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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Santa Academy

By Wok Papal Thither Productions
Created by Andrew Berkowitz & Lisa McGuire

Playing at Strike Theater

Young Noelle challenges the premier Santa Claus school when she becomes the first woman to wrap and jingle with the best of them. An original a cappella musical follows her journey to sleigh the patriarchy!

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


Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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.

Read the reviews

Charming, clever, and witty!

by Crosby Reisch on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Loved it! Very cute, you guys.


by Emily Tonkin on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Santa Academy is a spirited, thoughtful, funny musical. It showcases a capella voices while addressing discrimination in a light-hearted manner. The show is thought-provoking in an easily accessible and entertaining fashion. The cast members are talented vocalists who deserve a second look in their other performances within (if applicable) and outside of Fringe. Kudos to the creators and director!

Charming, Clever, and NEVER BETTER

by David Albino on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Sat in the front row of this piece on the 9th day of of 8th month in the year 2017 AD the year of our lord and just loved every freaking minute. Fantastic singing from every member of the cast. Tears welling down our faces and collecting in our laps respectively, for we were without tissues to absorb them hence. Brava. Brava. Bravissima.


by Gregory Revak on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was skeptical but then pleasantly surprised. The cast was very talented & engaged the audience. Glad I saw it.

Talented A Capella

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The singing was excellent and the premise of the story was cute. This was my first time at this theater and I was a bit disappointed by the physical space and how it lent itself to the show. I would have loved to see a bit more production value (more scenery, etc.), but the singing was the star of the show. A note for the cast, please work on your projecting to the back of the theater. I was in the third row and had difficulty hearing some of the dialog and sometimes the solos.

surprise, constant delight

by Warren Porter on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

uniformly, clever, unpatronizingly laugh-provoking, and crisply delivered
generously distributed, good songs
Representation extends all the way to one each of those great basses and beatboxers.

Cute show, good singing

by Danielle S on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The ending is mostly predictable, but hey, I got to hear some great singing along the way!

1 person found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Bridget Dugan


Tiana Hardy


Alissa Peanasky


Kassra Taghizadeh


Sam Nelson


Tom Madison


Tom Stevning-Roe


Justin Bain


Andrew Berkowitz


Two Bettys