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 850 performances of 167 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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. Pro tip: 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 850 performances of 167 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 go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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 + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.


Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.


For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Broad Sex in the Twin Cities

By GIRL Theatre
Directed by Alexandra Hatch and Scarlett Thompson

Playing at Strike Theater


GLBT content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

Inspired by cult classics "Broad City" and "Sex and the City", two quirky millennials enjoy love, laughter, and the light-rail in this exhilarating and fun-filled comedy.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 4:00pm

* 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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Cast and crew

Alexandra Hatch


Alexandra Hatch has been frequently dubbed an "international directing sensation," after directing several pieces in the Twin Cities, New York, and one short performance art piece to an audience of pigeons in Toronto. Since she made her MN Fringe debut directing the Titanic parody, Bottom's Up, she has been asked "do women laugh?" And "were you in the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Stepping Stone Theatre?" Since withering away in her Drama 101 class at Vassar College, Alexandra has been doing all she can to further the gay agenda.

Scarlett Thompson


Scarlett the Starlet Thompson has been gracing Twin Cities stages since the tender age of 8 when the Children's Theater Company first made her audition for a show in front of thousands of people on a stage in the middle of the Mall of America (she didn't get cast). Since then, she's acted at the Guthrie, Children's Theater Company, History Theater, Torch Theater, and many more, but most importantly, Joe Dowling once remembered her face but forgot her name. She's interested in exploring how many times a theater company can make jokes about men in the Twin Cities before they're shut down for good, and would like to be referred to exclusively as the "bitch director" since being dubbed that by a man when she was 17.

Hope Funke


Hope has been spending the past 3 years as a student in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and still doesn't know how to get anywhere in the Twin Cities without google maps. Because she is a basic white girl, Hope has seen every episode of "Sex and the City" while also being a big fan of "Broad City." She even went on a New York City adventure with her dear friend, Kat, that was inspired by the episode "BB NYC," from "Broad City." The pair sent a video documentation of the adventure to Ellen DeGeneres. They never heard back. Hope, a South Carolinian Native, loves the Midwest and is thrilled to be spending her first summer here. She looks forward to hopefully seeing her first Minnesota summer snow *fingers crossed*! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiraR6Upkzw&feature=youtu.be

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Jonah O'Hara-David


Jonah O'Hara-David is a Macaroni and Cheese enthusiast with a love for a good old fashioned long sleeve shirt tucked in. Jonah is best known for his hair, though he'd rather be known for his ability to live, love, and experience happiness through a cat from Minneapolis named Pete. When Jonah isn't taking metro transit, you can find him trying to join every facebook group he can find. He hopes you enjoy seeing Broad Sex In The Twin Cities, and laugh your way to a donation box for GIRL theatre.

Marisa Tejeda


Marisa B. Tejeda is excited to be back at the Fringe Festival with GIRL Theatre. She has performed with the Guthrie Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theatre of South Dakota, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Artistry Theatre, Mission Theatre, and last year she spent her year touring and crying with CLIMB Theatre. Marisa just graduated in 2016 with a degree in Theatre so monetary donations to her Venmo are warmly welcomed – @Marisa-Tejeda. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support, Beyonce, and Joe Dowling for retiring (just kidding love you Joe ;)).

Gabby Zonneveld


Gabby Zonneveld is excited and honored to be a part of Broad Sex in the Twin Cities! Her role as a sexually ambiguous singer/songwriter has been an incredible stretch, but somehow she has persevered. She would actually like to thank this production for inspiring her to try her hand at music! Her new sexual health/Kendrick Lamar themed album,
(dental) DAMN, will be released later this year. When she is not theater-ing, Gabby studies studio composition at SUNY Purchase, and prepares for a lifetime of poverty.

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"Broad Sex in the Twin Cities" follows the misadventures of Marisa and Hope as they visit every hotspot in the Twin Cities on the way to their Fringe performance that night. Join them at every brewery, planned parenthood, lightrail stop, and hot brunch spot that the greatest cities in the world have to offer. 


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