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176 shows * 16 venues * Minnesota’s festival of performing arts * August 1–11, 2013

Join Fringe for our 21st birthday party!

We'll be celebrating our ascent into adulthood and marking the executive director transition between Robin Gillette and Jeff D. Larson on September 25, and we'd love to have you join us! In addition to free (!) and unlimited (!!) Summit beer, the evening will feature performances by festival favorites Joseph Scrimshaw, Tom Reed and Les Kurkendaal. Fringe's board of directors will be providing birthday-themed baked goods for sale. Tickets are limited, so get yours now!

Wednesday, September 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
Tickets - $40 and include free snacks and unlimited Summit beer


Thanks!

Holy cow, what a fantastic festival that was!

49,991 tickets, 895 performances, 11 days.

Thanks to everyone who made this magic possible - without the incredible community of artists, audiences, volunteers, staff, press, donors, sponsors, venues and more that we're lucky to have here, we'd be nothing.

My Fringe 5

Browse everyone's My Fringe 5s

Share your picks for this year's festival. Whether it's best bets, the most intriguing descriptions or shows you just can't wait to see, sign up for My Fringe to make your My Fringe 5!

Christine Dezelar-Tiedman: The Librarian Recommends ... these 5 shows are based (at least loosely) on literature

Musical theater

Are You There, God? It's a New Musical Revue!

Presented by Blue Umbrella Productions
Illusion  


Christine says… Adolescent angst, in musical form.

Comedy

Four Humors' Lolita: A Three Man Show

Presented by Fat Bottom Jones Productions
Illusion  


Christine says… What will Four Humors do with/to Nabokov's controversial classic?


Christine says… Short stories seem a natural fit for the 60 minutes or less Fringe format

Comedy

The Nose

Presented by The Piltdown Men
Illusion  


Christine says… Gogol's satirical tale with a contemporary setting.

Musical theater

CIRCE: A Musical Odyssey

Presented by Burnt Nightingale Productions
Illusion  


Christine says… I was never able to get in to TROY! The Musical last year. I'll try not to make that mistake with the followup.

Fringe in the news

It was a totally, completely 100% GORGEOUS day yesterday and still hordes of people agreed to go inside, where there is no sunlight, and watch theater. There is something wrong with us. Still, given the quality of the work I saw yesterday, it seems entirely worth it.

— Paul de Cordova, Minnesota Playlist, August 4

As first weekends at the Fringe Festival go, this one came off big. Most of the shows I saw were sold out or close to it. My random picks were mostly as satisfying as the my a priori choices. Even the shows I expected to be terrible were pleasant surprises.

— Rob Callahan, Vita.MN, August 4

Since its beginnings in 1994, when the Minnesota Fringe Festival was born, hosting a few dozen shows for a total profit of $37, the festival has grown to be one of the signature events in the country — and the biggest week and a half in Twin Cities theater.

— Ed Huyck, City Pages, July 31

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