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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Queen of Delicious Animals

By The Rachel Teagle Effect
Created by Rachel Teagle

Playing at Strike Theater

Ambition. Jealousy. Bacon. Storyteller Rachel Teagle takes you into the world of livestock showmanship: her triumphs as a cutthroat child, the humiliation of chasing pigs, and what matters more than success.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm

* 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.

Read the reviews

4H Queen

by Bradley Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

City boy here, so never really knew much about the 4H until Rachel gave me a glimpse. She's a great storyteller and kept me entertained sharing her 4H story. Glad I was able to see it!

charming storytelling

by Elizabeth Douglas on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Great charisma, audience engaging and charmingly funny!
Fun story telling with wonderful lighting and audio embellishments.
We were literally cheering her on through her tales of 4-H adventure and triumph!
Best show I've seen yet!

Champion Storyteller

by Lynn Hickman on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I really enjoyed Rachel's show! She is definitely wonderful as a storyteller. The story was about 4H competition - not about slaughter of animal friends ... that aspect was handled delicately and well. I was pleased with the reference to LeVar Burton as a personal hero...

Marvelous Storyteller!

by Carol McCormick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Rachel uses her voice, body language and props to get effect to make what could be a ho-hum tale into a fascinating saga of her mastering competitive animal showing at fairs. I laughed a lot. However I found myself wondering if her eating animals she had raised was as easy as she told us.

Who Ate Roger Rabbit?

by Reid Gagle on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Rachel relates her adolescent adventures at county (and state and national) as a small animal exhibitor and a large animal breeder / exhibitor. It's an interesting peak into an unfamiliar American subculture. And wouldn't this be a great setting for a mystery novel? (There's your next project, Rachel.)

I highly recommend this play!

by Deborah Yarchun on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Rachel Teagle is a smart writer, a strong performer and has a great presence. She’s fantastic at working a room. Also, props for her use of props. The show was a highly entertaining exploration of childhood ambitions and an excellent introduction into a world most of us don’t get to explore: Livestock competitions at the State Fair. Don’t miss it.

Simple start broad finish

by Gene Bard on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Starts simple 4H story to broadly meaningful presentation. Witty, well performed, great story and teller. Broad audience appeal. Inspirational. Projects connection with audience.

1 person found this review helpful

Great storytelling

by Michelle Blaeser on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Rachel is a wonderful storyteller! I loved learning about the showmanship of small and delicious animals. Clever use of props and very funny. I admit I was hungry for bacon when I left...

1 person found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Rachel Teagle

Creator/Performer/Titular Queen

Rachel Teagle is a playwright, storyteller, and comedian. Her previous Fringe forays include "Orange: a farce (about terrorism)" and "Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts."

Heather Meyer

Master of Theatrical Ceremonies/Finder of Stuff

Heather Meyer loves animals. She makes theatre things, writes for an animated series and teaches improv. She's online at www.heathermeyeronline.com and @HeatherMeyer2

More information

When award winning playwright Rachel Teagle was a child, the only thing she wanted was to win 4H Small Animal Round Robin. After years of studying, practicing, and hard work, this ultra-focused child achieved all of her goals, and at thirteen years old found herself with no idea what to do next. Join this comedic storyteller as she recalls the many lessons that she's learned from working with animals, delicious and not.

Check out The Rachel Teagle Effect on Facebook

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