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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


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

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Robyn Hendrix: Schmlarp!


Bump in the Night

Presented by Erin Sheppard Presents
U of M Rarig Proscenium  

Robyn says… I was bummed I missed this at Horror Fest. The photos looked amazing. Yay for second chances.


Firecracker Bye Bye

Presented by The Seth Lepore Project
New Century  

Robyn says… Yay, Seth is back! Incredible performer.


Happy Double Wedding

Presented by Dangerous Productions

Robyn says… Saw a lot of DP's Happy Minnesota stuff on the CCLRT recently. Always stunningly ridiculous.

Something different

Standing on the Hollow

Presented by Present State Movement

Robyn says… Excited to see this collaboration between Tamara Ober and Julie Johnson.



Presented by Shelby Company
U of M Rarig Thrust  

Robyn says… Their Guy-noir style Font of Knowledge blew me away last year with cleverness.

About Robyn

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Something Different

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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