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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Showtimes

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.

Reservations

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.

Rules

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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The Intrepid

By Minnesota Tamil Sangam


Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

The Traditional, Musical, Dance Drama on a Fearless Warrior featuring Folk and Traditional Art forms of the Tamil Community. Come and get entranced by the traditional and Historical show.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 1:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm
 

 

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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Great show!

by Lisa Richardson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very interesting drumming and dancing!


A star for effort

by Cate Jackson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Grade school acting level, a lead who couldn't remember his lines, dancers who fumbled choreography, and overall an energy of people who didn't want to be there. Good for them for trying, but really not a quality show. Interesting enough history and story, but pretty much all of the characters seemed portrayed as villainous, even the hero. At curtain call they introduced each actor and who they played, and even then they didn't seem to remember each other's names or characters. The program listed a full plot and history and character breakdown, so this step wasn't even needed. Don't recommend this one.


Wanted to like it, but...

by Eric Cohen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

The dancing and drumming were enjoyable, but the story/acting were too badly hampered by the language barrier to get into. The scene notes in the program helped, but the accents and broken English were too strong.


Good Effort

by Cam Boparai on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The drums and the dancing at the beginning were very catchy. Failed to keep audience attention past that due to wordy scripts and not so crisp rehearsals. Good effort by the first time producers. Hope to see more next year.


Great Effort !! Kudos

by Priya Conjeevaram Krishnan on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A must watch historical drama. Unique art , dance and set up kudos to that !!. The costumes were colorful . Great rendition and excellent team effort. My favorite parts are when Thandavaraya talks deceivingly to the queen, the letter exchange scene and the wonderful dance , expression by the dancers. A must watch !!.


Interesting visit to Indian history

by Mary Davidson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The cast of this show has worked really hard to tell us a story important to them. The dancers were great. The costumes were colorful. The story was sometimes hard to follow because the actors were hard to understand. I enjoyed being exposed to a different culture. There was a very noisy child at the performance who was a huge distraction. This show is worth seeing.


Must watch Wonderful Story line & Dance

by Jags roster on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is emotional Indian Historical Drama, Started with folk Dance and few southern Indian Martial art performances. All artist costumes are so colorful. My two stars are going for that. All the actors were great at their roles! I liked Drum Beats, Dance, Letter exchange scene and climax, it's so emotional and touching. My three stars are going for that. This is the best show I have seen at fringe in a few years. It's really different experience for me. Overall I highly recommend seeing this show! Cast and playwright all did a phenomenal job on this production.


More dancing please!

by Divya Maiya on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

The show had great energy to begin with and I would have liked more dancing in between scenes. I totally get the street play styled narration and that was well carried out. I do wish it was less wordy at times.


Not Engaging

by Clementine Danvers on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

At the beginning, I was suddenly captured by the drums, and the dancing. Then, I was almost immediately turned off, because the diction, and projection from all actors was just not there. I found myself falling asleep. It's a skip for me! Sorry!


spectacular

by Warren Porter on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

drums, a couple ensemble dances at the beginning, heroic stances, bright costumes, and epic narrative
I appreciated the stylized gravity with which the lines were delivered.
It is a remarkable opportunity, when one gets to see this many share such a rich sample of heritage.

1 person found this review helpful


What is this

by Randy Farmington-Shultz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I didn't get this or hear anything. People seemed awesome though!!! Nice dudes and ladies plus kiddies too


Needs more rehearsals!

by Connie Petersen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

And even then I don't know. Storyline was dull at best and dialogue was difficult to understand. Two stars goes out to the dancers which need to have more stage time in my opinion.


Wonderful effort

by Lakshmi Rajarathanam on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I liked how the play brought synopsis of the long story . It was very effective . The scene of the two characters writing the letter was my favorite . The actors portrayed emotions really well . A must see show.


Mixed review.

by Marie Cooney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I liked summary of story in program, costumes, dancing, and lighting. I found noise off stage to be extremely distracting. I enjoyed learning about India story in response to British Empire. I would have found it more helpful to have house lights up at low level throughout performance in order to follow along in summary for various scenes. I went to this show specifically for cultural diversity and ethnic dancing. Too many distractions interfered with enjoyment of show.

1 person found this review helpful


Nice job!

by Sam Thomas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I wanted to try something new so I set out to see this. This has a lot of variety, but I had trouble hearing some of the lines. I wish I could have heard more of the diologe. Thanks for sharing about the Tamil community! I thought that part was good. I missed the story at points though. Awesome enthusiasm!


Lot of work shows in the performance

by Kumar Mallikarjunan on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The team has done a great job in providing a historic drama and also showcase some unique cultural music in the drama. The whole team gets the credit for a fabulous show.

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent

by Siva Mariyappan on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Excellent costumes, ethnic folk dancing with live drum (parai), lighting is awesome, Upbeat opening and memorable ending.
100% own production of songs & live show is unique. Must see.

1 person found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Sundaramoorthy Adhiyagavel

Acting - Marudhanayagam


Vaishnavi Madhu

Acting - Masa


Velmurugan Marimuthu

Acting - Thandavarayan


Rajiv Balasubramanian

Acting - Thamodharan


Senthilkumar Kaliyaperumal

Acting - Nawab of Arcot


Murugaiyan Subramanian

Acting - Srinivasa Rao


Balamurugan Ramasamy

Acting - General Brunton


Vishwa Madhu

Acting - General Camel


Naga Sai Deepak Chinta

Acting - Gold Smith


Malini Sundaramoorthy

Acting - Commander Merchant


Meenakshi Janarthanan

Dance and Choreography


Sasikala Ponneeswaran

Dance


Vennila Ponneeswaran

Dance


Yamini Narayanan

Dance


Prasanna Sachidanandhan

Parai & Dance


Rajarajeswari Kamaraj

Parai & Dance


Aditya Siva Nandhiyar

Parai Artist


Nagappan Letchumanan

Parai Artist


Ram Chinnadurai

Parai Artist


Saravanan Durairajan

Script Writer


Sachidanandhan Venkatakrishnan

Director

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