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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Cate Jackson

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
Lives in... Minneapolis


Cate Jackson's reviews

Skins
The moral of the story

Magic, sass, skilled puppetry, well developed characters who were much more interesting than the usual cliches. This is the re-imagining of old (often grotesque) fairy tales we've all been waiting for! Political with out being remotely preachy. Very very very funny. Take your daughters to this show, teach them to embrace the power of their own bodies.

Full Metal Rabbit
SEE THIS SHOW...

...see this show, see this show! Comedy at its absolute best. Absurd. Gilmore Girls meets MASH meets little bunny foofoo. Do not miss this one!

Hot Air
DAMNIT THIS SHOW IS GREAT

Absolutely perfectly hysterical! This is worth the reservation fee. Its no surprise this is a sell out. High energy that never stops. My cheeks hurt from constant laughter.

Lettres et Café
Give credit where its due

While this is a fantastically lovely production, it bothered me throughout the show that the description, nor any program, gave credit to original source material for the main plot. Being familiar with Parfumerie by Miklós László, and subsequent movies (Shop Around the Corner) and plays that used his plot, I just think credit should be given when it's been use so many times before. That being said, this show was wonderful and the acting, direction and production value were spot on. Loved every character.

Crash and Burn: An American success story
Tragedy indeed

Great story telling, well acted. Script could have been a bit stronger, but it didn't detract from the overall effect. Classic tale of teen possibly throwing it all away for something stupid.

Get Hooked
Talent

Really talented group of kids who arrrrrr definitely going places! Very funny script and decent songs. Sit closer to the front to hear some of the music and dialogue, but seriously get out to support some smart kids. I don't know any of them, I'm not a parent. Just a Fringer who took a chance and wasn't disappointed.

The Well
Acting chops

Very good show. I was expecting more mythology, but I didn't mind because the story telling and production value was quite well done. Acting chops solid across the entire cast.

It Can't Happen Here
We will survive this

It was clear that they had to make cuts to the original script to fit in a Fringe time slot, but they managed it quite smoothly. A show written a lifetime ago is once again relevant today. Acting was a mixed bag, but never bad. Most of the actors created passionate, nuanced characters.

Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
As much as I can take

The only time Much Ado should be done is if it's done well and concise. They did that here. Not really from D & V's perspective so much as a condensed script of the bard's most annoying and problematic play. Masterfully acted, and the playful use of the set makes this a fantastic show. I love people who take small liberties with Shakespeare's words for the sake of humor and clarity. When an all female team take on the bard, they have a way of fixing the ending without going off script. Shakespeare wrote strong women, but it often takes a woman's direction to make that plain.

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Great break

See this show if you're having a bad day or need a Fringe break. Be ready to giggle for an hour.

Ambiance
Dance recital - trapped by small space

I'll start with the good, because they deserve to be recognized. Annie Nimmo is a stunning dancer and it was worth coming to this show to see her. Fantastic extensions and control, beautiful emotions in the face. The last piece, #88, was also a stunner. Superb choreography and skilled young dancers. The lead in particular, don't know her name, blonde and petit, was especially impressive. Will be a powerhouse in her career. I wish I could give more stars based on the above mentioned, but I can't justify it. The rest of the performers seemed to be phoning it in or bored, fake smiles meant to hide concentration on the steps, or looked slightly panicked the whole time (manic tappers). Uninteresting choreography and limited skill.

The Intrepid
A star for effort

Grade school acting level, a lead who couldn't remember his lines, dancers who fumbled choreography, and overall an energy of people who didn't want to be there. Good for them for trying, but really not a quality show. Interesting enough history and story, but pretty much all of the characters seemed portrayed as villainous, even the hero. At curtain call they introduced each actor and who they played, and even then they didn't seem to remember each other's names or characters. The program listed a full plot and history and character breakdown, so this step wasn't even needed. Don't recommend this one.


Cate Jackson's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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Absurd Advice

by Hill-Murray Theatre

Crane  

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The Dragonfly

by Clarity Visuals

Southern  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Good Kids

by NEO PRODUCTIONS

Rarig Thrust  

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Hot Air

by SCHMAGENCY

Rarig Xperimental  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Lettres et Café

by Bad Mime Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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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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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

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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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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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