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
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
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
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
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
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
The artists for Hyde were unfortunately in a car accident and their performances are canceled for the rest of the festival. If you purchased tickets online in advance, they will be refunded. The artists are home and resting but unable to perform. Thank you to everyone who supported the show and we wish for a speedy recovery for the artists. The canceled showtimes are 1:30pm and 4:30pm Saturday, January 12, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Online sales for individual shows ended on Thursday at midnight. Tickets are still available at every venue. Passes and buttons are still available online and at each venue. Please arrive 30 minutes early before your show to get tickets or to checkin if you purchased online in advance.
We almost have our website back together. We have a few more pages to finish but the essentials are working. Sadly we are unable to retrieve our old files including the pages from our past fringe festivals. It is a long story of directories and databases. Our applications are open until September 1. The link is located on the top menu above. We hope to have things back in order soon. We appreciate your patience and if you notice any issues or broken links on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are working diligently to get our website up and running again. We’ve had some set backs and cannot access certain files. Our applications are still open and you can fill out the google form. 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival Applications We must slowly rebuild each page of our website but for now please continue looking at our blog posts for more information. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.