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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Mickey Anderson

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
18-20 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Comedy

Mickey Anderson's reviews

The Ballad of Bearclaw Jones
Supreme Comedy!

This show has a perfect mix of laughs and emotions, and a very well written "story telling" narrative. All of the actors did an amazing job, and there's nothing funnier than seeing college students pretending to be kids lost in the wilderness! So many funny parts, also full of moving moments that everyone can relate to on some level. A bit of a surprise, but also very happy ending! A must see for fringe 2017!

Blackout Improv
Fun, hilarious, and educational

This show is absolutely a must see. The time was split between the cast discussing social issues that are drawn from a hat, and the other half acting them out. It is incredibly hilarious, and incredibly educational. MUST SEE for fringe 2017!


What an amazing show. The production caught my attention right away, and I was completely drawn into the world that they built. It gave me the feel of a character in a creepy video game, and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Incredible production, extremely well done.

On The Exhale
Well worth every star

This show is absolutely incredible. The acting talents Jane Froiland combined with the incredible writing of Martín Zimmerman creates for an attention grabbing incredibly performed one woman show about a grieving mother, and the insane but grief striken actions she takes after a tradgey. Amazingly done. By far one of the best shows at Fringe I've seen.

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
This needs to be seen!!

Wow. An absolutely stunning cast all around and incredible performances from all of them. The shows creator Keith Hovis creates a fully rounded show with fun and catchy songs, that will leave you begging for more (where can I buy the soundtrack??) Amazing musical, and I'll end my review with the same words I said at the end of the show: why isn't this on Broadway?

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Cute Show!!

Very cute and kid appropriate. It's a fun show just for laughs, but that's the point of it. Some of the skits lasted a little bit long, but if you're looking for a good laugh, this is the show for you!

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Fun Parody!

An extremely comedic show if you love Star Wars!! Many funny moments and monologues from all of the characters. R2-D2, played by Jo Raiter was an absolute hoot, Princess Leia has a both comical and realistic monologue about feminism (played by Elora Riley), and the comedic gold of Luke Skywalker was priceless (played by Matthew Englund). Another stellar and simple performance of from the fourth wall scene break between Han Solo and Greedo, played by Nathan Gerber and Alyssa Rae respectively. All in all, great cast and amazingly funny performances, and if you're like me, it's easy to find the comedy in even the simplest parts of the show.

[Enter the Narrator]
Cute "rom com" show

Very cute story and very funny concept! The ending was absolutely hilarious (as was much of the play). The main character Brain, played by Nelson Schreen is the typical "guy next door" kind of guy, and does amazingly in his role. There isn't much chemistry between the two main actors, but this show still had me buckled over laughing consistently. More praise also goes to actor Mackenzie Lahren in her role as the narrator. Really cute show, if you like cheese rom coms like me, I would definitely see this! (And see it again!)

Nothing but comedy

If you're here to have a good laugh, this show is the perfect one for you. It was very very funny and had me laughing at almost every joke. However, outside of that the plot is, to be frank, quite boring, and when you're not laughing, the show really just drags itself along. Even with all of the comedy in it, a lot of the jokes were either cheap or over used. Go for a laugh, not for the show.

Gruesome Playground Injuries
I expected more?

After reading many positive reviews for this show, I was very excited to see it done. However, during the performance I couldn't help but notice how heavily the actors were relying on the script to do most of the work for them. One problem part of this show that really bothered me was the continual use of the "r" word, when it did not progress the plot in anyway. It's 2017, I don't care how the play was written, you can change the "r" word to the word "stupid". What kept me going through the show was the performance of Lauren Schluke. Stunning acting through and through, and by far the stand out performer of the show. 2 stars for the show, 1 star for Lauren's performance.

Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical
Glittering cast in a subpar show

First and foremost, this show is extremely hard to follow if you have not read the book. A lot of time in the show was wasted transitioning, and none of the plot points really stuck. The show was saved, however, by the singing and acting a talents of Billy Pilgram played by Jacob Hooper, and Ronald Weary played by Chase Adelsman. Both have great voices and amazing acting talent, and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. The show however, does not quite live up to the talents of these actors.

Good Kids
Has potential

This show is a typical "high school students will teach you a lesson about a serious topic" show. I think that the show could have potential, but the actors in this show could not live up to the serious topic they were trying to convey. There was maybe one or two very heartfelt moments, especially from actors Jenna Herbrand, who plays the "narrator" of the show, and from Dexieng Yang, who plays the main character. Important topic, not well performed.

Bryant Lake Bowl