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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Emilia Allen

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
Lives in... Minneapolis


Emilia Allen's reviews

Out of the Shadows
Beautiful

This show is beautiful, sincere, nuanced, funny, warm, weird, entertaining, thought-provoking, intimate . . . Most of all, Gabriel's gentle, generous spirit comes through. I love that it doesn't try to say EVERYTHING, or solve any problems, or provide any resolution--it bites off exactly as much as it can chew and luxuriously stretches into the corners of every moment, using the time thoughtfully and beautifully.

The Legend of the Storm and I
Bob The Legend

I am not normally a big fan of one-person-storyteller shows, but it's Fringe so I ended up at this one. Bob is incredibly talented, and his storytelling feels like the current iteration of a very old tradition of passing down stories and wisdom at once. I was mesmerized, moved, delighted, and soothed. For those listening carefully, the story is about so much more than just the storm--Bob gently shared truths in a way that felt like such a gift. I really hope he gets packed houses! We are lucky to be able to listen to his story!

Rumpus
A perfect bedtime story

What a sweet show! It felt like flipping through the books of collected children's poems and stories I had as a kid. Noe and Derek were lovely, and the whole thing felt dreamy. It's not a perfect show, but it's what I want from Fringe--simple and imaginative, with really nice, basic costumes, only two props, expressive bodies, and pretty music.

Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces
Adorable

Ok, lemme get the rough stuff out of the way first: they talk too fast, they're too quiet, sometimes enunciation is a challenge, and some of them aren't equal to some of the more demanding acting required. I wish they'd had a really strong director. Now: they are SO cute, and there is so much talent on that stage. The music is awesome, the ideas are so original and clever, there are some truly beautiful moments, and they are fully committed to this sweet, earnest, funny, dear show. I would love to see more of what they do!

DUNGEON
Brilliant, original storytelling

Every moment of this show was finely honed & perfectly done. The storytelling was incredibly inventive, the music was brilliant, the transitions were seamless. I hate these guys. I want to be these guys. I agree with Ariel that there wasn't much substance to the story, but I don't think that was the point, and I didn't miss it. I wonder what they'll do next--can they bring more gravitas? I suspect so. I do think there need to be warnings in the house about strobes/flashing lights.

Dancing with the Enemy (and Other Celebrations of Life)
All those women!

I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and particularly watching all of those badass women onstage. The music was so, so fantastic. I loved that they chose to directly address that our current political climate is so hostile to the cultures that produced this music and these dances. The Guest Artist bit is awesome and exciting--Khaldoun Samman is AMAZING, and he'll be back at next Sunday's show! Some of the production elements could've used some smoothing over, but overall, a really enjoyable show.

Fool's Paradise
Collegiate

The creators of this show very clearly had a vision, which they strongly adhered to and, I believe, executed. I either didn't get it, or I did get it but didn't enjoy it because I'm no longer in college. I don't mean that dismissively; college-aged artists should make collegiate art! But I believe the show's reach exceeded its grasp. The performers did some cool things with their bodies with great commitment. And, having directed in BLB many times, I have never seen that space used better or more fully. I really enjoyed their use of the space.


Emilia Allen's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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Ambiance

by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers

Intermedia  

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Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

by Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Southern  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Bear Eats Bear

by The Last Grizzly

Kenwood Community Center  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Dick White: Ghost Detective

by I'm Related To Lin Manuel Miranda

Rarig Xperimental  

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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Knifeslingin'!

by The Theatre Cosmic

HUGE  

Joia Spirit
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KnoW WesT

by Gaylord Family Construction Company

Rarig Arena  

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MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

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Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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Passing the Poison

by Twin Cities Dance Court

Crane  

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Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

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The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

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Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Small Time Dicks

by Siege Perilous Films

Phoenix  

Bryant Lake Bowl
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Subpar Heroes

by Renegade Theater Company

Southern  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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There Ain't No More!

by Willi Carlisle Productions

Crane  

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We Would Not Exist Without Disco

by GlowEarth Productions

Crane  

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