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 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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We Would Not Exist Without Disco

By GlowEarth Productions
Created by The Ensemble

Playing at Crane Theater

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Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

Four characters. Three time periods. Love, trauma, joy — and of course, Disco. A narrative-driven ensemble/choreographer/playwright exploration of one of the greatest human needs: Dance.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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

Amusing But Confusing

by Cetius d'Raven on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Good acting and great dancing paired with a narrative that seems to intentionally leave one confused until later in the show (which is fine but was unexpected and unnecessary IMO) and sound tech levels that sometimes made dialogue hard to hear, even in the front row. This is the kind of show I expect to see in Fringe and I am glad that I did, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.


Disco legacy

by Mark Lee on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yes - the dancing is good - and the show makes an important point about the roots of cultural trends.


Disco music, waltz storyline

by Mark Webb on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I found the story to be a bit confusing and slow. The dance numbers were fun, and the actors were all quite talented, but the show left me feeling empty.


Strong Acting, Confusing Plot

by Konrad Case on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I thoroughly enjoyed the music, the dancing and acting- especially Kelsey McMahon. However, solid acting didn't help the confusing plot. I had a hard time following the through line of the story and found myself favoring the "post-apocalyptic future" with Rebel and Male Co-Star (could not remember character's name) also solidly acted.


Not what I was expecting, in a good way!

by Taylor Perrier on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

When I first read the storyline, I was skeptical of the show. But it was actually a vey original storyline! A couple pretty funny parts too. If you like shows with dancing, you'll probably like this one. If anything it made me think a bit more and a bit differently about disco so A+ for that!


Cast and crew

No cast information provided.

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