FAQ: Frequentyl Asked (Fringe) Questions

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WHAT IS A FRINGE FESTIVAL?

In simple terms: Fringe Festivals are multi-day, multi-venue performing arts festivals! Every form of performance is welcome On The Fringe, from original plays to Shakespeare, one person shows to ensemble pieces, experimental theater to children’s shows, magic, puppetry, comedy, dance and much more. It all started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival. In 1948, Robert Kemp, a local journalist, gave it the name Fringe: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…” Fringes have taken off across the world – and now Scranton is to join the ranks of dozens of US based festivals! Though exact models for festivals vary from city to city, common core values include being uncensored, easy to participate in (both as artist and patron), performing arts focused and rapid fire/low tech!

WHAT IS THE STORY OF THE SCRANTON FRINGE FESTIVAL?

The Scranton Fringe Festival entered its initial planning stages in the fall of 2014. Co-founded by Conor O’Brien and Elizabeth Bohan, the inaugural Scranton Fringe Festival occurred October 1st – 4th 2015. Thousands of audience members attended 47 productions within 12 venues in downtown Scranton. The entire downtown was alive with excitement for the arts during the inaugural Fringe weekend, with patrons filling local bars, restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries in between the shows.

Following the great success of the first year, the Scranton Fringe focused on establishing a governing board, developing year round programming that complements the main event weekend, and expanding the reach of its community within Scranton as well as the worldwide ‘Fringe circuit.’ The 2016 Scranton Fringe took place September 29th – October 2nd and grew in scope of audience, artists and community partners. Highlights include the Preview Party at the Scranton Cultural Center hosted by Molly Balloons, the Visual Art Exhibit at AFA Galley, and the Scranton Fringe produced Teen Play Writing Workshop in partnership with The Everhart Museum. Join us as the story continues to unfold and the Fringe grows!

WHEN IS THE 2017 FESTIVAL?

The 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival is set to take place Thursday September 28th – Sunday October 1st.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL?

For artists: Scranton Fringe Festival strives to make itself as accessible and affordable as possible. Fringe is a platform for introducing new, exciting works that might not otherwise be produced. The Scranton Fringe Festival prides itself in charging no application fees – every artist is free to submit their wildest ideas to the festival with no risk! Fringe will be splitting box office revenue with each show and charging a modest production fee to help cover costs. The festival strives to place artists/companies from outside the region within local free housing whenever possible. Performers and crew members will also receive “Artist Passes” that grant access to nearly all the fringe performances (though priority seating will first be given to paying patrons, media and sponsors).

For audiences: Patrons of the festival will also find it to be low-risk on their budgets! Tickets to each performance/show at the festival will be priced at $10 per person OR $7 per person if the patron has purchased their Fringe Button (see below for more info on the buttons)! A LIMITED number of special VIP “hopper” passes will also be made available which offer even more savings for those planning on attending as many of the fantastic fringe shows as possible!

WHAT KIND OF SHOWS CAN ONE EXPECT TO SEE AT THE FESTIVAL?

Performing artists/shows/productions of ALL kinds are welcomed on the fringe! Theatre, stand up comedy, improv, musicals, storytelling, puppetry, dance/movement, performance art, film and MORE are possible at this fringe festival! Content varies as well – ranging from all ages/children friendly to dark and gritty adult performances! Don’t worry, every show is rated from PG to R in the Festival Guide (and on this website) so you’ll know what to expect! The 2017 Scranton Fringe line up will be announced in May/June of 2017.

WHAT ARE THE FRINGE BUTTONS ALL ABOUT?

2017 Fringe buttons are sold at a very low cost ($5) at Fringe HQ and at all 2017 button partners . The proceeds raised from all buttons sales will go directly back to the Fringe to support its mission! All patrons wearing/displaying their Fringe button at the festival will be able to purchase tickets at $7 per person (instead of the general $10 cost) to all Fringe performances. In addition to the fantastic savings at the festival itself, the button will also give its bearer great discounts/deals at numerous local coffee shops, retail stores, cultural venues, etc till the end of the calendar year!

HOW WILL THE FRINGE FESTIVAL BE PROMOTED?

The Scranton Fringe team is working VERY hard to ensure the festival is promoted as much as possible! This includes engaged media relations via press releases, special outreach events, radio & TV features, dynamic social media campaigns, special assistance by regional tourist/cultural agencies, the publication & distribution of the 2017 Fringe Guide, digital billboards throughout the region (thanks to our sponsor Lamar Advertising) and much more! While the Fringe will be working incredibly hard to ensure the word is spread it is the responsibility of each individual artist/show to promote their own performances!

WHAT IS THE FRINGE GUIDE?

The Fringe Guide is the official program to the Scranton Fringe Festival, published every year in advance of the annual festival. It includes venue information, directions, full performance schedule, an overview of each show (synopsis, genre, content rating, etc.) as well as information about the Fringe Button Partners and discounts, and recognition of our sponsors! It is a well crafted publication that is distributed all across the greater Scranton region starting late summer of each year and is offered to the public totally free of charge!

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH THE 2017 SCRANTON FRINGE FESTIVAL?

There are lots of ways to get involved and support the Scranton Fringe Festival! Artist applications will open in early February. Volunteers are needed to fill numerous roles (both in planning and during the festival). Sponsors and advertisers are also vital to our mission (and its a great way to promote your company/venture) and of course, donations are always appreciated. Please contact us at info@scrantonfringe.org if you want to join the exciting, engaging and fun-loving Fringe team!

I WANT TO APPLY BUT YOU ONLY HAVE IT ONLINE – CAN’T I MAIL IN A FORM?

In an effort to keep things efficient and environmentally friendly we are only accepting digital submissions. HOWEVER we don’t want to turn away any artists who may not have access to a computer/tablet or who aren’t “tech savvy” (trust us – you are not alone)! If you require assistance or would like to directly talk with a fringe team member we are happy to help ensure your submission is received! Please check back in February 2017 for info on the next festival!