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.

Reviews

Check out some of the most prolific reviewers:
» Adam Boutz (56)  » Mark Webb (56)  » Suzanne Sharrock (56)  » Sara Robinson-Coolidge (46)  » August Berkshire (42)  » Florence Brammer (42)  » Jeanette Chalgren (41)  » Connie Petersen (34)  » Corrie Fiedler (30)  » Dave Romm (30)  

TOTAL REVIEWS AVERAGE RATING SHOW TITLE
110
Bezubaan: The Voiceless
86
Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Alphabetical Disorder
84
Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope
81
Ball: A Musical Tribute To My Lost Testicle
68
Sometimes There's Wine
65
Apple Picking
61
Caucasian Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales
60
Gilligan: A Tropical Musical
59
Itch
59
And To Think That I Saw It At 221B Baker's Street
55
In The Time of Spies
55
To Kill a Minnesotan
54
Couple Fight II: Friends and Family
53
NOW OR LATER
50
Game of Thrones: The Musical
48
A Mariokart Named Desire
47
Airbags
45
The Abortion Chronicles
45
The Exclusion Zone!
44
Kicking' It Irish
44
A Study in Emerald
41
Assemblé
41
Bird of Seven Colors
41
Snow Country
40
You Suck.
40
Suite Surrender
40
It is so ordered: The Supreme Court's Greatest Hits
40
The Last Red Shirt
40
The Non-Producers
39
Darlings
38
SmashHammer: The Heavy Metal Musical Featuring the Heavy Metal Stylings of the Heavy Metal Band, SmashHammer
38
The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs
36
Trump: A Musical Tale
35
Lewis/Clark
35
H.P. Lovecraft's The Rats in the Walls
34
The Lounge-asaurus Rex Show with Lounge-asaurus Rex! (featuring Lounge-asaurus Rex)
33
Broken English, Mother Tongue.
33
The Most Dangerous Game
33
TBD III
32
Break Your Heart
32
Mead Hall
31
RUNE
31
I (Heart) Brains: an original musical
30
Happenstanced
30
Circus McGurkus
30
The Fever
29
The Invention of Baseball
29
If Only: Parallel Worlds Collide at HarMar Mall
29
The Lost Anklet - Therukkoothu
29
Writer's Block.
27
Celebrity Exception
27
The Disillusionist
27
PENELOPE
26
The Final Tubby Bye-Bye
26
The Jackpot Hour With(out) Jack Power
26
Life, Beautiful
26
On the Road to Verona
26
LIVER
25
An Imaginary End
24
Lazy Eyed Geek
24
Becoming Inga
24
Sleeper
24
So Bright the Night
24
For Worse
23
Hazard
23
A Good Ol' Fashioned Presidential Debate [Of The Top Six 4th Party Candidates In America Today]
23
Shaken - and Stirred
23
The Yeti
23
Visiting Hour
22
the place between
22
Abreast of Burlesque
22
Damned If You Do
22
It Always Rained in Paris
22
When She Became Me: a pro-choice play about abortion
22
A Pie. A Duck. And a Shoe.
22
Good Friday With Dillinger
22
Celebrity Book Club
21
Genesis//Revelations
21
masc4masc
21
Know Your B-Movie Actors
21
Merkur and Venera
21
Restless Beat: A BIG DRUM Musical
20
An Accidental Organist
20
AfterLife
20
Twice
20
The Adventures of Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie: Adventure stories for grown-ups
20
Yes! Feed The Monkey!
20
Pluck, Cluck, and Dumb Luck
19
Oh snap! my alien children are trying to kill me
19
The Gun Show
19
The Pioneer: AKA The Funnyman
19
55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs and Audience Participation
19
Lockdown
18
The ImproVoice
18
The Real World Fringe Festival
18
Evil Twin
18
AirD&D
17
Theatre Forever's The Accident Book
17
Letters
17
Mother's Milk
17
Full Heart Living LIVE! The Boot Camp Experience
17
The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Storytelling Show
17
Frame Works
16
Orpheus and Eurydice
16
Sock Hops, Recorders, and Owl Pellets: Tips on Surviving the 4th Grade
16
Take Talkback
15
Bobby Crossfire: American Acehole
15
Home: The Place Where My Stuff Resides
15
The Plucky Rosenthal Show
15
Unsafe at Any Speed
15
(Dis)connect
15
Smitten by the Kitten
15
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
15
BUSted
15
Sons of Swayze
14
The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn
14
Zombie Apocalypse/Killer Robots From Mars!
14
The History of (my) Dance
14
Preparations
13
The Life of Charles Schulz
13
Don Quixote
13
From the Ground Up
13
Grand Theft Autobiography
13
Gray Wolves - a gerotranscenDANCE
13
Babylon Revisited
13
Hostil Watching
13
Trump's America (It's Hell)
12
Wolf Tales
12
COUGAR-OKE the improvised soap opera with music
12
Egregious Errors by the Writers of WriterRung
12
The Last Late Night Show on Earth
11
No Limits
11
What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness
11
Our Dysfunctional Year
11
It Came From UUFO
10
There's No Coffee in Heaven
10
The Right Words: Stories of Justice Served and Justice Thwarted
10
The Clock That Fell Off The Mantle
10
No Disrespect, Just Saying
10
Living With Roaches
10
All Night Check: Beautiful Young Ladies to Perform for You
9
Surge
9
Write Me a Song
9
Of Something Human
9
The Chair-Builders
9
Watch This Space
9
The Story of You and Me
8
Seeing Self
8
UBU TRUMP
8
Golmah
8
Terror On The High Seas
8
Ricochet
7
One Man's Journey through the Middle Ages
7
Fool's Medicine
7
Four Duets & One More
7
Skywatch! Or the unofficial official investigation of possible alien landings on a small mid-western wheat field
7
Satan Causes Your Poop to Stink!
7
The Deluded...a light comedy
7
The Cast was Dyed
7
HAPPY TRAILERS TO YOU
5
Flying Solo: A Chronicle from the Absolute at Large and Saving Our Superman
5
Portrait of the East River
5
Grandma Bernice Tells All
5
Vegtables Got it Easy
5
Pistachios
5
Electric Sun
4
Why I Don't Want to Be a Cat Woman: Reflections on Human Rites of Passage
2
My Uncanny Valley
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