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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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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!

Seth Lepore: Seth's Solo-Rama Show Stoppers


Expiration Date

Presented by SunsetGun Productions

Seth says… I've been waiting to see this show for too long ever since I first found out about it. Only one more month of suspense!

Something different

Get Ready for the Vagina Fairy

Presented by Rebecca Kling
Red Eye  

Seth says… Already the winner of best show name. I can't wait to see Rebecca do stand up. The question is whether she will have a wand or not.

Something different

Hello Stranger

Presented by The Newton Theatre
U of M Rarig Thrust  

Seth says… Deb is a class act. Can't wait to see her rule the stage. If you haven't seen Deb perform you're missing out.


Ain't True and Uncle False

Presented by Paul Strickland Presents
Woman's Club  

Seth says… I saw one of Paul's shows a couple years ago. Probably the best storyteller I've ever witnessed. Beautiful writing and spot on comedic timing.


Firecracker Bye Bye

Presented by The Seth Lepore Project
New Century  

Seth says… If you have relatives that drive you crazy but you love to death you'll enjoy my new offering. My family has been hounding me to make this show for a while. Now, they’re a little scared it’s happening. Plus there's lots of yarn. Lots.

About Seth

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
35-44 years old
Lives in... Out-of-state
Favorite genre: Comedy

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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