For once in my life, I am thankful for targeted advertising on a social media website. While scrolling through Tumblr, an advertisement showed up on my feed for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017. Immediately I got excited and my day improved by 1000%. You may be wondering, what’s a fringe festival? Well, I’m glad you asked!
A fringe festival is an annual, open access festival that invites the local community to experience and participate in freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. At a fringe, you can find comedy, acrobatics, musical performances, theater, and other forms of performing art that you may not see in mainstream arts society. Yeah, some of it may be weird but that’s what you go for.
The most famous (and the original) of the fringes is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can check out their page to learn how a group of post-WWII festival crashers came to create one of the most highly regarded performance festivals in the world. I am fortunate enough to know a group of physical theatre students at LSU who performed in Edinburgh back in 2014 with their piece Origin and got to see a part of it performed at an on-campus research conference. Fringe festivals have got some really great stuff.
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017
Now that I’ve hopefully drawn you in, let’s talk about the Hollywood Fringe. This year, the festival officially runs from June 8-25th. There are previews of some Fringe shows happening from June 1-6th, and there’s a big opening night party on June 7th.
A tip: going to the website itself is going to be the best way figure out what’s going on. There’s going to be multiple performances going on simultaneously in different venues. Because of this, it may be overwhelming to dive into a fringe without some kind of plan.
I haven’t looked at the entire schedule yet, but there are some shows that look promising. Take, for example, Buffy Kills Edward: A Musical Romp. It’s an musical AU where the characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are introduced to the characters of Twilight. Need I say more? Paul Yen’s Secret Identity Crisis reimagines iconic superheroes to examine the history of Asians in America. And if you’re looking for something a bit more existential, Void is a story of two sisters debating the pros and cons of cryogenic freezing to avoid death, if only for a while.
If you happen to not be in the Hollywood area, do not fret! There are fringes around you (hopefully)! If you don’t know how to find one, ask your artsy/circus performer friend and they might know.
See you there!