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Minnesota State Mankato has Fringe Festival presence

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Minnesota Fringe Festival 2014

Just because OUR seasons are complete as of July 19, that doesn't mean our students aren't out producing theatre and dance. Below is a listing of events from the Mnnesota Fringe Festival that will have participation from current or past Minnesota State Mankato Theatre & Dance students. Ticket information can be found on the Fringe Festival page or any of the show pages; click on the image for more information.

Minnesota Fringe Festival is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that organizes an annual festival, this year running from Aug. 1-11. This year marks its 19th anniversary. Since 1993, Minnesota Fringe has grown by leaps and bounds into the Midwest’s largest performing arts festival—and the largest nonjuried, uncensored Fringe in the United States. The organization does not judge, jury or censor the work of any artist—the goal is provide a platform for performance, and they leave it up to the audience to evaluate the results.



Concept by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, MFA Directing alum, created in collaboration with Michelle Pillatzki. Features BFA alum Jason Garton. One morning, a 2 ton car gets hit by a 10 ton truck, launching a woman's full-scale battle with the concept of time. Told through a series of connected vignettes, 11:11 explores this complicated relationship.


Bang-Bang, Miss American Pie

Costume design by Hannah DesMarais

Captain Do-Good

Captain Do-Good Saves the Future from Wal-Mart

Written by Greg Abbott, North Mankato: This year Greg had his short play, Sleeping (or Something Like It) Under the Stars performed at Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake; the short plays Safety First and Vultures in New York City; and a full-length play, “Electable,” performed by the Madelia Community Theatre.



Created by Jake Sullivan & Charliey Libra; directed and co-produced by Jake. Featuring Andrew Anderson, Amanda Forman, Tucker Brewster Schuster, Claire Clauson, Charliey Libra, Jaclyn Britz, Maria Camila Perez, Daniel Lane, Riley LinDell (who also serves as production stage manager).

Flushing New York

Flushing New York

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, MFA Directing alum, helms this show written by Kevin and Lynn Bowen.

Hour Town

Hour Town

A comedic, condensed spin on Thornton Wilder's classic play written specifically for the Minnesota Fringe filled with puppets, surprises, and celebrity impressions—all told in one hour! The perfect preparation to see the Minnesota State Mankato production in November.

Alumnus Justine Carroll Melchior as “Mrs. Gibbs.” 

Justine's first Fringe show was Tall Tales from the Kentucky Cycle directed by the late Grant Richey in the year 2000. Since then, she has performed in numerous regional productions including Rocky Horror Show at the Ordway, Parade with Theater Latte Da and MJTC, The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Plymouth Playhouse, Vampires! Horror!

Jumpin Jack Kerouac

Jumpin' Jack Kerouac

Dancer: John Heimbuch is a playwright, director, and media artist. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company and a vocalist for the steampunk rock band Bad September. His writings have been produced locally by Walking Shadow, Theatre Forever, Hardcover Theater, The Minnesota Historical Society, The Guthrie Theater, Steeltoe Stiletto Films, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. John is currently developing a short film based on his play The Transdimensional Couriers Union; and a very long time ago he got a minor in Modern Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato.



Written by Ryan Thorsen, starring Robb Krueger, Megan Volkman-Wilson, Maggie Mae Dale, Meredith Larson; producer/co-creator Laura Thaisen, costume designer Hannah DesMarais

Robbin Death

Robbing Death

Written by Mark Deel and presented as part of the six-play Maverick Musings in April at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It does not include any of the original actors.

Sex and Turkey

Sex & Turkey

Although not featuring any Minnesota State Mankato students or alums, it does feature Isaac Kronlokken (back row, far right), brother of Micah Kronlokken, who has appeared in some shows here.

Sex and Sensibility

Sex and Sensibility

Featuring alum Eriq Nelson (above right) as "a playa."

The Confederate

The Confederate

Written by Any Gullikson. The show's postcards read: "In 1961, James McDonough signed on to be a part of a psychological experiment conducted at Yale University. The experiment, designed by Mr. Stanley Milgram, sought answers in the recent wake of the most heinous and evil act committed by man: The Holocaust. Jim, performing as Milgram’s confederate, or actor in the experiment, delved deep into the minds of its participants. What he found there may be humanity’s darkest secret."

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Featuring alum E.J. Subkoviak, who does not appear in the picture above.

A Very Merry Unauthorized

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant

With Managing Director Nikki Swoboda

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant celebrates the controversial religion in uplifting pageantry and song by a jubilant cast of children. The actual teachings of The Church of Scientology, as well as the life of the Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, are explained and dissected against the candy-colored backdrop of a traditional nativity play. It was originally presented in 2003 in New York City and won an Obie Award for its creators, Kyle Jarrow and Alex Timbers. The Catalysts’ production is Pageant’s Minnesota premiere. From the people who brought you Fruit Fly and Shelly Bachberg Presents: How Helen Keller and Anne Frank Freed the Slaves: The Musical.

Winner Winner

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Written by Mankatoan Travis Carpenter, featuring Launa Helder, Kevn Michaels and Corban Noah.