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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 Something different 



By 2Lorens
Created by 2Lorens

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

The Summer of Love was also the summer of Rage when American cities burned and the National Guard patrolled the streets. This is what we lived - personal testimony to the past as prologue to the present.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 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

Mari Harris


Mari Harris is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Actor, and a Pianist with a powerful commitment to provide entertainment, empowerment, healing, and Love through the Arts. She recently performed at The East Side Freedom Library in St Paul, MN, and The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY, Mari loves performing new theatrical works and is excited to be a part of this project: 1967.

Howard Lieberman


Howard Lieberman has done everything on stage except sing, which he would do if he could carry a tune. He grew up on the North Side of Chicago with a professional tap dancer for a father and a math teacher for a mother, which may explain his wild mood swings.

As a young man, Howard left the wholesome Midwest to find fame or fortune as a corporate attorney in New York City. 20 years and one child later, Howard and his wife left, moving to staunchly Republican Stillwater, MN with a New York accent and a jaded optimist’s sense of humor.

Today Howard’s unique blend of performance art, improv skills and personal narrative has made him a fixture in the national performance art scene. He has partnered with Loren Niemi for Fringe Festival performances since 2009.

Contact: hlieberman@lieberman-nelson.com

Rose McGee


Rose McGee, M.Edu. is a professional storyteller, educator, facilitator, and playwright. She is creator of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Initiative, owner of Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts, co-author of the book, Story Circle Stories and earned a Master’s Degree from Lesley University Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is featured in the national PBS documentary, A Few Good Pie Places and TEDx Talk, The Power of Pie. She has led community volunteers in baking Sweet Potato Comfort Pies for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine black people were killed and to Standing Rock protestors. In addition to local coverage, her gift and service of pies have been featured nationally including USA Today, The Huffington Post, and national talk show, The Real.

Loren Niemi


Loren Niemi has spent 40 years as a professional storyteller, creating, coaching, performing, producing and teaching stories of all kinds to audiences of all ages and interests. His work has been called “on the cutting edge of storytelling,” “with the dark beauty of language that is not ashamed of poetry.” He began performing in Fringe Festivals in 1995 and has done at least one a year since then with solor and partnered shows rooted in story and focused on what matters.

Loren is also a poet and the author of The New Book of Plots, (Parkhurst Brothers), and the co-author, with Elizabeth Ellis, of Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories, (August House), the critically acclaimed text on the value and necessity of telling the stories that are difficult to speak and uncomfortable to hear. He teaches storytelling at Metro State University and the University of St. Thomas' Executive Leadership Institute and coaches individuals, teams and organization around the country on messaging and presentation skills.

Contact: niemistory@gmail.com

More information


Howard Lieberman and I did a version of "1967" with Felix Hampton Brown a decade ago for the MN Fringe at Mixed Blood Theater. It was a St. Paul Pioneer Press "Must See..." Well here we are at the 50th anniversary of that summer and the issues that percepitated the crisis are still with us. With that in mind we have invited storyteller and activist, Rose McGeee and singer/songwriter, Mari Harris to join us to rethink what "1967" meant and how it speaks to today. 

 Here is a interview Howard and I were asked to about the show and our interweaving art and politics: 




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