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New York International Fringe Festival August 12 to 28, 2011

The New York International Fringe Festival is a 16 day extravaganza that's too big to summarize or even synthesize the highlights but here's some info that you might find helpful and some trailers I was able to find for your pre-fringe enjoyment:

New York International Fringe Festival
Various locations, New York City
August 12 - 28, 2011

Download your program guide here
Check out the shows and buy tickets here

New York - The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. FringeNYC will celebrate its 15th Anniversary August 12th - 28th, 2011.

45 Bleecker Street
(at Lafayette)

In addition to 1200 incredible performances, FringeNYC includes:

FringeU is FringeNYC for your future! This year, FringeU will be focusing on helping FringeNYC Participants get to know the people who do year-round what FringeNYC does every summer: help the arts community grow!

Advocacy and arts service organizations will be giving informational workshops every Monday and Tuesday during the festival on who they are, what they do, and how you can use their resources to help your company flourish.

FringeU events will take place at FringeCENTRAL.  

FringeJR is FringeNYC for families! These productions are specifically recommended for families and groups with children ages five (5) to twelve (12). $10 FringeJR tickets will be available to the youngsters for all FringeJR shows and may be purchased in person, in advance (24 hours before the performance) at FringeCENTRAL, or at the box office where the show is playing 15 minutes prior to curtain.

Fort FringeJR will be part of

and take place at Foley Square (Duane Street and Centre Street). Meet the cast, play a game, see an excerpt - all for FREE!
•See below for specific dates and times!

This year's selections are:

Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears (age 5-10)
Meet the cast at Fort FringeJR Saturday, August 6 9:30-10:00 am

Meet the cast at Fort FringeJR Saturday, August 13 9:30-10:00 am

ISTWA! Storytime for a small world (age 8-10)
Meet the Cast at Fort FringeJR Saturday, August 20 9:30-10:00 am  and 11:00-11:30 am

There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly And Other Heroines That Reach For The Sky! (age 5-7)
Meet the cast at Fort FringeJR Saturday, August 13 11:00-11:30 am

FringeHIGH (definition): a collection of boundary-stretching plays guaranteed to captivate and entertain NYC teens.

New ideas, new perspectives, pushing the limits, that's FringeNYC. FringeHIGH is a group of shows chosen from the regular FringeNYC roster that will resonate with young adults. Topics for this year's FringeHIGH shows include: identity (sexual and otherwise), facebook, anorexia, adoption, immigration and the drug wars. And you can take your pick of innovative theatre: cool mime, puppetry, 3D hip-hop - even Shakespeare that lets you choose your own ending! Check out the descriptions at the link above.

It's all FREE, it's all OUTDOORS, and it's one of the best parts of New York's Best Staycation - FringeAL FRESCO! Join us for FringeNYTeasers for snippets of what the festival has to offer. See a FREE FringeAL FRESCO show - dates, times and locations below; (more may be added - so check back at the link above for an update). It's all FREE, it's all OUTDOORS, and it's all FOR YOU. Whether you make a day of it or just drop by for a bit, you won't want to miss the FringeAL FRESCO frenzy!
By William Shakespeare - abridged by Kelly Johnston
Four actors, a trunk of props and a ladder. All in one hour, all outdoors.
Much Ado About Nothing. Hold onto your tights, ladies and gents... this ain't your grandma's Shakespeare.

Tue August 16 @ 2pm;  Tue August 23 @ 2pm;  Wed August 24 @ 2pm; Sun 28 @ 2pm

Wed August 17 @ 2pm;  Fri 19 @ 2pm; Fri August 26 @ 2pm

FringeNYC ON FOURTH (see below):
Sat August 20 @ 1pm;  Sun August 21 @ 1pm

FringeNYC on Fourth - A FABNYC Project
FAB paves the way for Manhattan's only official cultural district to become a leading destination for arts and culture activity. We will be closing down East 4th St between Bowery and 2nd Ave for FringeNYC on Fourth and creating a FringeAL FRESCO theater haven for audiences and artists alike.

Restaurants will be extending table service into the street, you can picnic between shows or soak up the live, outdoor entertainment. FringeNYTeasers - a series of vignettes from a series of Fringe Festival plays - take place daily from 3pm - 5pm. In addition, with our sustainability program in full swing there will be plenty of opportunities for you to go green and stay green. Find out more at:     


5,000 live artists bringing you 197 shows in 18 venues and serving up the freshest comedy, drama, musicals, performance art, puppetry, vaudeville, dance. . . you name it and they’re doing it LIVE ON STAGE! And FringeART celebrates that at FringeCENTRAL. During the festival everyone is invited to come have their photo taken and add it to the collage.

NOON to 8pm
August 12th - 28th

Fringe Club
FringeCLUB is the late-night, after-show community of FringeNYC and is the place for artists and audience to quaff, laugh, mix, and mingle! Visit FringeCLUB every Thursday for a relaxed ARTISTS’ LOUNGE; and Fridays and Saturdays when you can enjoy the FringeCLUB VARIETY POWER HOUR – a live, improvised variety show featuring special guest stars. All you need to get into the party: your FringeNYC badge or pass or $5.


Thursday 8/18 and  8/25 Relaxed Participants Lounge
Friday 8/12, Saturday 8/13, Friday 8/19, Saturday 8/20, Friday 8/26, Saturday 8/27 FringeCLUB MIDNIGHT VARIETY POWER HOUR
DOORS OPEN 11:30pm each night

• From Upmarket Productions' Zombie Wedding
• From Princess Dragon Productions' Mama Juggs

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE NOW! Find your shows by using the Slice-O-Matic or clicking on the alphabetical tabs below. Then click on the performance you want to attend and purchase on credit card (convenience charge applies). Tickets will be waiting for you at WILL CALL 15 minutes prior to the performance at the venue where the show is playing. See the volunteer in the bright yellow vest!



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