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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Nick Glover

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
35-44 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy

Nick Glover's reviews

Dick White: Ghost Detective
I Never Meta Dick Joke I Didn't Like

Quick-witted, funny, and dirty in an incredibly silly way, I loved Dick. It trashes the fourth wall in the best way possible. Most of the show fits into a bit of a two man/comedic foil archetype, but the additional actors add so much and really broke up the show in a delightful way. Best use of a narrator I've ever seen on stage. If you're a dick-joke hating fuddy duddy, you might not like this one, but this was the hardest I've laughed at a live show in a long time. I might even see it again. My only complaint was the humor is so fast and the laughter is so hard that I feel like I missed a few jokes here and there in the laughs, which is quite a champagne problem.

Waiting for Gygax
Nerd Venn Diagram Sweet Spot

(Disclaimer - I'm married to a cast memeber. I'll do my damnedest to be impartial and whatnot) I've been playing D&D for 23 years & I've been doing theater for about 5 years shy of that. So when someone does a Dungeons and Dragons-themed Becket parody, well, it fills my nerd heart with joy. But even if you weren't familiar with this show's inspirations, I don't think you'd feel alienated. Lots of physical humor, one or two PG-13 risqué jokes, and great performances will entertain just about anyone. My only critique was that it keeps the pacing of its stage inspiration, luckily it's not nearly as long, so it never gets boring.

Katie Versus The Devils
A Great German-style Lutheran Fairy Tale

(Disclaimer - one of the performers in this show is a close friend & someone I perform with. I'll do my damnedest (ha) to keep it objective.) Usually when I go see MNFringe shows I stick to comedy, but this show reminded me that I still like drama, and that I shouldn't get myself stuck into a comedic rut. Seeing this show, I kinda felt like I got to taste a bottle of wine that hasn't quite hit its perfect age yet, but you can already tell it's going to be really good when it does get there. Katie didn't even raise my (admittedly) somewhat sensitive atheist hackles, this felt more like a solid Lutheran fairy tale. There was a slight technical issue that the cast rolled with like pros. They were completely unphased, it was great.

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Let the Hate Flow Through You

I'm not normally the kind of person who will take the time to leave a negative review, but the writer/lead actor insisted folks leave a review regardless. If you've seen Star Wars, you'll already be familiar with 75% of this show's dialogue, which is lifted directly from the movies (mostly ep. 4, A New Hope). The titular lead was incredibly hard to hear. There are huge blind spots in the staging for this space. R2D2's initially funny noises quickly drowned out her compatriot's dialogue. Pacing in a circle over and over is not a terribly effective way to deliver a ton of expositional dialogue. Things I enjoyed: The fight choreography. A few of the jokes I'd consider original. Nathan Gerber being a lovable big ham as a comedic Han Solo.

Nick Glover's Queue

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The Summoning

by Grumpy Bean


Ghoulish Delights