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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Dame daDA & the Meta Show

By Nichole Hamilton
Created by Nichole Hamilton

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio


Political content, Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Actors' Equity participants, National/international company

Radical participation, whimsical wordplay, storytelling and standup. Dip into Dame daDA's treasure trove for a souvenir! Or trash. It's all subjective...or is it Art?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 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.

Read the reviews

Refreshing & Memorable

by Xena Warrior on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dame Dada rocked my world one joke at a time. This was my favorite fringe show. An in class discussion that keeps you on the very edge of your seat. Feminist in the best of ways, thoughtless and thoughtful irreverent and kind.

Fun... I'm pretty sure ;)

by Adriana Attwater on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I thought that I was on the wrong theater as the show is not all what I expected. However I was glad that I stuck it out and ended having a fun, silly, and enjoyable experience. This performance is quirky and unusual. Likewise it may make you feel a little uncomfortable. However, it was clear that the purpose of the show was to entertain which They accomplished well.

Quirky and thoughtful silliness

by Florence Brammer on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

Dame daDA has an infectious stage charisma and I enjoyed the earnest and collaborative use of audience participation. Very charming.

A Gem....

by Michele Briggs on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Dame daDa is fantastic. She makes you feel welcome and comfortable even with the audience participation. She is funny, witty and entertaining. If you didn't get to see the show you truly missed out on a gem. Plus you get gifts for attending.

Art(?) - Yes it is!

by Stephanie Vadala on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Dame daDa is magnificent! She fully embraces the character with witty comebacks and engaging stories. She has a way of engaging the audience in participation without it feeling forced or uncomfortable. Thoroughly entertaining and she commands the stage. I loved this show. Go see it tonight as she only has 1 show left at 7pm!!!

Community Season Seven

by Minrod Mier on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

No, you WILL participate! Even the shyest Minnesotan is arm -twisted into helping to make Hamilton's show the success it is. You won't get to take over, she won't let you, but you will find yourself connecting with other strangers as they - and you - are joined together as audience/cast with this friendly despot in charge. Enjoy the ride!

I love her.

by Miquela Lopez on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

And I would follow her anywhere she wants to take me. A show as vibrant as her orange hair and just as fun. Shows like this is why I Fringe: wild, artistic, and thoroughly engaging.

Caution: Participation to be Expected

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

I liked this show a lot. For the most part the participation was not intrusive and it actually made this feel more to me like a workshop than a show. As such, I think we all gained something from it and our world views were expanded. There were laughs too.

Funny and topical

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Dame daDA does an excellent job of getting the audience to participate, and she's quite funny and consistent. I enjoyed it, although it is fairly meta.

Brilliantly entertaining!

by Kim Olson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Dame daDa's sense of humor is witty and infectious. Her lovely accent and funny facial expressions definitely add to the show. Loved the audience participation and quick on her feet responses to improv situations!

Clever and Fun

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Silly, funny, thoughtful at times... and there's a fair amount of audience participation.

Lite and fun

by Richard Heise on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Witty and humorous. She likes to get the audience into the show so expect to participate

Choose your own adventure!

by Shauna Edson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I enjoy well-crafted audience participation, and Dame daDA has mastered this art. From the outset her show feels intimate, tailored just for those of us in the room, and it's impressive to watch an artist who is so adept at improvising with whatever the crowd throws at her. The games were fun and poignant, the jokes were subtly brilliant, and daDA's self-depricating humor was charming. The entire show was a joyful roller-coaster ride to who-knows-where, and I loved every minute of it.

See it!

by Jen Racho on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show is fun, funny, and thought-provoking!

Cynical and Mad in the Best Way

by Miranda Mier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A one-man show hinging on audience participation can be so easy to botch, but Dame daDA clearly knows what she is doing and has for some time.
I absolutely adored Hamilton's structure, attitude, and sense of humor throughout the show, and would recommend it to anyone, sight unseen. Discussions like the ones about asking women to smile and the nature of art will stick with me for a while.

Don't be scared

by Richelle Amundson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Yes, you will have the opportunity to participate, and laugh, and think about how you think.

Dame Dada

by Lydia McAnerney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Funny, satirical, entertaining and fast moving. Totally enjoyable. I loved her humor and honesty. One to see.

Very Fun and Diverse

by Dennis Dienst on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show was so much fun for many in the audience! Dada is outspoken and has many stories to tell - but it doesn't stop there. Come join together for a marvelous show!

Cast and crew

Nichole Hamilton

Creator, Performer

Over the past six years, Nichole has retained the nomadic life pursuing theatre opportunities in NYC, MA, FL, GA, TN, NC, and beyond - but always plotting how to get into the Roller Derby. Through her love of story-telling and standup, Nichole devised a solo performance entitled "Dame daDA & the Meta Show" having performed it on various stages at the Burning Man in 2016, the Homegrown Playwrights Festival at Accrosstown Repertory in Florida, and soon to be seen at the Minnesota Fringe (August 2017).

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Montevallo near Birmingham, AL, Nichole moved to Atlanta, learning the art of improv and slinging cocktails. She then made a great escape and headed west for fortune and fame. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nichole honed skills as an actor, director, manager, and teacher. After freelancing in California for over seven years, the south called her back. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida in May, 2011. Go Gators.

Nichole has accepted a faculty position at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces as an Assistant Professor and will be teaching classes in Voice and Acting for stage and film beginning the fall of 2017.

Nichole is a proud member of Actor's Equity, a company member and advisory committee member at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville Florida, and a teacher candidate with the Michael Chekhov Association.


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