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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Sofia Lindgren Galloway

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different


Sofia Lindgren Galloway's reviews

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Reserve a seat before it is too late!

Sad, and funny, and strange. Best thing I've seen so far. Music, story, and movement blend beautifully to create a mysterious world. There isn't a weak line anywhere in this production. I hope it gets a remount after Fringe!

On The Exhale
Exceeded my (already high) expectations

After the show, a friend asked me how it was. "Did she cry a lot? The actress?" "No... that's the unsettling part." A surprising twist on an important topic- this show will have you on the edge of your set. While the script is a little overwritten, Froiland and Skjret have navigated the language masterfully. While the language is dense, the action unfolds perfectly and keeps the audience thinking long after the lights go out.

Blackout Improv
Can't go wrong

This was my first time seeing Blackout but I've followed several of the artists in their other endeavors. I knew it would be a solid choice and they didn't disappoint! This group has found the perfect balance of sobering intellectualism and straight up silliness. This will not be my last time in the audience!

The Last Bombardment
GO.SEE.THIS.SHOW.

Terrifying story well told by a strong cast with a killer scenic design. Takes a few minutes to get going... but once it does... Sci-fi horror at its finest!

Persephone
Truely "something different"

Most fringe shows in this category are a little left of center and incorporate more than one performance style with varying success. Persephone, however, puts dance, theatre, poetry, and film into a blender and sets it on high- then pours the mixture very, very, very slowly and meticulously over the always tricky subject of mental health. They don't just give you flashes, either... they make the audience marinate in the themes which might be too much for some people. It WILL hit too close to home for some, but with the right self-care tactics, it can be a very moving experience. If you don't like avant-garde/experimental/non-linear performance, you may find yourself checking your watch. If you DO like those things, GO SEE THIS SHOW.

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
This is what I expect from Fringe

This sort of humor, energy, and strong writing is why I see Fringe shows! At times, there was some "musical theatre acting" and the actors seemed like they were rushing to finish. But this is still the best thing I've seen so far! Zach Garcia gives a standout performance with a ton of heart! Add this one to your list!

Synchronicity
Out of sync

Pros- fast paced fun for feminists. So happy to see work about middle school female friendships! The final swimming number is outstanding. And the actor who plays Sylvia is delightful. Cons- hard to tell if this was satire, or an homage, either way it lacked some sincerity- almost making light of adolescence. I usually love Raw Sugar, but this isn't one of their best.

Mnemosyne
The next version will be outstanding!

Great premise. Lovely sound and costume design. Interesting staging. And perfect for those who want to engage with a challenging show! The script, however, felt like a first draft. Yet, its such a compelling story that I am rooting for this one after a bit more workshopping! Certainly check it out if you like to see something a little heavier than your average fringe fare and if you're willing to see an early draft of something great!

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Cute way to fill a slot

As others have said, they don't incorporate the professor theme they advertised. But each bit is really solid. Probably lands better with families than this cynical 20-something. Still, glad it was my surprise pick to fill an hour!


Sofia Lindgren Galloway's Queue

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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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Bear Eats Bear

by The Last Grizzly

Kenwood Community Center  

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Beyond Limits

by Toolbox Theatre

Ritz Studio  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Carly Reynolds and the STEAM Team

by Agile Rabbit Theatre Company

Phoenix  

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Cocaine

by Cold Lake Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Facility

by Imagined Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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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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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

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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  

Cedar Printing
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Good Kids

by NEO PRODUCTIONS

Rarig Thrust  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

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Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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The Murmur of Murder

by Swing and a Miss

HUGE  

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We Would Not Exist Without Disco

by GlowEarth Productions

Crane  

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