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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Wish You Were Her

By Dan Juola
Written by Dan Juola

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl


Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

Breakups are never easy. Especially when it's the only relationship you've ever been in and it abruptly ends after eight years. In other words, how to cope when you find out the love of your life, isn't.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages Grown-ups only (18+)


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm

* 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


by Ibtisam Brown on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Dan's show is a perfect blend of stand-up and sincere story-telling. I went in hoping to both laugh and reflect, and that's exactly what happened. Go see Wish You Were Her while you still can!

Heart, Soul, and Funny Bone

by Luke Doty on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Both stand-up comedy and a mediation on romance threaded through with some really heartfelt moments. Dan has a great conversational tone - a refreshing change from the theatrical brand of humor that's common at these type of events. Think more friendly, less stuffy. Uncommonly poignant, well-paced, and well-written. Lovers of love and laughter should keep an eye on whatever this guy does next.

A bit slow

by Mark Webb on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I really didn't care for this one at all. Although Dan is charming enough, this production dragged on. There was some nice humor spattered throughout, but be the production as a whole was very uneven.

You know, like, right?

by Bailey H. on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I really didn't like this show. I realize it is stand up comedy, but there was no storyline at all. He begins talking about his ex, their relationship and then their breakup. And then immediately talks about all the girls he's fucked, how big his penis is, and how one time a gay guy wanted to kiss him. Being a woman in the audience, it was honestly uncomfortable.
None of it was polished - at one point I started to count how many times he said "right?" after his jokes, but after I reached 25, I decided to count how many times he said "like" instead. Six people got up to leave before the end, and honestly I wish I had just not come at all.

Everyone Knows Hurt

by Ed Bilch on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a delightful show, that showed raw energy and feeling throughout. Breakups are a topic that are familiar to many, but different for all. It was brilliant to see this performer get up and share his personal story, along with jokes to lighten the mood and progress the story! This was a balance between stand-up and storytelling that I found intriguing from beginning to end. Could not recommend this enough to all my Fringers out there!

More please!

by Molly Kascel on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really like that Dan's story is incredibly human. It's a story many will share and feel- with a comic twist!

Not for Me

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Take my review with a grain of salt because I knew, going into the show, that it wasn't for me.

The show bills itself as an average guy coping with the end of a long relationship. That is essentially what the show delivers, but only in that his ex is the thing that he comes back to after telling a bunch of tangential jokes. The narrative arc could have been much more clear. The end of his set seemed abrupt, too, and didn't have the foundation in jokes that the rest of his set did, so it came off as more bitter than he probably intended.

Dan's comedy tends toward self-deprecation, which isn't my favorite, but he does have good stage presence. He interacts with the audience really well, but overall the piece just didn't land with me.

More jokes than story

by Lynn Hickman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Not bad but missing the mark on poignancy I expected from the title...

Down to earth stand up

by Jessica Lindgren on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

We really enjoyed Dan's performance! Great stage presence, solid material, something everyone can relate to. Can't wait to see him at an open mic around town. :)

Didn't see that cumin

by Kelso Huber on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A funny and poignant show about love lost and how we grow after a breakup. Dan strikes up good balance between lighthearted self deprecation and sincere earnest and the audience is better for it.

A Young Ben San Del

by Rob Callahan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is 45 minutes of honest, funny stand-up comedy that focuses on the performer's take on a bad breakup. Within the sequence of jokes, there is also a narrative and a story of personal growth and realization centered around this theme, which is something we don't often get in stand-up sets. Additionally, the performer can read a room and he sets up/delivers the bulk of the performance based on how well the audience is receiving each joke, and that's rare for a stand-up show delivered in this format. If you've ever heard someone utter the phrase, "Get me a young Ben San Del," this is the guy you should've gotten them.

Can't recommend this show enough.

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