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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Shauna Edson

Years attending Fringe: This is my first year
25-34 years old
Lives in... Out-of-state
Favorite genre: Dance


Shauna Edson's reviews

"1967"
FANTASTIC! Compelling and real

There is nothing quite like the power of good story telling, and this show was EXCEPTIONAL. Master story-tellers sharing their authentic, heartfelt, raw, and moving experiences with race, societal reaction, activism, and pain. They interwove the past and present into a tapestry of relevance, insight, reflection, and courage. One of the most powerful shows of any type that I have seen in a long, long time. Get a reservation and GO SEE THIS!!!!

Duality: Expression/Reflection
Contrast and power. Great show!

I was struck by the diversity of movement and composition from the primary choreographers. The show's four pieces were a study in contrast, from gut-wrenching to delightfully absurd. The dancers were stunning technicians as well as performers, shifting seamlessly from softness to sharp accents and from floor to air. The user of facial expression was strong, came all the way across the expansive stage to the back of the house. Over the course of the show I felt everything from empathy to wonder to intrigued joy. A beautiful showcase of the broad range within modern dance.

So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!
Come here and feel better!!

This is a wonderfully fun show from the moment an usher hands you a kazoo with your program. It had some of the most welcoming (i.e. not fear-inducing) audience participation I've seen. The dancers were beautiful performers, and the choreography was refreshingly unpredictable. The last piece was an exquisite, shifting sculpture of dimension and motion, I was captivated by the visual and emotional buoyancy of it. The company utilized the unique Ritz space very well, crossing into the audience seamlessly via the ramps and aisle. The MCs were charming and earnest, and the interludes provided a nice structure to frame the dances. The whole show was a delightful romp, and I walked away feeling so much lighter than I had before.

Mnemosyne
Magnificent! And mind-bending!

I will be thinking about this show for a long time, processing and unpacking it in my head... and that's about the highest praise I can give to a performance! The cast introduced us to this futuristic world through both text and movement, and I was instantly intrigued. The story and characters emerged gradually, unfolding such that I didn't really grasp the true plot until near the end, then suddenly it all made sense... Or did it? Hrm, did I remember that same line from three scenes ago? ... OH WAIT I GET IT!! Wait, what?? (The story is a philosophical gift that keeps on giving.) I loved the unique costumes, the sometimes-subtle sound, and the seamlessly integrated staging with narrative and movement from these outstanding performers. Wow!

35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself
Moving in the best way

I really loved this show, for so many reasons! The performers were so present in every moment, and even seemingly simple things (like a dancer playing with Saran wrap) were captivating to watch. The props and other production elements added richness to the show, but the focus was squarely on the dancing and Jesse's excellent choreography. I especially loved the duet with one dancer smiling out at the world pleasantly while her companion expressed her true feelings about the world. There were many beautiful moments, hearty laughs, and earnest narratives. A wonderful concert of thoughtful dance.

PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life
Potent and powerful

Rarely have I been so impacted by the sheer honesty and fearlessness of a show, and rarely have I seen a solo artist who can fill the entire space the way Dr. E does. Her talent as a performer just shines; she is truly radiant on the stage, her voice soars when she sings, and her variation as she speaks for the different characters in her story adds rich layers to the show. Then there's the story itself, the authentic retelling of her life and choices and heartbreak and opportunities and rebuilding. Her narrative is riveting from beginning to end, and I found myself crying along with her during the hardest parts of the journey. She is a living testament to the impact of mentors, second chances, and willpower. This show is a must-see!

Dame daDA & the Meta Show
Choose your own adventure!

I enjoy well-crafted audience participation, and Dame daDA has mastered this art. From the outset her show feels intimate, tailored just for those of us in the room, and it's impressive to watch an artist who is so adept at improvising with whatever the crowd throws at her. The games were fun and poignant, the jokes were subtly brilliant, and daDA's self-depricating humor was charming. The entire show was a joyful roller-coaster ride to who-knows-where, and I loved every minute of it.

Patriot/Traitor
Thorough and provocative

Intensely relevant and unapologetic, this show presents the multifaceted debate over what constitutes patriotism. It colors the stark viewpoints with humanity, giving us characters and backstory that provide a great canvas for in-depth thoughts. The actors were obviously as invested in the subject matter as in their characters, which added power to the message. At times the script felt more like platform speeches than natural dialogue, with a lot of information packed into each paragraph. But certain relationships between characters were organic and relatable, especially the two sisters, whose comfort and ease together were perfect. This is an important show for anyone to see, right now as much as ever. Go in ready to engage your mind.


Shauna Edson's Queue

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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BELIEVE

by M-SHE Productions

Southern  

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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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Dame daDA & the Meta Show

by Nichole Hamilton

Ritz Studio  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

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Interplay | still & moving

by Ray Terrill Dance Group

Intermedia  

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It Can't Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

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Mnemosyne

by Sunday Driver

Southern  

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Out of the Shadows

by Gabriel Mata/Movements

Intermedia  

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Passing the Poison

by Twin Cities Dance Court

Crane  

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Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

Wayward Theatre - The Weir
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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

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Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces

by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Jungle Theater  

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So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!

by First Daughter Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

Bollywood Dance Scene