The Minnesota Fringe Festival, which ended Sunday, eked out a new attendance record. The 11-day flurry of theater, dance and spoken word issued 50,226 tickets to 878 performances (an average of 57 people per show) and beat the previous high of 50,222 in 2010.

“It’s always great when we break through that 50,000 ticket mark,” said Jeff Larson, who is in his first year as executive director. “But it’s even better to have a new record.”

The festival has is calculating total revenue, about two-thirds of which is paid to artists. In 2013, total income was $365,101.


Photo by Renee Jones Schneider


Bollywood Dance Scene’s “Hi! Hello! Namaste?” (above) had the highest attendance of the festival. “Fotis Canyon,” produced and performed by Mike Fotis finished second and “Mainly Me Productions’ Our American Assassin; or You Can’t Handle the Booth!” (favorite title in the Fringe) was third.

“Into the Unreal City” sold out 11 performances (with capacity of about 20 people for each show) and “Crime and Punishment” by Live Action Set sold out eight performances. “The Sex (Ed) Show” presented by V as in Victor packed out six shows.

The Minnesota Fringe is the nation’s largest unjuried theater festival. Next year’s 11-day run – the 22nd annual – will be July 30-Aug. 9.

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