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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Nichole Hamilton

Years attending Fringe: This is my first year
35-44 years old
Lives in... Out-of-state
Favorite genre: Comedy


Nichole Hamilton's reviews

Mine/Field
Riveting

If you are a modern dance lover - this show is for you. Intriguing forms moving in space, enlightening the audience with information about ourselves, collecting data and creating great storytelling in the moment. This troupe from D.C. is one to watch.

Bear Eats Bear
Alone and Inspired.

The concept and writing are clearly unique and special. What a treat to spend time alone in a beautiful space and contemplate the "what if" or eve "what will be" through reinvented storytelling. If you you open your imagination and senses to yourself and the space, very interesting happenings will happen. Do this.

Good Kids
Impressive and Moving

Honestly had no intent in seeing this show, but others were sold out. How fortunate for me. These high school talents truly moved me in the storytelling of a topic that is so uncomfortable but must be talked about, a reminder that we are too silent when it comes to important conversations. Theatrically, I was most impressed by the staging - very slick and well executed - allowed me to give over to the story.

The Fainting Room
Diverse Talent & Engaging Content

Educational and Entertaining, Becca takes you on a journey through time and space by the use of her many talents and asks the audience to explore what makes you "vibrate," giving you permission to love yourself.

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
YES

I wanted more.


Nichole Hamilton's Queue

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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Bear Eats Bear

by The Last Grizzly

Kenwood Community Center  

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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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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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F@*k the 90s

by FurTrader Productions

Ritz Studio  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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Good Friday: Round One

by Fat Chance Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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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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Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

Bollywood Dance Scene
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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

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Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

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Sean Neely

by POTTER PRESENTS

Phoenix  

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Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

by Clevername Productions

Jungle Theater  

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So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

by First Daughter Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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There Ain't No More!

by Willi Carlisle Productions

Crane  

Two Bettys