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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Warren Porter

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Musical Theater


Warren Porter's reviews

Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville
addressing inhumanity

her own testimony of Civil War aftermath • identifying the fallen • the state to which the black community had come • unthinkable POW conditions

Santa Academy
surprise, constant delight

uniformly, clever, unpatronizingly laugh-provoking, and crisply delivered generously distributed, good songs Representation extends all the way to one each of those great basses and beatboxers.

One Foot
transporting

warmly funny, moving with a touch of music an expression of love by the playwright for her man, who’s from Minnesota

En Passant
captured, indeed, en passant

Surpassed the expectations of both of us who went for the purpose of following one of the performers. Apart from the Fringe experience, we are looking into seeing it a second time, while it’s still available to be seen. Whether or not Mr. McGowen expands on its particular premise, I will keep an eye out for his future work. Too, I became interested in following all four performers. As lesser details; while it kept my puzzle-solving engaged, I felt I would have kept up were it the 10pm performance & if I were fatigued. The dialogue even made a clear explanation of the infrequent, en passant chess move. I do have an insider’s objection to one situation, but it IS part of the drama of the story. Even the set furniture is a game player’s joy.

The Intrepid
spectacular

drums, a couple ensemble dances at the beginning, heroic stances, bright costumes, and epic narrative I appreciated the stylized gravity with which the lines were delivered. It is a remarkable opportunity, when one gets to see this many share such a rich sample of heritage.

Gravitational Collapse
Nowhere to Land

The characters and situation are compellingly presented. There are conclusions drawn and superseded in this or that twist; but, if the audience puts in too much work reading the allegory and anticipating an encompassing perspective, there’s no payoff. As in life, no question is the final one. On opening night, the background audio made the dialogue hard to make out.

Oxygen Is Overrated
could live up to the clever title

There’s an intimacy to being shown an artist’s playing make-believe, and respect for her stamina in investing meaningful expression into each line. Among familiar, spacefaring tropes, her regard for a speculative kind of co-pilot speaks to diversity and accessibility. As Ms. Fende continues to present this work beyond opening night, it could be that she will expand her variation of pace of delivery; e.g. to pay off with punchlines, and, throughout the narrative, to lead into the explicit, overarching, life lesson.

Facebook Lite
comedy lite

Some characters left me wanting more of them; but exploring the premise becomes belaboring the explanation. I began wondering, starting with this situation, to what other issues they could branch out. That stated; over time, some depth is revealed.

Antonio and the Juice Man
kooky

what Larry Ripp said, in his review Each of the players was fully committed, or ought to be. It’s good to see Don Cosgrove.


Warren Porter's Queue

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"___________"

by Little Oblivion Theatre

Jungle Theater  

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"1967"

by 2Lorens

Rarig Arena  

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A Bollywood Twistery

by Harmonious Music

Ritz Mainstage  

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Anarchy! (a handbook)

by Big Picture Group

Rarig Xperimental  

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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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BELIEVE

by M-SHE Productions

Southern  

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Blackbeard's Revenge

by The Park Theater Company

Rarig Arena  

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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts

Phoenix  

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Buffy the Bedbug Slayer

by Spike Tape Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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The Buttslasher

by New Endeavors

Ritz Studio  

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DANCING BARE FEET

by RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy

Rarig Thrust  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

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En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

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The Fainting Room

by Sonder Productions

Phoenix  

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First Year Queer

by Sparrow Productions

Intermedia  

Bryant Lake Bowl
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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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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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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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The Intrepid

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Rarig Thrust  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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MEDUSA

by Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus

Boom Island  

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

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Never Wonder Land

by Laughing Nomad Productions

Crane  

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One Foot

by Langston Theatre Company

Strike Theater  

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The Pursuit of Awesome

by Northstarter Productions

Intermedia  

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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

Bryant Lake Bowl
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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  

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