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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Showtimes

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.

Reservations

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.

Rules

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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Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

By Scream Blue Murmur Productions
Written by Scream Blue Murmur

Playing at Southern Theater

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Political content, Improv, Storytelling/Spoken word, National/international company

Northern Ireland's Scream Blue Murmur search for explanations in a world of chaos and flames. Through spoken word and song, this show is an irreverant look at a world of constant change and bizarre happenings.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 10:00pm
 

 

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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Read the reviews

Entertaining, Relevant, Fun!

by Amy Lewis on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A very enjoyable time! This show provided commentary on some very unpleasant social topics in a thoughtful and empowering way. The performers are very talented musicians and kept things lively, and the stories in between were relevant and engaging. The connection to Northern Ireland reminds us that our plight, as well as our strength, is global. I really liked the audience sing-along and other participation, and the rest of the audience seemed to as well. Minnesota Uptight be damned - we are Fringe-goers! Thank you for traveling over 4000 miles to share your show with us, hope to see you next year!

1 person found this review helpful


Unexpected

by Little Voice on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

We just popped into this one as we had a hole in our schedule and were in the neighborhood, so I had no idea what to expect. I'm glad we went. A different sort of Fringe show with talented performers who played, sang and spoke from the heart. Contrary to the experience of other reviewers, our audience DID participate, and had a great time. (Well, I did anyway.)

1 person found this review helpful


Welcome back!

by Eric Meininger on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Thanks for coming back to the Fringe! Loved you last time, equally brilliant performance this time. Glad we were able to catch the last show at the Fringe!

1 person found this review helpful


Timely and creative Belfast group

by Janis Wrich on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Fine musicians singing about major social issues of the day; unique perspective as a citizen of Northern Ireland.

1 person found this review helpful


Clutter got in the way.

by Trisha Raylen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I found myself feeling there there was a lot missing from this production, but more importantly that there was a lot there that didnt add to the story. Some of the performances seemed disconnected and as an audience member i really felt very lost as to what this show was trying to accomplish.


Wasn't sure what to expect

by Kris Lofgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

With a title like atlas dynamo's burnt offerings I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised at how cleverly the thread of said burnt offerings wove through the performance. Very timely and creatively presented with catchy music and scalding lyrics. Loved the interaction between the performers.

1 person found this review helpful


I'd Rather See Them In Concert At A Bar

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I feel sympathy for the plight of this show, and admire the determination to put it on despite those challenges. That said, the set was disorganized and the songs themselves were kind of repetitive. Like a praise chorus with 5 words repeated 10 times, the music bored me. The singer committed the cardinal sin of thinking that Minnesotans are going to be into audience engagement. Minnesotans are *never* into audience engagement. Working the crowd at a theater festival will get you nothing but panicky glances towards the exit.


Splendid Show Boys!

by Brian Wene on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Punk rock royalty on drums & exquisite guitar playing make this one ALIVE from start to finish. The political songs were making me hoot & holler in agreement throughout. Great energy & passion from Scream Blue Murmur. I'm seeing this one as many times as possible.
Good on ye Boyos!!

1 person found this review helpful


Spirit of the New Wave lives !

by Dan Nelson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is the spirit of the ClashNew WavePunks without the snarl. A singer strumming a syncopated new wave kind of beat with a drummer on a bongo or similar kind of drum and even a audience participant who had a guitar with him. (Great job Dave!). Hard hitting songs but the biggest thing I came away with was a friendly vibe and a big smile.

1 person found this review helpful


Relevant & Enjoyable

by Candace Doriott on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Although the issues they sing about are serious, the presentation was easy going. I really enjoyed it. Kinda felt like I was back in college!

1 person found this review helpful


Just What I Needed

by Howard Lieberman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Some Fringe shows are too dense and heavy and leave me emotionally spent. Some Fringe shows are or too light and fluffy and leave me mildly amused but not more. Some Fringe shows are a tasty blend of timely politics, humor and talent and leave me feeling glad that Fringe exists. This show is this last type of Fringe show. These two talented gentlemen from Northern Ireland filled the Southern with nothing more than a guitar, drum and their keen wit. The show never lagged and the hour flew by. I left the Southern not only humming one of their tunes but also thinking about the sorry state of the world around me. Well done lads!

3 people found this review helpful


What did I watch

by Randy Farmington-Shultz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

this was cool. I liked the spoken word. Little creepy at times tho...


POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE FROM THE HEART.

by Jennifer Neverdahl on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The category for this is "Something different " At least in one aspect, that certainly applies. No spoilers, just be advised you might want to arrive early. Sometimes you don't need a large troop to create an engaging performance. The 2 performers gave energy and thoughtful observations of topical issues through vibrant audience participation songs, and personal stories. Harsh realities of the world may not be what some expect from a theater experience. But, if you appreciate being given a fresh perspective on vital concerns in the world today, you will certainly find this thought provoking and worthwhile.

1 person found this review helpful


A great break from other shows

by Jim Louis on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

This is a music show, there is no great plot. It was a nice relaxing break from other shows I saw. If you need a palate cleanser or just some time to listen to some music, stop in.


Confused

by Julius Smith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The whole plot of this show left me confused and made me disinterested. I think that it was a good idea but wasn't executed well.


Did not totally suck.

by Jonathan Zucker on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The performers have talent, but the lead was utterly unable to read his audience and kept pushing for participation when her should have just performed more.

One you can skip.

2 people found this review helpful


Disorganized

by Nadra Wass on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Pleasant enough singalong. No particular connection between the performers. The singer has a troubled relationship with the microphone and doesn't understand the difference between banter and storytelling.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Atlas Dynamo

Writer, Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word


Brian Faloon

Musician, Percussion, Vocals and Spoken Word


Torres Hodges

Musician, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals


Bob Weidman

Musician, Guitar, Bass


David Wilson

Musician, Guitar

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