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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Liz Capouch

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
35-44 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy


Liz Capouch's reviews

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Delightful!

If you hate to laugh, this is not the show for you. Great, original fun for all ages!

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
More, please!

Hilarious lyrics, clever writing, and a ridiculously talented cast. I hope we hear more from Keith Hovis - don't miss your chance to catch this show!

Out of the Shadows
Achingly beautiful

There aren't really words that do this show justice. I wish I hadn't had to run (literally) to another show; I wanted to meet Gabriel and tell him how much I loved and was moved by his performance. I'm so glad I took a chance on this!

Knifeslingin'!
Save your ass!

Cleverly written and delivered with nuance. It's parody without melodrama and social commentary without being bashed over the head. Critter develops from a redneck stereotype into a surprisingly relatable character. Highly recommended!

The Perils of Steve
Hardest working show in Fringe?

A cute and goofy story told with energy and accents. SO MANY ACCENTS. These folks are working it!

Rumpus
Solid Performance

Overall, this is a solid show. Parts at the beginning were a bit too drawn out for my taste. The brass ensemble was spot on and provided a great base for the movement and story. Without spoiling, the closing section was my favorite.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Does what it says on the box

Tight production, and I especially enjoyed the historic aspect of these two stories. Worth seeing!

The End of the World Sing-Along Hour
Cute, but not entirely cohesive

There are a lot of great voices in this ensemble, and the premise of a "Prairie Home Companion"-type show in a terrifying time works for me. However, I'm left wanting more...something. The show doesn't quite seem to know what it wants to be yet. A fun time, though - come prepared to sing. Or kazoo.

Full Metal Rabbit
Know your source material!

I was entertained by this, but not as much as I think I would have been had I actually ever read "Watership Down" or watched "Full Metal Jacket." I definitely got some laughs out of it, though!

The Second Banana Revolt!
Elementary themes for an adult audience

The cast is anchored by two talented leads in Wade Fields and Emily Anderson. Their strong voices and acting balance out an uneven script that seems to want to be family-friendly, but really isn't, and suffers from an unfortunate case of emotional whiplash. The narrative is cute, but not compelling.

Spec
But what does it all MEAN?

San Del presents 5 self-written and performed stories that all relate to the questions of "Why are we here?", "Does any of this matter?", and "What does it all mean?" His stories intersperse comedy, drama, and sci-fi, while bending space and time. The stories were enjoyable and thought-provoking, and the order of presentation built towards his strongest material at the end. I felt the pacing was a bit quick in parts, and the material would be better served with more time to land, though I expect this will improve with more performances.

The Summoning
Struggles with pacing

The concept of this show is interesting, but the execution didn't quite deliver for me. To me, it came down to pacing and line pickup, which seemed slow at times. Angela Fox is a standout as the mother, who brought needed energy to the performance.


Liz Capouch's Queue

Bryant Lake Bowl