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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Rachel Teagle

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Comedy


Rachel Teagle's reviews

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Creepy, Polished Fun

This was an excellent choice for the 10:00 slot. The performances were polished, the sound effects were fun, and the classic scripts definitely stand the test of time. Watching people with shoes on their hands is always a bit silly, but there was absolutely nothing silly about hearing the voices of the Shadow People in a darkening theater. If you're looking for a thrill, this is the right place to go.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Delicate, Powerful, Lovely

From the opening tableau to the final moment, every part of this show is meticulously crafted. I love me some old timey ghost ladies and this hit all of my sweet spots and genuinely moved me. The stagecraft is so, so smart.

Bear Eats Bear
Engrossing and Unique

You're issued a cassette player and sent out into the park to find your own space to experience a post apocalyptic world. It's easy to lose yourself in the sounds and I enjoyed both recognizing familiar cultural artifacts and the glimpses of the decaying world of the play. It's absolutely worth the drive, and at a brisk 40 minutes, you have plenty of time to make it to your next show. As other reviewers have noted, if you come a little early, you can start your experience early too. Absolutely worth it; a little scary, a little funny, a little heartbreaking, and very very human.

US-52 South
Pleasantly Surprised

There's a lot to like in this show. The way the smart phone drives the show was novel and felt very authentic. I could read the screen of her phone from where I was sitting, and it actually showed that she was calling the people she claimed to be calling. There were some great moments of realistic tension and drama, and I definitely felt for the protagonist. But, there were definitely also missed opportunities. The suspense could have been better maintained and the other actors in the piece were very underutilized. I would have like to see much more of them, or not seen them at all. Overall, an interesting premise with some strong choices and good use of technology.


Rachel Teagle's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Bear Eats Bear

by The Last Grizzly

Kenwood Community Center  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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BOOMBOX.

by Hannah Starr

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

Bryant Lake Bowl
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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

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Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

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Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

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Spec

by Ben San Del Presents

Mixed Blood  

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STRANGER

by Perspectives Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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We Would Not Exist Without Disco

by GlowEarth Productions

Crane  

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