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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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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Larry Ripp

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Comedy

Larry Ripp's reviews

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Intense and Focused

Zoo Story is not an easy script. An actor can be tripped up anyplace along the way with the complicated concepts and ideas that spill out a mile a minute throughout. That this show stays keenly focused and concentrated during it's entire running time is both breathtaking and exciting for a theatergoer. The direction of this piece is perfect. The acting, the same. Loved it. Go see it!

The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee
BETTER than expected

I had to think about this one. 4 stars or 5? That's the beauty of this show. Simple and quiet, at first you don't think you are seeing all that much. But then you realize that the filmed stuff is really GOOD! The Lead is really GOOD! The pace is exactly right. The length is perfect. All the actors are focused and on point ALL the way through. What the heck else could I want from a very, very thoughtful show that only asks you, gently, to give them a chance? I did that and I was rewarded. 5 stars and don't let them fool you into thinking anything less.

Hello, I Must Be Going...
Hello Groucho!

Marx died close to 40 years ago. Now, here he is again. That Ari inhabits an icon AND creates the human being is amazing. Most people say "well sure! He was born to play Groucho." No. This twin city treasure is nothing like Groucho Marx. But then Here He Is! Alive again on stage in a wonderful, sad, absorbing and true and end of life. This is something special.

No Summer Of Love

These storytellers have taken off the rose colored glasses and have given us 1967 up close and personally political. So smart. So raw. So real. With great live music to add authentic flavor. Here are REAL human stories about a time, an era that began the process of teaching us to understand that we didn't understand anything at all. Hope and dispair together all at once. That was 1967. That is this show. Loved it!

Good Friday: Round One
Author Author!

Very fine script! A challenge mostly met by a cast that really worked at bringing the off beat to life. Fine lead in Jesus. Thoughtful and thought provoking all the way through. A rewarding experience.

The Last Bombardment
Went for it!

What I loved about this show was they set up a premise and fearlessly took it to it's logical conclusion. Also a VERY strong ensemble cast. Big cast and no weak links. I was frankly surprised at how well directed this presentation was! Like a well oiled touring Company. It was that good. Here is material it took real guts to present. Stand proud everybody. In my opinion one of the very BEST of the fringe!

Talk show

I was a little surprised that that "the fool" talked in this show. He's held my interest for years on stage without saying a word. Still, this big hearted show was very fine for folks who've never seen his stuff. It's a 5 for those people. So I gave him a 5. But for us who know and love Lloyd it was the fun of the seeing the tried and true. I tried to put myself in the newbies seat and was charmed and delighted with his message of hope,love and inclusion. Good medicine indeed.

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Just Plane Great

Fast. Bursting with wit. Crazy imaginative and with a bit of heart! The full package. If this is not on your list of must sees get with it. WOW! Not one slow minute. And all smart funny.

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners

Bill Erwin used to do this stuff on Broadway! This is nearly as good. My favorite fringe show so far from the you can't go wrong dept. when one sees an entertainment like this you say "take this thing on the road! Everybody's got to see it!" Two professional entertainers who are local treasures. And I do mean treasure. This show is a pot of gold. Silent but priceless.

Clutter, Chaos, Creativity and the Collyer Brothers
NOT to be thrown away!

I love and am in awe of of seeing somebody do something I can't do as a performer. To stand up and address an audience for an hour and not look like you are reaching or hunting for a thought is my idea of magic. Magic is on stage here with a show that confronts the hoarding problem with compassion, wit, charm and even some puzzling over the human condition. No real answers or message here and for all her self revelation I got the impression that there is more to this story and this personality than meets the eye. What she just touches on with the brief mention of her mother says there might be a whole OTHER show here, for perhaps Next Year. An hour WELL spent is what I'd like to send you off with.

Full Metal Rabbit
Fun, Fun, Fun!

This is not really my kind of fringe show. Silly stuff all the way through. Who needs it? People who want to LAUGH that's who! SO much better than I had feared, this crazy spoof is bursting with Talent, wit and FUN! So goofy I don't even want to start. But SMART goofy. That's the best kind. Might go back and bring some friends.

Antonio and the Juice Man
Something to shake a spear at

Let's just say IDEAS are a big part of the fringe. And Don Cosgrove writes plays that are packed with em! He tells a fascinating true account here and we get a history lesson. But OH if only history had been this much fun back in the day when I was young. Off beat and wacky this show is also modest and low key. But interesting and good at keeping you interested? YOU BET! Have a look. Everybody can use a little "and now for something completely different" sometimes.

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR

During the first 24 minutes or so this was going to be a 5 star review all the way. But as the show went on I began to feel like their music choices were more and more "we're gonna give ya culture like it or not!" Fun turned into a sort of master class of musical cultural styles with some choices just not all that accessible. This was really brought home by their final selection which was somber, a bit atonal and nothing to end a show with in my opinion. That said, these are phenomenal musicians and if they had just kept a LITTLE of the fun from the beginning for the end I'd be over the top for them. Then throwing the globe around, pretending a spontaneous show with audience "choices " was an old magic trick that didn't fly with me.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

Close your eyes and listen. If you have heard old recordings of radio shows from the " golden age" you will find this group does a great job of doing an old radio script just as good as the old days. It's not easy to make it all work and sound "right" but this group indeed gets it RIGHT. That said I wasn't crazy about the first story and the second one with the shadow was very standard stuff. If you are going to go to the effort of performing a broadcast live on stage I think it needs to be a little more "showy" with more effects and a much wittier presentation.

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