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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Trisha Raylen's reviews

Wow. Just. Ummm WOW!

I simply do not feel qualified to comment on how beautiful I found this production. Congrats on a wonderful work of art and thank you!

The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee
A really wonderful story about healing.

This well acted, well written and positive show started with a tech elements that drew me in. It is is a short , interesting commentary on how we heal and how helping others heal benefits us as much as them. As someone who has dealt with tragedy and sadness recently, I found this play uplifting and heartwarming. Thank you!


Really just an epic and beautiful production. Strong in nearly every element and richly artistic This is a must see!

Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville

The content here is deeply moving with a decidedly unique historical point of view. I found myself a bit dragged down by the pace on occasion but over all was glad I had seen this moving work.

A Pocketful of Jewels: Dance Gems from North Africa & the Near East
Very entertaining

This was a blast to watch and had educational value as well. if you are looking for entertainment rather than story this will be a perfect fit. One of the more enjoyable productions in this style with a strong costumes and excellent execution of the dance style and history.

First Year Queer
More a Catharsis

This was obviously a very personal show and the performer was strong. Ultimately it brushed over some of the more interesting moments too quickly and focused too much on what seemed to more a cathartic over indulgence that left me feeling left out.

The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Some strong Acting

This show really didnt work. There were however some good acting moments and strong elements that kept it interesting. The character actors shined at times. The over all effect was dampened however by weak composition and a lack of continuity.

America, The Rewrite
Low on Content

I have a deep respect for those who try something outside of the box. kudos on the imaginative undertaking. Unfortunately this show left me unsatisfied. The production elements and audio was distracting and the over all effect simply felt disjointed.

Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings
Clutter got in the way.

I found myself feeling there there was a lot missing from this production, but more importantly that there was a lot there that didnt add to the story. Some of the performances seemed disconnected and as an audience member i really felt very lost as to what this show was trying to accomplish.

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