Press Kit

Fringe essentials
  1. Name: Minnesota Fringe Festival on first reference; Fringe or Minnesota Fringe thereafter
  2. Dates: Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 14, 2016
  3. Place: Various stages in Minneapolis
  4. Shows: 170 different productions
  5. Running time: All shows run 60 minutes or less
  6. Tickets: In 2016, Fringe will be ticketed with day passes. Weekday passes cost $16, granting access to up to four shows. Weekend passes cost $22, granting access to up to seven shows. Tickets will go on sale starting July 1 at fringefestival.org and at box offices 30 minutes before the start of a performance.
  7. Website: fringefestival.org
  8. Anniversary: 2016 is Fringe's 23rd year
  9. About us: Fringe is an annual performing arts festival in the Twin Cities. For 11 days, over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre. No one selects the participating shows. Instead, a lottery determines which of over 500 applicants win production slots in the festival.
  10. Press contact: Ann B. Erickson, Associate Director, ann@fringefestival.org
Why cover the Fringe?

Theater like none other

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. One day at the festival costs a maximum of $22, meaning our audiences can take a gamble on something they've never heard of or stumble upon a hidden gem.

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 70 percent of box office receipts. In addition, we provide producers at all levels with an education in the business of making art.

The right story for your audience

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:

  • Short, 210-character show descriptions, suitability for kids and genres

  • Detailed descriptions of the show, including background stories, staging and artistic influences

  • Show photos and videos

  • Accessibility information, including ASL-interpreted and audio-described shows

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.

Box office information

Tickets

(Day passes and reservations go on sale July 1, 2016)

    Day passes

  • Weekday pass: $16; grants access to any show (maximum of 4) on a given weekday of the festival
  • Weekend pass: $22; grants access to any show (maximum of 7) on a given Saturday or Sunday of the festival

Fringe Button

Previously required for admission to the festival, the Fringe button is an optional $4 purchase that gets you year-round discounts to local theater.

NO LATE SEATING

All seats are general admission. There is no late seating at Fringe because it's too disruptive for the audience and difficult for our all-volunteer box officers to manage. With only 30 minutes between performances, we have to keep things running on time. (No, there are never exceptions.)

Fringe locations
Uptown:
  • Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St.
  • HUGE Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S.
  • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
  • Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S.

  • West Bank:
  • Barbara B. Barker Center for Dance, 500 21st Ave. S.
  • Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St.
  • Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E Franklin Ave.
  • The Southern Theater, 1420 S Washington Ave.
  • Theatre in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Ave.
  • University of Minnesota Rarig Center (3 stages), 330 21st Ave. S.

  • Northeast:
  • The Ritz Theater (2 stages), 345 13th Ave. NE
  • Strike Theater, 824 18th Ave. NE
  • Fringe by numbers

    Number of shows

    • 2016......170
    • 2015......174
    • 2014......169
    • 2013......177
    • 2012......165
    • 2011......168
    • 2010......169
    • 2009......162

    Number of performances

    • 2016......887
    • 2015......909
    • 2014......878
    • 2013......897
    • 2012......840
    • 2011......865
    • 2010......876
    • 2009......843

    Tickets sold

    • 2015......50,338
    • 2014......50,265
    • 2013......50,007
    • 2012......48,432
    • 2010......50,222
    • 2009......46,217

    Average attendance per performance

    • 2015......55.4
    • 2014......57.2
    • 2013......55.9
    • 2012......55.8
    • 2011......56.0
    • 2010......57.3
    • 2009......54.8

    Gross box office revenue

    • 2015......$411,714
    • 2014......$380,880
    • 2013......$365,101
    • 2012......$342,637
    • 2011......$362,599
    • 2010......$369,201
    • 2009......$325,463

    Total artist payout

    • 2015......$285,770
    • 2014......$258,738
    • 2013......$245,223
    • 2012......$230,997
    • 2011......$243,792
    • 2010......$249,116
    • 2009......$215,600

    Top ticket price

    • 2016......$22 (switch to day passes vs. single tickets)
    • 2015......$14
    • 2014......$12
    • 2013......$12
    • 2012......$12
    • 2011......$12
    • 2010......$12
    • 2009......$12
    2016 Fringe calendar

    Monday, June 6: Full schedule available for press

    Show information and contacts for the 2016 Minnesota Fringe available to press; email Associate Director Ann Erickson for more information.

    Friday, July 1: Website launched

    Full festival schedule and ticket sales available at fringefestival.org.

    Monday, July 18: Fringe Previews #1

    Three-minute previews of 30 different shows at the University of Minnesota Rarig Center Thrust stage.

    Monday, July 25: Fringe Previews #2

    Three-minute previews of 30 different shows at the University of Minnesota Rarig Center Thrust stage.

    Wednesday, August 3: Touring Artist Showcase

    Previews from shows by artists from around Minnesota and across the country.

    Thursday, August 4: Opening Night

    The first day of the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m.

    Monday, August 8: Opening weekend numbers announced

    Attendance figures for the festival's opening weekend released on fringefestival.org.

    Saturday, August 13: Fringe Encore announced

    The festival's final performance slot - Sunday, Aug. 14 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.

    Sunday, August 14: Closing Night Party

    A final farewell to the 2016 festival

    Monday, August 15: 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 ann@fringefestival.org.

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