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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Amy Bonifas

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


Amy Bonifas' reviews

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Mysterious and old timey

Exactly what I came to see. Accomplished actors pulled off faithful reproductions of classic radio suspense and horror. If you enjoyed this it is definitely worth listening to their podcast. My only sadness is that I didn't get to listen to something new as these episodes have been featured in the podcast. The audience was at time distracting with sometimes misplaced laughter.

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

The best of the Fringe this year. Great story, excellent use of music, stellar performances. I would see this again. I would consider a reservation for this one.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
All winners

Well acted. Arguments were sufficiently varied and flowed well from one to the next. Really enjoyable. Make sure to see.

Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
Ado about Much

This is my first exposure to Much Ado and I very much enjoyed it. Smoothly delivered and cleverly cast. Liked the use of puppets. If you're up for some Shakespeare I'd recommend it!

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Slapstick fun

Always delightful to watch this company showcase physical comedy. Very kid friendly.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Bear delivers

I love this idea! Pacing good, selection of vignettes good. Worth seeing and off the beaten path for story concepts. Opportunities for tighter crafting of dialogue though I wouldn't change one word for the ranger. Edwin Strout stands out for his wonderful sense of timing.

The End of the World Sing-Along Hour
Baritone 4 evah

Fun and original. Music easy to have audience join in. Remember that having a kazoo is a great responsibility: a privilege that may be confiscated if misused.

[Enter the Narrator]
That's what she said

Fun fun fun. Loved the concept and appreciated seeing the ideas fully fleshed out. Quite well executed. If you have room in your fringe schedule I'd pencil this in.

Repertoire Dogs
Entertaining

If you're looking for diversity, you'll only find it in the impressions here. Definitely a white guy fest. That said I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The pairing of material and characters was great. Audience volunteer was magnificent.

Anarchy! (a handbook)
Give peace a chance

Strong writing and performances. Reasonable summary of arguments for and against violence as a legitimate means of resistance. Clever use of props. Good placement of humor to bring lighter moments to a heavy subject.

Dick White: Ghost Detective
Members Only

An entire show of dick jokes. If that's your favorite form of humor then look no further; you will be highly entertained. The story was scant, the premise poorly taken advantage of, and the ending was a bit of a let down. The actors do play well against one another and the lead's voice sonorous if at times difficult to understand due to a combination of diction and acoustics.


Amy Bonifas' Queue

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Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Dick White: Ghost Detective

by I'm Related To Lin Manuel Miranda

Rarig Xperimental  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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Get Hooked

by Madlads Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Hot Air

by SCHMAGENCY

Rarig Xperimental  

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The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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The Perils of Steve

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

Westside VW
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Subpar Heroes

by Renegade Theater Company

Southern  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

Pinocchio