The Atlanta Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the third annual edition of their locally produced festival, bringing adventurous local, national and international artists together for a four-day celebration of live performances from across the theatrical spectrum. Building on its first two years, after which the Fringe was named the Best New Trend in the Arts by Creative Loafing’s readers, 2014’s festival will boast 20 productions from 11 states and Canada. This is the first year the upstart Fringe will host international artists, along with 12 Atlanta-based productions that will join them on the festival’s stages. In addition to live performance, the Atlanta Fringe will host Fringe Radio, the only audio drama festival on the national Fringe network, with 23 performances available for free streaming via the Festival website. The live festival is set to take place June 5-8, 2014, at various locations in East Atlanta.
The brainchild of members of Atlanta-based Twinhead Theatre, AFF 2014 will boast all of the calling cards that have made it a fun destination for artists and audiences alike. The artists represent a vast array of performance genres and styles, with everything from belly dancing to puppetry to storytelling to romantic comedy and everything in between. Plus, every night of eclectic performances culminates in an after-party where artists and audiences can raise a drink together! Joystick Gamebar, Cameli’s Pizza and Manuel’s Tavern will each host a Hive Hot Spot after-party, with the festival-closing Dirty South dance party taking over the Highland Ballroom on Sunday night.
7 Stages will once again offer their centrally-located space as a performance venue and festival HQ (“Fringe Central”), which will serve as an informational hub in the heart of Little Five Points. The other venues for the festival, all located in the vicinity of L5P, include the Highland Inn Ballroom, the Big House on Ponce, the Horizon’s School Gym and the Wrecking Bar Brewpub’s Marianna event space.
“Every year, we’re learning more and more. But what’s really exciting is how much Atlanta is learning about — and loving — fringe,” explains Executive Director Diana Brown. “The artists and venues we’re attracting bode well for the future, and the audience is so responsive and excited. We like to see people getting all hot and bothered about theatre, independent or otherwise.”
At a mere $10 per ticket (with discounts for multi-show passes) audiences will have the chance to explore to their heart’s content without breaking the bank. And, with expanded social media coverage providing interviews, show previews, behind-the-scenes pictures, videos and more, audiences will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the Festival artists before taking the plunge.
On the audio side, Fringe Radio will be offering internet broadcast of 23 radio plays, the only collection of its kind in the Fringe Festival circuit. Those productions, featuring everything from traditional radio drama to storytelling to children’s entertainment, will be available for free stream via the Atlanta Fringe website from May 26th-June 8th, 2014. This aspect of the Festival is presented as a partnership with Kansas City’s HEAR Now Festival (www.hearnowfestival.org/).
Those interested are encouraged to follow AFF on Twitter (@AtlantaFringe), Facebook (www.facebook.com/atlantafringe) and Tumblr (http://atlfringebuzz2013.tumblr.com/) where they will find new announcements, volunteer opportunities, and lots of parody rap lyrics.