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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Divya Maiya's reviews

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Tom and Jerry meets Charlie Chaplin!

How does one come up with a show like this? I was in splits the whole time!! The drone caressing the back of the guy.. the timing OMG! Joshua and Levi were ON POINT with the expressions and physicality. The greatest chair ever was my favorite lesson.. Oh wait..I think it was the fancy dinner... Or the awkward silence? Oh well, can't decide. Go watch this show!!!!

It's About Love Again This Year
You all missed a wonderful show!

This was their last show and if you didn't get a chance to see it, you will have to go to Chicago! Thanks for coming to Minneapolis and putting such a happy dance show which was so full of love and passion. I was very inspired by the beautiful and genius choreography moments in the show!

The Buttslasher
Puntanstic show

All actors did a great job, so many laughs! The deserved a bigger venue! Reserve your tickets as they are a high sell out risk.

Good Kids
Powerful and effective!

The play was very well directed, choreographed and the blocking was creative. The subject was well tackled and the actors were so so good. Good job kids! Very proud of this production for being so bold and saying it like it should be.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Based on real life incidents

It's funny cos it's real life! These were so many moments where my husband I looked at each other and burst out laughing. And there were moments when our friends all looked at the two of us and laughter followed. It's such a relief to find out this happens to other couples too..lol

A Bollywood Twistery
A very Bollywoody murder mystery!

Super cute effort by the team. Actors were really good! The goons were good but the officer and Shalini madam stole the show :)

The Intrepid
More dancing please!

The show had great energy to begin with and I would have liked more dancing in between scenes. I totally get the street play styled narration and that was well carried out. I do wish it was less wordy at times.

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

Witty, warm and stellar acting. The actors were so so good. The singing bits weren't as crisp as the acts.

Broad Sex in the Twin Cities
Good acting!

So many funny moments and references. The young ladies were good but the guy was outstanding. The script was well written!

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
Yay they are back!

The things they do with music, super impressive as always!

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Don't forget your trail map!

Concept and use of the theater space was brilliant. Loved the acting, narration and accent of the ranger!

DANCING BARE FEET
Good effort.

Costumes were great as usual. The actor who played the nerdy guy was really good!


Pinocchio