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.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!



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.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. 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.


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.


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.

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 Republic, 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.

Box Office Info

Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm the Fringe Central

Alternative Box Office is open at Republic so you can grab a Day Pass while you eat lunch and skip the lines at the venue.

A limited number of VIP Passes are available for $200 and allow the holder access to any show, on any day, at any time, in any venue without having to stop by the box office.

VIP Passes will be mailed to patrons who purchase prior to July 20, 2017. Purchases made after that date will require selection of a Will Call venue: Rarig Center, The Ritz Theater, or Intermedia Arts.

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time. Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."Advance online sales stop at 1pm on weekdays and 2am on weekends. That's right, last call at Fringe Central is also last call at the Box Office.

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.

2017 Wait list

  1. Lamplighter Theatre
  2. Spike Tape Productions
  3. Tim Motley
  4. Bad Sushi Entertainment
  5. Philip Simondet Productions
  6. Buzz Off, Lucille
  7. Fancy Picnic Productions
  8. Beardog Productions
  9. David Boyle
  10. Spokane Aerial Performance Arts
  11. The Orchard Theater Collective
  12. Hannah Starr
  13. The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal
  14. Backstreet Carnival
  15. Blinking Eye Theatre
  16. Waxen Wings Productions
  17. Taming Dragons
  18. ASA Theater Collective
  19. A Girl Named Bill Productions
  20. Wild Rosemary Theater
  21. Puppet Work
  22. Parachute Players
  23. Commutator Collaborative
  24. Theater Flombeii
  25. Zip tie Theater Company
  26. Michael Rogers
  27. Daredevil Chicken
  28. Midnight Pendulum Productions
  29. Glitterbear Disco
  30. Wayward Theatre Company
  31. MDK Productions
  32. wabi-sabi
  33. GT Artistry
  34. Evanoah Productions
  35. The Fourth Wall
  36. LiRa Dance Theater Company
  37. Lindsay Forsythe
  38. AJW Productions
  39. The Drollery
  40. We Look Good in Brown
  41. Watch the Audience
  42. Black Market Doctor
  43. Theatre Unbound
  44. GREEN LINE Theatre Company
  45. Mystery Cafe
  46. Betamaxim
  47. Christopher Kehoe
  48. RPD Productions
  49. Foxhill Studios
  50. Grey Weather Theater
  51. Cult of Presidents
  52. The Liberated Bloc
  53. Laura Packer, storyteller
  54. The Hnossa Project
  55. Tristan Miller Co
  56. Fearless Comedy Productions
  57. Theatre Corrobora
  58. Kruger-Bogle
  59. Pamela Ziemann
  60. Lupiction Productions
  61. Rachel Petrie
  62. Animal Engine
  63. Teresa Mock and Mark Sweeney Present
  64. Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
  65. Special When Lit
  66. Nice Ankles
  67. Applause Community Theatre
  68. Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions
  69. HT Productions
  70. Dilettante
  71. Davis & Duke Theater Company
  72. RASA (Re-Presenting Arts of South Asia)
  73. 1970
  74. Deep Bus
  75. Joseph Price
  76. BERW Productions
  77. Cats and Rap
  78. Monster Science Productions
  79. Antic Productions
  80. Up in the Attic Productions
  81. Stardust Productions
  82. Quick Question Productions
  83. Erinn Liebhard + Dancers
  84. Johnny Daydreaming
  85. Damn Kids Productions
  86. Literally Entertainment Productions
  87. Chad Filley Productions
  88. The Gay Trauma Archives
  89. Mothership Theater Company
  90. La Crosse Community Theatre
  91. Express Theatre Company
  92. Halie Bahr
  93. Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
  94. Chekhov's Gun Productions
  95. Ass N Sass Cabaret
  96. Entropy
  97. Lady Z Productions
  98. The Farmers Wives
  99. Clayton Storyteller
  100. Howard Petrick
  101. Mainly Me Productions
  102. Kiosk Theater
  103. Blackout
  104. Green Sea Productions
  105. Moontide Productions
  106. Okay to Play
  107. Mission Theatre Company
  108. Average Old Guy Productions
  109. Funchmo Productions
  110. Late Night Brunch Productions
  111. Curbside
  112. Bollywood Dance Scene
  113. make theatre
  114. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre
  115. Straightened Nails Theatre
  116. Red Dice Collective
  117. Banned Art Collective
  118. HatMan Productions
  119. WayWord WordSmiths Podco.
  120. InnerVoice
  121. R-WIT Productions
  122. Sidecar Theatre
  123. Kale Productions
  124. Wordsworth Ink
  125. Jeremy Schaefer
  126. Wild Blue
  127. The Ensemble Theatre Company
  128. Nefarious Laboratory
  129. Verge Theatre
  130. Green Street
  131. Jena Young Productions
  132. Passion Toggle Productions
  133. Life-sized Meme Productions
  134. Skyscraper Productions
  135. The Kansas Diaspora
  136. 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")
  137. Thought Bubble Productions
  138. SPNP Tech
  139. Captain Heck's Projects
  140. The Salvage Project
  141. Good Evening Theatre Company
  142. JRW Theatre
  143. The World Crime League
  144. C.O. Lynn Productions
  145. TheatreX
  146. The Coldharts
  147. Le Lunez LLC
  148. Word Sprout
  149. Kittenbritches
  150. Phalen Place Productions
  151. Jackdonkey Productions
  152. Joanna Shaw Flamm
  153. Tiger Entertainment
  154. Emerald Condor Productions
  155. CREO DanceVERVE: Twin Cities
  156. Doomkitten Productions
  157. Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer
  158. Double Backbone
  159. Burntail Arts
  160. Central Standard Theatre
  161. Shadow Horse Theatre LLC.
  162. Pangea World Theater
  163. MaddeBelle Productions
  164. Jaded Optimist Productions
  165. FTG Drama
  166. Graber Productions
  167. The Crude Mechanicals
  168. Brokenwing Productions
  169. New West Productions
  170. Abas Theatre Company
  171. First Person Theater
  172. Hero Year Productions
  173. Eduardo Productions
  174. Artem Yatsunov
  175. Glowing Ember
  176. The Whole Nine Yards
  177. Steve Berglund
  178. Jeffrey Peterson Dance
  179. Boathouse Productions
  180. Sandbox Theatre
  181. Bill Santiago
  182. Elaine Phillips
  183. Camelot Productions
  184. Pair of Animals
  185. Grand Island Company
  186. Melody Mendis Music LLC
  187. slow/soft/late
  188. Terraform Theatre
  189. Dancing Ink Productions
  190. C.S.O.C.
  191. Sunlight Initiative
  192. The BODs
  193. tds
  194. Iris Papyrus Productions
  195. Everything You Want... Right Now!
  196. Myswyken Salad Theatre Company
  197. Clara Elser
  198. Paige Collette & Rachel Austin
  199. Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  200. Ben San Del Presents
  201. Amy Anderson
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