Fringe Festivals- like Christmas for independent entertainment fans.
Unsurprisingly, I’ve decided I’m an indie artist at heart. Shows hauling tech, props, and costumes to all sorts of unlikely locations, the film I helped produced falling firmly into indie film territory, the new music groups that I support, my favorite webcomics all independently published… It’s a sign. Independent arts & entertainment is my thing.
Fringe festivals provide validation to large group’s of artists’ individual projects. It’s like a gallery opening for dozens’ of performers to share their passions with the public. Sure, ticket sales play a small factor in putting shows together. But most artists throw their hat into the ring because of the drive to share their stories. I’m teching shows at the Boulder International Fringe Festival that range from mothers processing the deaths of their children to a man sharing his regret that he’s no longer allowed to draw unicorns on his timesheet. Some of my best friends are performing a showcase of monologues at the Houston Fringe Festival later this month, sharing the true stories of college students who suffered sexual assault.
Every Fringe performance exists because an artist was so convinced that it needed to be shared that they put in months of work applying, rehearsing, and preparing so that they could share it with the world. Each festival is only a few weeks out of the year, but I feel the world would be a better place if we could put as much passion into our daily lives as Fringe artists put into their performances.
I will be spending quite a bit of time at Fringe events these next 2 weeks, so stay tuned for more Fringe analysis!