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 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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Michael Gauer

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Musical Theater


Michael Gauer's reviews

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
Loved it. So talented and creative!

Musical talent of creative fun people who do fun and awesome things. Yesssss!

It's About Love Again This Year
So fun, so joyous I loved it!

The subtle yet beautiful colors of those dresses, the joy that was evident in the dancers made me want to get on stage and join in their fun. I actually give this a seven out of five stars.

Get Hooked
Fun show

I enjoyed the show. It made me smile, made me laugh. Liked having the band there, liked the one-liners

Ambiance
Sytycd sans judges n comments

A dance recital of a couple forms of dance. Just needed some ballroom and some Kizomba. It was better than So u think u can Dance, cuz there is no judging, no comments, just dancers n music, like it should be. Oh and that one dancer. Wow, that is what bodily lines are supposed to look like, I dare say.

A Mermaid Abroad & A Fish Out of Water
Well delivered stories.

I liked listening to their stories. They have an easy way of conversing and passing the torch.

Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces
Originality like this why I love fringe!

The show is very original, cute, funny, engaging, and raw and unpolished, but I grew to like it that way. It made it more endearing to me, because it made the characters more real. I kept thinking "this is awesome originality, nice lyrics and song writing, for sure!"

Clutter, Chaos, Creativity and the Collyer Brothers
Great storytelling. Engaging

I found the story (stories) very interesting and fun to listen to. It was well put together and made me think of my own clutter tendencies. Or should I say the things I treasure, instead of my clutter?

Live From New York, He's A Prom Date!
Nice surprises, very much enjoyed!

I was not sure what to expect. She told the story with great timing and fluidity, as if she had told this story many times before. Only now there was more fun detail to it! Fun show!


Michael Gauer's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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Ambiance

by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers

Intermedia  

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America, The Rewrite

by The Fighting Mongooses

Rarig Xperimental  

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Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

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BELIEVE

by M-SHE Productions

Southern  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Dame daDA & the Meta Show

by Nichole Hamilton

Ritz Studio  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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FUNKiN' Good Time

by Ti-en-T Presents

Crane  

Joia Spirit
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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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His Name Doesn't Matter

by Power Clashing Productions

HUGE  

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Hot Air

by SCHMAGENCY

Rarig Xperimental  

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Interplay | still & moving

by Ray Terrill Dance Group

Intermedia  

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The Last Bombardment

by Oncoming Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Lettres et Café

by Bad Mime Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

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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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The New Gig Economy, A Musical

by The New Two Bit Players

Phoenix  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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The Perils of Steve

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

Ghoulish Delights
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Pinocchio

by Sheep Theater

Mixed Blood  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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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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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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There Ain't No More!

by Willi Carlisle Productions

Crane  

Humble Cup