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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Corinna Troth

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
35-44 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Something Different


Corinna Troth's reviews

Blackout Improv
Lots of Laughs, Substance too!

This was my first experience with Blackout Improv but I hope (and intend) that it will not be my last. These performers are smart, funny, and real, a delightful addition to any Fringe schedule.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
So good. So sad. So beautiful

This is basically an example of a perfect Fringe show: Artistically ambitious, Technically streamlined, Visually stunning with a minimum of scenery and props, all of which are gorgeous. Thoughtful, engaging performances. Gorgeous unaccompanied singing. It fits a lifetime into the strict fringe time allowance, and at the show's conclusion, I simultaneously felt both very satisfied and longed for more.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Great performances, Terrible choices!

Edwin Strout is the perfect combination of Dudley Do-Right, the Our Town Stage Manager and the Pepridge Farms guy. And he's just the beginning when it comes to this exceptionally talented, fun-loving cast. Excellent use of the venue for staging scenes throughout the beautiful but deadly Yosemite National Park. But the people in the stories - their choices are TERRIBLE. And yet you can so see how it happened. How it could potentially happen to any one of us, given just one foolish decision within a particular National Park. Useful takeaways: Tell someone where you're going, Get a guide map, Stay on the trail, Stay out of the rivers, and beware siren call of The Spirit of Yosemite! Oh - And nature valley granola bars - they're messy!

Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville
Tough history, Strong performances

I had no idea about Clara Barton but wow - a remarkable woman brilliantly portrayed by Linda Sue Anderson. This show is very lovingly curated and while it's not full of action, not hilarious, not necessarily for everyone...it's a story that I wish more of us knew. Well worth your time and attention, especially if you have any interest in history or, you know, America.


Corinna Troth's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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Cocaine

by Cold Lake Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Flyer Guy

by David Lawson

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Fool's Paradise

by Desolate Maude

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

Peace Coffee
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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Knifeslingin'!

by The Theatre Cosmic

HUGE  

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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

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Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

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Passing the Poison

by Twin Cities Dance Court

Crane  

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

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces

by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Jungle Theater  

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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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Swoopstake

by (lumin)theater lab

HUGE  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

Pinocchio
Wayward Theatre - The Weir