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 850 performances of 167 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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. Pro tip: 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 850 performances of 167 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 go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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 + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Steve Soler

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Something Different


Steve Soler's reviews

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

really strong comedy! Laughed out loud a couple different times.

De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
Great!

Interesting story told well with some seriously wonderful movement. Smart choices of when to use minimal props and fabric. I was captivated throughout the entire play!

Rumpus
Nailed it!

I loved it. (And I'm not actually a huge fan of dance). I am a fan of good stories, and often children's stories are some of the best because of the message. I loved how Rumpus was structured, enjoyed the journey, but really was blown away by the final moments. thank you for a great fringe experience!

Our Boy
Intense (in a really good way!)

Intense and thought provoking. Really draws you in to the situation and how the characters would react and act. I needed a bit of time to decompress after and thankfully I had seen a bunch of fluffy and funny shows before and after. Totally worth seeing because this is the type of theater I really love!

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
FUN!

A really fun musical that was a good starter for my fringe day yesterday. Sometime the instruments were too loud to pick up all the lyrics but I don't feel like I missed anything major

Mayor Lear of Townsville
fun idea..

fun idea...but the plot seemed fairly weak. any bits of lear felt forced into a narrative which has some really fun moments cause powerpuff girls is a nostalgic show for a lot of us.

Mine/Field
didn't really land for me

I kind of liked the concept but i'm not entirely sure if dance was the right medium for it. I really did like the part with all the easter eggs but that part felt more like theater than dance, which, to me, felt stronger and resonated more. AND if you're going to collect data from the audience during the show, you should provide them with some sort of writing utensil or use preshow time to give some more instructions about filling out the cards (i had to turn in a blank one because i honestly didn't know)


Steve Soler's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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A Bollywood Twistery

by Harmonious Music

Ritz Mainstage  

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America, The Rewrite

by The Fighting Mongooses

Rarig Xperimental  

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Antonio and the Juice Man

by Prime Time Players

Strike Theater  

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Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

by Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Southern  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Blackbeard's Revenge

by The Park Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Cocaine

by Cold Lake Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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DANCING BARE FEET

by RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy

Rarig Thrust  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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Get Hooked

by Madlads Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Good Friday: Round One

by Fat Chance Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Knifeslingin'!

by The Theatre Cosmic

HUGE  

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The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Macduo

by Three Crazy Sons

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

Red Stag Supperclub
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On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

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Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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The Perils of Steve

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Serpentine

by Maximum Verbosity

Strike Theater  

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Sisyphus

by Moon-Eyed Owl

Theatre in the Round  

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Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

by Clevername Productions

Jungle Theater  

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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

Red Stag Supperclub
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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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Swoopstake

by (lumin)theater lab

HUGE  

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The Zoo Story (New Version)

by Mortimer Productions

HUGE  

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There Ain't No More!

by Willi Carlisle Productions

Crane  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Waiting for Gygax

by Hot Chocolate Media

Rarig Xperimental  

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What You Will

by Jammed Desk Productions

Phoenix  

Joia Spirit