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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The Fainting Room

By Sonder Productions
Created by Becca Bernard

Playing at Phoenix Theater


Historical content, Physical theater/Clowning, Solo show, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer


Warnings: Sexual Content.

An explosive release of physical comedy, music, and candid confession. This raucous show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon "female hysteria," celebrating self love, vibrators and being alone.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm

* 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

Anatomy, Revisited

by Adam Boutz on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Witty and fearless, the actor highlights the absurdity of debunked science while encouraging women to explore their own bodies. She is a multi-talented performer with a knack for comedic timing, clowning, and rapid-fire costume changes. However, the show contained audience participation. There is nothing Minnesotan theater goers fear more than audience participation. Especially if it's not called out in the show description.

Brilliant through & through.

by Brian Wene on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Becca wowed with her singing & uke/cello playing! Multiple characters are played brilliantly along with unconventional cello playing. Physicality is a big factor in her very funny show. Thank you Becca for some great energy & hysteria inducing comedy.
Highly recommended!

Hit And Miss, But The Hits Are Great!

by Edwin Strout on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This show has its ups-and-downs, but is definitely worth your time! Make time to see it.

unfair in her talent & unmissable!

by Jeremy Motz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

holy cow, the fun i had at this show! the characters ms. bernard brings to our enjoyment, the songs she sings, the clown work...and at the heart of it all, the message that is poignant and important and worth hearing. fringe is for shows like this, and should make it on your schedule ASAP. well done!

1 person found this review helpful

Talented & Funny

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

This show is entertainment to the max. Becca showcases her multiple talents to create a full package that is fun, silly, and sexually driven (in a very comfortable way). Be prepared to laugh as well as feel as she shares her stories while she incorporates one of her million talents and/ plays one of her multiple characters.

1 person found this review helpful

Brave and ambitious

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Funny, fearless, and ambitious. I felt it could have done more with the history of hysteria treatment and been a bit more focused.

Diverse Talent & Engaging Content

by Nichole Hamilton on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Educational and Entertaining, Becca takes you on a journey through time and space by the use of her many talents and asks the audience to explore what makes you "vibrate," giving you permission to love yourself.

1 person found this review helpful

Great energy!

by Kim Olson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

You will love the energy this talented woman has on stage! I loved her ability to keep you laughing at a subject that most would find embarrassing. MUST SEE!

1 person found this review helpful

A Womb with a View

by Reid Gagle on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This engaging performer does five characters in this story about a modern woman's reaction to 19th century gynecology. Or maybe it's another vibrator play. Either way, it's a lot of fun, with some no-pressure audience interaction. Even the costume changes were fun.

1 person found this review helpful

Sex from NY

by Walter Furtney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Talented and energetic.
Very interesting theme.
Cute songs.
Audience participation.

but she really needs a full audience

1 person found this review helpful

Clever and fun!

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

Excellent clowning show by a really compelling actor!

1 person found this review helpful

Sexy silly fun!

by Sam Thompson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Charismatic performer. Funny and educational. Lots of audience participation. Not much story but a lot of fun!

Awkwardly Funny

by David Wintersteen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Some very funny moments land well. Big broad characters. Lots of audience interaction which I find uncomfortable. Storyline wanders a bit, but lots of theatrical surprises throughout.

Sex for one is more fun!

by Stacy DeMorrow on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a lovely, fun and informative solo performance! The audience participation brought the room together on a trip through the history of female self love. This is a show for the ladies and for sure the men of the Fringe!

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Becca Bernard


Becca Bernard is a Brooklyn, NY based performance artist who blends physical comedy, music and dance to communicate her ferociously optimistic perspective of the world. In addition to performing onstage as an actor, she is a resident clown for the Zany Umbrella Circus, the hospital organization Lev Leytzan and works with a troupe based out of the Celebration Barn Theatre. Becca studied Commedia Dell’ Arte, mask performance and clown at the Accademia Dell Arte in Arezzo, Italy and has an MFA in theatre pedagogy.

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The Fainting Room is an explosive release of physical comedy, music and candid confession. This raucous one woman show explores the ideas behind the historical phenomenon “female hysteria,” celebrating self love and vibrators and rejecting the idea that it is better to be unhappy with someone or something that doesn’t fit than to be alone.

Inspired by true historic events, the show addresses the effects generated by the mental/physical diagnosis of hysteria; a medical condition that existed as early as 4th century B.C. until the early 1950’s. It follows the hilarious and heartfelt journey of a young woman who has just run away from the altar and as she is seeking treatment for herself, unintentionally finds herself in an 1890’s treatment room. Chronicling some of the anatomical misunderstandings of the age and the absurd treatments that were offered, The Fainting Room uses humor, music and audience interaction to deliver a unique message of positivity and agency over the care of our own bodies. 

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