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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Kayla Hambek

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy

Kayla Hambek's reviews

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Lesson #1 - Don't Miss This Show!

Inventive, engaging, and absolutely hysterical, the actors make sure this show is fun for all ages. Special kudos to the fantastic accompanist! Do yourself a favor and add this show to your list NOW - you won't regret a second of this 50-minute delight.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

It's hard not to repeat what everyone else has said already - this show is a winner. About 10 minutes in, I forgot I was at Fringe, and reveled in the story and the production design. Beautiful acting from Boo Segersin and Kayla Dvorak Feld brings us into the world, and the inventive directing (and fantastic use of the Arena space) keeps us there. A haunting, moving piece that is likely to stay with you for a long time.

One Foot
When Doves Cry

This is one of those beautiful gems of a show that defies description. Andrew Erskine Wheeler and Jamie White Jachimiec act the heck out of a good script, effortlessly transporting the audience into a small Irish hamlet in an undetermined time. I found moments of the script to be a bit hazy (I'm not familiar with Irish folklore at all), but it was also 10pm and the end of a long day. 4 stars for the script, 5000 stars for the acting, which is the best you're likely to see at the Fringe this year (or almost anywhere else).

MANIFESTO: An American Play
Red Bandanas of Courage

Kudos to MAD for tackling a very complicated, difficult subject in such an engaging way. As other reviewers have said, the acting talent is incredibly high, and each actor creates a dynamic, engaging character (or characterS) with ease. Special shout-out to Calli Kunz, who is riveting (and heart-breaking) as Lillian. Some unnecessary technical elements and other script devices muddy the waters a bit, preventing some important moments from truly hitting home. Overall, a good first production for this new company, and one that's likely to stick with me for a long time.

Surprising Gem of a Show

What a pleasant surprise this show was. Christopher Allen is an engaging, charismatic storyteller who instantly gets the audience on his side with his clever writing. I love one-man shows that engage the audience, and our audience was thoroughly game to help Christopher tell his story. As other reviewers have said, I could have done without the music - it shook me out of the truthfulness of the story and gave it more of a "performance" vibe - but the laugh-out-loud aspects of the rest of the show make up for it. A lovely way to fill an empty spot on your Fringe schedule.

The Second Banana Revolt!
Great concept, decent execution

This show has very clever and funny moments, but overall the execution fell a bit flat. Leads Emily Anderson and Wade Fields are fantastic, and both bring energy and fun (and heart!) to the stage; unfortunately, two actors can't carry a thirteen-person show. Also, the jokes felt a bit more on the adult side than I expected, especially with kids onstage. Overall, a very cute idea, and Emily and Wade's performances are worth the price of admission if you have an extra slot in your day (and you can make it through the 59-minute runtime).

Katie Versus The Devils
Katie Versus the Monologues

I wanted so badly to like this show - I love theological history, especially poking a bit of fun at it. The production starts very quickly, but after the first five minutes it just drags, and I found myself looking at my watch more than once. The show's saving grace is Gina Sauer as Katie, who displays beautiful emotional range (from tear-jerking to laugh-out-loud moments) in her difficult lead role. Unfortunately, Sauer deserves both a better script and a better supporting cast. The second the first third of the show is over, it's immediately obvious what the rest of the plot will be. Like another reviewer said, I would love to see a revamped version of this show with Sauer plus a better supporting cast.

Joia Spirit