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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Susan Roberts

Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
45-54 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Dance


Susan Roberts' reviews

The Last Bombardment
Review of "The Last Bombardment"

The lights go down in the theater and you feel a ripple of quiet anticipation for the show to begin. In complete darkness, you first hear the quiet strains of a haunting lullaby sung so sweetly it breaks open your heart and leaves a hint of doom. What premonition of evil comes lurking so stealthily in the night? We may think our lives are ordinary or even boring, but when set against the backdrop of civil unrest and the love a child, we are confronted by our hidden strengths and weaknesses. We may think of our lives as being colorless but there are bursts of color hovering above us " waiting to be discovered. War is messy. We may try to avoid it. We may try to seek other avenues of peace and love. We may try to be heard above the rat-a-tat-tat of distant gunfire. Some people are more successful than others in assimilating to war that is raging in their backyards. The lust for life takes many forms; often surprising the person with its intensity and revelation. This play sets a grueling pace and tone after the opening chords of the lullaby fade away. There are many characters in this play (but not that many actors as I soon discovered because each actor takes on multiple roles seamlessly) whose stories weave in and out of the play. Characters are introduced in two ways " through their ordinary life and the reaction to the introduction of an unlikely antagonist. The entire stage is used to perfection with gorgeous music and a stark backdrop punctuated with color to introduce the characters. There are no props used in this play, but instead the actors mime objects interacting with on stage. The flow of the play is effortless and intricate. (A caveat " I am familiar with many of the actors, through improve, in this play. I was looking forward to seeing these actors in a scripted play.) I watched, with interest, those actors. I wasn’t disappointed. Becky Wilkinson Hauser linked the cast together through her multiple roles as a third person commentator, one of the singers of the lullaby and the heartbreaking condition that leads to her doggedly protecting her husband and town. Justin Betancourt portrayed a leader, an everyman and a secret life perfectly. He stayed true to his characters throughout the play. Jay Kistler had the unenviable position to be a conduit that connected all the stories together without having first-hand knowledge of the sorrow that befalls many of the characters. Erik Nielsen brought out the sensitive side to the personality of one of his characters. He found love in an unexpected place. He played hero. The mega-talented Erik Ostrom added misty mystery with haunting music. Thank you! I was impressed by the cohesiveness of the costuming choices made by Meghan Wolff. One character did not overpower any other character and yet the light hand of color choices were powerful (a uniform style, but not). While no year was given, the costuming gave little hints that the play could have been any time from 1939 to present day. Overall, I feel that Sean Dillon and cast wrote a beautiful play based on a short story by Kenneth Schneyer (which I have not read). The play was set in wartime, but it could have been set with any backdrop because to me the play revealed the constant humanity and hope in times of trouble. I would comment on other actors in the play, but I do not know them by name. I can say I enjoyed each performance of each actor. Bravo! I recommend seeing this play during the Fringe run.

His Name Doesn't Matter
Where's Cotton?

What's not to love about His Name Doesn't Matter at MN Fringe!!" Exquisitely times performances by the incomparable Spencer David Retelle and, new to me, strong feminine voice Amie Durenberger. I'm already a huge Spencer fan - and he didn't disappoint! At all. I'd watch the show again. And again. And again.

Gruesome Playground Injuries
How to become a pirate the hard way

Well that was a cautionary tale! Do not climb on roofs during thunderstorms or let a Zamboni run over you. You'll turn into a sad pirate. And this sums up this show.

The Murmur of Murder
Tom Sellevk and Susan Boyles cameo

Tight, light, politically relevant show! Thanks to the cast of The Murmur of Murder - MN Fringe for an enjoyable and laugh filled hour!

Oxygen Is Overrated
Its not easy being green.

Shorter show but big on high energy and a blitz of fascinating characters! Thank you Oxygen is Overrated for a very fun show! Thanks Stan, it's not easy being green! I was waiting for the next episode to start. Next time. Update: I just spoke to the actress in the show and she said after I told her how much I enjoyed the show and was waiting on the next episode - that she in fact has written a book about the character and is available on Amazon. Cool.


Susan Roberts' Queue

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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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America, The Rewrite

by The Fighting Mongooses

Rarig Xperimental  

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Be Your Selfie!

by Hey Rube

Intermedia  

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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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Code: L-O-V-E

by Highlander Kitty

Crane  

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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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DANCING BARE FEET

by RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy

Rarig Thrust  

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Dead Silence

by 2140 Productions

HUGE  

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DUNGEON

by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Jungle Theater  

Peace Coffee
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En Passant

by McGo Productions

Jungle Theater  

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Facebook Lite

by Nancee Magistad

HUGE  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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Frankenstein

by Windmill Company

Rarig Arena  

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Mosaic Productions

HUGE  

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His Name Doesn't Matter

by Power Clashing Productions

HUGE  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Lettres et Café

by Bad Mime Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Macduo

by Three Crazy Sons

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

Rarig Arena  

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Mine/Field

by Glade Dance Collective

Ritz Mainstage  

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Minnesota Dance Ensemble Presents CARMEN

by Minnesota Dance Ensemble

Crane  

Joia Spirit
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The Mystery

by Conduit Theatre

HUGE  

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ODD MAN OUT

by Underdog Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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Our Boy

by Theatre B

Theatre in the Round  

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Oxygen Is Overrated

by Tesseray Productions

HUGE  

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Patriot/Traitor

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Ritz Mainstage  

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Persephone

by Torre Edahl Dance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Pope Joan

by Featherstone Creative

Rarig Xperimental  

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RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

by August Moon Productions

Ritz Mainstage  

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Rumpus

by Mike's Brass

Southern  

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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Sisyphus

by Moon-Eyed Owl

Theatre in the Round  

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
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Skins

by Collective Unconscious Performance

Ritz Mainstage  

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Skirmish of Wit: Your Imaginary Forces

by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Jungle Theater  

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Small Time Dicks

by Siege Perilous Films

Phoenix  

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Songs of MN Summer

by Shrieking Harpies

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

by Turd Spout Productions

Phoenix  

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Subpar Heroes

by Renegade Theater Company

Southern  

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The Murmur of Murder

by Swing and a Miss

HUGE  

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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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What You Will

by Jammed Desk Productions

Phoenix  

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
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Your Motivational Power Hour!

by Change! Your! Life! Productions

Phoenix  

Bollywood Dance Scene