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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Matt Saxe

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
35-44 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Something Different


Matt Saxe's reviews

A Mermaid Abroad & A Fish Out of Water
Moving Stories From Talented People

Scot and Ariel interweave their international adventures together so harmoniously its hard to believe they've never done it before. Both tell moving stories that are at times heart-wrenching, and other times extremely funny and never not interesting. They're unafraid to show the real, gritty and nasty details of the circumstances and their surroundings and their own honest raw emotions, desires, and humanity, flaws and all. I wish I've been where they have and could talk about it like they do. Its a great show, performed wonderfully, full of heart from two talented theatre artists.

De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
A Five-Star Saga

So far nothing has impressed me on every level as much as this show did. The entire ensemble did a magnificent job in crafting this movement piece, it truly has the feel of a Norse epic, but its uniqueness is all its own. It feels like an ancient tale, but is a 100% original story. All of the performers do wonderful work in their choreography and movement, and embodying the many characters they all play. Its haunting, funny in places, and always fascinating to watch. The original live music combined with the casts intelligent use of sheets, a single prop, and their own voices and bodies, crafts a new saga that belongs right in a storybook of Norse myths. The entire cast deserves recognition for their extraordinary work in making this show.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Hilarious & Romantic Fighting Fun

Hilariously funny people reenacting their wedding "fights"--Perfect. The wedding theme helped tie it all together in a great way. As for the winners of each fight: I sided with Rachael last year because college football is awesome-but I'm on Andy's side because-FREE food. Laura over Levi, Nicholas over Colleen (he did the work!) there were so many things in Shanan and Erics it hard to keep track, but I will say I enjoy a pig roast so I don't see the issue in that (unless you're vegetarian/vegan) but I'm not into PDA like Shanan, Heather over Jim-its her life, kind of a tie with Rita & Justin as played by Richie (DON'T post on Facebook but Ritas physical humor had me dying) and tie between Lacey and John because I love them both so much. 5*

Full Metal Rabbit
Hazel Meets Rambo=Fun

You don't need to know anything about WATERSHIP DOWN or 80's war action movies (think FULL METAL JACKET of course, but also RAMBO, and NAVY SEALS) to enjoy this talented casts performance. However, if you're a fan of these things, you'll enjoy the show on another level. The resemblance to the structure and many of the characters in WATERSHIP was especially cool to me. But the big draw is the physicality of the show and the elaborate fight scenes. Just a really fun show.

Knifeslingin'!
KNIFESLINGIN'! is More Great Motz

One thing I really respect about Motz's shows over the years, is that he always makes you feel for his characters, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. Critter is a self-defense teacher/perpetual expert witness and pseudo guru of fighting, and he's hilariously over the top, but his habits and character are grounded in reality and that's what makes the character work. The back and forth from the 80's instructional video to a modern courtroom is transitioned seamlessly and the issue brought up in the case doesn't come off as preachy to me. From how to stand, to how to grip your knife, to when to sling, Critter knows his stuff and its great stuff. Pogi Sumalani made for a worth foe in the courtroom scenes. Another Fringe success for Motz.

Pinocchio
Sheep brings PINOCCHIO to Glorious Life.

I love Sheep Theatre's work. The script is full of that wonderful smart, wise-acre Sheep humor, and still gives you a story with heart. Robb's performance as the title character, who has an unapologetic appetite for destruction and pleasure after he's brought to life is just creepily hilarious and then moving as he realizes other people matter too. Rogers is a perfect foil to him as the unwilling conscience tapped by the resplendent Blue Fairy (Iris Rose Page). Joey Hamburgers frustrated gangster Stromboli is a great villain and he's aided by Page and director Michael Hugh Torsch to gain his revenge on the reformed Geppeto, an intimidating, then loving father Jacob Mobley. John Hilsen provides excellent music. Its a superb, must-see show.

Blackbeard's Revenge
Not Your Typical Pirate Play

Do you like pirate shows with pirates acting like the ones in HOOK? Then you won't like this show. Instead, we have a tale of REAL pirates and how they really behaved and what they really were like. Brian Hesser's Blackbeard paired with Kelly Nelson's traumatized Mary play off one another well. Matt Kelly makes you truly feel for the desperate Israel Hands and Adri Mehra is sharp as a British officer who thirsts for Blackbeards head. They give us a great saber battle. Nichole Carey's beautiful singing with her musicians add just the right atmosphere. McCarthy is ethereal as Gabriel. There are questions of redemption of the soul brought up here that leave you thinking. Its not just "pirate fun", but a quickly paced, & unique morality tale.

Be Your Selfie!
Believe in BE YOUR SELFIE.

This is one of the most innovative and most meta-Fringe plays I've ever seen. Marcus has done an excellent job of capturing the desire of people to become insta-celebrities and our YouTube obsessed culture. Should vloggers edit or show everything? Are you really being yourself when you cut out the rough patches, or when you don't, are you giving too much information--and do you know who your Followers really are? Fantastic use of the Intermedia space with all the videos to go with the casts exits and entrances. The videos have some real laugh out loud moments, including the pre-show ones. I really loved its observations on Fringe & what outsiders could see it as. Ethan, Rob, and Natalie all give great performances in this unique & fun show

Hot Air
Perfect Noir-Farce

This young cast does an extraordinary job hitting all the classic noir tropes in this hysterical sendup of the genre. Bitter detectives, ex-partners (in more ways than one), suspicious murders, impatient police chiefs, chases, fights, damn good coffee, over the top interrogations, double-crosses, its all there and its all done with razor sharp comic timing and wonderful visual effects using a very crucial spotlight and screen to create shadow performances that are a delight. All accompanied with live music that really captures the style and era of this case and adds to the atmosphere. Highly enjoyable work by this talented cast and crew.

The Perils of Steve
Perilous Fun

All four actors play multiple roles and do it very well. If you're in to the genre they're exploring--spy movies with a comedic twist---you'll like this show.


Matt Saxe's Queue

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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Blackbeard's Revenge

by The Park Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Blood Debt

by Degenerate Theatre

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

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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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En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Hot Air

by SCHMAGENCY

Rarig Xperimental  

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Knifeslingin'!

by The Theatre Cosmic

HUGE  

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The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

MTA
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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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On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

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The Perils of Steve

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Serpentine

by Maximum Verbosity

Strike Theater  

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The Well

by Coattail Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Waiting for Gygax

by Hot Chocolate Media

Rarig Xperimental  

Humble Cup
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