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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Sam Thomas' reviews

Good Kids
Good Work Good Kids.

I was impressed by the shows content and ablity to portray the effect of a sexual assault in a high school. The reality of when the characters try to pass their actions off as "just a joke", that really hit home with me. I've seen students do the same thing The actors themselves do a very nice job with the portrayal and subject matter. I will say the ending is a bit weird, but over all this show, content, and acting deliver.

Plan B
Make this plan A

This was hilarious. The plot was well constructed with characters that were fit the classic playwrights rules. Nice work. The acting was strong, movtivated, and focused. I enjoyed this. Nice My concern was the diction of the actors and blocking issues from where I was seated. This show is in my fringe plan A. If you are a conservative, however, this show is not for you. Overall, nice work.

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
Good: Written For Older Married People.

There is some nice, funny content here. But as a young college guy, I don't really relate to this. It's a show for older married people. Nice job. Lot's of yelling. But, light hearted and fun overall.

Carly Reynolds and the STEAM Team
Great show for kids

I'm in school to be a teacher and I think this is a great message for kids. Nice work on stage! I liked the content and message. GO STEM!

The Intrepid
Nice job!

I wanted to try something new so I set out to see this. This has a lot of variety, but I had trouble hearing some of the lines. I wish I could have heard more of the diologe. Thanks for sharing about the Tamil community! I thought that part was good. I missed the story at points though. Awesome enthusiasm!

Thor: Jurassic Park

The plot was filled chaos. I felt the story was a bit cluttered. I didn't always feel the acting landed with me in the audience. But, nothless, the show had energy, but the acting lacked motivation at times. I'm sure this has more Appel to those who personally relate to this story. However, this breaks the rule of comedy of ordinary characters in an extraordinary situation at times. It feels like it all is extrondinary so I lose the real life Appel.

Get Hooked
Middle and high school show.

I want to be a honest reviewer, in full disclosure this is middle and high school quality. I'm supportive of kids being at the fringe because it helps them grow. But to judge it like any other show: The plot was weak, but more importantly, there was a lack of connection to the audience. Why does it warrant this rating? The humor and acting wasn't for the audience. It was for the actors themselves. It was overly self indulged acting and humor. Granted, they are middle or high school students who will hopefully develop in to more mature people and actors as they age. This is not a show I would recommend to avid fringers. Maybe to their high school friends and parents though. I'm sure they love this as parents do when their kids are on stage.