Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, a big, bold and bodacious celebration of alternative theatre and performance arts!
From the sobering stories of 9/11 victims to the campy, improvised parody of “Dirty Dancing,” IndyFringe Festival 2017 promises to be more outrageous and memorable than ever.
IndyFringe is a place, an event, an environment, an attitude, a movement, an incubator for new talent and a magnet for imaginative, thoughtful, hopeful and transformational people.
With 74 acts doing 400 shows, buskers in the street and music in the air, #IndyFringe17 will once again be the premier arts and entertainment event in Indianapolis. Performance artists are coming to Indy from as far away as Canada and more than a dozen U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York City and Atlanta.
Hoosier artists make up 50 percent of the festival. Come see local TV news icon Dick Wolfsie perform his one-man show “The Art of the Jewish Joke.” Looking for recognizable names? See Pat O’Brien of “Saved by the Bell” fame in “The Fever.” We also have parodies and tributes to Hall & Oates, Hedy Lamarr, Dolly Parton, Josephine Baker, Elvis Presley and Woody Guthrie.
If you want something political, see The Cold War romance of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in “Mike & Ronny: A Love Story” or revisit the truck drivers’ labor strike of 1934 in “Fight for 52¢.” African-American artists will give you plenty to think about in “Black in the Box” and “Black Lives Matter (Too).” Fringe offers personal stories from LGBT artists, as well as music, dance, magic, cabaret, variety, standup, improv, comedy, drama, physical and multimedia, a psychic and even a séance.
It’s experimental, exciting, thought-provoking and professional… all of it unjuried, which means anyone with an act is welcome to participate. The intent is to foster diversity and most importantly, inclusion and accessibility. This year, IndyFringe’s popular Fiver Pass is only $55. All theatres are ADA accessible and several shows will provide ASL sign language interpreters.
The new festival hub/office located at Firefighters Union Hall, 748 Mass Ave, open throughout the festival, will include:
Additional festival theatres include two stages at The Phoenix, Theatre on the Square, IndyFringe and a single stage at ComedySportz.
Tickets: $15, adults; $12, students/seniors; $10, children under 12; $55, fiver pass.
We look forward to hosting you.
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