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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Oxygen Is Overrated

By Tesseray Productions
Written by Nicole Fende

Playing at HUGE Theater

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

Captain Brenna Rain is still breathing - for now. Her spaceship is ancient junk, her co-pilot smells like sewage, and a dozen other bounty hunters are after the same elusive fugitive. And the week just started!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

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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Cast and crew

Nicole Fende

Actor, Author & Producer

Nicole is making her debut as an actor and playwright at Fringe with Oxygen Is Overrated. Nicole was first bitten by the acting bug in high school. Combining her presentation skills and love of numbers, Nicole became a sought after public speaker known for making finance fun and relatable. The lines between speaking and performing blurred, until an alter ego was born. Nicole began to cosplay Brenna Rain, bounty hunter and starship captain. This led to the ground breaking novel The Prosperity Dimension published in 2016. Returning to her love of theater, Nicole is thrilled to premier Oxygen Is Overrated at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.


Basil Considine

Director

Basil Considine is an award-winning composer, playwright, and director. He debuted at the 2014 MN Fringe with his opera The Frat Party; his Game of Thrones: The Musical premiered at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe and was one of the best-selling shows of the 2017 O’ahu, Maui, and Tampa Fringe Festivals. His play The Abortion Bomb premiered to critical acclaim at the Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia in 2011.

Basil studied opera composition with Samuel Headrick (The Hostage), fiction writing with Sandra Benitez (A Place Where the Sea Remembers), and playwriting with Lydia Diamond (The Bluest Eye, Stick Fly, Smart People. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of San Diego. He is also the director for Really Spicy Opera's production of A Pickle and wrote the Fringe show Thor: Jurassic Park.

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Come on a swashbuckling space adventure with die-hard Star Wars fan Nicole Fende. Nicole’s experience in theater began in high school, starring as a suicidal blade of grass. The green facepaint faded, but the performance bug stuck. As the proud owner of eight movie quality lightsaber replicas, she tells a sci-fi parable of the struggles of her alter-ego, the bounty hunter Captain Brenna Rain.

Inspired by Nicole's own experiences as a successful entrepreneur in the world of finance, this is a story of grit and the relentless pursuit of your dreams.

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