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 Perspectives Theater Company
Created by Morgan Holmes & Erika Levy

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena


Religious content, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, First-time producer

Memory, history, text and ritual entangle three strangers in a sprawling, modern epic, summoning the immense joy, messiness and struggle of being seen at the intersection of race and faith as Jews of Color.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 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.

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Cast and crew

Morgan Holmes


Morgan Holmes has a background in exploring religious identities on stage. She is interested in using theater as a tool for social justice, to foster empathy and build community. She engages with theater as a writer, director, stage manager and theater administrator.

Erika Levy


Erika Levy has a background in arts management, both as an administrator and a box office manager. She is interested in the intersection of race and faith, and how people find community while navigating questions of identity.

Fernanda Badeo


Fernanda Badeo started studying and performing theatre in Brazil since 2003. She has performed in various plays at Minnesota State University Moorhead, while getting a Bachelor of Arts there. In the Twin Cities she has worked with Uprising Theatre Company and Cromulent Shakespeare. This is her first time performing at the Fringe Festival.

Ricardo Beaird


Ricardo Beaird is an actor, teaching artist, and local cheese curd enthusiast from Nashville, TN. You might have caught him in shows with Theatre Latte Da, Pangea World Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, or Park Square Theatre. If you haven’t, hakuna matata! Ricardo is thrilled to be fringing this year and to share the room with such talented artist. Special thanks to Bentley the beagle, Ricardo’s friends and family, and Beyoncé for being an endless fountain of support and love.

Gabrielle Dominique


Gabrielle is thrilled to be joining Perspectives Theater for the 2017 Fringe Festival! She is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, she has had the opportunity to work in the Twin Cities as a performer, choreographer and director. Her work has been featured at St. Olaf College, Artistry, Guthrie Theater and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. She was most recently seen as Rosalia in the Ordway’s production of West Side Story. Other favorite credits include: St. Olaf College: In The Heights, Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Artistry: The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Oklahoma!; Guthrie: South Pacific, A Christmas Carol. NEXT UP: Gabrielle will be heading back at the Guthrie this fall to join the company of Romeo & Juliet.

Emily Madigan

Movement Director

Izzy Burger Welsh

Sound Designer

Izzy Burger Welsh is a recent transplant to the North Star State and could not be more thrilled to be making her Twin Cities debut with the cast and crew of STRANGER. An award-winning stage actress and comic from North Carolina, she also has also lent her voice to several popular anime titles and been seen in regional spots around the southeast for everything from dry cleaners to the N.C. Poultry Council. Favorite past roles include Betty Rizzo in Grease, Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera, and Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. She has been making music as long as she can remember and was a founding member of the Kakalakalayuans. Special thanks go to the production team for this opportunity and to her amazing husband, Richard.

Josie Ross

Stage Manager

Hannah Culbert

Graphic Design

Molly Weibel


More information

"What was it like before? Before the rooms you used to fly into shifted and you shifted and they shifted and you became not really what you had always been? Before you knew?"

A fresh and exciting reinterpretion of the book of Exodus, STRANGER explores the lives of Jewish people of color seeking to define their identity, community and faith. Through interviews with Jews of Color MN members and Leah Donnella of NPR’s Code Switch, research, and personal exploration in the rehearsal room, this new, devised work illustrates Perspectives Theater Company's commitment to creating space for untold stories and validating multi-dimensional identities.

Perspectives Theater Company on We The People

with host Joan Higinbotham brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis. 


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