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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Waiting for Gygax

By Hot Chocolate Media
Created by Kyle B. Dekker

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Xperimental

Vladimir and Estragon were villains on top of the world. They've since fallen on harder times. They've taken up residence in an ancient and mysterious dungeon in hopes of meeting the great hero Gygax.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


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

Commarrah Bashar


Originally from the Empire State, Commarrah Bashar is a New York University Tisch School of the Arts Drama graduate and a two time winner of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade-NY Diversity Scholarship. Since arriving in the Twin Cities, she’s made appearances in Klingon Christmas Carol and Human Combat Chess because she only does “nerdy fun shows”. You can catch the nerdy fun show she created and starred in Barely Managed on Youtube. Booking | commarrah.bashar@gmail.com

Molly Glover


Molly Glover has been performing professionally since 1996. She is a member of the award-winning Wise Fools Improv at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, where she is also one-half of the street duo Beefcake and Olive. Molly performs year-round with the insult-comedy group Vilification Tennis. She has three awesome cats and one awesome husband. Waiting for Gygax is her second Fringe show and her first non-improvised performance in 16 years.

Andy Gullikson


Andy Gullikson is happy to return to the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Andy graduated from MN State, Mankato in 2011 with a BFA in Acting, and has since been involved in several Fringe Festival productions, including The Selkie, Robot Lincoln: The Revengeance, Astrolibrary, and Behind the Bigtop. He wrote and produced The Confederate, which has since been produced and remounted after its premiere at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe. You can also find Andy in the Rarig Thurst theatre as Steve in The Perils of Steve.

Matt Saxe


Matt is the Artistic Director & founder of Shadow Horse Theater, LLC: American Midget, Crazyface, The History of the Devil, A Kind of Love Story, Phaedra, & co-producer/director/performer of A Drinking Game - Minnesota. Hauptmann - Candid Theater Co., Macbeth - Theatre Coup d'Etat, The Foreigner - Lyric Arts, All My Sons - Pioneer Playhouse, Wash My Sin Away and Much Ado About Nothing - Theatre Terra Firma. Eight performances in the Minnesota Fringe. including Sex, Soap, Torture, Weather, 2011: Once Upon A CSI, 2012: Tales From A Twisted Universe, 2013: Theatre 101 & Grimm For Kids. 2014: The Jungle Book 2015: Melancholy London, 2016: So Bright the Night.

Kyle B. Dekker


Kyle is a Twin Cities based actor, writer, improvisor, and filmmaker. He received his BA from Southern Illinois University in History and Creative Writing and is a member of Fearless Comedy Productions. He has written scripts for webseries, stage plays, and short films. He has appeared on stage most recently in Build Your Own Inferno, Human Combat Chess, and WhatTheImprov. His films have been featured on The Escapist and at the Twin Cities International Film Festival. You can also find Kyle as part of the award winning act Sir Tedward & Wort at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

Jacob Gulliver


Jacob Gulliver is a writer, filmmaker, all-purpose geek, and is one-third of the Hot Chocolate Media team. He earned a BFA in Filmmaking at MCAD, and his work has been featured in City Pages, on The Escapist, and at the Twin Cities Film Fest.

Mariah Lamkin

Costume Designer

Darwin Hull

Fight Choreographer

Darwin Hull is an actor, stage combat choreographer, and improvisor originally hailing from West Chester, PA. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Media and Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Vladimir & Estragon took a terrible job in a dungeon in the hopes of facing off against the legendary hero Gygax. Will they find glory or despair?

"Waiting For Gygax" is an original stage play created and presented by Hot Chocolate Media. It is one part parody of "Waiting For Godot", one-part Dungeons & Dragons themed comedy, with some classic dramatic elements.

Hot Chocolate MediaHot Chocolate Media is a Minnesota-made media network dedicated to bringing geeky fun to the world through serial projects. We've worked to create several film projects, stage plays, podcasts, and improv shows. We are dedicated to creating projects starring Minnesota artists, for fans all over the world.



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