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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Suzi Love

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


Suzi Love's reviews

Persephone
Real. Raw. Rare.

How do I begin? Whooo, I should not have worn my stage makeup to this one. I have never before been so impacted by a production. I was a royal mess after this beautiful whirlwind of the jarring combination of anxiety and depression expressed through dance, song, and poetry. The performances were honest, relatable, and entirely human. As someone who is learni g to live with mental illness, it was hard not to see myself in Persephone. I would only suggest more warning for the viewers who would call this close to home. I left the theater shaking, but I thank you deeply for making this work, and for your final gesture of compassion. It was well worth the digging.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
POW POW

Shakespeare hybridized with cult classic 90s cartoon butt-kicking girls? UM YES. I can't think of a better way to spend my Fringey Saturday afternoon! Kinda wish I had brought a bowl of cereal to complete my nostalgia. Also, this is a stellar team. Big thumbs up to Jessica Smith (THAT FIGHT CHOREO, THO), Emily Rose Dues(you loveable, smirking badass Buttercup), Nicole Wilder (NOICE), Natalie Rae Wass (So versatile, you'll be shocked to see what she can do with her voice!), Bre'elle Erickson (Blossom at her finest), and of course

First Year Queer
Destigmatizing the taboo...

...is sessy

The Last Bombardment
Creepy crawling

The staging, lighting, and performances in this one worked so well together. I was squirming in my seat. The story got under my skin....as someone who works in infant care as my day job, this was incredibly unsettling. In a good way. This thriller really delivers.

On The Exhale
Dangerous to miss!

Wow. I am so thankful that I made it into this one. The writing is brilliant, the performance, in one word: captivating. I feel this work is so crucial. It asks Americans to examine our relationship with weapons, and highlights the underrepresented narrative of coping with trauma and loss. I am hoping for an encore!

The Masque of Power
Must see!

Did they just do what I thought they did? Yes? Yes. YES! Who thought a critical analysis of power dynamics could leave my sides in stitches? Who thought the form of commedia could give such insight about political discourse? This duo serves up an EXCELLENT performance fusing commedia, performance art, and spoken word, all while blurring lines of the 4th wall. I left the theater with a stimulating mixture of contentment in laughter, shock and realization of how apt this show is, and a dawning inspiration to do more to resist. Did I mention these guys are hilarious? DO NOT MISS MASQUE OF POWER!

ODD MAN OUT
Remount, please!

Odd Man Out is phenomenal. The script is a well crafted examination of abuse and family dynamic, and was carried expertly by the cast. I was riveted by the opening scene, and kept captive until the final moments. I would go to see this mounted again.


Suzi Love'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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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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BOOMBOX.

by Hannah Starr

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Dame daDA & the Meta Show

by Nichole Hamilton

Ritz Studio  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Facility

by Imagined Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

Bryant Lake Bowl
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Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

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Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

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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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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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Passing the Poison

by Twin Cities Dance Court

Crane  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

by Clevername Productions

Jungle Theater  

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So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

by First Daughter Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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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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