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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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Michelle Blaeser

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Comedy

Michelle Blaeser's reviews

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
A lot of fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to and watching these excellent actors recreate old mysterious and down right scary radio shows from the 1930's and 40's. The sound effects and the use of lighting added to the fun. A very worthwhile performance to catch at the Fringe.

It Can't Happen Here
Relevant, highly recommend!

Very well acted by a large cast. Relevant to our time. Actors are volunteering their time and talent so all proceeds will go to the ACLU.

On The Exhale
Please see this

So difficult, but masterfully told story about gun violence, fear and loss. The actress is AMAZING! WOW!!

Live From New York, He's A Prom Date!
Funny true story

The actress tells her story about prom, but also delves into teenage angst and her relationship with her mom. Full of energy and surprises. Definitely worth seeing.

Clever, spooky, hilarious!

A definite highlight of this year's Fringe. Clever re-telling of Pinocchio which I much prefer over the Disney version!

Queen of Delicious Animals
Great storytelling

Rachel is a wonderful storyteller! I loved learning about the showmanship of small and delicious animals. Clever use of props and very funny. I admit I was hungry for bacon when I left...

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Best of the Fringe so far...

Superbly acted--Albee at his best. This one act play is not often performed but should be seen by everyone. Please, GO!

The Pursuit of Awesome
This is a super fun show!

Physical theater, juggling,and sim much more! I really loved this show--David is AWESOME!!

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Good story--worth seeing

This was well acted and a good story with flash back scenes revealing the beginning of the friendship. I enjoyed it a lot and it is worth seeing.

FAITH: From Anger Into Trust and Hope
Three stars for bravery

David is honest and brave throughout his rambling discussion of past abuse, and I admire him. However, I felt most of his work was a flow of consciousness therapy session. I'm not sure if his goal was to educate the public or catharsis.

Beyond Limits
Inspirational, but for me, too cliche

I admire Nikki and all the actresses that put this piece together, but I had a hard time connecting to it. For me, the description of her struggles was overly simplified and presented too much of a 'touchy feely' solution to the difficulties in life.

Michelle Blaeser's Queue

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts


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by Hannah Starr

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

Bryant Lake Bowl