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 Wait list

  1. Tim Motley
  2. Bad Sushi Entertainment
  3. Philip Simondet Productions
  4. Buzz Off, Lucille
  5. Fancy Picnic Productions
  6. Beardog Productions
  7. David Boyle
  8. Spokane Aerial Performance Arts
  9. The Orchard Theater Collective
  10. Hannah Starr
  11. The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal
  12. Backstreet Carnival
  13. Blinking Eye Theatre
  14. Waxen Wings Productions
  15. Taming Dragons
  16. ASA Theater Collective
  17. A Girl Named Bill Productions
  18. Wild Rosemary Theater
  19. Puppet Work
  20. Parachute Players
  21. Commutator Collaborative
  22. Theater Flombeii
  23. Zip tie Theater Company
  24. Michael Rogers
  25. Daredevil Chicken
  26. Midnight Pendulum Productions
  27. Glitterbear Disco
  28. Wayward Theatre Company
  29. MDK Productions
  30. wabi-sabi
  31. GT Artistry
  32. Evanoah Productions
  33. The Fourth Wall
  34. LiRa Dance Theater Company
  35. Lindsay Forsythe
  36. AJW Productions
  37. The Drollery
  38. We Look Good in Brown
  39. Watch the Audience
  40. Black Market Doctor
  41. Theatre Unbound
  42. GREEN LINE Theatre Company
  43. Mystery Cafe
  44. Betamaxim
  45. Christopher Kehoe
  46. RPD Productions
  47. Foxhill Studios
  48. Grey Weather Theater
  49. Cult of Presidents
  50. The Liberated Bloc
  51. Laura Packer, storyteller
  52. The Hnossa Project
  53. Tristan Miller Co
  54. Fearless Comedy Productions
  55. Theatre Corrobora
  56. Kruger-Bogle
  57. Pamela Ziemann
  58. Lupiction Productions
  59. Rachel Petrie
  60. Animal Engine
  61. Teresa Mock and Mark Sweeney Present
  62. Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
  63. Special When Lit
  64. Nice Ankles
  65. Applause Community Theatre
  66. Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions
  67. HT Productions
  68. Dilettante
  69. Davis & Duke Theater Company
  70. RASA (Re-Presenting Arts of South Asia)
  71. 1970
  72. Deep Bus
  73. Joseph Price
  74. BERW Productions
  75. Cats and Rap
  76. Monster Science Productions
  77. Antic Productions
  78. Up in the Attic Productions
  79. Stardust Productions
  80. Quick Question Productions
  81. Erinn Liebhard + Dancers
  82. Johnny Daydreaming
  83. Damn Kids Productions
  84. Literally Entertainment Productions
  85. Chad Filley Productions
  86. The Gay Trauma Archives
  87. Mothership Theater Company
  88. La Crosse Community Theatre
  89. Express Theatre Company
  90. Halie Bahr
  91. Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
  92. Chekhov's Gun Productions
  93. Ass N Sass Cabaret
  94. Entropy
  95. Lady Z Productions
  96. The Farmers Wives
  97. Clayton Storyteller
  98. Howard Petrick
  99. Mainly Me Productions
  100. Kiosk Theater
  101. Blackout
  102. Green Sea Productions
  103. Moontide Productions
  104. Okay to Play
  105. Mission Theatre Company
  106. Average Old Guy Productions
  107. Funchmo Productions
  108. Late Night Brunch Productions
  109. Curbside
  110. Bollywood Dance Scene
  111. make theatre
  112. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre
  113. Straightened Nails Theatre
  114. Red Dice Collective
  115. Banned Art Collective
  116. HatMan Productions
  117. WayWord WordSmiths Podco.
  118. InnerVoice
  119. R-WIT Productions
  120. Sidecar Theatre
  121. Kale Productions
  122. Wordsworth Ink
  123. Jeremy Schaefer
  124. Wild Blue
  125. The Ensemble Theatre Company
  126. Nefarious Laboratory
  127. Verge Theatre
  128. Green Street
  129. Jena Young Productions
  130. Passion Toggle Productions
  131. Life-sized Meme Productions
  132. Skyscraper Productions
  133. The Kansas Diaspora
  134. N/A (I am a solo artist and this production is not affiliated with a specific company. If you absolutely need a name you can list it as "Smoke Rings Theatre")
  135. Thought Bubble Productions
  136. SPNP Tech
  137. Captain Heck's Projects
  138. The Salvage Project
  139. Good Evening Theatre Company
  140. JRW Theatre
  141. The World Crime League
  142. C.O. Lynn Productions
  143. TheatreX
  144. The Coldharts
  145. Le Lunez LLC
  146. Word Sprout
  147. Kittenbritches
  148. Phalen Place Productions
  149. Jackdonkey Productions
  150. Joanna Shaw Flamm
  151. Tiger Entertainment
  152. Emerald Condor Productions
  153. CREO DanceVERVE: Twin Cities
  154. Doomkitten Productions
  155. Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer
  156. Double Backbone
  157. Burntail Arts
  158. Central Standard Theatre
  159. Shadow Horse Theatre LLC.
  160. Pangea World Theater
  161. MaddeBelle Productions
  162. Jaded Optimist Productions
  163. FTG Drama
  164. Graber Productions
  165. The Crude Mechanicals
  166. Brokenwing Productions
  167. New West Productions
  168. Abas Theatre Company
  169. First Person Theater
  170. Hero Year Productions
  171. Eduardo Productions
  172. Artem Yatsunov
  173. Glowing Ember
  174. The Whole Nine Yards
  175. Steve Berglund
  176. Jeffrey Peterson Dance
  177. Boathouse Productions
  178. Sandbox Theatre
  179. Bill Santiago
  180. Elaine Phillips
  181. Camelot Productions
  182. Pair of Animals
  183. Grand Island Company
  184. Melody Mendis Music LLC
  185. slow/soft/late
  186. Terraform Theatre
  187. Dancing Ink Productions
  188. C.S.O.C.
  189. Sunlight Initiative
  190. The BODs
  191. tds
  192. Iris Papyrus Productions
  193. Everything You Want... Right Now!
  194. Myswyken Salad Theatre Company
  195. Clara Elser
  196. Paige Collette & Rachel Austin
  197. Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  198. Ben San Del Presents
  199. Amy Anderson
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