FRINGE NYC is almost here!!  Seems like only yesterday that I was jumping up and down and laughing because I had just gotten the email that ALABAMA BOUND had been selected to be part of The New York International Fringe Festival, aka FringeNYC.  And now I leave Saturday morning to fly back to New York to start my Fringe experience.  And it is an experience — a kind of creative carnival.  I will be traipsing around the city looking for our final props (up to Harlem Goodwill, then to Sylvia’s for a fried chicken lunch);  meeting with the other companies that share our venue to prepare it for our shows:  hanging out at FringeNYC Central, swapping postcards and busking our shows; our star Linda Nalbandian performing a 5-minute teaser at Fringe Central; me joining with other playwrights on a panel to talk about why we write the sometimes strange things we do;  hanging out with old New York buddies; seeing other amazingly creative Fringe shows;  maybe sneaking out to see Kinky Boots; eating great New York food; and enjoying the fabulous place that is known as New York with the unforgettable experience known as FringeNYC.   Oh yea, and performing ALABAMA BOUND.  _DSC1498_alabama1_8x10


Hey, somebody’s got to do it!!!!!


Photography © Charr Crailwww.charrcrail.comImages for personal use only.ALABAMA BOUND is so excited to be heading to the The New York International Fringe Festival, aka FringeNYC2013…the largest multi-arts festival in North America.  This creative bash, both for participating artists and audiences, runs 16 days from August 9 through 25 and features 200 shows with 1200 performances, 5,000 artists, at 20 different venues in Manhattan.  More than 75,000 people attend the Fringe.  Wow!!  And it is definitely a labor of love:  Its very small staff is supplemented by 2,500 volunteers who work very long hours to create an amazing Fringe community that we are so happy to be a part of.  As Fringe Director Elena Holy says, “Fringe is a festival run on energy created by a community of artists, audience and volunteers.”  Linda Nalbandian, Eileen Lewis and I are happy that ALABAMA BOUND was selected from more than 800 submissions.  NEW YORK, HERE WE COME. Click here to view the FringeNYC website.