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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Kit Bix

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Comedy

Kit Bix's reviews

The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee
Quiet, moving simplicity. A lovely thing

Producer Corinna Knepper Troth and Director Scott Gilbert have done a superb job staging this simple but moving play about a boy who suffers PTSD after the sudden death of his father. The play features some terrific acting by Steve Looten, Jr. and Kari Elizabeth Godfrey (as the Dillon's mother), gorgeous sound design (Forest Godfrey), and it makes wonderful use of video projection (kudos to videographer Greg Bauhof) to maximize the emotional impact. But the biggest attraction here is the debut of young Logan Gilbert-Guy who, working in silence through most of the play, performs Dillon with subtle dignity and heart-rending honesty. He's the real thing.

The uses of disenchantment - a triumph

David Hanzel’s princesses are never “seen” in the sense of being recognized in their totality. The kingdoms in which they find themselves are replete with sparkling dresses but undergirded by horrific desires and temptations. To survive, the young women must learn to be as wary of friends " and fathers - as they are of strangers. In Collective Unconscious re-imaginings of classic fairy tales transformation is never benign. The heroine’s quest is to remain intact with all her “parts”, a struggle that requires constant improvisation, fortitude and ultimately, a willingness to sacrifice of every desire but one " to remain the author of one’s story. Another dreamy, transporting work from 1 of the area's most innovative companies.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Feminist Victorian Gothic Occult

This show about the sisters who founded the mid-to-late 19th c. spiritualism craze is like one of those Victorian jewel-inlaid music box that eerily tinkles out suspiciously saccharine children's lullabies. It's filled with gems - sparkling moments like the expression on Boo Segersin's face - beaming, ecstatic - as she slowly walks forward to her beloved. Themes range from the psychological ramifications of the ante-bellum domesticity cult to the emotional underpinnings of occult fantasies to the artists' ever-present temptation to capitalize on imagination. Direction is off-the-charts superb, design is beautiful, great use of physical theater techniques, and fine acting throughout. Many beautiful, memorable moments.

Brilliant performances by all!

First of all, only a fool would miss this display of some of the best acting I've seen anywhere all year by Charla Marie Bailey and Malick Ceesay. "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," said Tolstoy. This play about dysfunction in a African-American family in South Texas, revolves around the death of a patriarch. Kory Pullam writes rich, honest, passionate and often riveting dialogue and the play leaves you wanting more.. Families continually recreate themselves. .Wait for grandmother's funeral speech, after which surviving members close the tear in the circle by joining their bodies - and voices - together. Gorgeous.

Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical
Sweetly imagined, painful to remember

When my spouse asked me how I felt about moving to Minnesota 18 years ago I thought to myself, how could I not feel at home in Paul Wellstone's state? To me he represented everything that was good about the Democratic Party, in particular the need to prioritize the welfare of the most vulnerable. I had just seen him speak in Washington. He stood on a box. He was smart and magnetic and kind. A good person. God knows, this inspiring figure deserves a play. This lovely show is perhaps still rough on the edges and, I felt at moments, that it was uncertain whether it wanted to be a musical, but I was deeply moved. I hope the creators develop it further - and yes, the vision needs refining. But isn't that what fringe is for?

Kit Bix's Queue

Ghoulish Delights