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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Danielle Larson

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
Lives in... Minneapolis

Danielle Larson's reviews

Mayor Lear of Townsville

This is exactly the fun and entertainment I look for when Fringing! Amazingly well written, tight delivery, and WOW the illustrations were so so great. Definitely go see this show!

Waiting for Gygax
Loved it!

I absolutely loved it even without knowing any of the source material! So great - definitely see it. Molly Glover playing Vlad was a definite highlight.

RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical
Rom-Com Spirit to a T

This show encapsulated everything people love, and hate, about romantic comedies. Sure, there were issues with the sound which clearly made it difficult for the actors to hear, but this isn't Broadway and I don't expect it to be. The actors played their roles wonderfully, particularly both of the best friends. They were the perfect mix of quirky and loveable... manic pixie even? Shape was a ridiculous addition that added extra laughs. Great show, despite sound issues. I'm sure those will get fixed. Don't miss this!

Repertoire Dogs
Very enjoyable

After seeing many theatrical performances, this was a lovely breath of fresh air. The impressions were on point and Josh is charming as host. I do agree with some of the other reviewers - I think getting suggestions shouted from the audience bogged things a bit. Maybe having a place for suggestions to be written and put in a hat while waiting for the house to open would work? Really talented crew. Lots of laughs!

The Last Bombardment
Wanted More

I really wanted more from this. The concept was intriguing, the simplistic set design and costuming was beautiful, but the story fell flat. The narrator was the character that I ended up connecting with and caring about the most. Her delivery and presence was beautiful. I would love to see this more fleshed out, but understanding Fringe I think it was a good first go.

Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical
It was good

That's all I can really say. It was good. There were moments that fell flat. It took a while to pick up, and the music was decent. All around, if love to see this show reworked and tried again with a longer production time. It has great potential and a talented cast.

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While some of the actors clearly did the best the could with what they were given (Noteably, amazing line memorization and delivery by "Zuckerberg" and great characters from Burge) the story fell flat. It feels like it would work better as a quick sketch rather than a 50 min performance. There were solid laughs from others, so maybe it just didn't do it for me.

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi

This was tough. It was clearly a passion project, which I think is exactly what fringe is for... And sometimes when that writer decides to also start in the show it works out. This time it did not. The lead role should have been cast elsewhere as Stagner was not strong and did not have volume. Long monologues left things stale. Highlights were tongue in cheek Luke, AMAZING R2D2, and Han (who busted completely through his pants and as quickly as possible changed into jeans and re-entered with quick wit).