Virtual Festival

James Pack/ August 31, 2020/ Events, News/ 0 comments

With the pandemic situation changing each week, we at the Tucson Fringe Festival had planned to not plan or have any kind of festival this coming year. Perhaps we needed a break. As we saw what other festivals were doing and how they were adapting, we decided we needed some kind of event. We’ll have a virtual festival in January instead of in-person performances, but we’re doing things a little different. To make things easier for us and easier for the performers, we are paying the performers for their creative works and offering free performances. We will ask for a suggested donation so that we may continue to lighten the burden on those of us in the entertainment sector. We’re here to help the community and give artists, who may not always find a platform to express themselves, a place to call home. If it’s important to you as a performer, it’s important to us. All the details will be

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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

Tickets Now On Sale

James Pack/ November 15, 2019/ Events, News/ 0 comments

Tickets and passes for the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival are available in our online store. As always, tickets are only $10 each for every show in the festival. All ticket proceeds go directly to the artists. Everyone is required to have a Fringe Button to attend any shows during the festival. Buttons are only $3, and you only need to buy one button per person during the entire festival. Learn more about each of our shows on our 2020 Festival Shows Page. Fill out the form on our Contact Page if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Purchase Tickets Now Ticket preorders are available until Thursday, January 9, 2020. Be sure to visit Bookmans Midtown and Bookmans East from 12pm to 6pm on that Thursday to see short previews of many of our shows. We will also have a 2-Minute Preview Party Thursday night at Café Passé where all our shows will feature 2 minutes from their show. We’ll

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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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Performance Applications Ending Soon

James Pack/ August 26, 2019/ News/ 0 comments

This is the last week to apply to perform with the Tucson Fringe Festival. Applications end this Sunday, September 1. Remember, if you apply today but haven’t fully developed your show idea, you will have four months after the drawing to figure it out. Some shows change their titles in that four-month period. Some completely change what their show is about. The purpose of the application is to get your name in the hat. So, if you’re feeling apprehensive or unsure of yourself, fill out the application anyway. You’ll help a local non-profit and you’ll have the opportunity to show Tucson your creative work. Apply Here! Our next event is the Lottery Party on Thursday, September 5. We will draw names from a hat to choose which shows will be in the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival happening January 9-12, 2020. Like our Facebook Page to see the live video of the drawing from any country that has internet. We encourage

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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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B/L/ENDING FORMS

James Pack/ May 13, 2019/ Events/ 2 comments

Please visit this Event Page for updates about this event. An interactive, multi-disciplinary art experiment The Tucson Fringe Festival is seeking visual artists, performing artists (actors, singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers, musicians, etc) and spoken word/poetry performers for an exciting new project that blends media in a unique and original display. Part art exhibit, part live interactive performance, this event seeks to create a conversation about how art forms can merge to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The exhibit / event will take place at Steinfeld Warehouse on Saturday July 20, 2019. How to Participate Visual Artists: Submit a portfolio or photo sample of your work, and an artist statement (max. 250 words) to info@tucsonfringe.org before June 5th. Up to 10 artists will be chosen to participate. Performing Artists: Submit a resume and artist statement describing your experience, your strengths, your process, your philosophy (250 words) to info@tucsonfringe.org before June 5th.  You may apply as a solo

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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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Venue Spotlight: BYOV Passé/Cirque Roots

James Pack/ January 8, 2019/ Venues/ 0 comments

  Our final venues for the 8th Tucson Fringe Theatre Festival are BYOV. BYOV is 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, but with greater financial risk. The risk mostly depends on what the venue asks for in return for using the space. This is the second year the Tucson Fringe Festival has hosted a BYOV performance and we are excited to continue bringing Tucson the finest in Fringe performance.  Our first BYOV is Passé. Located on the Historic Fourth Avenue since 2006, formerly known as Café Passé, the coffee house/bar has had many changes over the last 12 years. Passé

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