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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Making It Home

By Delve Theatre
Created by the Storytellers

Playing at Theatre in the Round

The largest population of Somalis in North America lives in the Twin Cities. Listen as a local ensemble of storytellers share their experiences of the joys and challenges of creating home in Minnesota.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 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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Read the reviews

HONY-style reflection, call to action

by Noah Nieting on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Lighthearted reflections on immigrating to Minnesota point to all too serious failures of empathy, a truly warm welcome and effective cultural synthesis. The young actors were a true delight!


Fringe: the Perfect Place for This

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This was not a professional piece. It was just regular people with important stories to be told. I learned a lot about the immigration experience of Somalis; some of their own cultural biases and understandings and a reminder of the difficulty of being an immigrant in a foreign land. There are not enough opportunities for these stories to be told and I love that someone thought of Fringe as just the place to tell these stories. The storytellers (3 of them children) were courageous telling these stories in a second language in front of a large group of people that mostly didn't look like them. I'm very glad I went.

1 person found this review helpful


Very real

by Sara Robinson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Very personal, very sincere.


What Fringe is about.

by Jackson Cobb on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show isn't polished, but it's not supposed to be. It's just beautifully raw first-hand storytelling. If you're looking for something flashy and provocative, this isn't it; it's literally just a family telling a series of stories. But if you want to open your eyes to the stories of an immigrant family, do yourself a favor and see this show.


Charming Family Stories

by Tina Lahti on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A Somali refugee family comprised of a mom & 5 kids, tells stories of their early experiences in the United States in Texas and Minnesota with the help of an unrelated white American transplant to Minnesota who also shared a few stories. Making it Home seemed planned, not scripted. There was little holding the stories together. I was left with more questions that answers. The relationship between the family & the man went entirely unexplained. As one might expect from this kind of performance there were issues with sound and staging. Having said that the storytellers were charming. Their stories were amusing. Had I heard them over a cup of tea in their living room I would have been entirely entertained.


SEE THIS SHOW

by Kelly Regan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This show delivered in an albeit, unpolished way, exactly what I hope to see as a Fringe goer. The storytelling was raw and honest and delightfully mundane! It would have been nice to have a bit more rehearsal evident, but it is clear that the family doing the storytelling are not performers by trade, but real people sharing snippets of their real lives. I would also have liked to understand more about the family's relationship with the American man who was also story telling.


Raw and evocative

by Crissy Tolson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

An important show to see in light of our political climate we all find ourselves in. It is story telling in its truest form. Bold, honest, a glimpse into an experience of another. Try something different and see this show!


Charming

by Matt Pitts on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I found this show to be more charming than I had initially thought it would be. The stories were cute and there were definitely a lot of laughs. I wish it would have gone deeper into the experience, but I am glad I saw this show. I do think and intro could have been nice to see how they all fit together. Also, some of the stories were longer than they needed to be and I thought they could have fit in a couple more stories in the time frame :)


making it home

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

Really liked the concept, the execution could have used a bit more polish. Charming and sweet stories, would have appreciated an introduction to the cast so I understood right away where the stories were coming from, and how the family of storytellers fit together with Zac.

1 person found this review helpful


Enjoyable storytelling

by Cole Estrem on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The show is mainly comprised of personal stories from the perspective of a few local people. I feel the piece could have gone more in depth about some of the problems facing the Somali and immigrant populations in Minnesota and more broadly, in the US, however I appreciate the choice to not do this in an effort to remain apolitical and focus instead on the every-day stories of people coming to a new place, and the struggle of feeling lost in a place that you are making your home.


A perspective to consider

by JoAnn W. Pasternack on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

While the family needed a little more direction, especially to project their voices and speak slowly, the miscues and misunderstandings illustrate the difficulty of anyone in a strange country. Hearing them first-hand makes it easier to relate.
The "narrator's" data on U.S. refugee policies and his experiences as a new Minnesota provided context.
Worth your time, but try to sit in the front so you can hear.
I agree that this is not the best venue for this show.


Retelling of Everyday Angst

by K Nilssen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A Mom and her 5 children tell stories. The children's stories are basic American/European/African tales of grade school. There seemed to have been no rehearsal, just a blessing to the kids to prattle on. Mom's stories had some substance, but unfortunately, difficult to understand her strong accent. A lot of potential, wasted.


Vital Storytelling

by Laura Mason on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show goes beyond a Fringe slot. This is storytelling at its most raw and necessary. I am so glad these performers were able to use Fringe as a platform for sharing their experiences with an audience that almost certainly has more experience with racist propaganda than actual refugees. Go see it. It's truly *hilarious* and very heartwarming.

1 person found this review helpful


Touching stories, needs more oomph

by Sosan Flynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I was glad I went to hear these first person stories, but would have enjoyed some dramatic devices. Sometimes I had a hard time understanding pronunciations, and I don't think the in the round staging was the best for this presentation of stories.

1 person found this review helpful


Important and Eye-Opening!

by Matthew Briggs on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is a must-see for all Minnesotans, and a chance to hear stories of immigration directly from our Somali neighbors. It even comes with a tiny language lesson! This family of storytellers was charming and honest. I'm very grateful I got to experience this show!

1 person found this review helpful


Personal accounts

by Fourth Wall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

A show surrounding the cultural shock that can come from finding a new home in the United States. There was a particularly strong monologue about immigration policy history in the U.S. I left a better person for having seen it.

1 person found this review helpful


What Fringe is about

by Don Feeney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Where else could you come hear an immigrant family openly and honestly share their stories? You'll remember this long after most of the more polished productions have faded away.

1 person found this review helpful


A Win for Theatre

by Michael Sheeks on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Take an hour and see this show. It's not about craft. Open your heart and you'll cry, laugh and leave prepared to be a better you. What more can you ask from a fringe show?

1 person found this review helpful


Fringe At Its Best!

by J. Bach on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

A mother and her five children on stage. Mom and three of the children told personal stories about their experiences immigrating to the US. These are stories we Minnesotans need to hear. As a side note, those kids did a GREAT job with the tricky challenge of storytelling in the round.

1 person found this review helpful


What Fringe is All About

by Maria Keith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Amazing Stories of what it is like to be a refugee in the US told by a mother and her talented children. Every day events from another perspective where everyone laughs and giggles. A Fringe must.

2 people found this review helpful


Straight from the heart

by Rachael Schlee on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

While not perfectly polished, the words spoke came from the heart and that is what made it work for me. Everyone in the Twin Cities should hear these stories, in my opinion. If we all can empathize just a little bit with a stranger, maybe we won't be so quick to judge. Thank you!

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Sofia Omar

Storyteller


Fartun Abdi

Storyteller


Deko Harbi

Storyteller


Bilal Harbi

Storyteller


Hobi Harbi

Storyteller


Ikra Harbi

Storyteller


Zac Delventhal

Background


Laura Delventhal

Coordinator

More information

More Somalis live in Minneapolis than anywhere else in North America. They are a unique part of the fabric of modern Minnesota. This show is a chance to get to know your neighbors a little better. Listen as one family shares their stories of making a new home. Maybe you'll hear something familiar.


Special thanks to Victoria Pyan, Karli Jenkins, Muqtar Ibrahim, the Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative, and everyone else who helped make this show possible. Learn about ESL volunteer opportunities in your community from the Minnesota Literacy Council.

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