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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.

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Richard Shields: It Comes Down To What You Are Looking For



Presented by Guittar Productions
U of M Rarig Proscenium  

Richard says… A rare combination of movement, storytelling and improv done well.

Musical theater

A Brief History of Irish Music

Presented by Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
New Century  

Richard says… Irish music done well - show goes down well with a drink too!


Four Humors' Lolita: A Three Man Show

Presented by Fat Bottom Jones Productions

Richard says… Sexy it ain't but funny it is!

Musical theater

Pullman Car Hiawatha: A New Musical Drama

Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
Music Box  

Richard says… The good voices and clever staging make it worth the ride.


These Old Shoes

Presented by Transatlantic Love Affair
Music Box  

Richard says… Love re-discovered in the sunset of life - a hard topic to do but done well by them.

About Richard

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
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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