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 



By Little Oblivion Theatre
Created by Sami Pfeffer, Kai Greiner, Beckett Love, & Suzi Love

Playing at Jungle Theater


GLBT content, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color, Includes artists with disabilities


Warnings: Violence, Adult language, Sexual Content.

Can we heal from the unreal? This haunting, both ghost and story, is an interactive investigation into the phantom pains of cruelty and abuse. Without acknowledgement, can we know that we aren't spirits too?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm

* 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.

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

I didn't much like the expected audience participation. I did like the eerie quality of the show. Eating cereal off the floor was funny, but also pretty depressing.

Fabulous acting and script

by Florence Brammer on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

This is such a wonderful show -- GREAT acting; lyrical, mysterious script; extremely effective use of the beautiful venue.

Extremely Powerful

by Rebecca Bernard on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I was a little unsure what to expect when I entered the space to watch this show. I was nervous from hearing the title that it might be a bit pretentious or unfocused but this was NOT THE CASE AT ALL. This piece is a wonderful exploration of the themes the artists have chosen. The structure, the acting and the audience engagement that it elicits all guide you to an extremely deep place in a way that is unforced and very accessible. Though it is difficult to watch at times, it also feels important to watch and be a part of. I was moved to tears by the end of the production and have continued talking about it with others. It is one that sticks with you. Thank you artists!

2 people found this review helpful


by Dahlia Acman on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

SO MOVING. This took my heart clean out of my chest and stomped on it. Holy shit you guys. I am not worthy. Bravo.

I really hope I don't come across as patronizing when I say that I respect how much courage it must have taken to perform this piece. Like. I cannot stop thinking about it. Absolutely a highlight of Fringe 2017.

2 people found this review helpful

The Ghosts that Haunt Us

by Matthew Vaky on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Fringe reviews are always full of hyperbole. I do it. Everyone does it. But this really is a GREAT work of art.
1) Go See This. 2) This is powerful and hard. 3) You will not leave unaffected. 4) Go see it.
I want so badly to write details of this play, but I do not want to spoil the experience. So let me be cryptic and say that ghosts haunt us all.
Let me also be clear: This is a hard show to watch, take care of yourself, but go see it.
Amazing acting, great writing, powerful powerful powerful stuff.
Go see it.

2 people found this review helpful

Took my breath away

by Tony Harrington on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is extraordinary. It's a wrenching examination of how abuse alters the perceptions of those going through it, and it challenges how we as the audience and as a society react to it.

1 person found this review helpful

A safe place to feel all the feels

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

Wow. This show is something special. The actors bring you an incredibly strong performance, the script is super well written, and one of the coolest things about this show is it leaves space for you to fill in the story with your own experience. Poetry in motion, truly. Yes there are difficult subjects, but the performers and the space itself lend well to self-care and they do a great job making a safe space for tough feelings. I left the show feeling like I had closure on some things. That's all I'll say about that. It's beautiful. Go see it.

2 people found this review helpful

Tough stuff

by Paris Kelvakis on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Make no mistake, this show is difficult. But it's also one of the most powerful pieces of art I've ever experienced.

4 people found this review helpful

The most powerful show at Fringe.

by Hillary Olson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

Not just at Fringe - it was probably the most powerful performance I have ever seen. It is so unlike anything else... Yes, it will be a bit scary but you will not be alone. The artists have created such a safe space to bring light to something that stays in the dark too long. "_______" was masterfully acted and skillfully written. I cannot recommend this show enough for those ready for more than just your average Fringe experience.

4 people found this review helpful

Title thought: Para (contrary to) Normal

by Mame Pelletier on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

It's honesty time, friends! Mike Mellas, friend and supporter, and the director of my show (and friend) Nicole Marie Wilder produced this. I went to support them.

Y'all. It's very, very good. I was moved and surprised and, without giving too much away, found myself laughing about and accepting things that are unacceptable until I realized that they were unacceptable. Was it too late to get out at that point? Not for me, luckily. (and I never wanted to) This is kind of the theme. But there's more. Much more.

Please do yourself a favor and put this show on your schedule. It was a surprise love for me.

2 people found this review helpful

Disjointed and a bit slow

by Mark Webb on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Although the performances were very nice, the material seemed a bit disjointed. My partner in crime and I discussed this afterward, and I'm pretty sure we did not see the same show. The pacing dragged, which made me lose interest at times, but the many odd devices used for the ghost parts of the show intrigued me.

Should be titled "manipulator"

by monica reeves on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great acting. At surface level, a viewer might think the play is disjointed. However, after the play concludes, the pieces make sense. After the show, my fellow theatregoers and I had an intense discussion on the levels of abuse the show alludes to. Is teasing and manipulation abuse? How do we define abuse?

1 person found this review helpful

Art as Activism

by Sarah Hill on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What an incredible rich, raw and intentional journey this show is. As an artist, therapist and queer POC this show spoke to me on many levels. I read this work as activism because it gives voice to the complex cultural shaming and ignorance around trauma and how we as individuals ask or don't ask for help. This show was brilliantly crafted, sometimes intentionally slow, at times funny, for me recognizable and gripping. Thank you for sharing this deep, evocative work!

2 people found this review helpful


by Ellen Burns-Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

After reading some of the reviews, I was nervous that I wouldn't understand the play. I shouldn't have worried.

That isn't to say that I wasn't confused at points, but my confusion felt purposeful. The play explores how the mind renders reality in loops. We relive events over and over in our heads—especially traumatic ones.

Nothing in this play felt arbitrary or unpolished to me. It felt raw and subtle. I hope I get to see it again sometime. Also, I thought about suggesting "Exorcism" as the name of the play, but I really think "_____" is the best possible title.

3 people found this review helpful


by Sarah Black on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Powerful work taking on difficult issues. Bring a friend or make a new one.

Generosity is the enemy of grief

by Eric Siegel on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I'm not sure I can recall a piece of theater - Fringe or otherwise- that has challenged me so immediately as an audience member. As memebers of the audience we are taught very specific and universal decorum; that what's happening on stage is all an act and to keep our best attention forward towards the action before us.

Beckett and Suzi Love put on a masterful and harrowing performance with a script that confronts the audience with what it means to be even a silent participant to abuse and trauma. The allegory that undercuts this point is poignant without being overbearing and serves to remind us how easily we can forget we all have the tools to help one another overcome trauma and grief even when they are placed directly into our hands.

5 people found this review helpful

The real lives of ghosts

by Ryan Stello on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is raw and it's mission clear. Be ready to be challenged and never forget to lend a hand.

1 person found this review helpful

A Must See!

by Alexa Alemayehu on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The mystery of the title alone intrigues the audience.
Once you're in there, a powerful telling/expression is presented that will leave an impression on you.
Still getting the goosebumps.

Quality acting & fantastic writing!

An absolute MUST SEE!
Bravo! To everyone involved

3 people found this review helpful

Brave. Provoking. Raw performances.

by Siri Hammond on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

If you're going to see shows purely to sit back and have an entertaining play performed for you, then this work might not put the right Fringe on Top of your Surrey. Know that you will be seeing a show about very difficult subject matter, presented in a way that is meant, perhaps, to cause you to react strongly. It may be uncomfortable. But it never presents as shock factor, just honesty. So with that, I think this show is HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. Suzi and Beckett Love are phenomenal actors. They are raw and powerful presences on stage. Sami Pfeffer's writing was honest, sensitive and well-crafted. And in terms of audience engagement and structure, I've never seen anything like this before! Go in (safely) with an open mind - and HEART.

3 people found this review helpful

Challenging the Audience

by Dylan Olmsted on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This show asks a LOT of its audience and it certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea. That said, while it takes a while to put the pieces together, everything connects at least in thematic ways. It reminds me a lot of going to a theatre college because I could easily see individual scenes assigned to work on "tasking" or I could see spending a few days of class analyzing and discussing the themes. Also, I have to say that the performances are pretty damn good. They make eating cereal compelling.

1 person found this review helpful

Confusingly Intriguing

by Jackson Makan on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The main idea of the show is thought provoking and left me intrigued and gave me a lot to think about. But saying that the script left me so confused that it made me disinterested. I think that the ideas that they tried to push were interesting but they needed to have more stage quality to really make this show great. I would see it again, but only to understand the show more.


by Chuck Taylor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The story was quite foggy as well as the style choices. The script itself is difficult to follow as it sometimes got side tracked and long winded. Also, audience participation? Sort of. As an audience memeber I was a bit confused on that part. With all that said I think it was a alright show, and the show takes on some very important and difficult subject matter. I just think it could use some more polish. I'm glad these artists shared this story.

1 person found this review helpful

Challenging (in a good way)

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

I've never seen anything like this show before. I left the theater deeply moved. Watch it. Be a part of it.

2 people found this review helpful


by Brittany Miller on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Bold, creative, haunting, and shook me up in a way a fringe show has not in a long time. Very well-acted, well-blocked, and visually interesting -- a feat, considering how stark the set is. Created a lot of discussion in our house throughout the rest of the evening, and I'm still thinking of it the day after. Mysterious time & space, a slightly unreliable narrator, breaking the 4th wall, it all works to bring the subject matter to life in a way you don't expect but is so freaking appropriate.

3 people found this review helpful

Maybe It's Just Me?

by Justin DeLong on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

I'll be blunt: I did not like this show. It's not that I was "triggered" by it, or that I thought it lacked any value, I just genuinely thought the script was almost nonsensical. I got the definite feeling that there was something missing from this production, and I couldn't really tell what was going on/where it was set. The actors were fine, but I was confused as to why there was was audience participation, in which I couldn't participate because I was not given the proper means before the show.
Additionally, members of the audience shouldn't be scolded for watching a play.
It's a valiant effort, but I was not a fan.

3 people found this review helpful

Disturbing in a Good Way

by Mary-Scott Hunter on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

To give this an adequate review, I would have to include spoilers. Suffice it to say, that I found this to be a very well acted and thought provoking examination of abuse, cleverly structured within a compelling ghost story, culminating in a startling conclusion.

2 people found this review helpful


by Bradan Swatch on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

2.5 star show which I am rounding up to 3 because they do make some headway on sharing an important message (abuse, cycles of abuse, domestic violent) but the story takes a lllooonnnggg time to get going. There is a paper THIN ghost element but this is by no means a haunting ghost story, and the (few) interactive elements that are advertised didn't seem flushed out...I still don't know if the people that DID interact were plants or not? This is the Fringe Festival though - so don't let me stop you from seeing it and deciding for yourself.


by Elliot Eddles on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Performed with intent but consisting of little content. I was left confused and feeling like I missed a majority of the play.

A ghost story

by Dave Romm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I think the title of the play should be: “Slow to develop but effective ghost story. Extremely well acted, which was pretty scary by itself. The mix of audience participation and show-within-a-show was interesting but was mainly for exposition and not character development. I will semi-reluctantly round a three and a half star show up to four due to the Fringy experimentation.“

1 person found this review helpful


by Cheryl Lambert on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Clunky writing, abstract audience participation, and an unsettling progression that not only made this survivor of abuse think the term was overused (to the point of loss-of-meaning), but that I left the theater feeling guilty for not understanding what was really achieved by the final scene or what the overall message of the play was to be. Ghosts? Abuse? I have no clue.
The play begins with one of the performers asking the audience to title the show after watching. I choose "Frustration."

4 people found this review helpful

Terms of Engagement

by Eric Meininger on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

OMG. Powerful. ...and brilliant use of psychology on the audience. Must see.

1 person found this review helpful

The title is perfect

by Ariel Leaf on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Was I scared to make this my first show of the friends? Was it hard to watch? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Two of the most magnificent performances I've seen all year.

2 people found this review helpful

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Beckett Love


Suzi Love


Sami Pfeffer


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