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2014 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL STATS

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Fest Director Ben Hill at the 2014 Awards

Some might say that there is no room in the film-centric city of Los Angeles for a thriving, vibrant performing arts scene. That there is no close-knit community of theatre-goers in this city. Some might even say the performing arts are dying.

We’ve got the numbers to prove that these things simply aren’t true.

Some facts about the fifth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival:

  • We sold 46,000 tickets this year, which is 11,000 more than in 2013. That’s a 30% growth, people.
  • Since our inaugural festival in 2010, ticket sales have increased 170%.
  • The festival sold an estimated $389,000 in tickets this year (over $130,000 more than in 2013). The central Fringe organization doesn’t touch a dollar of this money— all $389,000 has been returned to Fringe artists and venues.
  • 290 productions participated in this year’s event, securing the Hollywood Fringe’s place as one of the largest open-access arts festivals in the world. During June, nearly 1,500 performances were staged at 64 spaces throughout Hollywood.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s festival!


2014 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

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Here’s a list of this year’s Award Winners— announced just moments ago at the 2014 Award Ceremony! Thank you all for coming and congratulations to the winners!

Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards):

  • Top of the Fringe: Women
  • Fringe First (World Premiere): NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy
  • The International Award: Love Is.
  • Best in Ensemble Theatre: NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy
  • Best in Solo Performance: The Wake
  • Best in Comedy: Women
  • Best in Musicals & Operas: Bronies: The Musical
  • Best in Dance & Physical Theatre: Into the Fog
  • Best in Cabaret & Variety: Fancy: Secrets from My Bootydoir

Sponsored Awards:

  • The THIRTY90NE Golden Elephant Awards: Women (Golden Production); Joseph Lee— Vengeance Can Wait & Catherine Waller— The Creeps (Golden Performer); Brandon Baruch— No HOMO- A Bromantic Tragedy (Golden Playwright); Joe Greene, Heidi Powers, Tom Moore, Rebecca Eisenberg and Ryan Bergmann— Bronies: The Musical (Golden Producer/Director)
  • BGBA’s Innovative Women in Theatre Award: Sardia Robinson— From a Yardie to a Yankee
  • The Imagined Truth Award for First Play: Melanie Thomas— The Cave: A Folk Opera
  • Bitter Lemons Award for Family Fare (BLAFF): Beau & Aero
  • Bitter Lemons Irreverent Fringe Femmes Award (BLIFF): Women
  • Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater (BLOAT): Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom
  • O FACE Award for Orgasmic Achievement of a Performer: Lee Turnbull— Love Is
  • O FACE Award for Orgasmic Achievement of a Production: The Wake
  • O FACE Award for Orgasmic Achievement of a Writer or Composer: June Carryl— La Bete
  • The DOMA Award for New Musical: Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast
  • The DUENDE Distinction: Into the Fog
  • The Lumpy-Cramp© Freshman Participant Award: Beau and Aero
  • The Unleashed Award: Star Cross’d
  • The LAFPI Most Wanted Award: Schkapf, Theatre of NOTE, iO West, Three Clubs, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, Hudson Theatres
  • Trailer Park Award: Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir
  • Veterans for Virgins Award: Beau & Aero
  • The Ezra Buzzington Spirit of the Fringe Awards: June Carryl— La Bete (Female Performance); Michael Shaw Fisher— The Werewolves of Hollywood Blvd: A Damnable Rock Musical (Male Performance); Colin Mitchell— Linden Arden Stole the Highlights (Best Writing); Jessica Hanna— No Homo – A Bromantic Tragedy (Best Directing); Ben Moroski— The Wake (Best Production)

The Encore!- Producer’s Awards:

  • Theatre Asylum: Friends Like These, Gimplecapped: A Journey of “Inspiration”, Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, Man’s Dominion, Meet & Greet, “The Mermaid Who Learned to Fly”, NO HOMO- A Bromantic Tragedy, Odessa, Reborning, Riot Grrrls Save the World, Schachner Vs Schachner, Seven Seductions of Taylor Swift, The Wake, Into the Fog, Woof Woof
  • The Complex: 52 Pick Up, Beau & Arrow, Belli Gemelli – A Opera Sitcom, Boss: The Untold Tony Danza Story, David & Leeman – Magic and Other Dangerous Things, Jackass- A Prom Story, Love Is, Memoirs of a Bartender, Open Mike, Schoolcraft and Murray, Starcross’d, Stumbling Along, Poofy du Vey in “Burden of Proof”, Things Being What They Are
  • The Lounge: Bronies: The Musical, I Want To Bury My Testimony, Lincoln Adjacent, Waitless, Independence, La Bete
  • The Lex: Zombies From Beyond
  • Three Clubs: Fancy: Tales from My Bootydoir, Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast, Some Girls(s), The Cave
  • Actors Company: Angels and Whiskey, Bonnie’s Future Sisters, Death by Powerpoint, Eddie, Rapture, Ravens and Writing Desks, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Most Massive Woman Wins, Twelfth Night
  • Cupcake Theatre: Snow White: the Musical, The Last Five Years, RSVP: RIP, That’s Why I Hold On

AND THE NOMINEES ARE....

Here are the nominees for the Fringe Freak Awards to be given our Sunday evening (tonight!) at 6:30pm. Meet up at Fringe Central (6455 Santa Monica Blvd) and we shall guide you to the festivities.

Top of the Fringe

Bronies: The Musical
Friends Like These
Generation ME the Musical
NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy
Women

The Fringe International Award

52 Pick Up
Angels and Whiskey
Love Is.
The Creeps
THE GIRL WHO LOVED THE BEATLES

The Fringe First Award (World Premiere)

Bronies: The Musical
Four Tree Plays
Generation ME the Musical
Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast
NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy

The Fringe Cabaret & Variety Award

David and Leeman Present: Magic and Other Dangerous Things
Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir:
Gimplecapped: A Journey of “Inspiration”
Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms
The Boobies: A Burlesque Parody of The Goonies

The Fringe Comedy Award

Beau & Aero
Lost Moon Radio presents Million Dollar Hair
Moby Alpha
Poofy du Vey in “Burden of Poof”
Women

The Fringe Dance & Physical Theatre Award

‘BitterSweet Love’,When Love Is Not Madness, It is Not Love
Chitlin Blues: Dancing in the Grey
Into The Fog
Ravens and Writing Desks
Star-Cross’d

The Fringe Ensemble Theatre Award

Friends Like These
God of Abraham
NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy
THE CONDUCT OF LIFE
The Best of 25 Plays Per Hour

The Fringe Musicals & Operas Award

Bronies: The Musical
Giraffenstein
Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast
THE FANTASTICKS – the original fringe musical (1959)
The Werewolves of Hollywood Blvd: A Damnable Rock Musical

The Fringe Solo Performance Award

Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
Schachner Vs. Schachner
Seven Seductions of Taylor Swift
“The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly”
The Wake


SPOTLIGHT ON HOLLYWOOD FRINGE INTERNS

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Fringe 2014 Interns (L-R) Irina, Bex, Jamie and Grace with Volunteer Coordinator Stina Pederson (far Right).

The Hollywood Fringe Festival couldn’t operate without the help of a team of volunteers and interns. This year, we have five stellar interns: Bex (FringeTV Production Intern), Caroline (FringeTV Editor Intern), Grace (Fringe Central Production Intern), Irina (Communications Intern) and Jamie (Volunteer Intern). We asked them all a little about their experiences in the questionnaire below.

Who are you and where did you come from?

BEX: One time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up and I said an airport. I have not been invited back to their house.

CAROLINE: My name is Caroline Michaels and I am from Charlottesville, Virginia and I go to University in St Andrews, Scotland.

IRINA: I’m an avid TV viewer and movie goer, originally from the San Fernando Valley. I like to think of myself as a very happy person but my choice of super sad music begs to differ. Did I mention how much I love my Netflix? Because I do.

GRACE: I’m Grace Wang, and I’m a Junior at USC studying theater design with a minor in architecture.

JAMIE: I’m Jamie and I’m the Volunteer Intern and I come from HERE. (Los Angeles) (But I live in Waltham, Massachusetts 8 months out of the year for school now, which is kind of trippy.)

What were you expecting of this internship?

BEX: I expected to script supervise and run sound and observe. Lots of observing. And I was hoping to have fun! Because that’s an important aspect of life.

CAROLINE: I was expecting to meet a lot of people who were passionate about the arts and super fun to work with.

IRINA: I honestly did not know what to expect because this was the first time I had ever been involved with the theater community.

GRACE: I expected the internship to be very hands on and I thought it would be very similar to the PA jobs I have done for film and theater productions before.

JAMIE: I was expecting to learn the ins and outs and daily whosits and whatsits of an open arts festival while helping out a bunch of crazy theatre people.

What is it really?

BEX: AMAZING. In all caps. That’s what it is. I get to do so many things. Silly past me, thinking you wouldn’t be a part of the action. Get your act together past self. You’re gonna work.

CAROLINE: I’d say my expectations were pretty accurate!

IRINA: Well since you asked again, I did expect there to be more fireworks. What’s up with that?

GRACE: This internship indeed provides me a very hands-on opportunity to beautify/decorate the space for each event. I have formed close relationship with my coordinator Zay Weaver and have learned how to construct space with a very small budget. I really appreciate the fact that Zay lets me make many design decisions, which makes me feel more like a staff member, not simply an intern.

JAMIE: Everything. It’s a crazy good time with a bunch of wonderfully insane theatre people who care about their work and the space they are creating for theatre in Hollywood against the widely held belief that it’s “not a theatre city.” It’s getting to see 4 shows in one day and talking about the Fringe as part of Street Team in between to spread the news about the festival. It’s learning from people who are dedicated to the arts and passionate about this huge endeavor. It’s talking to artists and hearing about their processes in creating their productions. It’s working with volunteers who care about local theatre and offer their own time to give back to the community. It is being part of a supportive family that wants everyone to succeed. (blah blah blah cheese cheese cheese)

What surprised you about this internship?

BEX: Fringe makes Hollywood this little village. The community is so close to each other that no matter where you are, you’ll find someone else who just — gets it.

CAROLINE: I was surprised how many people it takes to put on an event like this and how much they work around the clock to put it all together.

IRINA: I was really surprised by how much I actually enjoyed myself. It was great to see firsthand how dedicated Fringers are to their work and their craft. They all genuinely enjoy what they do and it’s something I hope I can have someday.

GRACE: I was surprised at the relatively small leadership group in comparison to its scale and impact, and I’m the only intern under Zay. However, it is really cool because I get to be very involved with Fringe everyday.

JAMIE: Irn Bru is in the United States?!(What didn’t surprise me was that it was as awful as I thought it would be)

What’s been your favorite moment of Fringe so far?

BEX: My favorite moment? Are parents expected to pick their favorite child? (Edit that: are a large majority of parents able to admit they have a favorite child?) Everyday brings a new favorite moment. But I can say that being forced to try IronBru was not one of them. Screw that child.

CAROLINE: It would have to be filming our intern sketch where my character was conveniently described as “awkward.”

IRINA: My favorite moment so far was hanging out in Bryan’s bar during the live band karaoke at Fringe Rocks. It was so fun watching folks showcase their talent.

GRACE: Dressing up as a freak. Although it is by no means related to my internship or career path, it is super fun to interact with other people and dance around since no one would recognize you!

JAMIE: Watching Fringe staffers and participants kill it in live band karaoke at Fringe rocks. Absolutely.

Be honest—should we call this a “Fringeternship”?

BEX: I would expect nothing less. Also please call this an “internview.”

CAROLINE: Yes totally because its clever and awesome.

IRINA: YES. I’m always a fan of a good portmanteau. Fringeship is also another favorite.

GRACE: No, I don’t get the wordplay…Fringe+internship=Fringeternship? I like Fringeship better.

JAMIE: Well…

What’s your legacy 100 years from now?

BEX: I will become the overlord and rewrite history. I created Nutella. I also wrote Hamlet.

CAROLINE: Hopefully that I was a really fun gal. I’m going to leave my grandchildren a treasure hunt which spans all of North America. I’ve just decided that while filling out this questionnaire.

IRINA: My children’s children and the traditions and values they learn from me.

GRACE: Influencing people’s lives through my designs in theatre, film or TV production (hopefully).

JAMIE: Everyone will put the Eat This chips on their sandwiches and the world will live in harmony.

Any advice for next year’s interns?

BEX: Wilcox has good parking. Work on your dance moves.

CAROLINE: Be prepared to work hard!

IRINA: Keep an open mind and throw yourself into everything that you do. Don’t limit yourself to just your tasks and immerse yourself in the Fringe Festival. It’s definitely worth it.

GRACE: Clear your schedule for the entire duration of the festival, so you can get a full experience, not only in the area you are good at, but other areas that you have never worked on. Extra help is always appreciated at Fringe. On top of that, find time to see the amazing shows!

JAMIE: See as many shows as you can, be uncomfortable and talk to as many people as you can, listen, learn, and eat popcorn!


THANKS TO SOME OF OUR FRINGE MEDIA PARTNERS

Stage Raw Discounted Advertising

One of our newest media partners, Stage Raw, is offering a 20% advertising discount for Fringe participants. Inquire @stageraw. Learn more about Stage Raw here. We think they’re pretty awesome.

KPCC

For the fourth year in a row, KPCC will be partnering with the Hollywood Fringe and we couldn’t be more excited. You’ll see their logo on Fringe venue signs and you’ll hear promotional spots for the festival on 89.3 KPCC throughout the month of June.


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