About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Dick White: Ghost Detective

By I'm Related To Lin Manuel Miranda
Created by Collin Klug

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Xperimental


Warnings: Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content.

When a P.I. wakes up a ghost, he must pair up with the only person who can hear him, a career criminal, to solve his own murder. Quick, vaudevillian, and self-aware, this play will exhaust and delight you.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 2:30pm

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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More than what I expected

by Bethany Nagan on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show delivered. It was funny, witty, creative and refreshing. I saw it on a whim and am SO glad I did. I'd recommend catching this show before it's too late. Definitely worth your time.

Goofy Fun

by Mark Webb on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

There were plenty of laughs in this show, most of which were a bit sophomoric, which isn't a bad thing. It just left the show a bit empty. The script was simple and void of any real plot, but the cast did a nice job with it, if not a tad over the top with the schtick.

Funny, but not a lot of plot

by Eric Meininger on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

I don't know if I'm hitting the wall with Fringe shows, the actors are getting tired, or I've found the dregs of the Fringe. This show is of course, full of Dick jokes. I did enjoy the frequent breaking of the fourth wall and the sarcastic didactic on the Bechdel test predictive value. Of course I laughed out loud at some of the horrific puns. I did enjoy this. Go if you want to be entertained, but don't expect a lot of depth.

1 person found this review helpful

*dick joke here*

by Nina Perkins on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Full of fourth wall breaks, feminist film theory, Bruno Mars sax covers, and obvi, dick jokes, Dick White: Ghost Detective has it all! A joy to watch.

1 person found this review helpful

Lol dick

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

I was giggling like an idiot the whole time. Totally bonkers.

Great fun and self-aware wit

by JR Brickman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Far exceeded my expectations. Well written and delivered with wit, charm, and enthusiasm. There are many laugh-out-loud lines and moments with a very engaging self awareness. Flowed along smoothly and kept my interest the entire time. The acting won't win any Oscars. But then, the cheesiness is part of the show's charm. So, go see DWGD and enjoy almost an hour of good writing and delivery along with a side of fun and silliness.

Witty Wordplay, Unambitious Script

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A cheesy script filled with witty wordplay, but boxed in by campy acting. It was funny, but the jokes wore thin by the end, and all the metta humor, self-awareness, and winking at the audience in the world could not save this show from the fact that it was a 50-minute play which was 10 minutes too long. I know that metaphorical middle fingers to the audience are an intentional part of the humor here, but you have to be someone who really enjoys that.

A dickin' good time

by Kelly Glader on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

This is a fun show. Puns and dick jokes, yes. But also a storyline that I ended up caring about. And even some surprise performers that ended up evening out a lot of the masculinity happening on stage. The only negativity and insults are directed at the performers themselves, which is refreshing for a comedic performance. Somehow there was love under all that dick.

I wanted to like this

by Sarah Lanners on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I read the reviews of this show and knew it would be silly going into it, and while the audience was laughing, I wasn't (I did a few times, but not as much as I had hoped). I wish that the actors would have taken their show a bit more seriously, committing fully to their goofy jokes and schticks. Be goofy, but own the goofiness!

Not much there there

by Christine Malcom on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

This comes across as an idea pitched and forgotten about until the night before. It has its funny moments, but they're sporadic and separated by long stretches of shakily delivered jokes that land only intermittently. It's not a matter of whether or not you're into the dick jokes, it's that the creator and cast don't care enough about them to make the audience care.


by monte vognsen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Akin to a Marx Brothers-like skit, where the best of the humor abides in the asides, the mostly silly - sometimes stupid - piece is constantly buoyed the skill and charm of the actors.


by Erika Jones on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

It's not perfect but it is perfectly wonderful. This is what I come to fringe to see. It's silly, very funny, & unapounapologeticly self aware. If you want a good time go see this show.

1 person found this review helpful

Members Only

by Amy Bonifas on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

An entire show of dick jokes. If that's your favorite form of humor then look no further; you will be highly entertained. The story was scant, the premise poorly taken advantage of, and the ending was a bit of a let down. The actors do play well against one another and the lead's voice sonorous if at times difficult to understand due to a combination of diction and acoustics.

1 person found this review helpful

Super funny and fun overall

by Greg Beltz on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was just a really fun experience. Thank you to the cast for obviously putting some time and work into this - it showed. Plus, an original song that was actually catchy and good. This show was fast-paced and packed with a lot of jokes. I laughed out loud several times and there was one part where I couldn't stop laughing.

1 person found this review helpful

it's supposed to be like that

by ali jaafar on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

bizarre, absurdist humor that constantly makes fun of itself. kinda crass, but what did you expect, it's called dick white: ghost detective. it's really fantastic, and the fact that it confused some of the other reviewers on here so thoroughly is the best recommendation possible (see review title).

2 people found this review helpful

Quick Dick

by Brian Hayes on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I don't write reviews. I don't go to plays. This was billed as a comedy. I laughed. Would see again.

1 person found this review helpful

Silly fun

by Kevin Lemke on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

With it's title I didn't expect Dick White Ghost Dective to be serious. It's a silly pun filled show with plenty of laugh out loud moments.


by Hillary Olson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I don't know what just happened but I loved it.

1 person found this review helpful

Good or really this bad?

by Hazen Markoe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

When watching DICK WHITE: GHOST DETECTIVE, I found myself wondering if the acting and script were meant to be intentionally bad, or if this was truly the case. With its mix of fourth wall breaking, "dick" jokes and clueless characters, I found it hard to be sure. The astounding lack of energy and laid back atmosphere seemed to argue for the "being really inept" side. The show gets two stars for being genuinely funny in spots, but that's it.

1 person found this review helpful

Simple and Enjoyable

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

While one could say the humor is low-brow and the acting basic at best, the performance itself is still quite entertaining. I won't call it a must see, if you need some easy laughs that don't require much thought and are not above a dick joke, check this one out.

Pre-show Drink Up

by Joe Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This show is clearly divisive.

If you've grown up with crass, adult humor, if you still watch Adult Swim, if you've never met a pun you didn't want to keep in your pocket forever. See this show.

Just because the jokes aren't simple and easy doesn't mean they're not artfully employed. This is a clever, absurd romp, that in NO way is trying to be high-brow. I have a hard time imagining older audiences will enjoy this, the poor bastards and their calcifying neuro-plasticity.

Special shout-out to the narrator. Captivating and hilarious.

1 person found this review helpful

Campy and Fun

by Fourth Wall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I laughed out loud throughout the show. The musical number and the Bechdel test scene were my favorite parts.

1 person found this review helpful

This is pretty bad

by Thomas Pitkin on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

There isn't a single part of this play that worked. It uses its twin premise of ghosts and detectives in only the most superficial way. The comedy is poorly written and the few good jokes are always undercut by the actors explaining the joke to the audience. The actors themselves don't seem to have a lot of experience, as their movements and facial expressions feel artificial. Finally, the plot is paced rather strangely. There are several asides to the audience, some of which take up whole scenes, that interrupt the story and often make it difficult to determine what is and isn't happening within the world of the play. Overall, this play doesn't seem to know what it is trying to be and confuses self-referential with funny.

Poorly-Written Stand Up

by Kyle Decker on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

THE WRITING is comprised mostly of cheap jokes, references, and fourth-wall breaks. Jokes are just thrown it at random, with the play at one point going on a random tangent for minutes in order to set up one joke. Any humor based on the characters is boring, as well (e.g. a character so dumb he can't count to 100).
THE ACTING is really stiff. Dick acts by just lifting up his arms, and Washington, while better, barely expresses anything with his face or body. The actors might as well be two random audience members reading directly off of a script.
DICK WHITE: GHOST DETECTIVE is really bland. If you want to turn your brain off and enjoy easy jokes you've made since elementary school, give this a look. It's good for that, but not much else.

1 person found this review helpful

Fun, but dumb jokes should be funnier.

by Grenacia Green on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was a fun show, but not amazing. I like dumb jokes, but I love the kind of dumb jokes that make you laugh like crazy despite their dumbness, and most of their dumb jokes were not at that level, which was unfortunate for a show that relied heavily on dumb jokes and had little substance. There were a few really clever jokes that I loved, but not enough of them and not much of a plot. Worth watching if you want some simple entertainment and you don't have a better choice in that time slot.

Good, silly fun

by Little Voice on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

More absurdist comedy than noir spoof, this show maybe relies a little too much on the easy joke, but I gotta admit I laughed at most of them. The performers have no qualms about breaking the fourth wall, which they used to good effect. My favorite character was the narrator, but my favorite scene had to be the song.


by Connie Petersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Fun group of performers.

I Never Meta Dick Joke I Didn't Like

by Nick Glover on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Quick-witted, funny, and dirty in an incredibly silly way, I loved Dick. It trashes the fourth wall in the best way possible. Most of the show fits into a bit of a two man/comedic foil archetype, but the additional actors add so much and really broke up the show in a delightful way. Best use of a narrator I've ever seen on stage.

If you're a dick-joke hating fuddy duddy, you might not like this one, but this was the hardest I've laughed at a live show in a long time. I might even see it again.

My only complaint was the humor is so fast and the laughter is so hard that I feel like I missed a few jokes here and there in the laughs, which is quite a champagne problem.

1 person found this review helpful

Smash That Fourth Wall, Dick

by Molly Glover on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I was expecting a clever noir send-up. What I got was a totally fucking absurd, laugh-out-loud, fourth-wall-destroying, tongue-in-cheek, comedic-surprise force.

Even the occasional word stumbles or rushed lines couldn't bring down my delight. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard at this many stupid, ridiculous jokes. I loved it.

I really hope to see more productions from I'm Related to Lin-Manuel Miranda in the future.

3 people found this review helpful

It's hard being a ghost

by Ryan Stello on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A meta show with jokes worthy of the Marx brothers. Could have used a few more dick references, though!

1 person found this review helpful


by Richard Heise on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

I thought about giving it two star but it kept getting worse. The humor, if you could even call it humor, was childish. I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone over about the age of ten. I tried extremely hard to find something positive to say about the show. Sorry, but to be brutally honest there was nothing.

Fun show!

by Cali Mastny on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This was a silly, witty, fun show. It made me laugh out loud many times. I enjoyed the self-referential asides and humorous way to deal with lack of budget. A few things could be a little more polished but overall it was super enjoyable and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes pun-based humor and wordplay.

2 people found this review helpful

Ghost detective perfection!

by Jode Knows on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So good! They really cram so many jokes and creative ideas into this performance! Perf blend of sweet and hilarious!

1 person found this review helpful

Go and LAUGH!

by Rachel Beauchamp on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This urban fantasy/noir ghost-detective show is heavy on dick jokes and charm, and I was frankly surprised at the number of times I truly laughed out loud. Every member of the cast has the opportunity to shine and brings charisma but Sami Dee steals the show with a combination of acting skill plus great lines. Don't go if you hate shows that break the fourth wall.

4 people found this review helpful

Wowee Zowee

by Jackie Gearhart on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dang that was a fun show! Didn't know what to expect but a had a great time and enjoyed some real silly jokes! Go Dick White, Hooray!

1 person found this review helpful

Perfect end to my day!

by Charlotte LaCour on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Light, clever and surprising. This play was just what I needed for a hard laugh after a long day. Would totally recommend!

1 person found this review helpful


by Alexander Brodsky on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Collin Klug possees the raw charisma of a young Marlon brando with the dick jokes of a weird old Marlon brando

4 people found this review helpful

I'm a total Dick head now!

by Brett Klug on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a gem! Very talented cast with a great script. Such a funny play, I highly recommend it.

1 person found this review helpful

So Meta

by Jacob Gulliver on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Some great jokes here - it's unchained meta humor thats so dumb it goes all the way back around to clever. Great commitment to the bit by the whole cast. Definitely worth a watch if you like self-referential, goofy humor.

5 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Collin Klug

Dick White

Ryan Kahl


Monica Coleslaw


Sami Dee


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