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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Anna Amyx

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Comedy


Anna Amyx's reviews

Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces
Chaos, harmony, terrific musical talent

I am completely done with Shakespeare, yet this chaotic and delightful musical revamp of Much Ado won me over in spite of that. Terrific creativity combined with fun songs, choreography/blocking that is at times hilarious and at times evocative, and more musical instruments than actors make for a charming and engaging show. Special mention for "Beatrice" who has a truly impressive voice.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Quintessential Fringe romp!

This show was funny, well-acted, full of cultural/pop culture references, and low budget. Everything a Fringe show should be. I'm not very familiar with either King Lear or Powerpuff Girls but still found it delightful. Highly recommended.

BOOMBOX.
Outstanding, creative, funny show

This show was funny, touching, socially relevant. At times personal and at other times universal. Ms. Starr has an excellent and well-trained voice and is obviously a talented song writer as well. Using nothing but a chair, a single spoken line (never repeated), two props, and lighting cues, she managed to create a joke that happened in three parts spaced throughout the show. That's the kind of creativity and spot-on execution she gives us. See this show.

DANCING BARE FEET
Beautiful dancing and costumes!

I love a good dance number, and Dancing Bare Feet provided one after another after another! Beautiful costumes and props as well. Highly enjoyable.

It Can't Happen Here
Prophetic Sinclair Lewis

This is a very ambitious show, particularly for Fringe. 12 scenes, 16 actors(!), excellent costumes, unusual number of costume changes, and a lot of set pieces/props. Very well acted and produced. All proceeds from the production go to the ACLU. Meagan Kedrowski as Buzz Windrip was absolutely terrifying.

FUNKiN' Good Time
Diverse troupe, excellent dancing

I love a good dance number, and this crew danced almost non-stop for 54 minutes! A diverse cast proves that excellent dancers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They deliver on every promise in their show description. I'm happy I saw it on opening night because it leaves me the option of catching another performance later.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Death, mayhem, hilarity

This show is the work of seasoned comedians who can take stories of death and dismemberment and still come up with a laugh-out-loud production. Highly recommended.


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