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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America, The Rewrite

By The Fighting Mongooses
Written by Dave Ammentorp

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Xperimental

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Solo show, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

Todd, the last human being, is held captive by unknown entities called the Watchers, tasked with writing down the complete history of the United States of America. The only problem? He's losing his mind.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 7:00pm
 

* 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.

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Technical issues

by Robert Cohen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The pre-recorded lines were used too extensively. However, it was quite an effort by a single performer and at least soe of the material was fairly ambitious.


No

by Rachel Glass on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Just skip this one, I promise.
Really mad I wasted my time on this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Underwhelming

by Amanda Oporto on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Interesting concept but the execution needs work. The timing of the live dialogue with the recorded dialogue was spot on, but the tape recorders need to be amplified as they are sometimes difficult to understand. The story seems plotless and I wouldn't have known what was happening if I had not read the show description.


one man effort

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

One man show with an imaginative approach. Recommended for the politically-minded.


Low on Content

by Trisha Raylen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I have a deep respect for those who try something outside of the box. kudos on the imaginative undertaking. Unfortunately this show left me unsatisfied. The production elements and audio was distracting and the over all effect simply felt disjointed.


Really cool, unique concept!

by Sarah Hedstrand on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I've never seen a play in this format! It was a one-man show that had a lot of depth and complexity. Props for getting the timing right on the multiple recording devices!!


What rewrite?

by Evan Myers on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The only thing keeping me from giving this show zero stars is because I admired that this artist was brave enough to put on and work on a show. 90% of the lines are prerecorded and poorly played on a recording device, a random and pretty unbearable song, and plotless and confusing script. Definitely recommend seeing something else. The title sounded enticing and exciting, but was thoroughly let down.


Disappointing!

by Lyle Larue on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Disappointing is the best word for me to describe this show. I majored in history and was expecting to see plenty of history being discussed, but very little was covered, let alone written about. so the title is misleading to say the least. Probably the worst show I have seen at Fringe, and saw my first show 5 years ago. I was in disbelief that it was just 30 minutes as well. At least the short format gave me more time to eat before attending another show.

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America, the Rewrite

by Vanessa Markman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A one man show where 75% of the lines are pre-recorded and played on a (difficult to hear) audio device. It is impossible to have any kind of momentum or flexibility when the star of the show is a tape recorder. I was frustrated with the lack of natural timing, and furthermore, don't understand the point of this show. I was excited by the title, because America's history could use some rewriting, but the only mentions of America was a few brief comments about Christopher Columbus and the year 1492. The plot lacked clarity and purpose, and the comedy was a bit stale. I appreciated the dedication, commitment, and energy of the performer.


Great Concept

by Connie Petersen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Would love to give this another try with more content and development. Audio is
difficult to hear and only runs 30 minutes.


Cast and crew

No cast information provided.

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