Hollywood Fringe is an annual arts festival celebrating the diversity of the LA artistic community. From their web site:
Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: Fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants, and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.
Participation in the Hollywood Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts.
Fringe festivals started unofficially in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. Today they happen in cities across the world. Los Angeles has one of the most diverse and exciting.
Last Thursday I went to see Disrobed, a play about an engaged couple where the guy doesn’t know his fiance and family are nudists – and he’s a bit of a prude about it. It was first shown in last year’s Fringe Festival and has kept showing on a monthly basis ever since. I think they won some kind of award. I figure if they can do it, so can I.
I got an invite from the Fringe Festival. I’m sure so did hundreds or even thousands of other people. But I’m still tickled pink! Like getting one of those “blogger” nominations. I’ve decided to put on a one-man show about the problematic nature of growing old. I’m going to a workshop on the 20th to learn the process.
There is also a “scholarship” that can be awarded to projects to help defray expenses. I’ll be looking into that as well.
There is no try. Do! Or do not.
I already have most of the script. I’ll be picking the best stuff out of my blogs and rewriting it. Witing new stuff. And rehearsing. (Back to acting lessons at the Two Roads Theater!) It may be a one-man show but I will still need help. Finding that help will be the hardest part I think.
I’m putting up a second blog just for the project: I’m Not Dead Yet.
The Fringe has a web page about it at: https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/6436