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Venue Spotlight: Studio ONE

James Pack/ December 11, 2018/ Venues/ 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 participated in several art showings for immigration and transgender issues, just to name a few. It is a small, intimate venue giving the artists the opportunity to connect with audiences. 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 definitely recommend renting this studio for any art exhibitions or small events!” “Studio ONE showcases some wonderful artists and hosts as a venue intriguing and enjoyable events. Downtown Tucson and

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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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2019 Festival Venues Are Confirmed

James Pack/ October 2, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

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

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2019 List of Artists Coming Soon

James Pack/ September 10, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

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.

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The 2019 Festival Will Be the Best

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

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,

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