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 850 performances of 167 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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. Pro tip: 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 850 performances of 167 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 go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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 + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.


Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.


For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Small Time Dicks

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

Playing at Phoenix Theater



Just so you know, this show contains 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.

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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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