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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Supporters

$1,000+

Boss Foundation
Connie & William Cameron
Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
Julia Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation
Leona Werner & Robert Waldron
Mark Gilberstadt
Minnesota State Arts Board
Pugsley Fund of HRK Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
VSA Minnesota

$500-$999

David Frank & Wendy Holmes
Paul & Pat Sackett
RBC Wealth Management
William Weisert & Brenda Cornelius

Special Donors and In-Kind Support

Sip Coffeebar
Surdyk's
Stages Theatre
History Theatre
Pillsbury Playhouse Theatre
Guthrie Theater
Mu Performing Arts
HUGE Improv Theater
20% Theatre Company
Weisman Art Museum
Minnesota Historical Society
Barre Bliss
Lush
A Cupcake Social
Wuollet Bakery
Intermedia Arts
YogaFit
St. Paul Saints
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Park Square Theatre
Children's Theatre Company

$100-$499

Alex Seymour
Alexander Dewar
Amy Hubbard & Geoffrey Kehoe
Andrew & Corinna Troth
Andrew Kueppers
Andy Kiorpes
Anne, Tony & Kitta Scott-Riley
Barbara & Robert Scott
Bernard & Karen McGarrigle
Beth & Paul Koester
Cameron & Michele Skold
Carol Moller
Catherine Gasiorowicz & Bob Beverage
Charlene Paulson
Chris & Mary Maier
Christopher Bineham & Harrison David Rivers
Corrinne Fiedler
Dan Delaney
Dan Riehle
Daniel M. Barnes & Elaine Wilson
Danna & Joel Mirviss
Dave Schaenzer
David & Shauna Brookins
David Larson
Dawn Mori
Debora Drower
Deborah Werner
Doug Hill
Edward & Edward Payne
Elizabeth Grant
Elizabeth Schmieg
Ellen Wersan
Herbert Kritzer
Jackie Nelson
James & Annearle Klein
Janet Conn & Mike Debelak
Jennifer & Edwin Ryan
Jennifer Jaszczak
Jim Rustad
Jocelyn LaBerge
Joel Langenfeld
John Moulder
John Zakelj
Julie Harms
Julie London
Kate Zimmerman
Keith Halperin & Karen Grabon
Kyle & Vanessa Orwick
Linnea Sodergren
Lisa Sinclair
Maria Ghassemlou
Mark Christensen
Mary & Doug Logeland Mary Dew & David Miller
Michel Gagneau
Myra Hartman
Pamela Ziemann
Patrick Pfundstein
Patti Shadick
Peg Mickelson
Peter Brown & Anna Larsson
Phillip Bergem
Reid Gagle & Genene McNabb
Richard Allendorf & Paul Markwardt
Richard Martin
Robert (Bob) McFadden
Ron Laudner
Samuel & Patty McCullough
Sarah Schneeberger
Shelly & Jason Daily
Steven Vincent & Jill Weese
Suzanne Weinstein & Daniel Levey
Tom Anderson & Kathryn Hagen
Wayne Schoeneck
William Dillon
Yvonne B. Moore

$1-99

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Alex Wohlhueter
Allan Erbsen
Amy Bonifas
Anna Weggel-Reed & Tom Reed
Barbara Levie
Barbara Shelton
Barry Groebel
Beth Bird
Boo Segersin
Brian Gorecki
Bridgette Crawford
Carla Steen & Jeff Friedl
Carol Poulson
Caroline Toll
Carolyn Caba
Cassandra Abel
Catherine Choy
Charles Johnson
Chris Tishuk
Chris, Wendy & Tommy Gennaula
Christina Smith
Christine & Bob Gordon
Christopher Madsen
Clover Earl
Courtney Thomas
Cynthia Matthias
Daniel Burton
Danielle Kuefler
David Lund
David Restuccia
David Stagner
Debra Glassman
Diane Carter & Don Feeney
Donald & Sharon Benzel
Douglas Dally
Edward Sostek
EG Design
Erin Mittag
Faysal Abraham
Fifth Business Consulting
Gail Galatz
Gail Irish & Steve Budas
Geoffrey Conklin
Georgia Duncan
Heidi Ziemer
HM Photography LLC
Holland Lind
Ian Felton
J Michael Norman
Jacqueline & Aaron Preusse
James Mork
Jamil Jude
Jan Fransen
Jane Zilch
Jay & Sally Lieberman
Jenni Zickert
Jennifer Walker
Jessica Wiley
Jill Gunderson-Gernes
Jill Pravatiner
Jill Schafer
Jill Schmidt
Joe Bozic
Jonathan Kirchhofer
Joshua Swantz
Judy Bachman
Judy Schwartau
Julie Ann Nevill & Scott Strand
Julie Solmon
Julie Toth
Kale Ganann
Katherine Kim
Kimberly Meisten
Klee Burke
Laura Olson
Laura VanZandt
Laura Welsandt
Lauren Falk
Laurie Andersen
Laurine Speltz
Lawrence Meuwissen
Lesli Randall
Lindsay Thompson
Lisa Beller
LuAnn Monahan
Marcella & David Grandpre
Marcia Chalgren
Margaret Michaelson
Mark Appelbaum
Mark Ehoff
Marlys Harris
Mary Ellen Hennessey
Matthew Schroepfer
Maureen & David Engelhardt
Maureen Wiegner
Michelle Furer
Michelle Walter
Mike Senkovich
Miles Sibley
Nancy Wass
Nate Farley
Nissa Nordland
Noel Stave
Norm Kunselman
Peter Berrie
Peter McLaughlin
Phillip Drexler
Phyllis & Donald Kahn
Rachel Flynn
Robert Ward
Roy & Linda Close
Sara Robinson-Coolidge
Sara Shives
Scott Pakudaitis
Scott Teplinsky
Shalee Coleman
Shannon Petersen
Shawn Dunn
Shawn Rowan
Sonny Miller
Steven Walker
Stuart Chmielewski
Susan Bell
Suzy Wurtz
Tammy Schulman
Thomas Erik Bailey
Tim Kramer
Val Moeller
Virginia McFerran
Wendy Ruyle & Tim Uren
Wendy Volkman
Wesley Volkenant
William Gaupp
William Hanzlik

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