The Hollywood Fringe Festival Is Ready For You

by Tony Bartolone

Staff Writer

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Registration is open, and the jingling and mingling is well underway. For anybody who is new to Fringe, know that it is a fantastic opportunity to see and perform interesting theatre in Los Angeles. There are plenty of exciting shows and people bursting at the seams with energy and enthusiasm for live theatrics of all kinds. Simply said, it is the most fun you can have (legally).

Hollywood Fringe Festival Director Ben Hill, provides important information to a theater filled with festival participants at Open Fist. Photo by Fanny Garcia

The first Town Hall was held at Fringe Central this past week, and there’s plenty of information to sift through if you are thinking about being involved in the festival.

First of all, here are some important dates:

  • April 1- Registration Deadline for Guide Inclusion
  • June 7-12- Fringe Previews
  • June 13- Fringe Opening Night Gala
  • June 14-24- Third Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival
  • June 24- Fringe Award Ceremony

April 1 is the last day to register if you want your show listed in the guide. Registration does not close, but this is the deadline to have a listing included in the Official Fringe Guide, which is of great benefit and included in the registration package.

June 7-12 is Fringe previews. This a chance to get your show up early and get people talking before the festival officially begins. Venues usually limit preview performances.

June 13 is the Opening Gala. This is a great way to meet others involved in the festival, plug your show, and have some fun making friends.

June 14-24 is when all the action happens. Eleven days of theater all concentrated within a two to three mile radius.

June 24 is the Fringe Award Ceremony. This is not a black tie affair. The “ceremony” is a casual, entertaining event more akin to a bar bash than the Academy Awards.

Registration for the Fringe is a relatively simple process, but it is easy to become overwhelmed along the way. Organization and preparation are key.

Ask questions. Be as communicative as possible with your venue. Talk to people who have been involved in previous Fringe Festivals. Talk to producers. Talk to everybody you can.

Actress and comedienne Kim Coles and Abraham Ramirez. Photo by Fanny Garcia

Be realistic. When thinking about budget and the type of venue. What is the best venue for your audience? What can you spend, and what are your goals financially?

See other plays. Fringe is a close community. Get out there and support. Get everything you can out of the festival.

Click to listen to the entire Town Hall.