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 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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Hillary Olson

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different


Hillary Olson's reviews

The Masque of Power
Passionate Artists on Important Themes

You could tell from the moment the duo walked on stage that they were doing something they loved. The balance between the real and the facade was powerful and poignant. This show was smart, hilarious and heart-warming- just what I needed from Fringe 2017! A must see!

Bear Eats Bear
Compelling experience

This has to be the most unique show at Fringe this year. It was a refreshing change of pace and a 2017 must see!

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
Spooky Silly ❤️

FANTASTIC show. It hit all of my buttons: wacky, smart, skillful and hilarious. Plus there is some musical parodies that you don't want to miss!

Pinocchio
🤥 YES.

This was one of the best executed shows I have seen so far at Fringe. The comedic timing was brilliant! Seriously impressed with the physicallity and voice of Pinocchio. Wow.

Persephone
Evocative, embodied and real.

This was hands down one of the most moving dance pieces I have ever seen. I am still processing how powerful it was hours later. The words and movement worked together so seamlessly because the ensemble embodied every complexity of emotion. This show is so important, so honest. so beautiful - I cannot recommend it enough.

Dick White: Ghost Detective
🍆

I don't know what just happened but I loved it.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Fantastic production ⚡️

This show was impressively produced. Shalee & Daniel have set the bar high for Fringe shows with this one. The blocking was masterful and clever and worked so well with the stunning projection art! ðŸ'¥ To appreciate this production fully you should have some knowledge/appreciation of one these things (any will do): Powerpuff Girls, King Lear OR wacky theatrical mashups. But if you do - you will LOVE this show. My favorite part was the bouncy hat.

"___________"
The most powerful show at Fringe.

Not just at Fringe - it was probably the most powerful performance I have ever seen. It is so unlike anything else... Yes, it will be a bit scary but you will not be alone. The artists have created such a safe space to bring light to something that stays in the dark too long. "_______" was masterfully acted and skillfully written. I cannot recommend this show enough for those ready for more than just your average Fringe experience.

Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical
Impressive!

OMG THOSE TRANSITIONS. You've seen painful transitions, you've seen acceptable transitions but I can't remember being this amazed during those interludes. Every one of them was as exciting and dynamic as the rest of the show. The talented ensemble worked well together under some clever writing and staging by Alexander. Successful musicals are a rare treat at Fringe and this one does not disappoint.

His Name Doesn't Matter
Hilarious and Heartfelt

This show had the perfect amount of laughs and feels. Spencer & Amie are a magical storytelling team who open their hearts on stage and bring everyone along for the ride. I was extremely impressed with their writing and performances. ðŸ'•

DUNGEON
AWESOME ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'

This was some of the coolest shit I have EVER SEEN. I think this might be my favorite show at Fringe this year. It was absolutely incredible to watch - DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WITNESS THE MAGIC.

Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
Strong Acting - Hilarious adaptation

Awesome performances from the whole cast. If you have time don't miss their last performance tomorrow! You won't regret it. ðŸ'Œ

Knifeslingin'!
!!!

I expected it to be funny - but I didn't expect to have feels! Well done Motz! ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'ðŸ'

Spec
Excellent and Imaginative!

I LOVED this show! The writing was brilliant and the stories were captivating. SPECtacular storytelling. 🙈ðŸ'¾ðŸ'½ðŸ¤–

BOOMBOX.
Breathtaking.

This show was absolutely incredible. Hilarious and powerful from start to finish. Hannah Starr is one of the most genuine and talented performers I have seen on stage. She possesses incredible vocal and physical control that is energizing to witness. She plays multiple characters but somehow is more vulnerable, more authentically human than most people are in real life. I only wish she was still local to MN, but at the same time...I want to see her make it BIG. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️(she will)


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