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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Venue Spotlight: Arizona Theatre Company’s Cabaret

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ December 17, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Today’s venue spotlight goes to a new venue addition to our festival: the Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) Cabaret! This space is part of the Temple of Music and Arts located on 330 S. Scott Ave. The Cabaret is a separate entity from ATC’s main stage, The Alice Holsclaw Theatre, and it is rented by many local theatre productions. This performing space is a blank canvas that can fit up to 90 seats. Productions can be contained to the raised stage area or be set up as a thrust stage. The Cabaret houses many Tucson community theatre productions each year, as well as multiple shows put on by the ATC Teen program during the school year. We are excited to partner with the Temple of Music and Arts because, like most of our venues, it is an important part of Tucson history. The building was first proposed by Madeline Heineman who founded the “Saturday Morning Music Club” in 1907. She wanted

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Tucson Fringe Fest 2020 By the Numbers

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ December 9, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We are excited to give you guys a breakdown of the ninth annual Tucson Fringe Festival! As is the nature of Fringe Festivals, we have a large variety of shows for you to choose from, many of which cannot be contained to one single category. Nevertheless, we surveyed each of our artists to give you, dear reader, an overview of what our upcoming festival festival has in store for you. First off: We have a total of 22 shows being performed in five different venues: Seinfeld Warehouse, Studio One, The Screening Room, ATC’s Cabaret and the Tucson Circus Academy (which is a BYOV addition). Each space is unique and intimate. Be sure to check out our Venue Spotlight posts on this blog! Of our 22 shows, 14 come from Tucson locals and the other nine are from other places including Minneapolis, New York City, Portland and San Diego. You can see where everyone is from here. We have six artists

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Venue Spotlight: Studio One

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ December 2, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The next featured venue for the Tucson Fringe Festival is Studio ONE. Their Facebook Page is titled “Studio ONE A Space for Art and Activism.” They view themselves as a space for contemporary visual, video, and performance art and theatre. As their title on Facebook suggests, they seek to highlight social justice issues. They have hosted several visual and performing art shows related to social issues such as immigration and transgender rights, just to name a couple. It is a small, intimate venue giving the artists the opportunity to connect with audiences. TucsonFringe is proud to share Studio ONE’s mission for arts activism, and we hope to continue breaking boundaries in theatre with the help of such venues. Here’s what some people have said about the space: “Studio ONE is an eclectic space that is able to transform into anything you can envision. I enjoy how adaptable the space is and how flexible the owner is. The location is also extremely convenient. I

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