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 Dragonfly

By Clarity Visuals
Written by Peter E Girard

Playing at Southern Theater


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


Warnings: Adult language.

Songs of home on the jukebox, biscuits of light, de-carbonizing, near death experience, frequency and vibration. What?! A mother and son reunion in a curious little roadhouse on the way to transformation.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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

Review of Dragonfly.

by Sandra Breuer on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Realy fun. I enjoyed the dyolaug on stage. Interesting concept. The acting was good. Well worth my time. One improvement could be during the monolougs the person speaking would dress who they are speaking to and less to the audience. Otherwise great show well done.

A Walk on the "Other" SIde of the Veil

by Ella Davis-Suggs on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play touched my soul as I totally believe in the concepts presented! I liked the intimate café setting and the esoteric menu selections and the way the characters presented the concepts. I usually don't enjoy plays but I thoroughly enjoyed this one!


by Eileen ANDERSON on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Awesome message! It is truth delivered in a friendly conversational environment. Loved the food and drink selections at the bar! It'll make you feel good and give you a better understanding about life and death.

Loved it!

by Eileen Cain on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I love entertainment that has real truth to it! There is so much more to us then our physical bodies!

First Draft Made Flesh

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

The ideas and philosophies of the piece are compelling enough that if I could rate them alone, I'd give them four star, but the presentation did them no justice. The pacing was poor, some dialogue stumbling or dragging, and the acting was either wooden or clumsily exaggerated.
If you like pieces that make you stop and think about your relationship to the world, you should still check this out, but make sure you're caffeinated and focus on the ideas.

Spiritual Entertainment

by Carol McCormick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A philosophical light drama approach to some interesting serious ideas. A way of looking at life, if you so choose. Entertaining,with curiosity the driving force. A bit slow going at times. Needs more energy but worth seeing.


by Joanne Bean on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Entertaining and thought provoking concepts. Felt like I was observing a group at a local bar and over hearing their personal conversation. Good variety of characters. For first time production, it was well done. Worth the time to attend. Joanne Bean

All About Energy, But Lacking In It

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

This was a new-age sermon on energy and the harmonies of the universe thinly disguised as a drama. Some sections of the script felt as though they were being quoted directly out of books... the books being recommended in the playbill, uncoincidentally. Nothing really happens plot-wise.

The cast forgot their lines more times than I can write off to opening-night jitters, and those lines were frequently delivered directly to the audience, regardless of who was being addressed. While one cast member brought a sense of urgency and energy to the stage, everyone else was just... there.

Clearly a this was a production that meant a lot to everyone involved. But that, by itself, is not enough to make good theater.

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Cast and crew

Sara Dettloff-Moats


"Sara is thrilled to be making her Fringe debut in "The Dragonfly", witten by Pete Girard. Sara is a newcomer to the Minneaplis stage but has past appeared in multiple school productions and is currently studying theater at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. In addition to theatre, Sara enjoys singing, photography and drawing recreationally. Sara is a barista, beginning senior year of high school and is excited to see where the future takes her" - Maggie Kjeer, best friend and loving cousin.

Brian Clark


My history in theater started very early in kindergarden when I won the pivotal role of the troll in the play "Three Billy Goats Gruff". From there my career took a nose dive forcing me to search for life's meaning by sampling careers as a soldier, sailor, mechanic, logger and manager of a wine bar. My return to the stage, some 60 years later, in "The Dragonfly" will allow every third rate actor to experience the schadenfreude that has been heaped upon them over the years by witnessing my performance in this wonderful play.

Colin Peters


Colin does not consider himself to be an actor, but enjoys performing. He can be found singing sea-shanties and folk songs at the Dubliner and Merlin's Rest, respectively. He can also be found calling trivia throughout the Twin Cities for Trivia Mafia! He recently completed an AmeriCorps term of service at College Possible in St. Paul. He's glad you're here!

Judy Johnson

Judy the letter carrier/ Stage Manager

Seeker. Finder. And grateful....for every experience along the way. I've never done anything like this before, so, of course, I had to say YES!

Jan Girard

Karin/ Co-producer

Jan is a graduate of Washburn High School and Mankato State University, getting her bachelors degree in education. She taught 5th grade for the Anoka-Hennepin School District for 6 years and then enjoyed her children's childhoods. She returned to teaching adults and doing public relations for the Westonka School District Consortium for Adult Basic Education and loved it! While supporting her daughter's passion for ski racing in Steamboat, Colorado, she worked as a ski instructor and loved that job too. When Pete Girard encouraged her to take acting classes she joined Tony Steblays "Acting for Non-Actors" and performed in several original productions. This is her second Fringe show and first time co-producer. Still loving it.

Pete Girard

Eddie/ Writer/ Co-producer

Pete Girard graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School in '63. That's easy to remember. Then came 6 years in the Navy. The last
4 1/2 years with Seal Team 2 out of Little Creek, Virginia. After the Navy, Pete worked as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico and up and down the East Coast until the acting bug struck in the late 80's. With many and a few TV gigs . . . Who can ever forget reporter #1 from "The Young and the Restless" or the young jail guard from "The Bold and the Beautiful" under my belt. Here we are and have come full circle back to Minneapolis. This is my 3rd Fringe as a performer, first as a writer, first as director and first as a co-producer.

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