Pittsburgh has a new festival coming to town. The Fringe Festival has nothing to do with the television series, nor is it a celebration of all things French. Instead, it embraces the underground/alternative performing arts shows that end up “on the fringe”. This 10-day event will bring an eclectic variety of theater productions to a few not-so-ordinary venues scattered throughout Shadyside.
Dan Stiker, Artistic Director of the festival, describes Fringe Fest as, “a 100% unjuried and uncensored performing arts festival allowing both veteran performers and new groups to show their art form.”
Fringe Fest gives these adventurous performers a professional setting to test out their work for a very adventurous audience. The festival will present 27 different productions, ranging from a rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by youth theater group Footlight Players, to original productions such as The Accordion Monologues, which depicts life while being raised by immigrant parents in the Mon Valley, and Fork Full of Noodles, which is a sociopolitical satire based on a video series by comedian Krish Mohan. While most shows are all ages, a few require audience members to be over 14 years old or even over 18 years old.
Be sure to head on down to Shadyside from May 2nd to 11th to check out as many Fringe Fest shows as possible. Check out the schedule to pick which shows strike your fancy. Remember, attendees need to purchase a Fringe Fest button from one of the venues for $3 in order to be admitted to any of the shows. On top of the button, everyone needs a ticket to each show they plan on attending. Tickets can be bought in advance online here for $10 before April 30th and $12 after. Shows will take place at any or all of the five venues depending on the show date and time, so keep track of which stage you’ll be headed to: Steel City Improv, Gallerie Chiz, Boys and Girls Club, Winchester Thurston Library with three stages, and Winchester Thurston Hilda Willis Room. If you want to get the low down on the festival, check out their tips ahead of time and get ready to fringe!