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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2017 Minnesota Fringe lottery results

Updated June 29, 2017

2017 Minnesota Fringe performing companies

The following companies won slots during the lottery on February 27, 2017. They're in the festival.
NOTE: The companies listed here are (very) subject to change.

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2140 Productions

2Lorens

Access World Productions

Agile Rabbit Theatre Company

Al-Bahira Dance Theater

Albino Squirrel

American Civic Forum

August Moon Productions

Bad Mime Productions

Bearded Men Improv

Beta Fish Productions

Big Picture Group

Body Group

Change! Your! Life! Productions

Clarity Visuals

Clevername Productions

Coattail Productions

Cold Lake Productions

Cole Sarar

Collective Unconscious Performance

Comedy Suitcase

Conduit Theatre

Dan Juola

David Lawson

David Mann

Dean Olivet

Degenerate Theatre

Delve Theatre

Desolate Maude

Devious Mechanics

Diva G Productions

Far From The Tree

Fat Chance Productions

Featherstone Creative

Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

First Daughter Dance

FurTrader Productions

Gabriel Mata/Movements

Gaylord Family Construction Company

Ghoulish Delights

GIRL Theatre

Give Us Free Records, LLC

Glade Dance Collective

GlowEarth Productions

Grimm

Grumpy Bean

Harmonious Music

Headcanon

Hey Rube

Highlander Kitty

Hill-Murray Theatre

Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Hot Chocolate Media

Humpback Productions

I'm Related To Lin Manuel Miranda

Ideal Productions

Ifrah Mansour

Imagined Theatre

Jacobin Grille

Jammed Desk Productions

Jawaahir Dance Company

Jezebel Theatre Company

Jim Loucks

JSB Theatre

Katherine Glover Presents

Kyle Schwartz

La Vie Theatre

Langston Theatre Company

Laughing Nomad Productions

Little Oblivion Theatre

M-SHE Productions

MAD Theatre Co.

Madlads Productions

Market Garden Theatre

Maximum Verbosity

McGo Productions

Mercury Ninety Productions

Mermaid Productions

Middle Name Productions

Mike's Brass

minnerican productions

Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Moon-Eyed Owl

Mortimer Productions

Mosaic Productions

Nancee Magistad

NEO PRODUCTIONS

New Endeavors

Nichole Hamilton

Northstarter Productions

Oncoming Productions

Outlandish Productions

Patrick's Cabaret

Penny: For Your Thoughts

Perspectives Theater Company

Play-Dot

POTTER PRESENTS

Power Clashing Productions

Prime Time Players

Public Displays of Affection

R. R. Ronson

Raw Sugar

Ray Terrill Dance Group

RE|dance group

Really Spicy Opera

Renegade Ada Cheng

Renegade Theater Company

RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy

Rogue & Rabble Dance

Rogues Gallery Arts

Rooftop Theatre Company

Rough Magic Performance Company

SaMi Productions

Savaali

Scared Hare Productions

SCHMAGENCY

Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Segue Productions

Sheep Theater

Shrieking Harpies

Side by Side

Siege Perilous Films

Sinclair Lewis Productions

Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Sonder Productions

Sparrow Productions

Spike Tape Productions

Sunday Driver

Surprise Me! Productions

Swing and a Miss

Tesseray Productions

The Assembly Productions

The Boiler-Maker Collective

The Fighting Mongooses

The Gentipede

The Heavy Mettle Assembly

The Miller Conspiracy

The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

The New Two Bit Players

The Park Theater Company

The Rachel Teagle Effect

The Theatre Cosmic

The Winding Sheet Outfit

Theatre B

Theatre of Fools

Three Crazy Sons

Ti-en-T Presents

Toolbox Theatre

Torre Edahl Dance

TROMPE L'OEIL

Turd Spout Productions

Twin Cities Dance Court

Two Drinks In

Underdog Theatre

Vaky Vaky

Vintage Players

WAR Theater

Weggel-Reed Productions

Willi Carlisle Productions

Windmill Company

Wok Papal Thither Productions

Zealots and Mystics

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