into a dreamscape of physical theatre and experience dreams outside the confines of your mind.

The Real World Fringe Festival Featuring Sarah Broude (TEASE), Rob Ward (TEASE)

Find out what happens when people stop being polite in this absurdist reality TV satire from the writer of “I Make No Promises, But Someone’s Probably Going to Die.” There’s a hot tub.

Trump’s America (It’s Hell) Featuring Denzel Belin (TEASE)

250 years after a complete global collapse, the unlikely combination of a tender young caregiver and his warrior companion go on a search through hell to find the man he loves before it’s too late.

Writer’s Block Featuring Andrew Rosdail (TEASE)

An author finds herself held prisoner in an undisclosed location by unknown captors, forced to write a book by an unspecified deadline or else be shot. As time ticks by, her grip on reality starts to slip away.

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