November 19-23, 2014
Just as off-Broadway began as a means of broadening the base for New York's theatrical talents, the Fringe Festival began in New Orleans as a way of showcasing the new works of previously unproduced playwrights and nurturing budding writers along on their careers. The New Orleans Fringe Festival bills itself as "the festival of the wild, weird, fresh, and original."
This year’s 7th Annual Fringe Festival will take place from November 19-23 at various locations throughout the city. Most of the venues are concentrated in the Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods, a short distance from the French Quarter, but others may be a little farther from the center of activity.
Performances may include drama, comedy, dance, improvisational, pantomime, musical theater, puppetry, storytelling and other forms of the performing arts. Productions are staged in small neighborhood theatres, outdoors in private yards and even on the stages of local bars. Many of the performances are open to the public and priced inexpensively.
All-access and discounted combination passes are also available, and you can order tickets through the Fringe Fest website.
There will be seven "Fringe-Managed Venues" where productions will be staged and 37 other locales designated as "Bring Your Own Venues" (BYOVs) at which arrangements are made by the individual performing artists or their production companies. The festival features 82 shows from all over the U.S. and abroad, presenting over 300 performances at more than 40 venues in neighborhoods throughout the city.
New This Year
The traditional GoodChildren Parade that rolled along St. Claude Avenue in previous years has been replaced with a shorter procession with a different theme.
The First Annual New Orleans Fringe "Procession of the Personal Saints" is a volunteer-driven walking procession conceived by the festival organizers. New Orleans Fringe has commissioned several groups of artists to produce a core of personal saint-inspired mobile visual art to feature in the procession, which will proceed along side streets near the main festival staging areas of the Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods.
Participants can celebrate personal saints like "Blessed St. Okra of the Produce Truck," "St. Elvis of the Vacated Building," "St. Fats of the Dominoes," "St. Kermit of the Swingers," "Santa Barista of the Counter" or "St. Mikey the Bartender Who Pours Us Very Strong Doubles."
For updates on this year’s lineup and for details on the free "Family Fringe," featuring performances, workshops, open-mic events and arts and crafts activities for kids, visit the festival’s website at www.nofringe.org or call 504-941-3640. You can also find Fringe Fest on Facebook and Twitter.