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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Kelly Regan

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


Kelly Regan's reviews

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Been in a relationship?

If you have ever, are now, or will ever be married, this show will speak to you in the most hilarious way. Terrific terrific terrific! I was surprised at the depth in some of the vignettes. Well done!

The Zoo Story (New Version)
Gripping

This show drew me in from the first silent moments and didn't let me go until the last. Absolutely flawless acting and direction. See this one.

Whisper Into My Good Ear
Holy Cow!

This show hit me right in the gut! Both actors were incredible and the show was beautiful, painful, and fascinating. Enjoyed it wholeheartedly!

One Foot
So Beautiful

The most beautiful thing I've seen at Fringe this year. The story, the ACTING!!!, the accents, the staging and use of props, the singing, the sound design, everything. Well done!

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Delightful

Terrific cast that used the space incredibly well. Blocking and direction were great, script was hilarious and the actors ran with it in the best way! A must see for sure!

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Character actors saved it

This show got 4 stars from me because of the character actors. The Droids, Chewy, the Emperor, Luke, Leia and Anakin especially. The actors took what they were given (a meandering script and blocking) and really saved the show. The blocking in Obi Wan's monologues, along with his flat line delivery were somewhat numbing, but the other scenes were redeeming.

Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
The best kind of dorky!

This show had me crying! Had ups and downs like any longform improv but was most definitely worth seeing. See this as early in the festival as you can as it is serial! I am now trying to find ways to add future performances to my schedule!

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Not for Me

I went to this show with friends despite having no knowledge of the Power Puff girls, and it was mostly incomprehensible to me as a result. The acting was stellar and the fight scenes were terrific, but as a non Power Puff fan, the references to the show missed the mark. If you are a Power Puff fan, this is definitely a show to see. Shout out to the Mayor/MoJo JoJo, she was incredible!

Making It Home
SEE THIS SHOW

This show delivered in an albeit, unpolished way, exactly what I hope to see as a Fringe goer. The storytelling was raw and honest and delightfully mundane! It would have been nice to have a bit more rehearsal evident, but it is clear that the family doing the storytelling are not performers by trade, but real people sharing snippets of their real lives. I would also have liked to understand more about the family's relationship with the American man who was also story telling.

Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical
Not quite there

The vocalists were wonderful, the show felt incomplete. Music, while pretty in parts was someone "one note", all lyrical and similar in style/sound. The story was fascinating, acting was mostly good, all in all, an ok show that could be pretty good with some work.


Kelly Regan's Queue

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by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler

by Katherine Glover Presents

Strike Theater  

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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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The Second Banana Revolt!

by Far From The Tree

Rarig Thrust  

Surly
Bollywood Dance Scene