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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S. Coleman

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Comedy


S. Coleman's reviews

Out of the Shadows
Carta de Amor

¡Muy Bonito, gracias mucho! A deeply heartfelt love letter to dance as a medium, a glimpse into the process, artist insecurity, world anxiety, and unbridled unabashed talent and passion. Like did I mention talent? His discipline and flexibility with his body will have you awwing, swooning, and blushing over his moves. All I want to do is talk about this show forever. I am in love. 10 out of 10 Fringe. Pack the house.

Synchronicity
Bold /Defined Characters

A powerhouse women, non-binary cast who take on the rapid fire emotions and drama of being a teenage girl. The actors are giving us premium physicality here with exaggerated stylized characters occupying the whole space with their pratfalls. It's easy to fall in love with each individual kid. The only downside for me is that I wanted more choreographed numbers, but that is admittedly a selfish want, having nothing to do with the content of the show. I could watch a whole hour of Land Syncro routines after that, something I never knew I wanted. Thanks Fringe! Raw Sugar is a company to watch.

Blackout Improv
Reliably Good use of a Fringe Slot

Blackout is full of incredibly talented performers. It feels like we are honestly catching each individual member on their rise. They are following their usual format here, with a generous helping of swag hat (not complaining), and executing with perfection. If you have never seen them do their thing, Fringe is a fantastic way to dip your toe in and get hooked. Support Artists of color, and make it out, you will be glad you did! Lastly it cannot be overstated of how rare, lucky, and freaking fantastic of an opportunity it is to have a round table of People of Color giving their individual opinions on audience suggested topics. I always leave a Blackout show with a lot of laughs and hope.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
A Rare Perfect Show

This show had all the charm and beauty of finding a well loved, yet pristine antique. Every moment was well thought out, executed to perfection, that care put into this show was incredible. I was drawn into the beautiful sisterhood and entranced by the inventive staging and curated atmosphere. Amber, you killed it! The show starts before you enter it almost makes you want the fringe announcement skipped. This show is perfect, sweet, melancholy, and the kind of thing that as an artist makes you want to collaborate with this talented group in the future.

MEDUSA
Breathtaking

This company is doing something incredibly special, so you will want to catch this show before Fringe ends. Vox Medusa's perfectly executes a namesake material they clearly care deeply about using fascinating dance, entrancing vocals and astounding literal flames. Flames for fanfare, flames for drama, flames for FIGHTING. In an outdoor site specific space still complimented by theatrical lighting with the gorgeous Minneapolis skyline above, Vox Medusa's timing is impeccable as the park grows darker, so does the story. And as the story descends into terror, the flames rise to meet it. This cast of incredible women (and a few men) render the Gorgon's tale with grace & empathy that will have you questioning if Perseus was really the hero

De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
Beautiful World

For gorgeous movement and a new story told in an old style this is absolutely fantastic fringe. This group inhabits the entire beautiful Southern stage and fills it with their universe. I am subtracting one star due to the ending of the piece. Without spoiling I will just say that an antogonist was dispatched rather conveniently and a particular dishonest figure was redeemed rather unnecessarily. But that may just be De Hejertøse lady in me... The piece stands on its own and definitely worth your precious dwindling fringe spots.


S. Coleman's Queue

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The Banana Wars

by The Miller Conspiracy

Strike Theater  

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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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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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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En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

Sunrise Banks
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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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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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MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

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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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On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

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Queen of Delicious Animals

by The Rachel Teagle Effect

Strike Theater  

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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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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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Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces

by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Jungle Theater  

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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  

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STRANGER

by Perspectives Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

Pinocchio
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The Murmur of Murder

by Swing and a Miss

HUGE  

Metro Transit