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