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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Vicki Joan Keck

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
55-64 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different


Vicki Joan Keck's reviews

Hello, I Must Be Going...
Ari is Awesome!

Okay, well, the whole show is awesome; the story, the script, the performances by all the actors. But Ari Hoptman simply inhabits the role of Groucho with such mirth and pathos that it feels like you are in the room with Mr. Marx. Well Done!

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Riveting!

Very very tight show! Expertly acted and directed. I have never been a huge fan of Albee - he's too dark for my tastes - but this kept me riveted throughout. My only complaint is the actors deprived us of a curtain call! The audience was ready to give a standing ovation but alas, the stage remained bare. Make reservations - this will sell out!

Whisper Into My Good Ear
If you liked Zoo Story this is for you!

Like Zoo Story, this is a great drama about 2 guys on a park bench,one gregarious, one reserved. Lawrence Ripp and Patrick O'Brien have great chemistry and are both stellar actors who give us nuanced characters who we can empathize with. For those who love straight up, solid theatre, this one is for you!

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
inventive

I got one of the last seat in this sold out show and am so glad I did! Very funny and creative, and I loved the musical trio who served as back up singers throughout! Thumbs up to the whole cast but especially Josh, Andy and Mike!

Full Metal Rabbit
Good Fun!

Enjoyed the energy and in this show. I know little about Full Metal Jacket or Watership Down, but still had a great time. Rob Ward and Mickaylee Shaughnessy are an awesome team as brother/sister, Natalie Wass rocks it as the villainess. I did not really understand a lot of the convoluted plot, but that did not take away from the entertainment factor. Nice Job!!

So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!
Truth in Advertising

This show really IS Warm and Fuzzy! I came in by accident knowing nothing about the show, but really enjoyed myself. Really nice music and dancing - and the kazoos did make me smile throughout. It felt a tad preachy at times, but overall I had a wonderful time.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Memory Is Mesmerizing

We got last two tickets to this sold out show on Sunday - make reservations! The seance type atmosphere was chilling and the (true) story of these sisters is fascinating. Exquisite acting and intriguing sound effects and lighting make this a mesmerizing production. You may have nightmares!

Synchronicity
Brings back memories...

Forget what it felt like to be in Middle School?? If you are female, this will help! The zany funny ladies of Raw Sugar really put it out there - all the angst, crushes, note passing and sillyness! Makes me wonder how I survived being 12! Funny Stuff!

Clutter, Chaos, Creativity and the Collyer Brothers
YES to Judith!

Not a big crowd on Monday at 10 pm - but we received such a treat! An intimate show by a consummate Storyteller, who made us feel like friends. I could listen to her for hours! This is not a workshop or a diatribe about clutter. It does not offer many answers, just allows us to think about our "messes" in a different way. Loved it!

The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee
There's a lot to like in this!

Lovely videography and sound design really enhanced this production. I liked, but did not love the script; I DID love the performances, especially by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey and the young find Logan Gilbert Guy. An emotional play about "thinking outside the box" when dealing with mental illness, or in this case, ptsd. Good work!

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Funny and Family Friendly!

I have long been a fan of Comedy Suitcase and this did not disappoint! Great musical accompaniment too! The audience was so into it that many of the kids in it were very vocal which was a little distracting, but what can ya do?? Favorite parts were the romantic picnic with a very unexpected consort (no spoiler here, just see it) and Levi's hilarious solo dance piece. IF you are going to use audience volunteers, however, give them something to do rather than stand there. The kids were SO excited to be up there with you and I could see how let down they were when they were not utilized. All in all though, really great stuff!

Be Your Selfie!
Funny and Creative

Really wonderful stuff! Natalie Wass is so perfect for this that I was surprised to see she did not write it herself! Great video work and a nice message about embracing the "real" you. All the performances were spot on and often laugh out loud funny!

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
A Trip Back In Time

Chilling radio plays, done right! I really enjoy listening to these old radio plays. The first one was especially chilling for me and left me thinking "if I had been a kid in the 1940's listening to this, I would have had nightmares and slept with the lights on for YEARS!" The second piece was not quite as effective and I found myself dozing off a bit; All in all though, very professional work and a great way to spend an hour!

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
another hit show!

When these folks come to town I never miss them! I totally love the creativity, physicality and musical expertise in their shows. That being said, I think I may have enjoyed the previous years shows a bit more. There was more variety and the pieces were shorter. This one had longer pieces, some of which I loved and others which seemed to go on a bit too long. Still, if you have not seen this group, do yourself a favor and catch it. Amazing artistry!

Good Friday: Round One
Jesus uses the F word??

I know the author

The Last Bombardment
Yowza - spooky stuff!

This felt like watching a Twilight Zone episode. Love the black & white costume choices and the eerie atmosphere. This was well acted and well staged but at times hard to hear, especially the narrator, whose soft voice did not carry as well as the others. Still, I got the message, and it gave me chills! Good Job!

Pope Joan
interesting history lesson

Well written and nicely acted historical drama which kept my interest throughout, not a small feat considering it was 10 pm ona weeknight!


Vicki Joan Keck's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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Antonio and the Juice Man

by Prime Time Players

Strike Theater  

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Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings

by Scream Blue Murmur Productions

Southern  

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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Full Metal Rabbit

by Beta Fish Productions

Intermedia  

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Good Friday: Round One

by Fat Chance Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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On The Exhale

by Market Garden Theatre

Rarig Xperimental  

Cedar Printing
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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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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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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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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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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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Synchronicity

by Raw Sugar

Mixed Blood  

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The Zoo Story (New Version)

by Mortimer Productions

HUGE  

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Thor: Jurassic Park

by Access World Productions

Theatre in the Round  

Sunrise Banks
Cedar Printing