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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 Something different 


The Migraine Room (Photophobia)

By Public Displays of Affection
Created by Tim Cameron

Playing at Jungle Theater


Warnings: Nudity, Adult language, Sexual Content.

Creativity storms in the dark room of an artist during a catastrophic, 6 month migraine with searing light-averse/"photophobic" pain. New music, text, movement, and stunning low-light imagery.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm


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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My head

by Ariel Leaf on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I imagine this is exactly what I might become if I had to suffer for 4 months in the dark. Not for everyone, but it was am experience I won't forget.

So much less than it could have been

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The artist takes an interesting premise and a relatable story, and turns it into a disengaging and loooooonnggg rambling hour in the dark.
Show started early and ran over the end time, which could have played into a more creative approach but merely left me feeling that the performer had no sense of his own show. Not sure about photophobia, but now I understand narcolepsy...

Liked the different

by S. Andersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

An unusual mix of theatrical approaches. Interesting and definitely stimulating.

Definitely different

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

I left the show with mixed emotions. It was interesting but confusing. Not sure I know what to think yet. One of those shows you have to digest for a while to get a real feel for it.

Too scattered

by Jim Louis on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I really wanted to like this show. However, it was too all over the place to follow much of what he was trying to get across to us. At times I could not tell if he was purposely being so disorganized or it just happened. Definitely, could have helped to have a director to work with him on some of the scenery work and transitions. As someone who has helped with the production of a show dealing with a mental health issue, there is a no one right way to deal with it. However, focusing on one issue or getting set pieces built before show time would have helped. At times the dialog was lost due to the noise from the moving of set pieces and backdrops. The show went right to the 60 minute time limit.

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Cast and crew

Tim Cameron


Tim creates performance work under the name Public Displays of Affection, as well as in collaboration with other artists.

Sunshine Squires

Designer, Clothing

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From real events in 2011...

A migraine monsoon season. My migraines make me physically averse to light. Light equals excruciating pain.

Something was different in March, 2011. This migraine was weaponized. Windows blacked-out. Nearly all time was spent in bed or a shower. Days became weeks and months. Roller-coaster nausea and new levels of chronic pain. THC. Searching for effective migraine meds.

In bed in a serenely pitch black bedroom for six months. In the isolation and sensory deprivation, myriad fields of mental clutter and barriers fell away and I fomented a torrential flow of creativity. Going off meds. Mania. In the dark or when I could take a few hours of light, I made art, and developed myself more and more into the mind I wanted to be. Visions. Inventions. Concepts. Forms. Evolution of the mind. 

The amazing physiological phenomenon of the Migraine is wondrous on its own. However, the story becomes about the flood of ideas, the attempts to realize some of them, and to share the inventions and art in profoundly better ways as I moved forward.


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