From our selection process (shows are selected by random lottery, not by a committee of dramaturgs) to the festival's vibe (our ushers are all volunteers who wear T-shirts and shorts), Fringe is the performing arts festival audiences can get close to.
Fringe is fast-paced and lively. We don't have technical glitz and dazzle, just the spectacle of raw talent and the buzz of thousands of attendees who trade theater reviews like other people trade stock tips or baseball cards.
Audiences are encouraged to take artistic risks at Fringe - just like the artists. Tickets are just $12 and shows are never longer than an hour, making Fringe the perfect chance to discover a gem or have fun with a well-meaning clunker.
Because we don't believe barriers should be placed between an audience and any artist, we shatter those barriers. Regardless of pedigree, each producer is given an equitable performance schedule, each pays an average of about $400 for a professional set-up, and each is guaranteed 65 percent of box office receipts. In addition, we provide producers at all levels with an education in the business of making art.
We collect copious details about each show, making the job of finding the right story a breeze. No matter how broad or specific you'd like to get, Fringe staff will be happy to help you find the right artists or attendees to talk to.
If you're interested in covering the festival, we can customize the show information you receive (or all of it, if you like), including:
All ticket holders (except for kids' tickets) must have an admission button for entrance. Admission buttons are $4 and are a one-time purchase.Tickets (Individual tickets go on sale July 1, 2014)
Fringe Central and concierge desk:
Fringe Central (location TBA) is part pub, part artist hub, part meet-up spot - the festival's official hang-out.
For audience services, including lost-and-found and ticketing, a concierge desk is open each day of the festival (location TBA).
Part of a growing worldwide tradition:
Minnesota Fringe is proud to be part of a worldwide tradition of fringe festivals that originated in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland. We're a founding member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF). More information about the fringe movement in the United States is available at fringefestival.us.
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Monday, June 9: Schedule available for press
Show information and contacts for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe available to press; email Associate Director Ann Erickson for more information.
Tuesday, July 1: Website launched
Full festival schedule and ticket sales available at fringefestival.org.
Monday, July 14: Fringe-for-All #1
Each of 30 companies have three (often rowdy) minutes to perform an excerpt of their show. Location TBA.
Monday, July 21: Fringe-for-All #2
Same format as Fringe-for-All #1 with 30 different companies. Location TBA.
Wednesday, July 30: Touring Artist Showcase
Participants coming from outside the Twin Cities are invited to perform excerpts of their show. Location TBA.
Thursday, July 31: Opening Night
The first day of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, August 4: Opening weekend numbers announced
Attendance figures for the festival's opening weekend released on fringefestival.org.
Saturday, August 9: Fringe Encore announced
The festival's final performance slot - Sun., Aug. 10 at 8:30 p.m. - is reserved for each venue's top-selling show. This provides one last chance for audiences to see the surprise sleeper or sold-out blockbuster.
Monday, August 11: Official numbers released
Final numbers - attendance, box office earnings and top-selling shows - are formally announced.
To reserve press seats at any of these events or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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