Sunday, August 6, 2017

1 pm


1:00 pm
Runs 50 minutes

HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by (lumin)theater lab
  • Comedy

What could go wrong when Hamlet castmates discover that Ophelia is still under the spell of a stage hypnotist she saw last night? Betrayal of trust? Sexual opportunism? Criminal activity?

Swoopstake premieres at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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Ambiance-MN Fringe

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  • Dance

Following their encore awarded performances at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis Ballet Dancers brings their newest production to the stage. A collaboration of multiple Twin Cities' choreographers comes together before your eyes.

With 10 new works and no story line needed, this amazingly Fringe-worthy show displays the athletics and artistry of multiple dance forms. Sit back and enjoy Minnesota's raw dance talent! Live music composition will be performed by Minnesota-based music makers. Don't miss your chance to experience Ambiance.

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The Biscuiteater

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Jim Loucks, as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Jim Loucks' rollicking solo performance draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a small-town policeman, loosely based on his Granddaddy, haunted by his shooting of a black man in the line of duty. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. Winner- "Best Solo Performance"- Tucson Fringe 2017.

Written and Performed by Jim Loucks

Directed and Developed by Lisa Chess

Produced by Deb Loucks


“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat

“Loucks displays great breadth in his acting, as he skillfully slips under the skins of six different characters, imbuing each one with their own intonations, postures and characteristics.” Charleston Post and Courier

“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre

"A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity." Arts in LA    


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Twitter: @_Biscuiteater

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2 pm


2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Leadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by OLD LOG THEATRE
  • Musical


Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN,


 Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly; a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him in the hope of saving and protecting Molly.

Wednesday 130p Matinee;  Thu-Sat 730p; Sun 2p Matinee

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Rumors by Neil Simon

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

St. Croix Festival Theatre
125 N Washington St., St. Croix Falls, WI

13.50 - 26
Call 715-483-3387
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Presented by Festival Theatre
  • Comedy

Rumors  |  by Neil Simon
July 15th-August 6th
Neil Simon is one of the greatest comedic writers of the 20th Century, and Rumors is one of his funniest farces.  In this unforgettable knee-slapper, guests arriving for a dinner party are surprised to discover the hosting couple is nowhere to be found!  As the guests work to make sense of their hosts' disappearance, rumors develop and spiral out of control.  This play is fast-paced and filled to bursting with nonstop jokes and physical comedy.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Artistry - Schneider Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431

$12 - $41
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry
  • Musical

July 29 - August 27, 2017


Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Tim Rice

Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell

Music Director: Denise Prosek


“… a fun night of quick-paced theatrical entertainment.” (Katherine Waddell, Broadway World Review)

Joseph is an ageless tale set to a bold new beat in Director/Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s staging. Reimagined to reflect Ferrell’s lyrical and athletic styles, this story about overcoming odds and fulfilling one’s destiny will captivate contemporary audiences of all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s catchiest scores in a myriad of musical styles, Joseph tells the tale of a young dreamer haunted by prophetic visions that he will one day rule over his eleven jealous brothers.  Fueled by animosity, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery in dangerous and unfamiliar Egypt, where he must find his own way and face the greatest trials of his life.

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Grease - High School Version

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts Center
2100 White Bear Avenue Maplewood, MN 55109

Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers.  At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl?

Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 11, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 2:00 PM

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318

Adults: $17.00 Youth (17 and under) $12.00
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Presented by Chaska Valley Family Theatre
  • Musical

Chaska Family Theatre (CVFT) is proud to announce its summer of 2017 musical offering - Rodgers and Hammerstein's delightful musical production of OKLAHOMA.  First seen on the broadway stage in 1943, OKLAHOMA became the benchmark for all musical theater's to follow.  With songs lke "Oh What a Beautiful Morning, "Surrey with the Fringe on the Top," and, of course, "OKLAHOMA," CVFT is positive that you "Can't Say No," to this magnificent production.  See y'all there!

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2:30 pm
Runs 50 minutes

Ritz Mainstage
345 14th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN

Day passes starting at $16!
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Presented by Glade Dance Collective
  • Dance

Privacy. Convenience. Security. Which will you give up? When does the private become public? Dancers solicit data from the audience to explore secrecy, identity, and trust in the internet age.

Collectively choreographed by the D.C.-based company, Mine/Field features "exquisite geometry" (DC Metro Theater Arts) and is a "breath of fresh air on an often stale topic" (DC Theatre Scene). 

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Part of Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 3-13, 2017
Day passes starting at $16!

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4 pm

Pursuit Of Awesome

The Pursuit of Awesome

4:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104

  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

Through juggling stunts, snow-shovel acrobatics, and comic dancing, David shares his embarrassments, failures, and advice in the pursuit of awesome.

In The Pursuit of Awesome, David Harris performs unusual stories, stunts, and physical comedy. Why? Because it will be awesome! David always wanted to be awesome. In 1983, he tried to ride his Huffy bicycle up a tree. Had he made it to the top it would have been awesome. In 1985, he took jazz dancing lessons at Colleen's School of Dance. Why? Because he thought he signed up for Break Dancing lessons and that would have been awesome! In 2014, he learned how to balance a knife on his tongue. Why? Because the path toward awesome is easily confused with the path toward being reckless and weird.


Dates: Fri-Sat, Nov 17-18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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Melody As "Barbra" Singing Impersonator

Melody as "Barbra Streisand"

4:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St., Mpls (Parking in Back)

Tickets: $17/$15 in advance
Call (612) 825‑8949
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Presented by Bryant Lake Bowl
  • Musical
  • Cabaret/variety

Presented, performed, and produced by Melody Mendis, Directed by Keith Russell

Sunday, September 10, 2017
7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00 pm

Tickets: $17/$15 in advance

Melody as a “Barbra Streisand” singing impersonator is creating a big splash in the Twin Cities. This incredible show explores the timeless music from Barbra’s classic movies, including “Funny Girl,” “Yentl,” “The Way We Were” and more!  Fresh off from the MN Twin Cities Pride and MN Fringe Festivals, these shows are a wonderful montage of everything that is Barbra Streisand! Melody’s impersonation is accurate beyond measure in the voice, style, and banter with the audience. You’ll quickly make the leap and be swept into Barbra’s world. Funny, witty, full of heart and surprises, Melody takes on a role that many do not attempt.

Melody Mendis: Producer/Performer

Melody is an inspired vocalist, voice instructor, and voiceover actress who originally hails from Detroit and now calls Minneapolis home. She has a wide range of performance experience with the Detroit Opera company, variety cover bands including "Boogie Wonderland," and her own Jazz ensembles at the Dakota Jazz club. Currently, Melody enjoys exploring the world of Barbra Streisand and writing one-woman shows for venues such as the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Twin Cities Pride Festival, and the MN Fringe Festival. Melody loves fitness, has a passion for racing cars, spending lazy days with her husband, and snuggling with their Beagle, Bacon.

Keith Russell: Director

Keith Russell is a local actor, director, choreographer, and theater blogger. He has directed/choreographed two shows with the Theater of the Ridiculous and Absurd as well as a number of shows with Arts Garden in Hugo. Most recently he has been dancing and performing with the Experteasers at the Follies at Minnsky Theater. He is a fan of Streisand and loves the opportunity to work in a cabaret-style show.

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Milly and Tillie

4:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

Artistry - Black Box
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431

Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry - in partnership with Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

Created by Elise Langer and Liz Schacterle with Director Jason Ballweber. 

“Like a good picture book, the show is bursting with life and invention.”  (Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet)

Artistry is pleased to partner with nationally recognized Open Eye Figure Theatre to welcome young children and their families into the Black Box with the imaginative play, Milly and Tillie. This “45 minutes of silliness and surprises” (Star Tribune) is a perfect first live theater experience for elementary school-aged children that will also delight their older companions. A “light and fanciful but rich and accomplished” work (Twin Cities Daily Planet), the play follows the antics and adventures of title characters Milly and Tillie as they set out for a picnic and find the unexpected.   

Make a Morning of It!

Did you know that our friends at the City of Bloomington coordinate an amazing Farmer's Market every Saturday morning in the summer? Held in the east lot of the Bloomington Center for the Arts, the market is a great place to support local growers, grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, and hear some live music. Parking on Farmer's Market Saturdays can be tricky, so we encourage you to come a little early to secure a spot - and while you're at it, enjoy a snack at the market and pick up some veggies for supper - all before the show even begins! For more information on the Bloomington Farmer's Market, please visit their wepage, here:

Performances on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

In the Black Box Theater...

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4:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

Mixed Blood
1501 S 4th St., Mpls, MN

Fringe day passes $16 weekdays, $22 weekends

Presented by Ben San Del Presents
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

Stoner robots, suicidal ghosts, and disapproving gargoyles—a four-time Fringe encore winner performs original stories on these and other near-future/supernatural speculations.

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6 pm


6:30 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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7 pm

Paul Bunyan: A Strongman's Tale

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Cottage Grove City Hall Amphitheater
12800 Ravine Parkway South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Donations only

Presented by Locally Grown Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

In this fun and engaging original story, Bea and her family go on a road trip to find the real story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.  In their adventure, they find themselves weave into the tales of Paul Bunyan and find that the story of Paul Bunyan is a long and intersected one, with feats of great strength, and Babe the Blue Ox not being at all what anyone expected.  Paul and his 7 axeman find fun and adventure by going to strongman competitions for lumberjacks and other strongmen of lore from around Minnesota and the US.  Will Bea ever find the true story of Paul and Babe?

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S, Mineapolis MN 55408

Presented by Mosaic Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Produced by Mosaic Productions:

A boy. A girl. A nurse's office. One of them, an accident-prone goofball and the other a darkly witty cynic. Follow thirty years in the friendship of Kayleen and Doug, whose interactions happen at some of the most pivotal moments they will ever experience. See the nature of a deep relationship that will transcend even the most bizarre circumstances, and decide for yourself which scars run deeper: the physical, or the psychological. 

2010 Pulitzer Price Finalist, Rajiv Joseph, is the genius playwright behind Gruesome Playground Injuries:

"Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent." —NY Times. "Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph's most satisfying work." —NY Daily News. "This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play's bizarre events." —Variety. "Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing." —Washington Post.

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7:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

The Ritz Theater Mainstage
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$16-22 for MN Fringe Day Pass
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Presented by Collective Unconscious Performance
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Collective Unconscious Performance makes their Minnesota Fringe Festival Debut with this World Premiere!

Dark, dangerous, and delightful, this re-imagined fairy tale takes a sordid slant on "Cinderella". From the twisted minds of the Brothers Grimm comes a tale brimming with puppetry and music. You know how it starts ("Once upon a time…"), you know how it ends ("…happily ever after"). And you know what happens in between… Or do you?

Appropriate for ages 12+ due to some adult language.

Reservations for SKINS can be made here:

MN Fringe 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 on the "reserve" link above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival. More information:

Sarah Dewhirst
Logan Verdoorn
Emily Zimmer

Eva Adderley
Emily Dendinger
Sofia Lindgren Galloway
David Hanzal
Leif Jurgensen
Kevin Springer

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8 pm

Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical

8:30 pm
Runs 55 minutes

Rarig Center - Thrust
330 21st Ave S Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Presented by Albino Squirrel
  • Drama
  • Musical

Presented as a part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 

United States Senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone is in for the fight of his life. Eleven years after his first election in 1990, where he promised he would only serve two terms in office, the country's political landscape is shocked by the events of 9/11, and the various political establishments seek to politicize the event for their own gains. Complicating matters is his increasingly distant relationship with his wife and family, battling not only his brother's mental illness but his own physical illness, and insecurities over his legacy and contributions to the world.

Join us for a musical retrospective in the style of RENT, Hamilton and Next to Normal, reflecting on the life and times of Paul, often referred to as the "conscience of the Senate" for his steadfast belief in honesty, hope and fairness for all. Featuring five original musical numbers from the team that brought you "A Mariokart Named Desire," Fringe Festival's Audience Choice winner of 2016 for Strike Theatre, and one-half of the team that brought you "Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse)," chosen for Freshwater Theatre's fourth annual Fringe Festival remount in 2015. 

DISCLAIMER: This play is a fictionalized account of the life of Paul Wellstone. While great care has been given to ensure respect towards Paul and his family, some artistic license has been taken with the events and people portrayed in the show.

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