To Our Tucson Fringe Family (Performers, Audience, and Supporters)

James Pack/ July 9, 2020/ News/ 0 comments

When COVID-19 hit the US, and theaters all over the country shut down, the Tucson Fringe board felt strongly that we needed to continue our mission: to support performers, especially those who don’t have a regular stage to perform on, and to connect the community (performers with each other, audience with new performers, etc). We would just have to be creative about how we do it. We created plans early on and continued to discuss them through early June, but as the world changes week by week, even day by day, we found ourselves struggling to keep up. The murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahamud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others has brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of the national and global conversation. With this came serious, tangible discussions surrounding our racist conditioning. As a board, we asked ourselves: are we adequately supporting diverse performers and connecting with all communities? And we realized that we had not

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Tucson Fringe is Here for You

James Pack/ April 28, 2020/ News/ 0 comments

Boy, do we miss you! Tucson Fringe has been laying low for awhile but we want you to know that we are still committed to supporting performing artists and the arts community in Tucson and we are still committed to providing performers with easily accessible ways to continue to produce new and exciting work, and for audiences of all kinds to have access to these new works.  Stay tuned for more info coming soon and please reach out to us if there are ways Tucson Fringe can help create opportunities for you to create and experience the performing arts.  Maryann GreenExecutive Director, Tucson Fringe Gretchen WirgesBoard President, Tucson Fringe

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: 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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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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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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10 Things to Consider When Attending Fringe

James Pack/ January 4, 2019/ News/ 0 comments

As the 8thTucson Fringe Festival approaches, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you plan to attend. After seven years, we’ve picked up of few ideas to help make your experience better and to help eliminate at least some confusion during the festival. Buying tickets to shows in advance is helpful, but sometimes it’s difficult to decide which shows to watch based on only a photo and a short description. Day Passes and All Access Passes are available to help. Buy these in advance then choose what shows to see during the festival and you won’t have to worry about paying. You only need to show your pass to the Box Office Person and they’ll send you through making things easier on everyone. Buy Tickets and Passes Here! 1. Buttons are required; Passes include buttons Why do you need a button? It’s like a carnival. You pay to get into the carnival then you pay to

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Venue Spotlight: Steinfeld Warehouse

James Pack/ November 26, 2018/ Venues/ 0 comments

The next venue for the 8th Tucson Fringe Festival is the Steinfeld Warehouse. This is the second year the Fringe has used the Steinfeld Warehouse and we are happy to include a piece of real 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

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