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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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 Something different 


Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire

By Renegade Ada Cheng
Written by Ada Cheng

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl


GLBT content, Political content, Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

This solo performance is designed with political urgency. It explores the meaning of home(land), the institutionalization of the alien status, the Asian American identity and the politics of intersectionality.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages Grown-ups only (18+)


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 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.

Read the reviews

Moving person story, important questions

by Wendy Auldrich on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As other reviewers have said, it's more of a monologue than a play. Ms. Chang asks us to consider how we define home, and asks us to consider some of the big questions that face us today on race, community and ethnicity. She shared some deeply moving personal stories that I think everyone can relate to on some level with some humor thrown in a well. I appreciated the q&a afterward. I am recommending this play to several friends.

Fine story

by Seb C. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Interesting story and cool to listen to something I didn't know about. Agree with cutting out the talkback.

Great Talk. Wish she'd left it there.

by Holly Peterson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Cheng is a marvelous storyteller. She has a great sense of comedic timing, and tells an intimate story in a very accessible manner. Her story is definitely worth checking out.

At the end of her show she had a talk back, which I wish she had either skipped or offered as something people could take advantage of after the show ended and most of us left. There were clearly conversations some audience members wanted to have with her, but as someone who was worried about making their next show, it was awful to sit through a q&a that took us right up to, if not a little past, the end of the time slot.


by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Exploration of race and identity and their concepts. A great topic.

An Enthralling Education

by Krispin Shax on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Less of a play, more of an absolutely absorbing guest lecture (meant in the best way possible), with the eminently likeable Ada Cheng taking us in her journey through naturalization and living in our often invisibly racist society.

Ada's story is performed bare bones, and there's no reason not to. Her style is authentic, although her movements and deliveries at times feel a bit choreographed. But it's hard to fault her for that, when her show is so completely honest and fascinating.

Personal storytelling at its finest

by Sue Searing on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Ada Cheng tells several stories of her experiences as an immigrant and naturalized US citizen, powerfully conveying the emotional pain of always being "the other," but leavened with just enough comic moments that we stay utterly engaged. There's nothing as effective as a real person's honest sharing to shine a light on the true meaning and import of "intersectionality." Cheng delivers a brave and intelligent performance that I'll be thinking about for a long time.

Impactful personal story

by Susanne Ingerson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Powerful personal storytelling created an experience to reflect on the meanings of home, citizenship and acceptance with touches of humor throughout.

Many powerful stories, 1 important theme

by David Lawson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Through a thread of stories hitting on the personal, professional, political, and comical Ada Cheng takes us through how the United States government makes sure even if done legally that their immigrant population feels like "the other" their whole life. She ties it into the Black Lives Matter movement and the simple fact of feeling safe on city streets. And while a certain current president isn't mentioned, I could feel that her story had an added urgency because of that person. In other words, it's a timely political work that never gets didactic about its timeliness. Ada has a terrific presence (likely through decades of teaching), knows when to throw in a joke to let off some dramatic steam, and her stories are always gripping.

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Cast and crew

No cast information provided.

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