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.

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Showtimes

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.

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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 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.

Shows

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A Pie. A Duck. And a Shoe.

by Sparkle Theatricals

Southern  

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Abreast of Burlesque

by Green Sea Productions

HUGE  

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AfterLife

by SunsetGun Productions

Intermedia  

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Airbags

by Rebecca Sandell

Rarig Arena  

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AirD&D

by MDK Productions

Rarig Arena  

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An Imaginary End

by Michael Rogers

Southern  

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Apple Picking

by Ben San Del Presents

Ritz Proscenium  

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Assemblé

by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers

Barker Center  

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Babylon Revisited

by Abas Theare Company

Ritz Proscenium  

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Becoming Inga

by David Mann

Rarig Arena  

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Bezubaan: The Voiceless

by Bollywood Dance Scene

Rarig Thrust  

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Bird of Seven Colors

by Erin Sheppard Presents

Barker Center  

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Break Your Heart

by One T Productions

Intermedia  

Surly
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Broken English, Mother Tongue.

by minnerican productions

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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BUSted

by Surprise Me! Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Celebrity Book Club

by Outlandish Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Celebrity Exception

by Giant Giraffe

HUGE  

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Circus McGurkus

by Mike's Brass

Barker Center  

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Damned If You Do

by Schroedinger's Dog

Playwrights' Center  

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Darlings

by Animal Engine

Ritz Proscenium  

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(Dis)connect

by Eclectic Otter Productions

Barker Center  

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Don Quixote

by Windmill Company

Theatre in the Round  

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Electric Sun

by Speck of Dust

Ritz Proscenium  

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Evil Twin

by Ilana Kapra Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Fool's Medicine

by Theatre of Fools

Mixed Blood  

Flanders
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For Worse

by Theatre Unbound

Mixed Blood  

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Frame Works

by Classical Mechanics

Barker Center  

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From the Ground Up

by Trifecta Dance Collective

Barker Center  

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Gilligan: A Tropical Musical

by Literally Entertainment Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Golmah

by Cialuna's Storydance Theatre

Intermedia  

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Good Friday With Dillinger

by LookBack Productions

Rarig Xperimental  

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Grand Theft Autobiography

by Fortune's Fool Theatre

Strike Theater  

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Happenstanced

by Pipermonkey

Rarig Xperimental  

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HAPPY TRAILERS TO YOU

by NKBPRODUCTIONS

Mixed Blood  

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Hazard

by Presence

Strike Theater  

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Home: The Place Where My Stuff Resides

by Red Dice Collective

HUGE  

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Hostil Watching

by The Drollery

HUGE  

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I (Heart) Brains: an original musical

by Desperate For Approval Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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If Only: Parallel Worlds Collide at HarMar Mal...

by Society for the Preservation of Gravity

Theatre in the Round  

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In The Time of Spies

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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It Always Rained in Paris

by Theatre Corrobora

Phoenix  

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Itch

by Three Knives

Rarig Thrust  

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Kicking' It Irish

by O'Shea Productions

Ritz Proscenium  

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Know Your B-Movie Actors

by The Miller Conspiracy

HUGE  

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Lazy Eyed Geek

by The Theatre Cosmic

Strike Theater  

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Letters

by W.A.R. Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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Lewis/Clark

by Rhymes with Montana

Phoenix  

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Life, Beautiful

by Jolene Konkel Dance Collective

Barker Center  

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LIVER

by ChriSTARpher

Playwrights' Center  

Spirit Forward
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Lockdown

by Agile Rabbit Theatre

Phoenix  

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A Mariokart Named Desire

by Melanistic Squirrel

Strike Theater  

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masc4masc

by Perfect Chair Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Mead Hall

by Tedious Brief Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Merkur and Venera

by Lunar Autumn Theatre

Rarig Arena  

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No Disrespect, Just Saying

by SaMi Productions

Rarig Arena  

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No Limits

by Renew Hope

Ritz Studio  

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NOW OR LATER

by NEW EPIC THEATER

Southern  

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Of Something Human

by Present State Movement (Tamara Ober)

Intermedia  

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On the Road to Verona

by MN SkyVault Theatre Co.

Rarig Thrust  

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Orpheus and Eurydice

by Garden of Song Opera

Mixed Blood  

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Our Dysfunctional Year

by Minnesota Shorts

Strike Theater  

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PENELOPE

by Savage Umbrella

Matthews Park  

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Pistachios

by Uncommon Loons

HUGE  

Norcostco
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Pluck, Cluck, and Dumb Luck

by Tall Tales Productions

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Preparations

by B.D. Schmiegel

Ritz Proscenium  

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Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope

by Wayward Theatre Company

HUGE  

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Restless Beat: A BIG DRUM Musical

by Twiggle T Productions

Southern  

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Ricochet

by Movement by RUTH

Barker Center  

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RUNE

by Vox Medusa

Intermedia  

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Seeing Self

by Eduardo Productions

Ritz Studio  

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Shaken - and Stirred

by Jawaahir Dance Company

Intermedia  

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Sleeper

by Al-Bahira Dance Theater

Intermedia  

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Smitten by the Kitten

by WaHi Productions

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Snow Country

by Minnehaha Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Sometimes There's Wine

by Shanan Custer & Carolyn Pool

Theatre in the Round  

Eide Bailly
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Sons of Swayze

by Notorious PKG

Rarig Thrust  

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A Study in Emerald

by Conundrum Collective

Intermedia  

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Suite Surrender

by PZ Productions

Rarig Xperimental  

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Surge

by The Rose Theatre

Playwrights' Center  

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Take Talkback

by Six Four Six One Productions

Ritz Proscenium  

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TBD III

by TBD

Rarig Arena  

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Terror On The High Seas

by The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Abortion Chronicles

by The Red Letter Society

Theatre in the Round  

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The Cast was Dyed

by The Prime Time Players

Playwrights' Center  

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The Chair-Builders

by Catalog Models

Phoenix  

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The Disillusionist

by Stunt Theater

Strike Theater  

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The Exclusion Zone!

by Martin Dockery

Ritz Proscenium  

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The Fever

by Patrick O'Brien

Phoenix  

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The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn

by HT Productions

HUGE  

Peace Coffee
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The Gun Show

by IDIC Theatreworks

Strike Theater  

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The ImproVoice

by Double-Blind Productions

Southern  

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The Invention of Baseball

by Beckettian Donuts

Phoenix  

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The Last Late Night Show on Earth

by On Tenterhooks Productions

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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The Last Red Shirt

by Expensive Wino Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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The Life of Charles Schulz

by History Comes To Life

Phoenix  

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The Lost Anklet - Therukkoothu

by Minnesota Tamil Sangam

Southern  

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The Most Dangerous Game

by Sheep Theater

Southern  

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The Non-Producers

by TROMPE L'OEIL

Rarig Thrust  

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

by Jeremy Terry Productions

Ritz Proscenium  

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The Pioneer: AKA The Funnyman

by Bearwolf Productions

Intermedia  

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The Plucky Rosenthal Show

by Showsenthal Productions

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

Westside VW
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The Story of You and Me

by Lady Z Productions

SpringHouse  

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The Yeti

by Siege Perilous Films

Mixed Blood  

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To Kill a Minnesotan

by Foxhill Studios

Southern  

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Trump: A Musical Tale

by Clevername Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Trump's America (It's Hell)

by F.E.A.R. Productions

Mixed Blood  

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Twice

by Its Time Productions

Playwrights' Center  

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UBU TRUMP

by Trouveres Theatrics

HUGE  

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Unsafe at Any Speed

by Michael Merriam

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Vegtables Got it Easy

by Everything You Want...Right Now!

Ritz Studio  

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Watch This Space

by Public Displays of Affection

Barker Center  

Seward Co-op
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Write Me a Song

by Loud Folk Records

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Writer's Block.

by The World Crime League

Rarig Xperimental  

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Yes! Feed The Monkey!

by Theatre Curiosita

HUGE  

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You Suck.

by Tinker-2-Evers-2-Chance

Rarig Xperimental  

Seward Co-op