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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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Erin Denman: Some shows that are happening.


How To Date A Werewolf (or, Lonesome, Wild and Blue)

Presented by Love's Prick Productions
Theatre in the Round  

Erin says… My show! The actors are always a delightful surprise.


RT + MPLS: The Legend of RT Rybak

Presented by Black Market Doctor
New Century  

Erin says… I'm also in love with Minneapolis. And RT Rybak.


Four Humors' Lolita: A Three Man Show

Presented by Fat Bottom Jones Productions

Erin says… I wish I was watching this show right now. The previews!


Brittle Things

Presented by Tangleroot Endeavors
Theatre in the Round  

Erin says… I really love Eli's writing. I've loved everything of hers that I've read and I can see no reason why I'd feel differently about this one.


Boxcutter Harmonica

Presented by Paper Soul
U of M Rarig Xperimental  

Erin says… I want to see what these folks have come up with.

About Erin

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
Lives in... Minneapolis

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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