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.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling 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 and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.



Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows 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 the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: 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 our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by Central gives you a serious head start.


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.


Choosing a Show

With 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad 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.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The 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.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.


 Something different 


Watch This Space

By Public Displays of Affection
Created by Tim Cameron
Playing at U of M Barker Center for Dance


Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language, Strobe lights, Loud noises/gunshots, Sexual Content.

A diverse ensemble brings you to 2146 in this new play. It may feel like a different country. You'll have to infer a lot from context. How are we better in the future? Original music, movement, and text.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up


Fri, 8/5 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/7 @ 10:00pm


Wed, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/13 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/14 @ 2:30pm

Ticket Options

Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for any performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Wristbands can be purchased in advance with reservations or at any venue box office during the festival.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

You don't have to buy a 2016 Fringe button, but you might just want to. It identifies you as a part of our incredible Fringe community and gets you great deals at these local bars and restaurants. Get yours at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

Read the reviews

Too ambitious with the effects

by Adam Boutz on August 14, 2016
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A physical drama with some of the coolest glow in the dark special effects I've seen onstage. When they were actually being used, that is. The effects took so much work the part of the cast to set up and operate that it took away from the show. The story was kind of hard to follow too. This was partly because the introduction was written more in the way that a book or short story would be written. The verbal delivery made it difficult to digest and actually kind of hard to hear.

An intriguing devised piece

by Elizabeth Horab on August 14, 2016
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Kudos to the cast, crew, and creators of this piece. I love the experimentation, the use of lights and sound, as well as the physical dramaturgy. I definitely enjoyed the less naturalistic moments. The actors were committed, and the director had a vision. True brain candy.

Certainly something different

by Andrew Rakerd on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I loved the use of sound and lighting in this piece. Many aspects of the plot were left ambiguous, which at times invoked the audience's imagination, but at other times were simply confusing. Overall, I was engaged.


by Jeanette Chalgren on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 41 shows

What did I just watch? I'm so confused. I knew it would be weird, but it was different from what I was expecting. I have a lot of follow up questions. I liked all the glow in the dark things though. Sorry, Madhu.

Committed and visually spectacular

by Tom S. Tea on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 4 shows

It's an almost impossible task to build a sci-fi world and tell a story, especially through an unfamiliar medium of dance and movement. It's obvious everyone in the cast is committed to the idea, and even if you don't follow the story, the visual choices are innovative, creative, and incredibly interesting.

1 person found this review helpful

I dare everyone to watch this show.

by Darshan Maiya on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show is so weird that it's amazing!
I'm sitting at work today thinking why I went and watched the 10:00p.m. show when I could go to fringe central and hangout.

The show left me thinking. I'm still thinking and I will be thinking about it for the next few days. Very intriguing!

My advice, if you want to enjoy this show:
1. Go with an open mind. Do not expect anything.
2. If you think some part of the show is funny I think you should laugh out loud.
3. Understand that if you could see the future today you might think the future is weird.
4. Make your own interpretations if you cannot understand what's happening in the show.
5. Talk to the cast after the show! They'll explain everything.

2 people found this review helpful

Uh.... what?

by Rose Gellar on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 23 shows

I have no idea what I just watched. I thought they did a really good job theatrically and sticking to the script and delivering it but the plot lost me and I didn't always understand the words that they were saying, especially at the beginning which set up the whole thing.


by Adam Levonian on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 7 shows

"Watch This Space" is incredibly creative, atmospheric, and daring.

This show takes a lot of risks and not all of them pay off, but many of them do. There are moments of absolute brilliance - the simulation of a starship entering hyperspace was the most creative and genuinely impressive use of prop and lighting I've seen in a long time. The 'set', sound, and lighting were clever and transporting.

This show isn't for everyone, and there is some occasional bumpiness - e.x. some mumbled lines early in the play made it initially difficult for me to access the play world - but this is a brilliant attempt to put a grim scifi world on stage, and if anything about the show description intrigues you this show is an absolute must see.

interesting plot

by Burkhard Bechinger on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

not always easy to follow the storyline

Cast and crew

Madhu Bangalore


Madhu Bangalore has co-directed & performed in dance dramas for Bollywood Dance Scene which have previously been best-selling shows at Minnesota Fringe. He has also been doing improvisational theater since 2014 and has been a part of "Clue - The Improvised Murder Mystery" and Huge Theater's "Throwback night" groups. He has been the technical manager for Bollywood Dance Scene, helping & leading several of their video projects.

Tim Cameron


Lydia Erickson


Sage Ftacek

collaborator, actor

Antonia Gbai


Antonia Gbai is currently attending the Minneapolis Community and Technical College and pursuing a degree and career in Theatre Arts. Although this is her first time participating in the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival, other works include MCTC's Productions Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Madwoman of Chaillot.

Alexis Roy


Alexis Roy is a student at the University of Minnesota--pursuing duel degrees in Communications and Theatre. Most recently, she could be seen in The Capri Theatre's ABBY & ETHAN, which marked her debut role outside of the University. She could also be seen in many of the U's collaborative works including, EarthFirst! The Musical. She feels very fortunate to be debuting at the Fringe for the first time with a piece that was co-authored collaboratively with the cast!

More information

Whom will be in 2146? What disasters, discoveries, and diasporas will have altered history?

A loose group of activists fight human trafficking in a story that takes them to the edge of space.

Enter the future, when much of the language has shifted, and some of it gone internal. It may feel foreign, but you’ll find your footing. We’re all human. Tech has entered the body as the body has entered tech, and the internet is an elegant channel in your mind. It is not utopia. It is human. Society has evolved, and with it, its underbelly. We present 55 miunte fragment of a story in the year 2146.

Original music, movement and story. Outer space.

Tim Cameron (Public Displays of Affection/frequently with Theatre Forever/Jon Ferguson) directs this exploration into an imagined future.

Note: This presentation will include the rendering of an image of outer space and a spacecraft, live and in 3D.






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