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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Be Your Selfie!

By Hey Rube
Created by Marcus Anthony

Playing at Intermedia Arts


Improv, Actors' Equity participants

An aspiring Youtube vlogger comes face to face with selfie culture and learns it takes more than followers to find oneself. This is a story of unrequited self-love.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up


Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm

* 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

Natalie Rae Wass

Marlyn MN-roe

Natalie has performed in very nearly every fringe since the year 2000 when her first show was '47 Samurai' with Green T Productions, a company she still works with regularly. They remounted '2001 a space odyssey' for fringe and this fall look for 'Frankenstein'. Last year she performed in 'Apple Picking' l Other festival credits include her self-produced show 'Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist', 'Love in a Time of Rinderpest' , several shows with the Ministry of Cultural Warfare and 'Knit One, Purl the Other' and 'Tiger in the Room'. She's also been seen frequently at the Old Log Theater and works for the entertainment department at Mall of America (wanna be a character???). Catch her this fringe in two other shows this year right here at Intermedia Arts! 'Mayor Lear', the Powerpuff Girls are 20 years older and living out King Lear, and 'Full Metal Rabbit'.

Ethan Bjelland


Back in Fringe this year to kick butt and take names with this rad cast and original show! Ethan wears many hats in the Twin Cities theatre community and local Nordic cultural communities. As an actor, he's worked with numerous companies, such as nimbus Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Shadow Horse Theatre, Theatre 20%, and most recently, as Helena in Phoenix Theatre's Burning Ember Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This Fringe, Ethan is also performing in Full Metal Rabbit and as master code-breaker Robin Bell in Jenna Papke's 1940s Cyrano de Bergerac retelling, 'Code: L-O-V-E.'

Rob Ward

Billy Boy

Rob Ward is an actor, deviser, physical theater artist, and improviser. He has worked with several companies in the Twin Cities including Upright Egg,Shadow Horse Theater, Actors Theater MN, Erin Sheppard Presents, and Apostasia Productions. Rob has also featured in several episodes of the FunWitFunny Show and is a founding member of the improv group Reservoir Frogs. This year at the Fringe, he is also performing in 'The Last Bombardment' and 'Full Metal Rabbit'

Marcus Anthony


Marcus is a writer and director responsible for Fringe such shows as "Medea Ex Machine", "Strike", "The Base", "Yama & Kalindi", and "So Bright the Night". He also recently made his film debut at this year's 48-hour Film Project.


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