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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Sarah Parker

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Comedy


Sarah Parker's reviews

Mayor Lear of Townsville
I screamed the entire time

I loved it. Natalie Rae Wass is my new hero, she gave an absolutely powerhouse performance. I loved Emily Rose Duea's interpretation of Buttercup as an adult woman. I loved the tongue in cheek pop culture references. I was really impressed with how well The Powerpuff Girls lends itself to a King Lear allegory, and I died with happiness every time there was a direct callback to the original text. I had so much fun. Play-Dot are becoming a regular highlight of my Fringe experience. Don't miss out! Do see!

Skins
A light touch on an old tale

I heard good things going in, but I was admittedly worried that this Goose Girl/Cinderella retelling would take itself too seriously. I was proved totally wrong! Poignancy and serious subject matter was beautifully balanced with funny and inventive puppetry, self-aware fourth-wall breakage, and unexpected pop-culture callbacks. Emily Zimmer is so charming to watch, and she gracefully and effortlessly broke the 'young beautiful princess' mold to give us a character who is fully realized and dimensional. The last minute or so of the play resonated strongly with me, and I loved that it was so open-ended. We are so much more than who we are perceived to be by others. Yep! I really loved it.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Haunting (pun intended)

From the first moment, the ambiance Amber and co. created for this show, from the set to the sounds, was delicate and eerie. Every single moment, including the pre-show, felt imbued with purpose; nothing was superfluous. Beautiful performances from everyone, especially Kayla and Boo. Amber Bjork seems to have this sense of reverence for sisterhood and ritual (literal and otherwise) that can be felt in all the work of hers I've seen, and it's an absolute gift. I thought the show was beautiful. Part of me wanted a more detailed story, but I'm conflicted because I also thought it was perfect as is. I went home and googled the Fox sisters for the next two hours. Go see if you can!

Anarchy! (a handbook)
Weak violence argument tho

The show started out really strong, and also ended pretty strong. Cool and inventive storytelling, and I was very entertained the whole time, and I'd definitely recommend it. HOWEVER, in the scenes where the characters were debating the merits of peaceful protest vs. violent resistance, I strongly disagreed with their pro-violence side. I think there is a strong argument for self-defense against facists, and that argument wasn't made. Fighting back isn't a symbolic gesture of hope! I felt like they got something fundamentally wrong there, and it made anarchy look bad. Maybe I just wish this were better anarchist propaganda--I'm admittedly a little biased. :D

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Sulia, Fotis, and Jars

This show was, as usual, hilarious. My highlights are up in the title. I was a little skeptical about the Wright-Aides, but they integrated into the narrative better than I thought they would. HOWEVER, the joke they make about how they should 'do better' representing women really hit home. Adding a clever trio of chorus girls who play a number of bit roles, most notably arm-candy for Mike Fotis, isn't exactly fixing your problem with female representation. Sulia was hilarious in her role as Katharine, but I couldn't help but notice her character's only function was to bolster and support the narratives of the male characters. Maybe next time just tell a story that involves women on more than a tangential level.

The Banana Wars
I always knew bananas were evil!

But now I know why! I learned so much at this show and had so much fun. Derek did an amazing job weaving multiple threads of world history and personal history together. The effect was that elusive sense of the interconnectedness of the past and the present, the personal and the global. I was expecting to laugh a lot, and I did, but I was also moved almost to tears at times. I think my favorite part was the Mycelium moment. Go and see!


Sarah Parker's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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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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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Flyer Guy

by David Lawson

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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The Migraine Room (Photophobia)

by Public Displays of Affection

Jungle Theater  

Peace Coffee
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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

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Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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STRANGER

by Perspectives Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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We Would Not Exist Without Disco

by GlowEarth Productions

Crane  

Pinocchio
Bollywood Dance Scene