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
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
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
Yesterday we held our Lottery/Drawing party to choose artists for the festival in January. We used our complicated scientific process of drawing names from a hat, as we have done every year. This year was slightly different from previous years. We have over 60 applicants; a new record for Tucson Fringe. Last year we had 42 applicants, so this is a huge leap for us. Sadly, with a 30% increase in applicants, we could not increase the number of performers chosen by 30%. We have increased the number of performers from 20 to 25 this year. We hope to add more as we continue to grow. We broke another record for the Tucson Fringe this year with the number of applicants from our home town, Tucson. It should be made clear, at this time we do not favor local artists over out of town artists. Everyone has the same opportunity and chances of having their name drawn from the hat.
Our performance applications have closed, and the numbers look amazing. We had over 60 applicants with almost a third being from Tucson, AZ. Both these numbers are the highest they have ever been in the history of the Tucson Fringe Festival. We are still finalizing venue details, but we may have the most venues in the festival’s history. The 2019 festival will be the biggest to date and we cannot wait to see what our tenth year will look like. So, what comes next? What are the next steps in preparing for the festival? We are holding our lottery drawing to choose performers for the upcoming festival on Sunday, September 9, 2018. We use a complicated, scientific process to choose our list of performers. We draw names from a hat! We will have live videos on all the social medias and you can view the drawing event from anywhere in the world. Local performers, and anyone else who wants to,
Performance applications for the 8thAnnual Tucson Fringe Festival are open for only one more day. Applications close on September 1 (Tomorrow) at 11:59pm EST. Our lottery party and drawing of performers will be Sunday, September 9 at 5pm EST. Look for live streams on all the social media platforms. Anyone is welcome to attend the event in person. Local applicants are encouraged to attend. Come hang out with us as we draw performances for our next festival. Drawing names out of a hat is exciting. You can learn more about the festival on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages and be sure to check out the Faceboook Event Page for our Lottery Party. Tucson Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and we can accept donations through our online store which is also where you can purchase tickets for our events when they are available, usually two months prior to any of our events. We also accept physical donations such as equipment
The performance application for the 2019 Tucson Fringe Theater Festival will close on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. You can submit more than one show idea, but each show will be drawn separately. There is no guarantee your submissions will be picked. The drawing lottery will be on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 5pm. We will post live feeds on all the social media pages. You can view the lottery at home, and local applicants can attend. Details about the event can be found on our Facebook Event Page. This is a free public event. The 8thAnnual Tucson Fringe Festival will take place on January 10 – 13, 2019. We will have a press preview party on Thursday, January 10thand the festival will begin on Friday, January 11th. There will be events all weekend at 6 different venues in downtown Tucson, AZ; Hotel Congress, The Steinfeld Warehouse, The Screening Room, The Scoundrel & Scamp Theater, Cans, and Studio ONE.