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!

Close this

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.

Close this

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.

Close this

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.

Close this

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.

Close this

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.

Close this

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.

Close this

Shows

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

A Bollywood Twistery

by Harmonious Music

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Absurd Advice

by Hill-Murray Theatre

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

America, The Rewrite

by The Fighting Mongooses

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Antonio and the Juice Man

by Prime Time Players

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

by Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Bear Eats Bear

by The Last Grizzly

Kenwood Community Center  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

BELIEVE

by M-SHE Productions

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Beyond Limits

by Toolbox Theatre

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Biscuiteater

by Jim Loucks

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Blackbeard's Revenge

by The Park Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

Metro Transit
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Blood Debt

by Degenerate Theatre

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Buffy the Bedbug Slayer

by Spike Tape Productions

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Carly Reynolds and the STEAM Team

by Agile Rabbit Theatre Company

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Cocaine

by Cold Lake Productions

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Dame daDA & the Meta Show

by Nichole Hamilton

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

DANCING BARE FEET

by RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Dead Silence

by 2140 Productions

HUGE  

20171387
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Dick White: Ghost Detective

by I'm Related To Lin Manuel Miranda

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Dr. Kev: Licensed Loveologist

by The Boiler-Maker Collective

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Dragonfly

by Clarity Visuals

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

A Dream Deferred

by Jezebel Theatre Company

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Facebook Lite

by Nancee Magistad

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Facility

by Imagined Theatre

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Flyer Guy

by David Lawson

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

FOOL'S MEDICINE

by Theatre of Fools

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Fool's Paradise

by Desolate Maude

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

OneNeck IT Solutions
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Get Hooked

by Madlads Productions

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Good Friday: Round One

by Fat Chance Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Good Kids

by NEO PRODUCTIONS

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

His Name Doesn't Matter

by Power Clashing Productions

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Hot Air

by SCHMAGENCY

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Interplay | still & moving

by Ray Terrill Dance Group

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

Cedar Printing
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Knifeslingin'!

by The Theatre Cosmic

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

KnoW WesT

by Gaylord Family Construction Company

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Lettres et Café

by Bad Mime Productions

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Macduo

by Three Crazy Sons

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Melody Mendis is "Barbra"

by Melody Mendis Music LLC

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Migraine Room (Photophobia)

by Public Displays of Affection

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

20171387
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Mystery

by Conduit Theatre

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The New Gig Economy, A Musical

by The New Two Bit Players

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Nowhere in Glass

by JSB Theatre

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Oxygen Is Overrated

by Tesseray Productions

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Passing the Poison

by Twin Cities Dance Court

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Perils of Steve

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

Metro Transit
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Plan B

by Kyle Schwartz

Mixed Blood  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Santa Academy

by Wok Papal Thither Productions

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Sean Neely

by POTTER PRESENTS

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Serpentine

by Maximum Verbosity

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

Peace Coffee
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Sisyphus

by Moon-Eyed Owl

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces

by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

by Clevername Productions

Jungle Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Small Time Dicks

by Siege Perilous Films

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

by First Daughter Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Spec

by Ben San Del Presents

Mixed Blood  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

STRANGER

by Perspectives Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Subpar Heroes

by Renegade Theater Company

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Swoopstake

by (lumin)theater lab

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

Eide Bailly
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Murmur of Murder

by Swing and a Miss

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Second Banana Revolt!

by Far From The Tree

Rarig Thrust  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Summoning

by Grumpy Bean

Southern  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Well

by Coattail Productions

Ritz Studio  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

The Zoo Story (New Version)

by Mortimer Productions

HUGE  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

There Ain't No More!

by Willi Carlisle Productions

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

US-52 South

by The Gentipede

Strike Theater  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Waiting for Gygax

by Hot Chocolate Media

Rarig Xperimental  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

We Would Not Exist Without Disco

by GlowEarth Productions

Crane  

show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

What You Will

by Jammed Desk Productions

Phoenix  

Bollywood Dance Scene
show image
star_greystar_greystar_greystar_greystar_grey

Your Motivational Power Hour!

by Change! Your! Life! Productions

Phoenix  

Two Bettys