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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Reviews

Check out some of the most prolific reviewers:

» Adam Boutz (56)  » Bradley Johnson (56)  » Mark Webb (56)  » Cetius d'Raven (50)  » Sara Robinson-Coolidge (49)  » Janis Emily Peabody (48)  » Corrie Fiedler (43)  » Florence Brammer (41)  » Richelle Amundson (39)  » Mariellen Jacobson (38)  


TOTAL REVIEWS AVERAGE RATING SHOW TITLE
94
Broad Sex in the Twin Cities
94
The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
82
The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
80
Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
77
DUNGEON
71
Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
70
A Bollywood Twistery
70
The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
69
Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
69
Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
67
Gruesome Playground Injuries
64
RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical
63
Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
63
Good Kids
63
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
62
Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
60
Out of the Shadows
59
Blackout Improv
57
One Foot
57
Mayor Lear of Townsville
55
Lettres et Café
53
Pinocchio
51
DANCING BARE FEET
50
BOOMBOX.
50
Plan B
49
Get Hooked
48
On The Exhale
46
De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
45
The Ballad of Bearclaw Jones
45
The Last Bombardment
44
[Enter the Narrator]
44
Repertoire Dogs
43
Knifeslingin'!
43
It's About Love Again This Year
43
Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical
42
Facility
41
Hot Air
41
ODD MAN OUT
41
The Buttslasher
40
MEDUSA
40
Waiting for Gygax
40
Mnemosyne
40
Spec
39
Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
39
Dick White: Ghost Detective
39
Thor: Jurassic Park
38
Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
37
Live From New York, He's A Prom Date!
36
It Can't Happen Here
36
Playwrights on a Train
35
His Name Doesn't Matter
35
Persephone
35
"1967"
34
Hello, I Must Be Going...
34
Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical
32
FUNKiN' Good Time
32
Whisper Into My Good Ear
32
The Pursuit of Awesome
32
"___________"
32
First Year Queer
32
Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler
31
BELIEVE
31
Absurd Advice
31
Our Boy
31
The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee
30
The Zoo Story (New Version)
30
There Ain't No More!
29
Small Time Dicks
29
The Well
28
Skins
28
Patriot/Traitor
28
The Murmur of Murder
27
MANIFESTO: An American Play
27
To The Quick: A trio of short plays that cut deep
27
Never Wonder Land
27
Full Metal Rabbit
26
A Mermaid Abroad & A Fish Out of Water
26
Rumpus
26
Blackbeard's Revenge
25
A Pickle
25
Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville
25
Pope Joan
24
Anarchy! (a handbook)
24
Serpentine
23
STRANGER
23
Sean Neely
23
Mine/Field
22
The Best of All Possible Worlds
22
Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heaven
22
A Pocketful of Jewels: Dance Gems from North Africa & the Near East
22
Buffy the Bedbug Slayer
22
The Second Banana Revolt!
22
Sisyphus
22
Frankenstein
21
So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!
21
Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces
21
Synchronicity
21
Making It Home
21
En Passant
21
Blood Debt
20
Melody Mendis is "Barbra"
20
Bear Eats Bear
20
Swoopstake
20
Code: L-O-V-E
20
The New Gig Economy, A Musical
20
Clutter, Chaos, Creativity and the Collyer Brothers
20
Katie Versus The Devils
20
The Summoning
19
Passing the Poison
19
The Masque of Power
19
Crash and Burn: An American success story
19
Cocaine
19
The Banana Wars
18
Dame daDA & the Meta Show
18
35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself
18
Debacle: Stories of Life's Ultimate Fiascos!
18
Gravitational Collapse
18
Subpar Heroes
18
Facebook Lite
17
A Resister's Handbook (for holding onto optimism in shitty times)
17
PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life
17
Songs of MN Summer
17
Spy in the House of Men: A One-Woman Show With Balls
17
Ambiance
17
Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings
17
Be Your Selfie!
17
The Intrepid
16
Beyond Limits
16
Macduo
16
Flyer Guy
16
Songs for a Post-Apocalyptic World
15
William & Mary: The Way Out Experiment
15
KnoW WesT
15
Duality: Expression/Reflection
15
Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN
14
Fool's Paradise
14
The Fainting Room
14
The End of the World Sing-Along Hour
14
Nowhere in Glass
14
The Perils of Steve
14
Oxygen Is Overrated
14
The Mystery
13
What You Will
12
F@*k the 90s
12
Good Friday: Round One
11
Dead Silence
11
Wish You Were Her
10
FAITH: From Anger Into Trust and Hope
10
Dr. Kev: Licensed Loveologist
10
America, The Rewrite
9
Dancing with the Enemy (and Other Celebrations of Life)
8
Queen of Delicious Animals
8
Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire
8
Wait...didn't Patrick's Cabaret close?
8
The Dragonfly
8
Your Motivational Power Hour!
7
Santa Academy
7
FOOL'S MEDICINE
7
The Legend of the Storm and I
7
Finding Mohamed
7
US-52 South
7
Antonio and the Juice Man
6
Interplay | still & moving
6
Carly Reynolds and the STEAM Team
5
We Would Not Exist Without Disco
5
The Migraine Room (Photophobia)
4
Denial of Service
Sunrise Banks