The complete version of this Official Program is included
in Minnesota Monthly’s August issue.
ELEVEN DAYS OF UNLEASHED PERFORMANCE
JULY 30 NONSTOP
THROUGH AUGUST 9
MINNEAPOLIS + ST. PAUL
For more: Fringefestival.org
Tickets at fringefestival.org
or call toll free (866) 811-4111.
Welcome to the 16th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival!
Minnesota Fringe Festival (in case you don’t know) is an annual eleven-day performing arts festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2009, we’re presenting over 160 different productions produced by companies from around the world. From family-friendly shows to spectacles you wouldn’t bring your mother to, we host an eclectic mix of performing arts—all presented in 60-minute blocks easy to navigate for both wizened theater veterans and the casually curious.
Having trouble deciding on a show? Try our show finder at fringefestival.org! From video previews to parking hints, our Web site has buckets of information to make it quick and fun to find your new favorite show. It’s the perfect way to plan your Fringe if you want to come to just one show—or fifty.
During the festival, log on to write your own show reviews, get last-minute schedule changes, see daily slide shows and more. We collect all the Fringe buzz from all over town—and all over the Internet—for easy decision-making.
If you have a Web-capable mobile contraption, point it to fringefestival.mobi for a version of our site optimized for Fringe fans on the go.
Join the fun at Fringe Central
When Fringe is cooking, part of the experience is the community that springs up around the festival. Join your fellow audience members and our 400 volunteers and 1,100 participating artists at Fringe Central at Bedlam Theatre (1501 Sixth St. S, on Minneapolis’s West Bank) presented by Summit Brewing Co. This is your best chance all year to talk to strangers, Minnesota!
Fringe Central features great food (served until 2 a.m. every night of the festival), free parking, a Fringe concierge desk, refreshments and special events for anyone who wants to stop by. More information on page 7. See you there!
Minnesota Fringe strives to be accessible to everyone. We present a varied line-up of audio described and ASL-interpreted shows. All venues are accessible for those with mobility impairments. Minnesota Association of Community Theatres has a recorded schedule available at (612) 706-1456 ext. 4. Reservation fees are waived for patrons using ASL and AD services. Check out all our accessibility information, including AD and ASL schedules, at fringefestival.org/2009/access.
Contacting Fringe HQ
If you have questions—or if something wasn’t what you expected—drop us a line or give us a call. We guarantee we’ll always listen. At venues, you can find Fringe staff members (look for the stylin’ staff T-shirts). Email your comments, praise or grumbles to our executive director, Robin Gillette, at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (612) 872-1212.
Box Office Information
All shows start promptly at published times. Avoid disappointment: Be on time.
Where to get tickets
PHONE: OvationTix at (866) 811â€‘4111
IN PERSON: At venue box offices or at the concierge desk at Fringe Central
Advance sales have a $2 per ticket or pass processing fee. Phone sales have an additional $1 fee per transaction.
Fringe admission button
Spiffy Fringe buttons are required for entry with purchased tickets. Your button gets you loads of theater discounts throughout the year. Check fringefestival.org for details.
$4 Fringe admission button
Tickets are available at the box office 30 minutes before performance start times. All seating is general admission.
$12 Regular adult ticket
$5 Kids under 12
$10 Seniors, students and MPR members
Kids under five years old are not admitted to shows outside the Kids’ Fringe. Seniors and students must have valid identification; Minnesota Public Radio members must have membership card.
Get a fistful of art for just a fistful of cash. Buy a five- or ten-show punch card to share tickets among friends or go on your own binge with an Ultra Pass.
$50 Five-show punch card – You save $2 a ticket!
$90 Ten-show punch card – You save $3 a ticket!
$150 Ultra Pass: See everything!
BONUS! Ultra Pass holders get a free companion ticket for any show on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31.
RESERVATIONS: For just a $1 fee, pass holders may make reservations up to 24 hours in advance of a performance. Call OvationTix toll free at (866) 811â€‘4111.