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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Brian Wene

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


Brian Wene's reviews

Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings
Splendid Show Boys!

Punk rock royalty on drums & exquisite guitar playing make this one ALIVE from start to finish. The political songs were making me hoot & holler in agreement throughout. Great energy & passion from Scream Blue Murmur. I'm seeing this one as many times as possible. Good on ye Boyos!!

Rumpus
Brilliant retelling of a childhood favor

Rumpus wow-ed me with great physicalities of the creatures of the Wild Rumpus. The dancing is superb and the story is one everyone has a history with, Maurice Sendak's brilliant book. Thank you cast for one magical event!

De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
Brilliant intro to the mythology of the!

Fantastic characters bring to life a mission of reclaiming lost love on an unknown island. The actors each had great insight into their characters thus making each scene colorful and full of energy! An absolute must see. Thank you WAR Theater!!

35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself
Great insight into the mind.

The spirit of how intricate the mind is was present throughout the show. Great movement! Highly suggested!! Enjoy!

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Highlight of Fringe!

The characterizations of our BELOVED Star Wars were out of this world! Fans of the original trilogy will have an explosion of JOY. Heather Jo Raiter playing R2D2 was uncanny! The ensemble was very tight in this tremendous depiction of the greatest story ever created! Thank you so, SO much!

The Fainting Room
Brilliant through & through.

Becca wowed with her singing & uke/cello playing! Multiple characters are played brilliantly along with unconventional cello playing. Physicality is a big factor in her very funny show. Thank you Becca for some great energy & hysteria inducing comedy. Highly recommended!

What You Will
Superb slice of Shakespeare!

Jammed Desk brought great energy & musicality to Shakespeare & the trans community. The actors performed the Bard's language flawlessly & sang to the melodies of superb ukulele tunes. I am excited for Jammed Desk's future! Cheers!

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
A wondrous look at the after life.

Winding Sheet delivered a terrific performance dealing with the spiritual presence of the dead. The atmosphere created by the actors making sound effects made the arena theater into an unknown realm. The emotions I felt were powerful. A bit of sadness, a bit of humor, but overall a feeling of pure joy was had by myself & the rest of the crowd.


Brian Wene's Queue

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Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

by Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Southern  

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The Dragonfly

by Clarity Visuals

Southern  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Subpar Heroes

by Renegade Theater Company

Southern  

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What You Will

by Jammed Desk Productions

Phoenix  

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