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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Brooke Magid Hart

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
55-64 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Drama


Brooke Magid Hart's reviews

Hello, I Must Be Going...
Well done

I am not an Groucho Marx afficionado, so did not know anything about the end of his life, or his relationship with his secretary, so I learned something from this play about him. Ari Hoptman is always a reason to see any Fringe show that he is in. This one has a strong cast along with him. Note: if you don't want to know what is going to happen before the play begins, don't read the back of the program until it is over, and then it won't be worth reading. It was definitely a spoiler!

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Hilarious!

Nonstop laughing! What a blast! Wish I could see this one again on a bummer day!

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
Love this troupe!

Talent and humor in one package! Great!

Pope Joan
How did I not know this?

Enchanting and engaging history I never heard of. Fabulous cast and staging. Has the depth of a full length play packed into 55 minutes. I hope they get an encore.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Could not stop laughing!

We've witnessed so many crazy stupid people in national parks, including Yosemite! This made their antics "what were they thinking?" hysterical. Loved it!

ODD MAN OUT
Fabulous

I wish I'd seen this show earlier in the week so theater my review would matter, but maybe the actors will still appreciate the rave. This play was sensational. So we'll acted, excellent script. At 55 min. I thought that there was no way they could finish on time and I would need to forgo my next play, but they did, and it was perfect. This could be a full length play, but it was excellent as is. We need to watch for this playwright and actors again.

A Pickle
Chutzpah

Doris may put chutzpah into her pickle jars, but she has identified and shared with us (and I had no idea before seeing this show) the real source of chutzpah: a state fair that bills itself as the great Minnesota get together, and then excludes all but the white, Christian, of-Scandinavian-descenders amongst us. I won't be looking at the pickles or any of the other homemade/homegrown foods, crafts, arts or anything else at the fair through the same lens again. Thank you!

One Foot
Top notch

This was one of the best shows at this year's Fringe. Very real, very touching. Both actors were superb. In the small venue, with front row seats, I felt like I was with them, rather than watching a play. The staging was very clever, too, with great use of a piece of cloth as blanket, wedding gown, lake edge and ice fishing hole. Beautiful performance in every way. I hope to see them again at the Fringe or elsewhere.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Lucky to see this one

I got one of the last seats in a sold out show and lucked out. Excellent delivery of a unique and interesting script. Definitely recommend this show!

Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heaven
Fun fun!

These guys are always a treat! Fast, funny, clever!

It Can't Happen Here
And the past is prologue

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it, and repeat it we are. Excellent troupe, as always, and a very strong play. All should see this one. All of the cast are top notch and in particular Meagan Kedrowski.

Debacle: Stories of Life's Ultimate Fiascos!
Delightful

A mix of humor and music and touching. Much like The Moth, which they have been a part of. I'd recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good storyteller.

A Bollywood Twistery
Hmmm ...

I didn't get into the show I wanted to see and figured that Bollywood is always fun. This group has some good dance talent, but the show had some trouble with the flow, the script wasn't great, and Bollywood is energized by a stage full of dancers, which this lacked. Add a lot more dancers and tighten up the performance and it will be okay.


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