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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Carly Reynolds and the STEAM Team

By Agile Rabbit Theatre Company
Written by Samson Perry

Playing at Phoenix Theater

After being passed over for a spot on her school's science team that she deserved, Carly learns from a team of historical women scientists about how to overcome the obstacles of sexism in science.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm

* 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

Great content--take the kids!

by Mirah Ammal on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I really enjoyed the performance, the nearly all-female cast, and content of this show. I was pleased to see the “A” highlighted well in the story as, in recent years, an extreme focus on STEM in education has all but removed the critical role of Art in helping fuel other disciplines (at least in schools that lack the funding for special arts facilities and programs.) To partially echo (and perhaps expound on) what other reviewers have said, I would love to see where this could go post-Fringe in terms of in presentation to students. With an eye to such purpose and curriculum alignment (or appeal to groups such as scouts), I could see this show tightened up and used as a way to stimulate conversation and inspire kids. As to this production, yes, there are a lot of transitions, and the acting is a little uneven in some places, but this is Fringe—I fully expect some rough edges in any “premiering” show. The important take away is, this is a show with an excellent theme, relatable dialogue, engaging characters, and a creative, flexible presentation. Well done.

You go, girl!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

interesting setup for this entertaining, informative and inspiring show. Some needless scene changes and clunky placards, but terrific performances. It deserves to be seen by students and adults alike. STEAM powers the future!

Great show for kids

by Sam Thomas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I'm in school to be a teacher and I think this is a great message for kids. Nice work on stage! I liked the content and message. GO STEM!

Really enjoyed.

by Therese Walth on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really enjoyed this production! Fascinating historical stories about women in science in an entertaining premise.
Would love to see a full length version, and would be great to be featured in a school setting.
Acting was excellent, and although there were a lot of scene changes, I truly enjoyed this production.
I highly recommend this if you are looking for a well thought out and complete story.
Great for audiences of all ages!

Great! Not perfect, but great!

by Braden Joseph on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I REALLY liked the concept of this show. It's really fun to watch the protagonist going through her journey and you get to meet a lot of great people in history! I'd love to see this fleshed out into a longer show (to develop some characters a little more, especially the antagonist). This would be great for schools to perform!

Fun and educational kids show

by Kendra Plant on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

"Carly Reynolds and the S.T.E.A.M. Team" is a fun and educational kids show! Carly Reynolds (played by Lillie Horton) is a relatable protagonist who receives guidance and inspiration from influential (and fierce!) female scientists. The cast is excellent. There are a ome rough edges with things like clunky scene changes, but overall I liked it! I would recommend this to folks bringing young people to the Fringe and anyone who is interested in educational theater.

Cast and crew

Lillie Horton

Carly Reynolds

Chelsea Campbell

Rosalyn Yalow

Megan Fischer

Hedy Lamarr

Suzie Juul

Yi So-yeon

Paran Kashani

Ms. Alexandria

Sophenia Marchant

Barbara McClintock

Christine Walth

Rosalind Franklin

Bonnie Schueler

Mrs. Reynolds

David Krick

Mr. Paxton

Samson Perry


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