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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Grenacia Green's reviews

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR

As I led my husband to this show, he said, "didn't we see this last year?" and I told him it was different from year to year, and from performance to performance. At the end we were both giving it a standing ovation along with most of the audience, and he remembered why we kept coming back. There was little to no overlap in the material from last year to this year. The musical performance is amazing, but if you'd get bored just watching a concert, that won't be a problem with this, because there is so much to watch as they move around the stage making the music. This troupe seems to create a whole new genre of performance, effortlessly blending into their music dance, comedy, drama, acrobatics, etc. without missing a note.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Mawwiage, is what brings us togedder...

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary this fall, and we very much enjoyed this show. I have a love/hate relationship with weddings, including my own. I liked this show much more than I liked the actual experience of planning a wedding. I could relate to a lot of the fights and commiserate and be amused. There was a lot of variety in the nature of the conflicts, and they were all entertaining.

Blackbeard's Revenge
Redeemed by music, not by the grail

I loved the music, the little musical interludes kept things interesting. The acting was good too, but the story felt like it had a bunch of pieces missing from it. The stuff with the grail and the angel didn't really make sense or feel right.

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
OMG Leia!

I absolutely loved Leia's monologue. It was fabulously written and flawlessly performed, and said so much that needed to be said - she was a fabulous tribute to Leia Organa and Carrie Fisher. There was also some great comedy bits, and some good stage combat and drama. Some dialogue was straight from the original movies, but always with additions of comedy and/or additional material to explain motivations and fill plot holes. I saw their first performance and there are some kinks that hopefully will be worked out: R2D2 was awesome but sometimes it was hard to hear C-3PIO over her. It was impossible to hear Obi-Wan anytime the audience was laughing at whatever he'd said previously - he didn't pause and should have a microphone.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Kind of funny PSA

The acting was great, I'm sure I laughed many times, but honestly I got bored with the repetition of story after story of people breaking park rules doing something dumb and causing a death. The script seemed like what you would get if a high school drama teacher gave their class a list of facts about Yosemite and deaths that occurred there and assigned their class to create a funny but fact-filled hour-length Public Service Announcement about why you need to follow park rules.

Waiting for Gygax
Love D&D and/or Waiting for Godot?

I get the feeling I might have loved it if I was really into D&D, or really into Waiting for Godot. As someone with just a mild interest in both, I did enjoy it, but wouldn't personally call it a must-see.

Where are the feelings?

This was a fun and entertaining show, and very well performed, but it did not live up to the mythology it liked to reference. It was a pretty generic story of young love, specifically the experience of not being sure how you feel about someone or what to do about it and being stupid and hurtful about it. It was very focused on what he happened, and how he thought he was supposed to feel about it rather than what he was actually feeling, aside from shame when he messed up. Without the broader emotional content some of the developments were surprising, but not in a good way they would have been if the emotions that caused them were shared. Some of the musical interludes were pretty meh but the rap was really funny in a good way.

Dick White: Ghost Detective
Fun, but dumb jokes should be funnier.

This was a fun show, but not amazing. I like dumb jokes, but I love the kind of dumb jokes that make you laugh like crazy despite their dumbness, and most of their dumb jokes were not at that level, which was unfortunate for a show that relied heavily on dumb jokes and had little substance. There were a few really clever jokes that I loved, but not enough of them and not much of a plot. Worth watching if you want some simple entertainment and you don't have a better choice in that time slot.

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