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Applications Now Open

James Pack/ July 1, 2019/ Events, News/ 0 comments

Performance applications are now open for the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival. Applications are open from July 1 to September 1, 2019. The 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival is January 9-12, 2020. Details about the application are on our Performance Application Page. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply. We especially look for underrepresented groups in theatre. This may include people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, and non-traditional theatrical performances. This is the ninth year for the Tucson Fringe Festival and every year gets bigger and better. Venues and the festival schedule are announced in the fall. Can’t wait until January to get your fringe fix? Be sure to check out our next event B/LENDING FORMS on July 20, 2019 at the Steinfeld Warehouse. Find more details on the B/LENDING FORMS Event Page. We will hold our lottery party, in which we draw names from a hat to choose which shows are in the upcoming festival in January. The Lottery Party is on

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5th Annual Beer with the Bard

James Pack/ April 14, 2019/ Events/ 0 comments

It’s the time of year again when the Tucson Fringe Festival celebrates the birthday of William Shakespeare. Every year on a weekend close to April 23, we host the Beer with the Bard Pub Crawl. We find a few different venues around Tucson that will host some Shakespeare inspired performances. Sometimes there are scenes from his plays and other times there are fun performances like the entirety of Romeo and Juliet in 10 minutes. Each venue has a different performance and we often have three or four venues along the crawl. This year’s crawl is happening Sunday, April 28, 2019. This year we start off at Sky Bar on the corner of fifth street and fourth avenue. This is where presold tickets are retrieved, and other tickets can be purchased along with other fun items. We then move down the avenue to Passé-Bar/Café for another performance. We finish off the crawl down fourth avenue further south at The Boxyard, fourth

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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: Tucson Improv Movement (TIM)

James Pack/ December 23, 2018/ Venues/ 0 comments

We have another venue for the 8th Tucson Fringe Festival. Tucson Improv Movement was kind enough to help us in a jam. About six weeks before the festival, one of our venues announced they were closing on January 1. Two shows had lost their venue. We began plotting ideas and brainstorming replacement venues we could use. We discussed squeezing shows into other venues and even considered using the Fringe Lounge for those shows. It was a stressful couple of weeks, and we weren’t sure if we would find another venue in enough time. Tucson Improv Movement came to the rescue and offered their space. We are forever grateful and the two shows in questions are comedy shows and this fits what TIM offers. So, what does TIM do? Tucson Improv Movement offers classes and shows in improvisation. They strive to be the premier comedy destination for the city of Tucson. And they don’t just focus on improvisation. They offer classes

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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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Venue Spotlight: The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre

James Pack/ November 12, 2018/ Venues/ 0 comments

The next venue for the 8thTucson Fringe Festival is The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. This is the second year the Fringe has used S&S and it is an intimate space with all the needs a performer may desire. Currently in its second season since its grand opening, this 30-seat performance space is perfect for all our fringe-y needs. As the newest edition to the live performance community in Tucson, The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre is already making waves. What’s the story behind this new space and how did it come to be? The theatre space is the brainchild of two tech entrepreneurs, Bryan and Elizabeth Falcón. Not only did they start the new nonprofit theatre they also helped renovate the Zuzi Theatre space, a past fringe venue. Their goal is to help connect audiences to the human condition. “Coming out of the election season in 2016, we began to see cultural narratives at war with each other. Given the current

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Tickets Are Available

James Pack/ November 5, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Tickets for the 8thAnnual Tucson Fringe Festival in January 2019 are on sale. Visit our Shop to purchase tickets, passes, or just to donate a small amount to the Fringe, a non-profit organization. We also have the festival schedule and venue information as well as descriptions of all our shows on the 2019 Festival Page under our events section. This is an exciting time for you to make advanced purchases before we sell out and the busy time for us as we begin our advertising and send our program layouts to the printers. Some of us at the Fringe will not sleep for the next 8 weeks. You do not have to purchase tickets right away, but we would be extremely grateful if you could share festival information with your friends, coworkers, and those people you don’t like that much. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @tucsonfringe. Share our website and just have a conversation about great theatre here

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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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