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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Laura Mason

Years attending Fringe: This is my first year
18-20 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy


Laura Mason's reviews

35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself
Heart-Pounding Relatability

You know how excited you get when somebody just gets you? This show does that. Forget what you think you know about cynical Millenial navel-gazing, this show physicalizes the very real anxiety, self-doubt, and inner monsters we all live with. The third performance in particular, a solo, reminds me what it's like to hustle and hustle and still barely break even. There is so much genuine empathy for living through *HashtagTheStruggle* that you just feel it in your pulse. Fit this show into a slot. Dance doesn't get enough credit in this theatre town as it is!

Making It Home
Vital Storytelling

This show goes beyond a Fringe slot. This is storytelling at its most raw and necessary. I am so glad these performers were able to use Fringe as a platform for sharing their experiences with an audience that almost certainly has more experience with racist propaganda than actual refugees. Go see it. It's truly *hilarious* and very heartwarming.

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Even jars become funny

I laughed so hard I think I bothered the people in front of me. So hilarious and with impeccable comedic timing to boot, I only wish they had time hold for laughs. There are plenty!

Out of the Shadows
Jaw-Dropping the Whole Way Through

This is without exaggeration one of the best shows I've seen within or without the Fringe. Gabriel dances with intense athletic prowess and grace. Without spoilers, this show isn't just strictly dance and you will glean insight into the life of an artist and the life of a man of color. You will leave more in love with life and DEFINITELY in love with Gabriel. This is a must-see. Get it on your schedule.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
I'm Geeking Out

Love the performances, the aesthetic, the SCRIPT. This show is making me nerd out and if you want to see it, reserve a ticket! It was wonderful to see it in a full house.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
This show got me screamin

While I admit I'm an easy laugher, this show had me straight up shrieking. Natalie Wass drove the energy of the show forward with impressive gusto. Fringe Crush material for sure. Jessica Smith's fight choreo was slammin and the adult portrayal of the Powerpuff girls was super fun, particularly the evil nature that emerged from Buttercup and Blossom. Super fun and silly! Loving it.


Laura Mason's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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Ambiance

by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers

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Dead Silence

by 2140 Productions

HUGE  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

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Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Spec

by Ben San Del Presents

Mixed Blood  

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The Zoo Story (New Version)

by Mortimer Productions

HUGE  

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What You Will

by Jammed Desk Productions

Phoenix  

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