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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Gravitational Collapse

By Cole Sarar
Written by Cole Sarar

Playing at Intermedia Arts


GLBT content, Opera/New Music, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

A space opera. Five women aboard a spaceship will discover the truth, write their own futures, or succumb to the gravity of the past. Script by Cole Sarar and music by Dameun Strange.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm

* 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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Cast and crew

Katie Robinson


katie robinson is a poet, actor, and sexuality educator in the Twin Cities. In her work, she sits with moments of trauma and grief, with hopes that they may find relief in her blackness and her queerness. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2014 with a designed major in Narrative Studies, in which she explored systems of oppression, and the stories of desire and liberation they incite. She was a 2017 participant in the VONA Regional Workshop at the Loft Literary Center, and a 2015 Fellow with the Givens Foundation. She is currently acting in the web series Sweetness of Wild, a love story to the blackness of Minneapolis, and a brainchild of the experimental arts collective, Free Black Dirt. katie wants you to be gentle with yourself, and explore what makes you feel most free.

Gail Estelle


Gail Estelle is jazzed to be making her Fringe debut as 2! Gail has performed previously with both the Upright Egg Theater Company, and The Haunted Basement.
Outside of acting Gail is a middle school Art teacher, and visual artist.

Niomi Kaiser


Niomi is excited to be involved with Gravitational Collapse's cosmic crew for her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut. Her recent performances include (TRYNNA) BE POSITIVE, Audition, Desperate Measures, Rapunzel, New Faces, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Superhero Sanitarium, and The Music Man. As both playwright and actress, she has trained at the University of Richmond, Queen Mary University of London, and the Guthrie Theater. Niomi’s interest in social justice and devised work has deeply influenced her solo performances- including a recent cry against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Love Letter from the Hills, a London based performance. She is thankful for her loving and supportive family, the Playwrights’ Center, enthusiastic sensei Hiroko Mori, and theatre “Oga” Professor Chuck Mike.

Hailey Colwell


Hailey Colwell is a Twin Cities-based writer who also produces and performs. In 2013, she co-founded Theatre Corrobora, a group of young artists who make plays about growing up in the digital age. Her plays include It Always Rained in Paris (Twin Cities Arts Reader Editor's Pick, Minnesota Fringe Festival Encore), Girlhood, and Fig. She is a freelance journalist who contributes to Minnesota Playlist and Minnesota Public Radio's classical music websites. Her personal blog is Des Mots du Monde. She currently works as The Southern Theater's marketing manager.

Danna Sheridan


Danna Sheridan (5) is excited to be performing in MN Fringe for the first time! Danna moved to the Twin Cities three years ago and has been thrilled to live in a community with such a vibrant theater scene. She does improv at ComedySportz and has been seen at HUGE Theater with the group Hot Corner. She served as a stage manager for five years at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), one of the ten largest community theaters in the country. Favorite roles include Catherine in "Proof" at The Theatre Within (Indianapolis) and Wife/Princess/Camel in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

Daisuke Kawachi


Dameun Strange


Cole Sarar


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The best science fiction allows us to imagine ourselves and each other in the future. Could there be a spaceship without a man on it? Could it be the least interesting aspect of our journey? Buckle up. Prepare for liftoff. A space opera, the likes of which you've never seen or heard before. The ship's AI has been fried, the database has been wiped, and that's not all. There are passengers aboard who weren't supposed to be there. Five women in a small spaceship struggle to decide which of them belong there, and where they're going.


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