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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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

By Weggel-Reed Productions
Created by Anna Weggel-Reed and Tom Reed

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

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Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

"Couple Fight 3: Weddings!" features real couples reenacting their real fights centered around love, weddings, marriage and friendship. Relate to the joys of relationships for better or for worse.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
Audio described

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

 

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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Cast and crew

Shanan Custer

Actor / Writer


Eric Webster

Actor / Writer


Lacey Zeiler

Actor / Writer


John Zeiler

Actor / Writer


Levi Weinhagen

Actor / Writer


Laura Zabel

Actor / Writer


Andy Kraft

Actor / Writer


Rachael Davies

Actor / Writer


Nicholas Leeman

Actor / Writer


Colleen Somerville Leeman

Actor / Writer


Heather Meyer

Actor / Writer


Jim Robinson

Actor / Writer


Rita Boersma

Actor / Writer


James Rone

Actor / Writer


Anna Weggel-Reed

Producer / Creator


Tom Reed

Director / Creator

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Real pairs of spouses, lovers and friends reenact real fights in this sequel to 2015-2016 Fringe hits "Couple Fight" and “Couple Fight II: Friends and Family”. Mixing heaviness and hilarity, couples navigate the trials and tribulations of the world of marriage and weddings.


This show is not about airing people's dirty laundry, but rather about laughing, and the realization that when you love someone, there's a decent chance you'll find yourself in the middle of the most absurd, stupid, but hilarious fights. Especially if there's a wedding involved. With Fringe favorites including John and Lacey Zeiler, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster, Jim Robinson and Heather Meyer, Laura Zabel and Levi Weinhagen, Andy Kraft, Rita Boersma and director Tom Reed, audiences are sure to bust a gut, shed a tear and most importantly, relate to the joys of relationships for better or worse.


Praise for 2015's "Couple Fight II: Friends and Family":


"This 2015 Fringe favorite returns for a well-deserved encore with seven new pairs of friends, family and lovers picking open old scabs for our entertainment...Directed by Tom Reed and produced by creator Anna Weggel-Reed, the play hits its jokes hard without leaning too heavily on mushy-gushy themes of making up nice." -Star Tribune 


"We see seven relationships in extremis, and it’s hilarious. Outside of context and with the passage of time, these little snippets of domestic conflict are harmless and fun, proving the equation that tragedy plus time equals comedy." -Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press, "Must See" list 


"I missed last year's original Couple Fight — but like Beverly Hills Cop, you don't need to have seen the original to enjoy the sequel. The show's clever premise is to have pairs of friends, relatives, and dating partners reenact actual fights they've had." -Jay Gabler, City Pages


"It's the first Fringe show that brought me to tears of laughter. With fights about topics both silly and serious, the show allows you to laugh at this human experience we all share. " -Cherry and Spoon


On the Theater Unbound list for "Top Picks for great Fringe shows by and about women".


On the Twin Cities Arts Reader Editors List. 


Praise for 2014's "Couple Fight":


"What happens when two funny people get married, and then they fight? Judging by 'Couple Fight', it's hilarious, at least it is to those of us watching, and probably also to the couple once they move beyond the moment." -Cherry and Spoon 


"I can’t say too much about the fights because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But I can guarantee you, we were laughing hysterically from the get go. The presentation is so intelligent, too, including the perfect intro and the perfect ending – they thought out Couple Fight extremely well and it’s not just, 'Here’s six fights we’ve had in real life'." -One Girl Two Cities.


 

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