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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Alex Yang

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different


Alex Yang's reviews

One Foot
One Foot

Poignant, funny, masterfully performed, and wonderfully staged. Though the set and props are simple, the transitions alone provide some of the strongest imagery I've seen this year. Make it a priority to see this - it's worth the trip to the venue.

"1967"
Truthful

This show had a somewhat less theatrical, slightly unpolished feel to it, and I felt this was a virtue of the piece that brought a remarkable honesty from each of the performers. The different stories don't quite converge and the resolution isn't totally clear, but that aspect is an appropriate reflection of the subject matter: messy and muddled, with plenty of questions that are still unanswered today. The final moment of the show makes the audience consider its own complicity in racial bias, bigotry, and ultimately, acts of violence. I wasn't around in the 60's, but looking at the world around me, these stories still resonated, and we still have a lot of work to do.

The Last Bombardment
Creepy and cool

Very eerie and solid production from start to finish. The story elegantly makes the audience feel uneasy without resorting to jump scenes or explicit gore. I would say the middle section of the play starts to somewhat drag as the staging shifts from fast-paced montages to straight dialogue - could do with shortening these scenes, focusing on fewer characters/relationships, or increasing the conflict. The performers do a fine job balancing multiple characters (effectively aided by subtle costume accents) and the physical theatre/pantomime is a great addition that I'd love to see more interwoven throughout. Overall, a strong show that poses the dilemma of what measures we're willing to take to ensure our own survival.

Pinocchio
Delightful

A very fun hour of theatre. The performers' timing was spot-on and the jokes land.

Code: L-O-V-E
Good old-fashioned drama

Though I'm somehow still not familiar with Cyrano, the story held its own in this retelling. Despite a few moments that walk the line on melodrama, as well as some underdeveloped subplots, the script and the cast are tight and the simple design elements are effective.

The Well
Solid cast

This is worth seeing for the costumes and all-around strong performances from the actors. I think the premise has a lot of potential, but I wasn't as compelled by the story itself and thought the characters could have been more developed. By the end, I was missing some sense of resolve - however, that may just be the nature of the genre.


Alex Yang's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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FOOL'S MEDICINE

by Theatre of Fools

Jungle Theater  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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His Name Doesn't Matter

by Power Clashing Productions

HUGE  

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The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Lettres et Café

by Bad Mime Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

Metro Transit
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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Sisyphus

by Moon-Eyed Owl

Theatre in the Round  

Peace Coffee