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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Andy Flamm

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
55-64 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Comedy


Andy Flamm's reviews

It's About Love Again This Year
Dance You Can Understand

I love Fringe dance shows because they tend to be short and accessible even to those, like me, who don't know much about dance. This show was delightful from start to finish, and there were lots of laughs. Glad we went.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
The Horror...

Really well done show, and definitely not just for fans of the horror genre. Watching the talented cast make sound effects while never missing their lines was fun. Would recommend to anyone except young kids.

To The Quick: A trio of short plays that cut deep
Drama For Short Attention Spans

These two-person scenes are well-written and well-acted, and brief enough to hold the interest of even the most impatient audience member. If you want a little substance to go with your comedy, you can't go wrong with this show.

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
A Laugh A Second

This isn't a laugh a minute show...it's a laugh a second show. It also has a plot (sort of), but it's the zany puns and adorable trio of singers which will keep you laughing. Enjoy!


Andy Flamm's Queue

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

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Get Hooked

by Madlads Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Interplay | still & moving

by Ray Terrill Dance Group

Intermedia  

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Melody Mendis is "Barbra"

by Melody Mendis Music LLC

Crane  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

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Nowhere in Glass

by JSB Theatre

Crane  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

Westside VW
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Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

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Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Serpentine

by Maximum Verbosity

Strike Theater  

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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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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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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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The Second Banana Revolt!

by Far From The Tree

Rarig Thrust  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

Humble Cup
Surly