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.
In May I traveled back to New York to get my first taste of FringeNYC. It was a whirlwind trip…dropping off paperwork, meeting some of the amazing Fringe staff and volunteers, and other Fringe participants, looking for props, talking marketing. We compared notes about our shows, and I heard some unbelievably creative ideas developed by people from all over the greater New York area and the country. Most International companies didn’t make it there for this round, but we are all excited about meeting them in August. I concluded the trip with a subway ride to the Harlem Goodwill Store to pick up a prop for the show: a wheelchair that will be used by our nursing home resident, Miss Evelyn, in the vignette called “Old Woman.” It was interesting getting the thing back through the turnstile, up the stairs, and down the streets of lower Manhattan. By the time I got to where I was staying, I would have liked to be sitting in it with someone behind pushing me along.