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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Stephanie Alexander

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
35-44 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy


Stephanie Alexander's reviews

Dead Silence
Holy Wow.

So good. Intense, powerful, amazing. Just go see this show.

The Buttslasher
Noir done right.

A sold out show, and rightfully so. Each character convinced me of the seriousness of The Buttslasher!

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Amazing all around

Amazing acting, direction and of course script. This should be on your must watch list!

Persephone
Feelings into visual arts

If you have ever experienced any form of mental illness or have loved someone who has, this will either help you to understand your loved one more or say.. omg, yes that is exactly the visual representation of what I have felt / am feeling. Beautiful, thoughtful, poignant, present, needed. Thanks!

Broad Sex in the Twin Cities
BAHAHAHA

Very funny. I loved all of the making fun of St Paul. Good use of the stage. Would have loved it to be just a bit longer, could have delved in a little more into a character or MSP activity.

RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical
Witty Script

The script is witty, and the program is great. The acting was a little off. I had a very difficult time hearing the singing (which was not steller) and an even more difficult time hearing the actors when they were talking over (or rather under) the live underscore when it was being played. The concept was very good, I wish that it would have played out better on the stage. I found myself wanting to love it, instead I checked my watch a lot.

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Acting good, script needs help

The reason that this is getting 3 stars is for the acting, script alone would make it a 1 or 2. As others have said... it's 2017, the R word is in poor taste. If the scenes and ages wouldn't have been in the program I would have been really lost. Were the characters really good friends at some point? It was hard to tell, as I felt like they were always upset with each other. But, if they weren't close then why all the emotions? Interesting choice having the actors change on stage, probably the best use of the stage though if so many costume changes are required. My recommendation- If at Huge and can't make it to another show on time stick around and watch it, don't drive all the way there for it specifically.


Stephanie Alexander's Queue

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A Bollywood Twistery

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Ritz Mainstage  

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

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The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

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Dead Silence

by 2140 Productions

HUGE  

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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