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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By Glade Dance Collective
Created by Glade Dance Collective

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage


Political content, Modern Dance, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company

Privacy. Convenience. Security. Which will you give up? When does the private become public? Dancers solicit data from the audience to explore secrecy, identity, and trust in the internet age.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm

* 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

Brenda Atkins


Brenda is one of our local Minneapolis guest dancers!

Lauren Borchard

Co-choreographer, dancer

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Lauren's most compelling avenue into this topic has been the exploration of secrets: when we have them, what we do with them, and how it feels to tell them, especially when telling is an empowering act. #TeamShare ... or #TeamPrivacy?

Chris Creese

Sound design

Based near Washington, D.C., CreeseWorks is a photographer and graphic designer known for his vibrant photography and clear cut, minimalist work. http://creeseworks.com

Emma Dozier

Co-choreographer, dancer

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Emma is “buried, buried in data” (as Poynter put it once), during her day job as a data analyst for journalism. She hopes she’s improving your online experience, and she doesn’t really know who “you” are, anyway. But she judges Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge users, for sure. #TeamShare

Shauna Edson

Co-choreographer, dancer, costume designer

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Shauna is one of the thousands affected by the federal employee data hack in 2015. Despite that, she believes the Internet is largely a force for good, and she’ll always be inclined to trust her fellow humans. #TeamShare

Betsy Loikow

Co-choreographer, dancer

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Betsy can thank her mother for a healthy fear of sharing her data and consequently has been in countless arguments with schools who want her SSN (hint - they don’t need it #JustSayNo), TSA agents, security guards, and, most recently, a bouncer outside a club in Hyannis, Mass. #ThanksMom #TeamPrivacy

Ben Mendis

Stage Manager

Ben is software developer and hacker, the (mostly) good kind. By day he helps companies and governments to monitor social media and other public content; by night he helps activists to evade tracking and censorship. Serving both sides of the arms race affords him a unique insight into the debate. He walks a fine line between #TeamShare and #TeamPrivacy.

Samantha Sobash

Co-choreographer, dancer

2015 07 18 - 3385 - DC - Mine-Field
Sam thinks this era isn’t as transparent as we think it is. Everyone hopes and tries to keep certain information private, i.e. some people temporarily or chronically don't use social media sites. We may be subconsciously more transparent, but she doesn’t think we'll ever be a fully transparent society. #TeamPrivacy

Stephanie Vadala


Stephanie loves seeing all the exciting things in her friend's lives on social media and appreciates them trusting her with their great moments. While she turns to the shy side of sharing her life, she is more worried about being tracked, poked and prodded by companies that think she needs "insert innovative product here." Just because she Googled it, doesn't mean her ad space should throw up unicorn onesies. #TeamPrivacy

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"A contemporary topic that feels authentic. Mine/Field allows Internet-obsessed audiences to get their fix while still getting a breath of fresh air on an often stale topic." — DC Theatre Scene

"A calmness emerges out of the chaos with clear and calculated phrasing. I take a breath and take in the exquisite geometry on stage. The choreography signals us to listen as the performers listen to each other, moving in canon." — DC Metro Theater Arts

We're touring from D.C., and yes, bringing a very D.C. topic

Mine/Field originated in Washington, D.C., but every show reflects its unique audience.

Attendees receive two cards: a prompt to share a secret and a demographic survey. Early in the dance, The Collector sends her dancer-bots into the audience to collect the cards, then analyzes and displays the results of data collection. Selected secrets are revealed onstage through words and improvised movement.

Is this collection and analysis problematic, or a benefit? Is technology the problem, or are humans?

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Experience Mine/Field

Photos by Andrew Bossi

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