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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Venue Spotlight: Steinfeld Warehouse

Paola Garcia-Prieto/ November 25, 2019/ Venues/ 0 comments

The first venue on our spotlight series this year is dedicated to the Steinfeld Warehouse. This is the third year the Fringe has used the Steinfeld Warehouse and we are happy to include a piece of Tucson history to the festival. The warehouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest surviving warehouse in downtown Tucson. Built in 1907 for Albert Steinfeld & Co by architects David and Jesse Holmes who managed many other building projects for Steinfeld as well as for the University of Arizona in the early days of the territory. “The warehouse stands today as an early example of Victorian Commercial architecture, complete with corbelled brick details, segmented arches above door and window openings, and a 1920s-era storefront addition with two-tone, wire-cut faced brick and cast stone.” (“Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center.” Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center, Warehouse Arts Management Organization, 2010, www.wamotucson.org/Steinfeld-Warehouse-Community-Arts-Center.) Albert Steinfeld owned many businesses in Tucson with his most successful being Steinfeld’s Department

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Tickets Now On Sale

James Pack/ November 15, 2019/ Events, News/ 0 comments

Tickets and passes for the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival are available in our online store. As always, tickets are only $10 each for every show in the festival. All ticket proceeds go directly to the artists. Everyone is required to have a Fringe Button to attend any shows during the festival. Buttons are only $3, and you only need to buy one button per person during the entire festival. Learn more about each of our shows on our 2020 Festival Shows Page. Fill out the form on our Contact Page if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Purchase Tickets Now Ticket preorders are available until Thursday, January 9, 2020. Be sure to visit Bookmans Midtown and Bookmans East from 12pm to 6pm on that Thursday to see short previews of many of our shows. We will also have a 2-Minute Preview Party Thursday night at Café Passé where all our shows will feature 2 minutes from their show. We’ll

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Applications Are Closed

James Pack/ September 2, 2019/ News/ 0 comments

Applications for the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival closed last night. We finished with a total of 61 applicants from all over the country and we even had a couple from outside the country. We had many from Tucson, home of the festival, as well. The next step in the process is for us to choose the performers for the festival. Of the 61 applicants, only 20 will be chosen to perform in the festival. What is our process for deciding who is chosen for the festival? We draw names from a hat! To keep things fair and unbiased. Our Lottery Party is this Thursday, September 5 at 7pm. We will be at Tap & Bottle, 403 N 6thAve, Tucson, AZ, 85705. Anyone who applied for the festival is welcome to attend. Anyone attending the Fringe event will receive $1 off draft beer. Be sure to tip and thank your bartender during the event. If you are not in Tucson, we

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