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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Marie Cooney

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Drama

Marie Cooney's reviews

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Out of this world powerful!

An extremely well polished gem. Great setting, props, costumes, sound effects from the second one enters the performance space. Outstanding performances by all. Excellent direction. Highest compliment is I would love to see it again. Written script was excellent: I really enjoyed the weaving explanations of child's play turned into hoax, gifted women who provided resources in times of need and brought about changes, true or forced or false confessions, the pain of losing a close sister whether in life or in death. I imagine this play being produced beyond the Fringe, but see it now, just in case. Favorite so far.

Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heaven
Hysterical Blending, Literally!

Each performer is outstanding in his or her own right. Blended together, it was an even more hysterical show. Totally outrageous and full of laughter, again and again and again. One request: please focus side lighting out of audience. Triggered migraine. Otherwise, a perfect evening of laughter.

A Bollywood Twistery
Mystery, dance, humor and more!

Nice twist. Got a kick out of robber's tee shirts as much as I enjoyed the splash of dancers' costumes. Diverse, funny, and entertaining characters. Highly energetic cast and audience responses!

The Banana Wars
Best History Lesson

Derrick Miller provided the best history lesson I never got at school. Informative. Witty. Sad history of US. Thank you for expanding history to forgotten and erased activities of US in South America

First Year Queer
New Years Fears to New Years Joys

Just wanting to die and wish everything was over was very honest and powerful. Use of puppets as tool for coming out to family and friends was hysterical. Video of others who had experience date rape was exceptional crafted. At first video took me out of show, but then I understood why Lyssa included more stories than her own. She is also in video. Trigger resources was important inclusion for anyone to have some one to talk with immediately. Outing depression and anxiety and accepting need for medications was great message for many. Kink lesson and guest was funny, playful, and informative. Only negative is that there was far too much squeezed into one show, giving us some insight but not in depth coverage. But did cover full year!!!

PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life
A Plus Dr. Elaine

When I saw this preview, I knew I had to see this brilliant woman and learn more about her story from traumatized teenage girl to greatly empowered woman to mentor and teach of many. Amazing vocals and singing. Exceptional story telling from street horrors to shared hope. See if at all possible!

Pope Joan
Pope Joan or Pope John

Whether remembered as Pope Joan or as Pope John, playwright Christy Marie Kent weaved a compelling story about an individual who cannot be written out of history, regardless of what the Catholic Church would like. The main two characters were outstanding and the chorus of monks added great flavor to this sorted tale only some would say is not real. I'm not sure which is more difficult: writing a woman out or history or writing a transgender person into history. Regardless, this play will leave you pondering much long after the final black out. Well done.

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Physical Comedy Success

Physical comedy, at it's best, is when performers heighten the possibility of insult and injury, while simultaneously transcending the reality of any hurt, mixed with genuine silliness, and the added spice of audience participation. It's all fun and games, unless anyone actually gets hurt. This is why I do NOT watch America's Funniest Home Videos. Real people get hurt so it is not funny to me. This performance on the other hand was an evening of of great delight, fun, silliness, and laughter. One tall guy, one short guy, one musician, no talking, and lots of physical comedy in seven escalating lessons present entertainment for audience members of all ages as well as a silly mess! Well done! Great action. Phenomenal props!

Music, Movement, Mysticism

Kudos to Morgan Holmes for exploring religious themes, struggle for identity, and search for social justice for the stage. The inclusion of music by sound designer, Izzy Burger Welsh, and movement by Emily Madigan, with subtle lighting design added to a magical and mystical world of exploration by the talented ensemble of actors Fernanda Badeo, Ricardo Beaird, and Gabrielle Dominique. The individual and shared exploration of what it means to be both Jewish and a person of color (POC) was very moving. I enjoyed the exploration and creation of rituals. After everything seems to come to a complete standstill with numerous questions, the one thing I found lacking was the reintroduction of music and movement to bring us forth to climatic ending.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Every Fight a Winner!

With so many great performers and such crazy stories, it is impossible to pick the winners and the losers of each fight. Each individual won by finding the person who best complements them. That said, my favorite couple's fight was Shanon and Eric's done, simple, easy wedding near the dock. Heather Meyer gave the best departing monologue. Everybody has to love Andy, the starving actor, who simply wants a free meal, wherever and wherever possible. Damn craziest was the none shot gun wedding with all the gun music. Best defense is the fact that written instructions might have been best, given complexity of invitations. Off the chart psycho award goes to Rita Boersma. Best flip of coin goes to John and Lacey Zeiler. Great fights all around!

Which odd man?

Very strong script, characters, and acting. Sometimes extremely painful. Drama built throughout. I found the ending confusing. Who was the odd man out: son, father, uncle, deceased? For such a strong beginning, I was surprised by son dropping news then leaving the stage. Anti-climatic announcements verses actions.

Beyond Limits
Could relate & Learned some.

I could relate with being a person with an often non-seen, not understood, or discounted disability. I would have liked to see some of the range of feelings in struggling with and coming to accept limitations and abilities. Appreciated other members of the cast as part of story telling. Suggestion: fast changing of slides at the beginning had a strobe like effect, which made it very difficult for me and possibly others. Can you slow down slide changes?

Repetitive & Sleepy

Repetitive storyline made me sleepy. Had I know, I might have taken this time slot to see a different show.

Dance & Commentary

We came after being asked to fill out questions, while in line for a different show on an earlier day. Nice way to peak interest, in addition to out of town previews. Enjoyed dancing, use of props, and more. Use of audience inputs was quite interesting. Anything more would say too much. Dance and spoken word.

Playwrights on a Train
Oops! Fell asleep.

The preview hooked me. Two playwrights intrigued me. Hitchcock reference drew me to show. Honestly, my interest was not held, noises competed for my attention, and I fell asleep.

The Intrepid
Mixed review.

I liked summary of story in program, costumes, dancing, and lighting. I found noise off stage to be extremely distracting. I enjoyed learning about India story in response to British Empire. I would have found it more helpful to have house lights up at low level throughout performance in order to follow along in summary for various scenes. I went to this show specifically for cultural diversity and ethnic dancing. Too many distractions interfered with enjoyment of show.

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