Category Archives: Festival-related stuff

Final slide shows and props from NoDak

The slide shows from Day 11 and the closing-night rager at First Ave are up. W00t.

And the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune has an exceedingly lovely story about the Fringe show “My War.”


Numbers! Numbers! Delicious, delicious numbers!

We just finished the press release for Teh The Bestest Festival. Get the pretty PDF here or:


Fringe announces preliminary figures
40,814 tickets issued for 11-day festival, top attended shows announced

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Fringe announced preliminary attendance figures for its 2008 festival. In all, 40,814 tickets were issued during the 11-day performing arts festival, an 8 percent increase over last year. Revenue increased over $36,000.

  • Tickets issued: 40,814
    Buttons issued: 15,178 (Notes: Admission buttons are used to count the number of unique audience members attending the festival. Of the 15,178 issued this year, 14,262 were sold and 916 were issued gratis to volunteers and artists.)
    Revenue: $300,405
    Performances: 806
    Shows: 156
    Participating artists: 1,080
    Volunteers: 393
    Audience-submitted reviews on the Web site (as of 10 a.m. Monday): 2,153

“We are absolutely delighted with the numbers,” said Robin C. Gillette, Fringe’s executive director. “The figures show that Fringe is solid both as an event and as an organization, and the buzz in the Fringe community was positively kinetic.”

The total number of performances was down from last year (806 versus 874 in 2007) due to fewer Bring Your Own Venue performances. The attendance and revenue figures erase the dip the numbers took in 2007. Last year’s festival opened the day after the I-35W bridge collapse.

Top ten shows by tickets issued

  1. Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead / Walking Shadow / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1284
  2. An Inconvenient Squirrel / Joseph Scrimshaw Productions / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1189
  3. The Cody Rivers Show Presents: Stick to Glue / The Cody Rivers Show / U of M Rarig Center Thrust: 1033
  4. Musical the Musical!/ Urban Samurai Productions/ U of M Rarig Center Proscenium: 986
  5. Mortem Capiendum Four Humors Theater U of M Rarig Center Thrust 837
  6. The Underpants Show Lili’s Burlesque Ritz Theater 803
  7. Robin Hood The Musical! Top Hat Theatre U of M Rarig Center Proscenium 707
  8. Deviants Live Action Set The Soap Factory 683 (nine performances)
  9. The Pumpkin Pie Show Horse Trade Theater Group U of M Rarig Center Thrust 665
  10. You’re No Fun Bedlam Theatre U of M Rarig Center Thrust 609

Top ten shows by capacity

  1. FOOL FOR A CLIENT Mark Whitney Bryant-Lake Bowl 102.4%
  2. Reefer Madness: The Musical Young Artists Council Bryant-Lake Bowl 98.8%
  3. The Mistress Cycle Maddak Productions Bryant-Lake Bowl 98.8%
  4. The Nosdrahcir Sisters Sara and Kimberly Richardson U of M Rarig Center Xperimental 96.9%
  5. A Wake for Change! Tune In, Turn On, Folk Out A-Stage Kieran’s Irish Pub – Titanic Room 95.8%
  6. An Intimate Evening with Fotis: Part Two Mike Fotis Minneapolis Theatre Garage 87.7%
  7. Advice-a-Versa Intertwine Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts 80.7%
  8. My Hovercraft is Full of Eels! Henry Epp Intermedia Arts 79.8%
  9. elephant shoes, & olive juice; (mis) communication in a modern world 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities Bryant-Lake Bowl 78.0%
  10. Stupid Face Courtney Roche U of M Rarig Center Xperimental 71.4%

The fifteenth annual Minnesota Fringe Festival took place Thurs., July 31 through Sun., Aug. 10 in Minneapolis. More information about the festival can be found at

Fringe Encores!


Congrats to all the Fringe Encore folks. Each venue’s top-selling show is awarded a sixth performance in the last slot in the festival—8:30 for most venues, 8 o’clock for Bryant-Lake Bowl. Here they are:

Note: Sara Scrimshaw’s “Dance of the Whisky Faerie” was the top-selling show at the Southern; she opted out of the Encore program.

ASL interpretation cancellation

There will be no ASL interpretation of the performance of Cody Rivers Show at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. Our apologies for the cancellation.

Daily Fringe #5

Minnesota Fringe

Take note: Live Action Set, presenting "Deviants," has cancelled tonight's 7 p.m. performance due to injury. So far the remaining shows will run as scheduled.

Daily Fringe #5

From what we saw Monday, things are hopping! Of course, that fits with the 10 percent ticket increase we saw on opening weekend. And the now nearly 1,100+ audience reviews. Yay!

This year, the venues are grouped close together, many within walking distance. Heck, the Rarig has four theaters in the same building! So, consider the idea of walking, biking, or taking Mass Transit to the Fringe. Some tools to help:

Get walking directions on Google Maps: For example, Rarig to the Southern is just ten little minutes.

MetroTransit's NexTrip gives you up to the minute info on where the next bus is, in addition to a search function that will help you plan your route.

Biking! The Fringe program has suggested bike routes. MetroTransit buses and trains have bike racks that allow you to get to more distant venues and bring your bike along.

So very Fringe green!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

A special request: On Saturday, an artists at Rarig misplaced a MiniDV videotape of her performance. The tape is small, in a clear plastic case and clearly labeled "Fringe 08." If you happen upon it, just drop it off to at a box office. Thanks!

Photo du jour

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"(life seed)" presented by Nic Hager at the Lab Theater. (Photo: Brad Dahlgaard)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

TONIGHT @ 11 p.m.: Fringe-themed pub-style trivia

TOMORROW @ 9:30 p.m.: Dreamland Faces

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Get the complete schedule


Present Summit


Today: Mostly sunny, 86°. Night: Mostly clear, 61°.

Tomorrow: Ditto.

Thursday: Ditto.

"Three Muses (Fringe)"

Bid on the prints at eBay.

Local artist, Visible Fringe alumnus and friend of us all John Largaespada has graciously donated four digital prints to Fringe. John specializes in photoillustrations that are a little strange, a little haunting and entirely fascinating. And he's interpreted the now-famous Fringe kitty:

05 Largaespada

Their names are (from the left in the larger print): Pumpkin Seed, Bobo and Boo.


Drawing winners!

Day 5 winners: Alex Franzen, Melissa Markes and Karen Goneau. (Even if you win a pound of coffee in the daily drawing, you're still eligible for the other prizes on Sunday. Yay!)

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

P.S. Here's your Easter Egg for the day. Just in case you need a Fringe date.

P.P.S. Here's another one you've probably seen. We've had it stuck in our heads for a few days. Need to get it out.

One performance cancelled: Deviants

Live Action Set, presenting “Deviants,” had to cancel their performance for tomorrow night, August 5 at 7 p.m. due to an injury of a cast member. So far the remaining shows will run as scheduled.

Opening weekend’s numbers

14,215 tickets issued! That’s a 10 percent increase over last year—thus erasing last year’s dip in attendance. W00t. If you want to read the press release, it’s right here (PDF). And it is a stunning, stunning piece of literature.