Monthly Archives: October 2018

Venue Spotlight: The Screening Room

James Pack/ October 30, 2018/ Venues/ 0 comments

The next venue for the 8th Tucson Fringe Festival is The Screening Room. Used during the first and sixth years 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 address as

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Venue Spotlight: Hotel Congress

James Pack/ October 16, 2018/ Venues/ 0 comments

Our first venue for the 8th Tucson Fringe Theatre Festival is Hotel Congress. The first time Congress was used as a venue for the Fringe Festival was 2013 and continued to be a venue every year since. This is the sixth year Hotel Congress has joined us in our performing arts adventures and we hope to have them as a venue for many years to come. They are also the closest hotel to many of our venues for anyone traveling from out of town to attend the festival. And now a brief history of Hotel Congress. The hotel completed construction and opened in 1919 just seven years after Arizona became an official state. On January 22, 1934, there was a fire causing the hotel to renovate and move from 80 rooms to 40 rooms. This same fire began a sequence of events that led to the capture of notorious criminal John Dillinger. Hotel Congress would have continued its charming existence as

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The Schedule is Live

James Pack/ October 12, 2018/ News/ 1 comments

The 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival Schedule is live. As the festival is three months away, information on the schedule is subject to change. Click here to view the 2019 Festival Schedule. We are waiting to receive all the press materials from our artists. Once we have all the information, we will post details about each show to the website and have tickets available in our online store. Currently, our festival passes and buttons are available for sale in our Online Store. These items can be picked up during the weekend of the festival. More information about each of our venues will come as we get closer to the festival. Along with our official venues for the festival, we have two BYOV locations. What is BYOV? It means “Bring Your Own Venue.” Some artists choose to rent their own space that suits their specific needs during the festival. Links to each venue’s website are located on our 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival

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2019 Festival Venues Are Confirmed

James Pack/ October 2, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

We are still putting the finishing touches on our schedule and working out details with specific artists. We have a couple groups that are finding their own spaces to perform their show. We call this BYOV which means “Bring Your Own Venue.” Once we have those details we will announce that information. Our official venues for the 8thTucson Fringe Festival in January 2019 are the Steinfeld Warehouse (a returning venue), The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre (a returning venue), The Screening Room (a returning venue), Hotel Congress (a returning venue), StudioONE (a new venue), and CANS (a new venue). We will post information about each venue over the next few months leading up to the festival. Each of these venues are on 4thAvenue or downtown and all within walking distance of each other. We will provide a map once we have all our BYOV artists finalized. We will post the show schedule in November and will have updates on our social

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