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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Small Time Dicks

By Siege Perilous Films
Created by James Buffington, Anthony Brousseau and Farrah Buffington

Playing at Phoenix Theater



Warnings: Adult language.

Corruption. Murder. Dick jokes. Two boys in blue who blew it have to team up after their partners die tragically. To avoid losing their badges, the boys clash as they work a case they're too dumb to understand.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 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 Ideas

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This is a clever idea and it did offer some laughs. The script needs tightening and the overall production felt a little flat.


by Lizbet Martinez on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was freaking hilarious!!! Loved every second! The characters and plot were absolutely divine and the rap was just the cherry on top.

Good stuff

by Tim Erickson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was a well done solid performance with a lot of good laughs. I loved the performance of the Captain.

The humor was a bit juvenile at times, but no more than promised in the description.

Nothing groundbreaking or entirely surprising in the production. But it was a quality show and I enjoyed it.

1 person found this review helpful

T'Swizzle would approve

by Sophie Braga on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you read the title and were not expecting immature banter, I don't know what to tell you. Great show, well written and well executed, even the rap. Highly recommended if you are looking for non-stop laughter and an enjoyable show.

1 person found this review helpful

The Dicks are a big hit

by Zach Jester on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show had me laughing the whole way, the chemistry between the actors was phenomenal, and led to very memorable moments. I will definitely be seeing STD 2 next year for another well written, well directed fun time!

1 person found this review helpful

Knee Slapping Funny

by Calvin Mattson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Small time dicks most definitely lived up to the expectations that I had set out for the show. The show may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for a laugh this most definitely is the show for you.

1 person found this review helpful

Low brow humor ain’t no crime

by George Simms on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A perfect cop show send up that knew exactly what it was. Think some of the reviewers from last night were up past their bed times, because the crowd was into this show. The clunky scene transitions were great for the banter alone. This a solid 4.5 star show, with a .5 for the gift of rap after the bows.

1 person found this review helpful

I mean, I get it...

by Dorothy Owen on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I understand why people would think this is a dumb, poorly done buddy cop show. That's the impression I got from the preview, and pretty much exactly the reason why I went to go see it in the first place. I went in wanting and expecting it to be awful in the best way possible, but it actually was WAY better than that. It was very well written and executed. The Abbott and Costello bit was clever, and there were many equally as clever moments that paid homage to the cop drama genre. The two cops had excellent timing and chemistry. It reminded me of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Go see it!

1 person found this review helpful

Preview Fooled Me

by Bradley Johnson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

When I was this at the Preview, I thought it might be a good comedy. However, upon seeing it, I felt like it was written by a 12 year old boy and that was also the intended audience. The best part was the rap they did (and flubbed a bit) at the end of the show.

1 person found this review helpful

Exactly what I expected

by Erica Murphy on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Seriously this show is funny, immature and dumb in the best way possible. The 2dicks played off each other well and the rap at the end was worth the price of the ticket alone. I sometimes lost the captains lines because of that I'm sure I missed some of the humor. Go and see this show but only if you want a stupidly entertaining show that has absolutely no message or agenda it will make you laugh.

1 person found this review helpful

Someone has to say it...

by Holly Brimhall on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show is boring, slow, poorly acted, and just plain painful to watch. I expected terrible dick jokes, and it was even worse that I expected. Don't believe the hype, you will be disappointed. And if not, good for you.

1 person found this review helpful

Laughter for all

by Kevin Murphy on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Had me laughing the whole show, quality production

1 person found this review helpful

Slapstick comedy

by Eric Meininger on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Hmmmm. Plus one star for the rap at the end.

Get Jacked

by Sean Wilcott on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This group took a solid idea, "partnering" 80's buddy comedy and modern tv tropes, and make a wacky show that just clicks. The interrogation scenes alone are worth it. Add this to you list.

1 person found this review helpful

Funny parody of a police drama

by Brian Geving on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

For any fans of police television dramas like Law & Order, this show will keep you laughing until the end. Every police drama trope is hilariously made fun of, with additional shout outs to Doctor Who and Abbott & Costello thrown in for good measure. Lots of fun!

2 people found this review helpful

I want a sequel

by Richelle Amundson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

It could have used a bit more tightening in some places, but I thought the buddy cop banter with the two detectives was so funny. I would definitely be on board for a sequel.

1 person found this review helpful


by Ashlee Senser on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So much fun! I laughed all the way through. Loved it!

1 person found this review helpful

Very funny!

by Vicki Wolyniec on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Saw this show on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of laughing and the actors were all great! I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good comedy.

1 person found this review helpful


by Genevieve B on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I saw this on Friday and I'm still laughing at the jokes. Go see it! I'm definitely going to see it again.

1 person found this review helpful


by Nick Robinson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The play was really funny. I especially enjoyed the hooker parts, she was witty and looked gorgeous as well. Her costume was excellent as well as all the other cast members. The plot was good with some nice twists thrown in for good measure. The hooker parts were my favorite, her acting was excellent and always had the audience laughing. Overall it was a great play, I recommend it to anyone coming to the festival.

2 people found this review helpful

title says it all

by Preston Smith on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Funny send-up of detective story genre. Some good laughs, uneven in some places, however.

1 person found this review helpful

Small time Dicks

by kathleen cronquist on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Show was hilarious! All the characters were very believable. I enjoyed the play between the 2 police officers....funny funny!

1 person found this review helpful

Three Cheers for the Hooker

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Honestly, she was one of the best parts of the show. Overall, there were some good things about the show and some bad things about the show. The actors were very talented. The plot line was pretty thin. I enjoyed the banter, but they way they attempted to integrate the IT girl into the story was weird.

1 person found this review helpful

Small time dicks gets big time laughs

by Tara O'Connor on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

You will LOL the whole time, if you're in to crude humor, pop-culture references, and people who try (and fail spectacularly) to come to the rescue of feminism. Clearly directed by a genius!

2 people found this review helpful


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

A farcical send-up of familiar detective tropes. Wittily written and cheekily performed. Two thumbs up!

2 people found this review helpful

Happy Fun Time!

by Mike S. on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Bane did a great job as Detective Tredwell. Go see it!

2 people found this review helpful

Small Time Dicks

by Daniel Anderson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The most fun we had at Fringe, if you enjoy laughing this is the show to see.

2 people found this review helpful

Don't miss it!

by Stephanie Laurey on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I'm not sure I've ever laughed so hard at a play, particularly a play about a murder. Can't wait to see it again!

1 person found this review helpful

Fantastic show!

by Michael Jakubic on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great show! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a silly drama with tons of relevant pop culture jokes! Don't be too worries about the 16+ recomendation, it's a soft 16

2 people found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Gini Adams

Capt. Lancer


Gini is thrilled to be working with this hilarious & talented cast and crew. It's her first experience being in a show at the Fringe Festival! Gini has worked locally and beyond in film, TV commercials and on stage for the past 30 years! It's a delight & she's grateful to be back on stage! Thank you, Gary, for your love, support & encouragement!

James Buffington

Det. Tredwell


James is ecstatic to be back in the Fringe for the 6th straight year. You my have seen him in fringes past as a idiotic explorer in “The Yeti”, an idiotic executioner in “Madame Executioner”, an idiotic Bank robber in "Uptown Bank Heist" and . . . hey, wait a minute. When not writing juvenile one hour plays, James makes a living producing moving images, teaching theatre arts to high school students (Go, Islanders!) and uses his LEGO building skills to torment his sons.

Anthony Brousseau

Det. Brenton


This is Anthony's third year acting in Fringe (Madame Executioner, The Yeti) and his first time writing. Highlights of his Fringe career include a four-star review from his mother and pulling his pants down in 100 percent of the shows he's performed in.

Maria Camila Perez



Maria is very excited to return to this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival with this fun show. Past credits include Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Shine in Shine both tour and Fringe Festival, within others. She has a BFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. This time of year she loves to be outside enjoying the weather and drinking iced lattes.

Gianna Schiller



Gianna is very excited to be back in the fringe this year after playing the "Ada" the scandinavian sister in "The Yeti" last season! She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her degree in musical theatre after playing a multitude of plump/funny/old characters. You can find her doing stage/bridal makeup on the side and working the showfloor at Norcostco, as well as reading a good novel when she can. Much love to her parents, friends, and her Booski Nick for all the love and support.

Noah Laurey



Noah is excited to be performing in his first fringe show. Noah will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the fall. He made his acting debut last year in Hamlet, playing the role of Laertes. In addition to acting Noah plays the piano and guitar, sings and is an avid video gamer.

Danielle Cronquist

Stage Manager


Danielle is thrilled to return to the theater after an eight year hiatus, where in that time she graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked at the Walt Disney World Resort. She is excited to be participating in her first Minnesota Fringe Festival. Danielle would like to thank her sister, Sullivan, for encouraging her to continue to pursue theater.

Farrah Buffington



Farrah, who is her mother’s favorite actress (she gave her 5 out of 5 stars two Fringes in a row), is thrilled to be directing this time. Previous Fringe roles include: Ida in the Yeti, Matilda in Madame Executioner, Moran in Uptown Bank Heist, and Dolores Day in The Return of Kitty Williams. When not fringing she stays busy directing musicals for high schools, giving horseback riding lessons and enjoys rodeo barrel racing.

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