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 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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Milli Manchester

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different


Milli Manchester's reviews

One Foot
accents!

another show with a hard accent to pull off! they did it! i must admit, going into this show i was stiff and fidgety from fringing all day. so i was not very focused so i was not prepared for the depth that this show brought. for those who love symbolism, this would be a great show. also enjoyed their use of props! :)

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

i liked this show! clever writing, blending both overt and covert humor. it had me laughing all throughout. there was a lot going on to keep the viewer interested. the singers were an unusual choice but it seemed to work. the cast did an overall good job, particularly the roles of the orville and kathryn. the music edits and choices were an interesting combinations and it made this part of the show noteworthy. i've never really said that about a show before. i usually don't notice! great job everyone!

Synchronicity
creative and looked so fun!

this show was such a fun concept! it sometimes seemed to rely on throwback content as a comedic crutch but the script was witty, the actors seemed to be enjoying themselves, and i LOVED the body positive, feminist perspective from which it came! i wished i was part of the cast! it looked really fun!

Pinocchio
My Fringe Gem

i think this was my favorite show of the day! this was a twisted, dark rendition of pinocchio and i loved every minute of it! it was eerie and weird and i just wanted more! i am so glad i made it out to this one!!

BOOMBOX.
Creative and Fantastic Energy

I liked this show. This was a fun and interesting concept! I loved how it was all timed out right down to every little cue. She was very talented in her character and scene work. She was able to transition from character to character smoothly and the piece with the cat on the leash had me laughing like crazy. Very well done!

The Well
Accents!!!

I came to this one blind. I was already at the venue and thought, eh, what the well? (see what I did there?) Anyway, I did not know what to expect. I had no idea what this was about but as soon as the first line was spoken I thought, 'oh crap-good luck maintaining that accent the whole show'-BUT THEY ALL DID!!! The plot was a little hard to follow at times but I think the ambiguity is a little deliberate in the script. I felt this group of actors was legit! Phenomenal acting. Especially the female lead, but really the whole cast did a fantastic job!

His Name Doesn't Matter
Right On!

I loved this show! I really enjoyed the format as there was a casual blend of comedy and a blatant calling out of what our society needs to hear about women's rights and ways in which women experience oppression in our everyday experiences. I LOVED hearing how Spencer is able to see first hand how women are forced to fit into social standards from the perspective of a drag performer. That was an interesting concept that I have never thought about before. Thank you for that bit of education! :) I recommend this show if you're looking for a down to earth sort of break from some of the artsy fringe shows this is it.

Mine/Field
Great Depth

I very much enjoyed this performance. The dancing was creative and intelligent. I love when shows can be engaging, thought provoking, and beautiful all at once! This out of town show included in their cast MN dancers, which is a curious decision. I personally enjoyed how blending the 2 residential demographics into one show also contributes to their theme of technology making us more and more connected. I was engaged the entire time and loved the idea of collecting cars from the audience. But, could you bring some pens?

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Happy Impromptu Show

This was a last minute decision for an open time slot. We were glad to have made it to this one! The script was layered in meaning, the acting was deep, and it held my attention the whole time! Great work gentlemen!

Ambiance
fun to watch

this was a fun show to watch! it was done in a talent show/recital style. they varied the styles and had varied performers and varied levels of experience. everyone did well. a few dancers that stood out to me were: the two tappers in the back row. the boy who looked like he was having the time of his life, and the adorable girl to his left (stage right), the modern act that sounded like a creaky door or something... AMAZING work! i loved the choreography! the corset act was fun too! I liked the choreo. :)

The Best of All Possible Worlds
honest

this was well done. it was clever. pretty much a description of what i consider a personal hell. haha

Gruesome Playground Injuries
creative and funny

great acting! i was impressed! the characters were relateable and the story had some depth to it.


Milli Manchester's Queue

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Ambiance

by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers

Intermedia  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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BOOMBOX.

by Hannah Starr

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Dead Silence

by 2140 Productions

HUGE  

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Flyer Guy

by David Lawson

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Fool's Paradise

by Desolate Maude

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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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 Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
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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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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

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

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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The Murmur of Murder

by Swing and a Miss

HUGE  

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The Summoning

by Grumpy Bean

Southern  

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The Well

by Coattail Productions

Ritz Studio  

Bryant Lake Bowl
Humble Cup