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)  


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