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 


Wait...didn't Patrick's Cabaret close?

By Patrick's Cabaret
Created by Patrick's Cabaret

Playing at Intermedia Arts


GLBT content, Modern Dance, Improv, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, Includes artists with disabilities


Warnings: Nudity, Adult language, Sexual Content.

Closed, right? NOPE! Powerhouse performance art incubator Patrick's Cabaret (in its new mobile form) presents rotating line-ups of three artists sharing their most provocative, subversive, and affirming work.

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


Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm


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

Nice concept

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Happy to see that so many people got involved in this production and that this group exists in our community.

Engaging entertainment

by Pj Doyle on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Interesting combination of song, comedy and stories. Uneven talent, but overall a nice mix.

More butter!

by TJ Dittrich on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The three acts I viewed on Monday the 7th provided a whirlwind of emotions. I was left with three thoughts: Should I be taking more pictures and videos of my partner's cat?, age matters not, and how can I incorporate butter into all aspects of my daily life.

You're sure to love at least 1/3!

by Amy Salloway on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Just like a full-length cabaret at the now-nomadic Patrick's, the point of these 3-act Fringe shows is to give voice, power and growth to "artists on the edge of culture" -- performers who defy genres, or might get shooed away by traditional theatres. That means that in any of these Fringe hours (no 2 are alike!), you'll probably see at LEAST one act that knocks you out of your cargo shorts with swoony amazement, and, potentially, one act that makes you wish you could get those 15 minutes back. On opening night, I swooned at 2/3 of the mini-cabaret: Heidi Arneson and Vie Boheme were both sparkling gems of brilliance. I feel certain that the rest of the shows are equally worth seeing; you'll leave with new favorite artists on your radar.

Typical Cabaret

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

What you'd expect from Patrick's. Varied and unique artistry. The three performers on Friday evening were excellent. I expect those at following performances will be also.

Uneven Quality, But Adventurous

by Adam Boutz on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Wait...didn't Patrick's Cabaret close? - Caberet is weird as a rule, and as a variety show I applaud the bold and adventurous artist lineup. That said, it was clear that there was a limited amount of tech rehearsal that took place in preparation because the first performer of the show was excessively mic'ed and left my ears ringing. This somewhat hampered my ability to enjoy the other two performers, who were just wonderful.

Since it's a different show every night your experience will vary. The lineup was well-curated, which means it certainly has promise.

Great Mix of Performers

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

There was a good mix of comedy, singing, story telling and dance. A different show every night so check out the Cast and Crew page to see your favorites.

Beautiful and important

by Paul Nemeth on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A great mix of performances in different genres! Funny, powerful, and so much fun to watch!

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Cast and crew

Heidi Arneson

Performer - August 4th, 7PM

Heidi Arneson is a many-armed troublemaker (artist/author/performer). She has been writing, performing and painting professionally for over 32 years. Her edgy, dark-comic, suburban-gothic tales encompass over 20 works, including the one-woman show Degrade School, the musical BloodyMerryJammyParty, and her 2016 suspense novel, entitled Interlocking Monsters.

Vie Boheme

Performer - August 4th, 7PM

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis. She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

Bollywood Dance Scene

Performer - August 12th, 4PM

Bollywood Dance Scene is a volunteer-led non-profit that celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony through dance. They are the creators of the best-selling Fringe Festival shows of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Their 2015 dance drama, Spicy Masala Chai, broke records to become the highest selling show in the 22-year history of the MN Fringe Festival and the highest selling Fringe show in US!

Bollywood Dance Scene also collaborates with other organizations in order to educate about Indian culture and dance, raise money for health initiatives, and heighten awareness of important social issues. Join them for a drop in Bollywood dance class every Thursday evening from 7-8:30pm at Tapestry Folkdance Center.

Hector Chavarria

Performer - August 12th, 4PM

Hector Chavarria is a performer/playwright/fashionista. He is originally from El Paso, TX and has been in the Twin Cities since 2011. He has been seen performing in various cabarets and social events as his artistic ego known as, "The Big Gay Mexican" and has performed in collaborated work at Mixed Blood Theater, 20% Theatre, and The Walker Art Center. The mission for his work is to inspire and promote self-love. He wants to send a message to anyone who has been told they were different or was told they needed to change that we must all have courage and be kind to make this world a better place. In order to love ourselves we must be free to be ourselves.

Non Edwards

Performer - August 12th, 4PM

Non Edwards is a dancer and choreographer whose personal practice includes yoga, somatic exercise, modern, improvisation, performance, video, vocalization and teaching "Bastard Dance." Recently, she has performed with such diverse artists as HIJACK, Mathew Janczewski, April Sellers, Deborah Jinza Thayer, and Morgan Thorson, while also serving as the living archive for Laurie Van Wieren's solo improvisation Temporary Action Theory. She was nominated for the 2016 Sage Award for Outstanding Performer. She will be performing in Leyya Tawil's Destroy// Minneapolis produced by the Soap Factory on August 26.

Tony Hauser

Performer - August 4th, 7PM

Tony Hauser has been performing professionally for over 40 years, with a wide range of musical styles on the guitar, particularly Latin American and Brazilian music. He has also been composing in these genres; recently his Concerto for Flamenco Guitar and Chamber Orchestra was premiered by the MN Sinfonia with Jay Fishman conducting, and his compositions premiere in the MN Guitar Society Guitarathon (an organization he founded) June 3 at Hamline University.

Starri Hedges

Performer - August 11th, 8:30PM

Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.

Liv Hnilicka

Performer - August 9th, 10PM

Liv Hnilicka is a Midwest based performer, writer, comedian, and advocate for TBLG identified people. As a graduate of Second City, she has performed at Annoyance Theatre, UIC, Depaul, and MCA. She also was a regular contributing artist to Chicago's underground drag and burlesque communities, collaborating with organizations like Chances Dances, Salonathon, and Northern Lights. She also loves her puppy Madame Chang and roasted brussels sprouts.

House of Larva

Performer - August 11th, 8:30PM

House of Larva was founded in 2014 at Beloit College, WI by drag ogress--Cicada L'Amour-- and her parasitic lover--Enfanga Sphynx. The Co-Operative grew to include numerous queer artists and provided platforms for drag, dance and performance art at Beloit college from 2014-16 through our cabarets, including Carnal Instinct: Dinner for One and Slut Shaman. L'Amour and Sphynx moonlight as dragademics whose research includes queer temporality, immigrant identities, transgenerational trauma, cosmic pessimism, and borders in/outside the body. This is House of Larva's Twin Cities Debut.

Adrienne Kleinman

Performer - August 7th, 5:30PM

An adventurous (most often stationary) traveller, her creative ambition has increased by 1000% since visiting the West Coast a year ago. As long as she can remember, Adrienne has been scheming up scenes and dialogue in her mind that she hopes to one day cultivate into a masterpiece for the big screen. She can’t thank her loved ones and peers enough for fiercely showing her their love even in times of intense Virgo neuroticism. A very special thank you to Peanut and Penny for inspiring this project. Their silent adoration and humor have touched her in more ways than she can begin to measure. It's an honor to be able to screen this film for a new audience.


Performer - August 4th, 7PM

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

Addison Sharpe

Performer - August 7th, 5:30PM

Addison Sharpe is a performer, writer and activist with a demonstrated history of social practice art. Their work has been featured at Patrick's Cabaret, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Poems While You Wait (Chicago), The Neo-Futurists (Chicago and New York), and Salonathon (Chicago). Their ambition is best exemplified by their long and arduous quest to pet every dog.

Track Lighting

Performer - August 7th, 5:30PM

We are five "senior" improvisers who have performed at Huge Theater in four different shows. We are quite silly and irreverent and have gained a reputation in the local improv scene which is mainly comprised of young folks. We get sug- gestions from the audience and create scenes you've never seen before, and will never see again. We hope to add some lightness in these trying times.

Peuo Tuy

Performer - August 9th, 10PM

Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian American spoken word poet, a fiction writer, and a poetry workshop leader. Her poetry book, Khmer Girl (2014), talks about a young Khmer girl/woman struggling to find self-love while challenging societal norms. Her poems has appeared in Art Papers Magazine (2016) and in video projects curated by 30ToLifeProductions and The New School called, “Futurographies.” She was part of Urbintel's Inc. “HerStory” spoken word tour (2005 - 2006). She recently completed the “Art of Healing” (2016) and “Khmer Girl East Coast Tour” book tours (2016). She is currently working on a Young Adult Fiction Fantasy novel.

V. Paul V.

Performer - August 9th, 10PM

After a dozen years as a dance photographer (six as a dance writer), V. Paul presented his first dances publicly in 2013 at 9x22 Dance Lab with #picturedance ver 1 and then at Patrick's Cabaret with #picturedance ver 2. V. Paul creates multi-media dances using a visual score instead of music to give context to the movement. He asks audiences to make their own pictures of his dance and share them online, tagged with #picturedance, so we can all see people’s chosen moments. He works on 360-degree dance videos and co-parents his loving son with Laura, a dancer/choreographer/teacher in Minneapolis.

Simone Williams

Performer - August 11th, 8:30PM

Simone Williams (they/them/theirs) is a queer, trans, mixed race multidisciplinary working artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Simone works as a poet, organizer, educator, actor, singer, director, curator, and visual artist. Simone has been affiliated with multiple organizations across the Twin Cities including Intermedia Arts, TruArtSpeaks, Million Artist Movement, Justice Occupation for Philando, blank slate theatre, and nimbus theatre. Simone hopes to dismantle the heteronormative, white supremacist, ableist, capitalist, patriarchy with art while maintaining an ability to laugh and rejoice in the small things. Their favorite fruit is pears.

More information

Powerhouse performance art incubator Patrick's Cabaret (in its new mobile form) presents rotating line-ups of three artists sharing their most provocative, subversive, and affirming work. Part of the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, and performing at Intermedia Arts.

“Wait...didn’t Patrick’s Cabaret close?” It’s a question we still get a year after being booted from our longtime home at Lake & Minnehaha in spring 2016. These 15 vibrant performances, drawn from the community of artists that have graced the many stages of Patrick's Cabaret over its 30+ years, are our answer to the titular question.

No two shows the same--all of them proving that Patrick's Cabaret isn't closed. In fact, we’re just getting started.

Fri Aug 4 at 7:00 PM
Heidi Arneson w/ Tony Hauser
Vie Boheme

A night of love songs, wild poetry, and soulful movement. Madison performs original music in an exploration of love, acceptance and confidence. Accomplished performers Heidi Arneson and Tony Hauser present an excerpt from their brand-new, seriously wild performance piece, THE BOOK OF WE, a darkly comic ode to the rare, endangered & extinct. Vie Boheme pairs her uniquely raw, soul-infused vocals with precise and poetic choreography.

Mon Aug 7 at 5:30 PM
Adrienne Kleinman
Track Lighting
Addison Sharpe

A night of domestic nature documentary, seniors breaking the mold, and whimsical identity-based theater. Adrienne Kleinman presents a chuckle-inducing, and surprisingly touching, ode to her house cats in a documentary-style short film. Track Lighting, a group of seasoned seniors breaking down the traditional walls of improv, prove that more life experience can make for compelling material--plus, they’ve promised to do their more “bawdy” work. Performance artist Addison Sharpe invites you to the Miss-Conception Pageant where they will jump through hoops of identity and emotional labor in an piece that is equal parts whimsical and incisive.

Wed Aug 9 at 10:00 PM
Liv Hnilicka
Peuo Tuy
V. Paul V. 

A night of queer music, refugee poetry, and dance about the healthcare system. Liv Hnilicka & Tim Cronin, sharing queer transy electronic music as their new duo Deadname, perform what Liv calls, “songs with feelings that you can cry to on the dance floor.” Peuo Tuy shares an intimate reading of poems on her experiences as a Cambodian refugee and immigrant. V. Paul V. presents a piece with dance and media elements that coalesce into a moving commentary on the US healthcare system.

Fri Aug 11 at 8:30 PM
Starri Hedges (Psycick Slutz)
Symone Smash It
House of Larva Drag Co-operative

A night of drag pageants, powerful poetry, and Psycick Slutz. House of Larva, a drag cooperative with a penchant for the grotesque, taboo, extra sultry, and extra queer, presents a drag pageant about science and transformation. Spoken word artist Simone Williams, with a voice that booms beyond the stage, presents poetry about home. Starri Hedges and Maren Ward, members of Psycick Slutz, a Minneapolis-based pillar of the national queercore scene, perform intense, ceremonial, embodied rituals that are not for the faint of heart.

Sat Aug 12 at 4:00 PM
Bollywood Dance Scene
The Big Gay Mexican 
Non Edwards

A night of personal musicals, repressed Midwest movement, and Bollywood joy. Performer Hector Chavarria and musician Mayda externalize the interior monologue of the Big Gay Mexican with music as he navigates concepts of beauty and love in the gay community. Non Edwards presents a contemplative yet comedic devised work paired with a vocal score inspired by the phrase “repressed Midwest”. Bollywood Dance Scene is bringing a short preview of their new original work, Love You Zindagi, a dance drama filled with high-energy dances and heart warming narrative.

Curated & Hosted by 
Scott Artley 
Executive Artistic Director, Patrick's Cabaret

Find all details, including artist bios and photos at patrickscabaret.org.

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