Virtual Festival

James Pack/ August 31, 2020/ Events, News/ 0 comments

With the pandemic situation changing each week, we at the Tucson Fringe Festival had planned to not plan or have any kind of festival this coming year. Perhaps we needed a break. As we saw what other festivals were doing and how they were adapting, we decided we needed some kind of event. We’ll have a virtual festival in January instead of in-person performances, but we’re doing things a little different. To make things easier for us and easier for the performers, we are paying the performers for their creative works and offering free performances. We will ask for a suggested donation so that we may continue to lighten the burden on those of us in the entertainment sector. We’re here to help the community and give artists, who may not always find a platform to express themselves, a place to call home. If it’s important to you as a performer, it’s important to us. All the details will be

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To Our Tucson Fringe Family (Performers, Audience, and Supporters)

James Pack/ July 9, 2020/ News/ 0 comments

When COVID-19 hit the US, and theaters all over the country shut down, the Tucson Fringe board felt strongly that we needed to continue our mission: to support performers, especially those who don’t have a regular stage to perform on, and to connect the community (performers with each other, audience with new performers, etc). We would just have to be creative about how we do it. We created plans early on and continued to discuss them through early June, but as the world changes week by week, even day by day, we found ourselves struggling to keep up. The murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahamud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others has brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of the national and global conversation. With this came serious, tangible discussions surrounding our racist conditioning. As a board, we asked ourselves: are we adequately supporting diverse performers and connecting with all communities? And we realized that we had not

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Tucson Fringe is Here for You

James Pack/ April 28, 2020/ News/ 0 comments

Boy, do we miss you! Tucson Fringe has been laying low for awhile but we want you to know that we are still committed to supporting performing artists and the arts community in Tucson and we are still committed to providing performers with easily accessible ways to continue to produce new and exciting work, and for audiences of all kinds to have access to these new works.  Stay tuned for more info coming soon and please reach out to us if there are ways Tucson Fringe can help create opportunities for you to create and experience the performing arts.  Maryann GreenExecutive Director, Tucson Fringe Gretchen WirgesBoard President, Tucson Fringe

Click Here to See the Social Isolation Fringe Submissions:

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ March 17, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

To submit your own video, email tucsonfringe@gmail.com with you 2-4 minute video. The most popular videos will be put to a vote on social media and the winner will receive free registration to the 2021 Tucson Fringe Festival! We will be posting the first 20 submissions in this article and on our social media platforms as they come in! Submission #1“I’m Just Kidneying” submitted by Amanda Nicastro @Imjustkidneying Submission #2Stand Up by Jeremey Segal (Youtube) Submission #3 David Vick submitted Monologue from “Laughing Wild” by Christopher Durang Submission #4 Our very own James Pack submitted his original poem “Snowflake Requiem” from his newest book “Cats, Coffee, and Catharsis”

Covid-19 Updates: Announcing Social Isolation Fringe and Brew with the Bard Postponement

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ March 17, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

In order to keep our community safe, we are postponing our Brew with the Bard event (exact date TBD) and moving our auditions to online submission format. We will be accepting submissions until the end of March. Please record yourself performing a one-minute Shakespeare monologue. Please include your full name and what your ideal Shakespeare role would be. Email the video to katieanastasia@gmail.com, and we will keep you updated on rehearsal and performance dates. Additionally, since we’re all bored at home, MaryAnn had the brilliant idea to launch “Social Isolation Fringe!” Here is a video explanation from her: So as Maryann Green said, send us a 2-4 minute video of whatever you want, either through email (tucsonfringe@gmail.com) or social media using #SocialIsolationFringe! Submissions will be put to a vote and the winner will win free registration to Tucson Fringe Festival 2021! So if you’re feeling a bit stir crazy, we encourage you to share your talents with our followers! If you have

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Announcing: 6th Annual “Brew with the Bard” Event

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ February 21, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

Here ye, here ye! Your favorite Shakespearean drinking experience is back, this time with an exciting new twist. Instead of watching a variety of performances during a pub crawl, we will be hosting our Shakespeare celebration in one venue, Sea of Glass. Mark your calendars for April 26th, and join us for this immersive experience. Why the name change? Previous Beer with the Bards were exclusive to patrons 21+, but we wanted to provide a family friendly experience. There will be a non-alcoholic afternoon tea/coffee round (hence the Brew) available for everyone, and a later 21+ experience where we will be selling beer and wine to those who wish to partake. We encourage anyone interested in participating to audition. All ages, genders, races, and abilities welcome! Auditions will be held March 18th, 19th and 20th. Email katieanastasia@gmail.com with your headshot and resume to make an appointment. Please be ready to present a one minute Shakespearean monologue.

How To: Tucson Fringe Festival

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ January 8, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The 9th Annual Tucson Fringe Festival is this weekend January 9-12, 2020! Whether you’re a seasoned Fringe Expert, or this is going to be your first Fringe Festival we’re here to help you get the most out of your weekend. We made a simple infographic to give you the basics on how to get a seat at the biggest avant-garde theatre festival in Arizona. More detailed Q&A below: HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT FRINGE FESTIVAL SHOWS?We’ve got 21 shows in our festival this year – that’s a lot to take in. How do you decide if you want to see some storytelling, acrobatics, improv, drama, dance, or original music? We’ve got lots of ways to access our lineup. Our full-color printed program is available on our website here. Or check out the weekend schedule at a glance here.  Or scroll through the list of show pictures and descriptions here.  If you want to see the movie trailer before shelling out your hard-earned cash to

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Tucson Fringe Festival Will Offer ASL Interpreted Shows

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ January 4, 2020/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

For the first time in our nine year history, we are excited to announce that we will be featuring ASL interpreters at nine of our performances! Thanks to eight amazing volunteers we are able to bring part of the Tucson Fringe Festival to our Deaf, HoH, and signing community. Next year we hope to have a whole day of our festival with AS:  All ASL interpreted performances will take place Friday Jan 10th and Saturday Jan 11th. Below are descriptions of five pieces along with the ASL interpreted show times.   Died in a Trailer Park/Woke up a MermaidASL Interpreted performances:Friday 6p-7pm @ Steinfeld Warehouse – 101 W 6th StSaturday 9p-10p @ Steinfeld Warehouse “Storyteller Ariel Leaf may have been murdered, but that didn’t stop her from living under the Washington Ave. Bridge, having sex in trailer parks, accidentally smoking crack, or unintentionally hitchhiking through Wales.” House of Hope – Esperanza Dance ProjectASL Interpreted performances:Friday 9pm-10pm @ ATC’s Cabaret – 330 S. Scott

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Venue Spotlight: BYOV Tucson Circus Academy

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ December 31, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Our final venues for the 8th Tucson Fringe Theatre Festival are BYOV, a fringe term meaning “Bring Your Own Venue.” One of many things the Fringe provides for artists are venues and liability insurance, but sometimes artists find their own venues to use or their act requires more stringent (and more expensive) insurance. They pay the costs for their venue, instead of the festival. In most cases, this allows them more freedom with scheduling and use of space. This is the third year the Tucson Fringe Festival has hosted a BYOV performance and we are excited to continue bringing Tucson the finest in Fringe performance.  Our one BYOV this year is The Circus Academy of Tucson! And the group performing in the Tucson Fringe Festival is the “Spider Silk Circus,” the professional performing branch of the Circus Academy. The Circus Academy is a program and space primarily dedicated to teaching circus arts and aerial disciplines to local kids and adults. Their mission

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Venue Spotlight: The Screening Room

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ December 23, 2019/ Venues/ 0 comments

The next venue for the 9th Tucson Fringe Festival is The Screening Room. Used during the first and sixth year and eight year of the festival, The Screening Room has added its unique history to the Fringe. The neon marquee sets it apart from most businesses along Congress Street and helps recognize it as an entertainment venue. The building’s history holds a lot of mystery. Despite hours of research, there are still several decades which hold no evidence as to how the building was used. Built in 1912, nothing is known of its use until the 1940s. For almost four decades, the site was known as Karl’s Shoe Store, a national chain. The owner was Harold Karl who was the second husband of Debbie Reynolds, star of stage and screen. After his death in the early 1980’s, it is rumored the building became a shot gun store as a front for a punk rock club called “The Dangerzone” but sources list the

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