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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Tim Perfect

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy

Tim Perfect's reviews

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Heartwarming and Horrifying

I was so pleasantly surprised by this charming, witty production, skillfully directed with economy in a small space by Shawna Bradt, and the these complex, troubled characters brought to such life by Lauren Schulke and Dakotah Brown, two young actors who have a bright future ahead of them. I was fully invested in both Doug and Kayleen's stories, and in the short span of a fringe show drama, that is a tall order. Hats off to the director, actors, crew, and Mosaic's production staff. I look forward to seeing what the future brings for this young company.

Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
Much Ado in 60 Minutes

I was also a bit disappointed this wasn't more in the vein of Stoppard's "R&G are Dead", but it was a very charming show. The soft open was hilarious, and extra-special kudos to Dogberry for shutting down the heckler! That was absolutely brilliant. Sara Richardson's physicality and delivery as Verges/Borachio was a highlight, as was Elise Langer's Margaret. The puppetry was very engaging - Taj Ruler's portrayal as Claudio was elevated by that simple choice of clearing his throat. Overall, I wish more time could have been taken to use Shakespeare's language more, but given the 60 minute time frame, I think it deserves a pass. Well done, Rough Magic! You won't be disappointed if you go see the final performance on Sunday at 5:30pm.

...something painful this way comes

As I suffered through these 60 minutes, it suddenly occurred to me that this *must* have been developed to present to junior high or high school kids. There were two moments that I liked, and they totaled all of 10 seconds. One star for their attempt, but it was just presented to us as if we were kids. As Hamlet said to the players: "Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. But if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, by use all gently, for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

Tim Perfect's Queue

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions


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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

Peace Coffee