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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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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Douglas Stewart

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Drama

Douglas Stewart's reviews

One Foot
One Foot but a Leg Up for Fringe Shows

This is a "must see" show at the Fringe this year! A beautifully written play by Lojo Simon. Superb direction by Lanny Langston. Flawless acting by Andrew Erskine Wheeler as Finn and Jamie White Jachimiec as Dove. This show should have a "leg-up" on the competition going into the final showcases on Sunday night. It deserves recognition.

Hello, I Must Be Going...
Goodbye...I Didn't Want to Leave

Outstanding performances in a play that needs to be fully developed into a 2-Act play. Kudos to Ari Hoptman for underplaying Groucho and not making him into a caricature. He also shows a great flair for improv in his spontaneous bantar with the audience. Good casting for the other roles as well. This is a very good Fringe show that tells a true story about Groucho Marx in the last decade of his career that I hadn't really heard about. I hated to see it end...and didn't want to leave.

Crash and Burn: An American success story
Crash and Die...

This collaborative effort largely succeeds with crisp scenes, effective use of mime, and nicely performed and well-defined multiple roles by the cast. The live music by The Bard was a bonus for the various transitions from scene to scene. Although the play had a predictable ending, I enjoyed watching the impending disaster play out anyway. If you play the dangerous game of "crash and burn", you eventually "crash and die".

Be Your Selfie!
Be Your Selfie: A Reflection of Us

Marcus Anthony has cleverly tackled the subject of our self-indulgent new media culture. Wannabe celebrities reveal themselves in wild waves of delusion only to discover the striking truth that lies within their authentic selves. Anthony's fun use of video tees-up the basis for the central characters in the show. All three actors perform equally well in their roles, particularly Natalie Rae Wass as Marlyn MN-roe and Rob Ward as Billy Boy. The show I saw had a few bobbled lines and dropped technology parts on the stage but, for the most part, it didn't matter. The play seemed to bog down a bit at the end. I fully expected Marlyn MN-roe and TMI Kai to have a duel to their death with their selfie-sticks!

Douglas Stewart's Queue

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube


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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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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