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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Meghan Maddigan

21-24 years old
Lives in... Out-of-state
Favorite genre: Comedy

Meghan Maddigan's reviews

Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign

The improv here is TOP NOTCH. I am a fan of Dungeons and Dragons so I was pumped to see the show from the beginning, but there is truly something here for anyone who enjoys excellent improv and physical comedy. This ensemble is well oiled, and worked together seamlessly to deliver an edge of your seat show that left me tense from suspense and with tears in my eyes from laughter. I am definitely coming back to see where their campaign goes from here!

Absurd Advice
What Fun!

The young cast is impressive. The shows central father daughter relationship warmed my heart and the advice kept me giggling! I also thought they used their performance space well, and you could tell there was great attention and care put into every prop used in the show!

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical

Not only was I laughing the whole time, I was also sitting there extremely impressed by each actors singing voice! There is truly never a dull moment at this show, and the music and lyrics are so sharp and witty they will keep you laughing and singing for days!

Broad Sex in the Twin Cities
Impressive Energy!!

I enjoyed this show not only because of the content, but because you could really see how much fun the actors were having. If the audience was giving them 80% they were always giving back 110% no matter what! The elements of broad city and sex in the city were well intertwined into a story that was ultimately about 2 best friends facing the challenges of the fringe, mansplainers and the world at large! Also, there is a fair amount of twin cities jokes, which I enjoyed because even though I'm from out of town, it was interesting to hear the jokes people make about their own cities. Girl Theatre is killing the fringe game! Go see this show!!!


This one man show is worth seeing! I appreciated the honesty and vulnerability Allen delivered this true and very personal life story with. The greek elements of the show and the chapter book motif moved the story along, but I also felt in some ways that they were not needed. The show is very intimate, one performer talking straight to the audience, and I wished the theater was smaller because it might have fit the feeling of the show better. Allen's original songs are sweet and well done! I think at some points when the energy in the show dipped, it was mostly problems with transitioning into another part of the story. Some more light changes musical cue may have fixed that. Ultimately, a great show, and fun to see with a gf/bf!

On The Exhale
Beautiful Writing, Excellently Executed

Finally, a play that delivers a powerful impact by focusing on the story and NOT the "message" (Thank you Martin Zimmerman!). Jane Froiland plays a mother encountering extreme grief and loss. Throughout the hour the audience witnesses her battles, her wins, and her losses, and is rooting for her the whole time. Froiland is a force to be reckoned with. I became enthralled in the first 30 seconds, and stayed enthralled throughout the rest of the show. Though the show has dark content, Froiland artfully managed to always find the love and humor where it could be found. A definite fringe MUST SEE. This is storytelling at its finest.

Bad Script.

I went in to this show not knowing what to expect, and came out with a message ringing in my ear. The script is more of a PSA than anything else, and as other reviewers have said, was WAY too repetitive. The dialogue sounded like the news, instead of a conversation. The cast did their best with what they had. Cornwell and Regan gave standout performances. Ultimately, the play lacked the urgency of the situation and topics it discussed.