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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