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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Siri Hammond's reviews

Absolutely perfect, DO NOT MISS

Rarely is such a show so poignant, thorough and innovative. This is a fairy story about many things but particularly about reclaiming the self after trauma/abuse, and reclaiming autonomy of womanhood from folklore and fairytales. Emily Zimmer is a force to be reckoned with as an actor. In supporting but prominent roles, Sarah Dewhirst's comedic chops and haunting, poignant musical contributions are particularly strong. And Logan Verdoon's earnest presence and comedic timing round out a strong cast. Beautifully directed. Costumes and use of puppets were stunning, and sound, prop and lighting design added just the perfect touches to a strong script and round out this marvelous production. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW. Deserves a full house.

Brave. Provoking. Raw performances.

If you're going to see shows purely to sit back and have an entertaining play performed for you, then this work might not put the right Fringe on Top of your Surrey. Know that you will be seeing a show about very difficult subject matter, presented in a way that is meant, perhaps, to cause you to react strongly. It may be uncomfortable. But it never presents as shock factor, just honesty. So with that, I think this show is HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. Suzi and Beckett Love are phenomenal actors. They are raw and powerful presences on stage. Sami Pfeffer's writing was honest, sensitive and well-crafted. And in terms of audience engagement and structure, I've never seen anything like this before! Go in (safely) with an open mind - and HEART.

One Foot
Breathtakingly, tender, haunting

Langston's staging of this strange, tender, raw and lyrical play was enchanting, with each scene flowing right into the next and strong, lingering imagery set forth. Props were minimal - fabric, wood, an axe, a pitcher, and were used in clever and intriguing ways to suggest the world of the play. The actors Andrew Wheeler and Jamie Jachimec are two of the Twin Cities' Finest, and were perfectly matched together, navigating the cycle of freezing and melting, ebbing and flowing, joy and sorrow that comes with navigating new and then old love, all in the face of tremendous loss. This production had just the right amount of magic, and I have been haunted, beautifully and sorrowfully, by moments playing in my head since witnessing it last night.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Hilarious romp! Great fight choreography

This is a great time! The writing is strong and even for someone who has little knowledge of Powerpuffs, it was enjoyable and easy to comprehend the universe presented. The king Lear parody moments were well deserved and hilarious! And the fight choreography is absolutely seamless and dynamic! I died laughing at the comedy moments and had a great time with all these dynamic, funny actors. My only criticism is that it was a little messy when it came to transitions and there were many prop/costume malfunctions. On one hand, this added to the fun, but a more polished presentation is usually what I look for, and it was distracting at times. However, I highly recommend this show if you are looking for a clever, engaging and hilarious mash-up!

The Last Bombardment
Engaging and committed storytelling

I highly recommend this show! While the exposition went on a little long and the longed-for emotional heightening didn't happen until the latter third of the play, I was completely drawn in by the storytelling and physical movement used to create the characters and this world. The entire ensemble was truly committed and created effective, distinctive characters. Standout performances by Thalia Kostman, Emily Dussault, and Victoria Pyan, but the entire ensemble was strong. There was beautiful integration of music provided by Erik Ostrom and one effective through-line theme created by the actors' singing (lovely, unique voices too!)

Interesting premise, needs workshopping

While the premise of this show has a lot of potential, this show didn't strike much of a chord with me. The comedy seemed very self-aware, so it wasn't to MY taste. The use of musical underscoring, while beautifully performed, was overused and I found that it lulled me to sleep and became background noise rather than highlighting or underlying specific moments. also, for a show that introduces work with an actual puppet in the beginning, that puppetry work never reappeared so in retrospect I would have loved more integration of that idea! Lastly, there were a LOT of males onstage and only one female actor... why? HOWEVER I do think that this show is full of potential and has a lot of great things going for it, including brave actors.

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