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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His Name Doesn't Matter

By Power Clashing Productions
Created by Amie Durenberger & Spencer Retelle

Playing at HUGE Theater


Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

Amie Durenberger and Spencer Retelle present a mostly-comedic duo storytelling show that reflects on the origins of their friendship, exploring themes of femininity, relationships, and coming into one's own.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


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.

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by Sadie Rose on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is engaging, relatable, and hilarious! Anyone that has ever dated a douche bag can relate to this show and the progression of the characters through life. They represent and walk through the emotional bullshit that we all deal with from different perspectives-- absolutely fabulously done!!

Fun and Engaging

by Mary Deitchler on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was engaging, well-timed and funny, so much so that I lost track of time and was surprised that an entire hour had lapsed. Amie and Spencer conveyed two different perspectives, intelligently running parallel and then colliding at just the right moments. Both are very confident, introspective writers and storytellers. Congratulations to them on this successful performance!

Great Chemistry!

by Lars Peterson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Amie and Spencer do a marvelous job of letting us in on the conversations and stories going on in their heads. Funny, insightful, raw emotions, smart-ass comments, seriously philosophical, it's all here. Great interaction between them, can't wait for their next production!

Where's Cotton?

by Susan Roberts on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

What's not to love about His Name Doesn't Matter at MN Fringe!!" Exquisitely times performances by the incomparable Spencer David Retelle and, new to me, strong feminine voice Amie Durenberger.

I'm already a huge Spencer fan - and he didn't disappoint! At all.

I'd watch the show again. And again. And again.

Cross gender man bashing

by Jim Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

If you are in the mood to hear man bashing - this is a must see show. If not, it will be an hour you don't get back.

The truth

by Paris Kelvakis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Poetry boys are the worst. Spencer and Amie are a dream team. Phenomenal.

1 person found this review helpful


by Kelly Glader on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

This show is heart-warming, honest, fun, funny, entertaining, real, poetic, silly.... It's so many things that feel like they shouldn't work all mashed up together but they do. The performers are strong and deliver honesty with a great sense of self-awareness that is really inspiring to see on stage. Their friendship is sweet and complicated and relatable. Refreshing to see a show that focuses on friendship instead of romance. Who doesn't love their friends?

Spencer & Amie

by Madeline Deitchler on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

First time at a fringe show, wasn't sure what to expect! Spencer and Amie make the best storytelling team! They used their hilariously quirky experiences to convey a very meaningful message. Overall, my friends and I really enjoyed it!

Creatively weaves in & out of 2 mediums

by David Lawson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Fun to watch this story creatively weave in and out of being a direct address storytelling show into being a comedic two hander play. All telling a story about sex, sexuality, and coming-of-age both as a straight woman and as a gay man. Gives us all hope that the awful person we've dated whose "name doesn't matter" could result in us growing up as a better person in the end.

Hilarious and Heartfelt

by Hillary Olson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

This show had the perfect amount of laughs and feels. Spencer & Amie are a magical storytelling team who open their hearts on stage and bring everyone along for the ride. I was extremely impressed with their writing and performances. 💕

1 person found this review helpful

Engaging, funny, thought-provoking

by Derek Reise on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is a very well written and put-together show with great pacing. The two weave together stories, insights, and reenacted conversations. It was both funny and touching. Two very talented performers. The show seemed to speed by in a tight 60 minutes.

Great Performance!

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

Super enjoyable production combining both comedy/storytelling and social commentary about how much of a struggle it still can be to not be male or straight in this country. Well acted! We just never got to meet the cat...

Shante, you both stay.

by Drew Paul on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Spencer and Amie definitely show you their strengths during this show. The performances are something you won't want to miss. The captivating stories will leave you laughing and wanting more, like the uber drivers will tell you... 5 stars? Yes mah ma, 5 stars.

Hilarious and Genuine

by Zoe H on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Spencer and Amie's chemistry was so tangible. The shows content was unbelievably relatable, and through my tears of laughter, their points still hit home with incredible force. Poignant, insightful, hilarious, and incredibly structured- this performance was magic, the best performance I've seen during Fringe this year.

We laughed so hard

by Alicia Tatley on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was such a great show. It felt so honest and relatable and I loved the message. Ya'll were also hilarious. Good job!!

Some hilarious lines and stories.

by Tony Laundrie on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I enjoyed the show. A few lines hit home to this fan of drag life. The girl was especially good with her material. The guy had some funny stories, but his stage presence was lacking, looking more beyond the audience than at us. Don't pass it up if it fits your schedule, though.

Spencer and Amie: Their Names Matter...

by Kim L on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

And you'll want to remember their names, because they are two marvelous story-tellers! A charming, heartfelt, and poignant story that was masterfully performed! Spencer spoke about being a drag queen so beautifully and with such honest and sensitive insights about womanhood that I honestly just kinda wish every guy was a drag queen...I mean like, sometimes! It's always a joy to watch him perform, and he is truly a QUEEN!!! Amie is the best kind of storyteller, in that she projects both strength and vulnerability. She has a gift for finding moments we can all laugh at in the midst of sometimes painful stories that surely resonate with audience members in one way or another. I can't wait to see more from these incredibly talented performers!


by Peggy Foster on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I went to the show on a whim and I was so glad that I did! Wonderful storytelling, great characters, wonderful chemistry between Spencer and Amie.
Thank you for taking tough topics in helping us to think differently about it . You go Women!!

fun stories and great chemistry

by Nanette Stearns on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Amie and Spencer tell parts of their lives to the audience and gradually draw us into their sometimes bizarre experiences (did they really both date the same "straight boy?"). I especially liked the stories about the cat. This was a last minute addition to our schedule and I'm very glad we went!

Honest, Humorous, and Inspiring.

by Ali Daniels on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Spencer and Amie have put together what was the highlight of my evening on Sunday night. This show was different than any show I've seen so far. It's honest, funny, and sometimes a little uncomfortable (in a good way), and I loved every minute of it. It's mostly done in the style of a confessional, and at times it feels like a stand-up comedy special or a spoken-word poetry session. That makes sense, because Amie is a lover of poetry and both Amie and Spencer have a great sense of comedic timing, as you'll find out when you see this show, because you absolutely should go see it. Amie and Spencer are a delight to watch when they interact with each other and have compelling stories to tell. Put this one at the top of your list.

Charming. Fun. Too Much Monologue.

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

I really loved this show. There was great chemistry between the two actors and the writing was incredible. There was a great balance between comedy, social commentary, and really personal stories. My only complaint was that it got a little monologue heavy toward the end. The show was at its best when the monologues were broken up by scenes between the two friends.

Cute Show

by Bradley Johnson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I was expecting a more standard story-telling show, but was pleasantly surprise with the presentation. They were engaging, funny and kept my attention as they shared their story. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend!

Fantastic connection.

by Bailey Hess on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

This performance was funny, heartfelt, and so relatable. I felt like Spencer and Amie were my best friends. It's like they're talking just to you; you feel everything they're feeling as if you experienced it yourself.
This is a must see!

Right On!

by Milli Manchester on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I loved this show! I really enjoyed the format as there was a casual blend of comedy and a blatant calling out of what our society needs to hear about women's rights and ways in which women experience oppression in our everyday experiences.
I LOVED hearing how Spencer is able to see first hand how women are forced to fit into social standards from the perspective of a drag performer. That was an interesting concept that I have never thought about before. Thank you for that bit of education! :)
I recommend this show if you're looking for a down to earth sort of break from some of the artsy fringe shows this is it.

Fantastic Storytelling

by Mitch Miller on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is unique, thoughtful and hilarious. Amie and Spencer have great chemistry and real talent. A must see!

Unbreakable Amie and Spencer

by Bradan Swatch on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I randomly stumbled into this show having no idea what it was going to be and I REALLY enjoyed myself. The storytellers to me had the dynamic of Titus and Kimmy from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. So imagine that but with more feminism and vulnerability.

1 person found this review helpful

Standout Storytelling!

by Doug Deitchler on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The writing for this show felt so professional and the delivery was truly hilarious and very entertaining. Whether the audience was filling the room with laughter during a ridiculous story or with silence during a pensive moment of reflection, they were captivated the entire time by the important message that these two seasoned and very talented storytellers had to share. They clearly put a lot of thought into this and it paid off beautifully with a smart, heartfelt performance that should not be missed.

Spencer and Amies

by David Huso on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Straight boy says that this show is far more funny than you could perceive. Intellect and comedy fuses into an experience that is far past the entry fee. Don't sleep on this.

Great Show

by Phillip Schramm on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Spencer and Amie are both wonderful storytellers and have created a wonderful cohesion of both their storytelling styles, seamlessly weaving in an out of each others stories. Insightful, charming, funny, and meaningful, this is a show you definitely should see. Be sure to sit close to the front, as there are times I did have trouble hearing them in the back when they weren't using the microphones.

Honest, Interesting, and Relatable

by Morgen Chang on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Spencer and Amie don't hold back either their personal stories or vibrant personalities in this heartfelt and thought-provoking performance. Mixing solo story-telling with flashback vignettes, the two relate distinct life experiences that nonetheless connect to each other. The audience is not exempt in this show--I felt I was held as an accountable partner to their vulnerable revelations, and Spencer and Amie both reach out frequently as if to say, "I've shared mine, now what's yours?" But if that seems scary to you, take a chance and come anyway. In return, they are eager to show that none of us are alone in our moments of isolation and becoming, or any of the "random and somewhat fragile" aspects of our lives.

A Must-See

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

The show was a tribute to those who don't dwell on the past and keep pushing forward even though you've seen and felt some s#!^. It was hilariously funny and moving at the same time and included many relatable and thought provoking instances-not to be missed!

1 person found this review helpful

Poetic discussions on life

by Elissa Carroll on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I laughed through the entire show. There were moments in which everything was serious but the seriousness always had a point to it. The message of the show was strong and necessary. It might very well make you a little bit uncomfortable but in the best sort of way. Both of the storyteller/improvers give a moving performance.

Great writing. Great delivery.

by James Osterholt on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Amie and Spencer have obvious chemistry as performers and as co-writers. The show is funny and true and funny and challenging and funny and poignant. And funny.

Two best friends, two great storytellers

by Margaret Williams on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Spencer and Amie were super charming as they told the story of their friendship, but I was especially taken with their deeper material, hitting on tough themes of womanhood, femininity, queerness, and otherness with wit. They didn't pull any punches and by the end, I could tell they'd really thought hard about the message they were delivering. Definitely see this one.

Hilarious and Heartfelt Storytelling!

by Matthew Briggs on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was a great time! Soencer and Amie are both extremely funny and made me fall in love with them through their stories. They were honest and vulnerable and made me laugh throughout. A must-see!

1 person found this review helpful

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