Embracing the Fringe: Resigning Publicity Manager Brittany Gash's Farewell to HFF

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Thank you for all your work over the past two years, Brittany! We'll miss you! // Brittany (far right) with Fringe Friends at Space Prom // Photo: Matt Kamimura

Embracing the Fringe

I have never been the cool kid or the popular one – the girl that everyone wants to be like and hang out with.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m super rad awesome (do people say “rad” anymore?) – but in a geeky, loner, chicken wings and beer kind of way.

 

Google says that Fringe means “not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.”  That’s pretty much me – minus the extreme. I’m not extreme at all.  

 

The noun form of Fringe means “an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.” Yeah, that’s me too; a frayed edge; dangling decoration, hanging out on the borders of all that is mainstream and #basic. I like that.  

 

I know now, that I am Fringe and that you – the one reading this, is also Fringe. Fringe is a state of being – of existing.  Fringe is determination, passion, and hard-work. Just look at the amazing staff, interns and volunteers that put on the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  These amazing people – my friends – constantly put in 110% to make this festival happen. And they do this because they believe in it’s importance.  They believe in its ability to positively impact the community and artists and local businesses.  They come up with radical programs and strategies and welcome diverse voices and faces to the table.  


This is what Fringe is.  Fringe is acceptance and love; friendship and commitments and most importantly – it welcomes the unconventional, peripheral, and extreme. It embraces the differences and then gives it a platform to show itself to the world.  

 

As I wrap up my two years of being the Publicity Manager of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and pass this honor to someone new – I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all of my dear Hollywood Fringers – staff, interns, producers, actors, writers, designers, and spectators.  Thank you for teaching me so much and allowing me to make the mistakes that I’ve learned from. Thank you for so much support and encouragement. Thank you for all the hugs and the laughs. Thank you for sharing your profound and inspiring art with me.  Thank you for giving me a home away from home – a place to roll around in my awkward geekiness and feel safe. I am so proud to have been on the Hollywood Fringe staff and look forward to continuing to being part of the Fringe community.  

 

Cheers to all you frayed edges, dangling on the borders and making the world a better and more beautiful place.

 

Peace and Blessings,

Brittany G.








Co-Founder Kan Mattoo Leaves HFF Staff to Take New Position on Board of Directors

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Kan Mattoo, pictured far left in his cool sushi shirt, has been an essential part of the development of Hollywood Fringe and we will miss him being on staff! // HFF17 Opening Night Party // Photo: Matt Kamimura

…And the lights have come down on our 8th Hollywood Fringe Festival.  

It has been such an amazing journey to see this festival grow into the force of nature it has become in Los Angeles.  Every June, for the past 8 years, thousands of artists have performed for tens of thousands of audience members.  We had incredible, record setting numbers this year (exact audience numbers to be revealed soon) and we are growing every year.  375 shows! 2000 performances! Over $2 million back to participants since our inception in 2010!

Those are amazing numbers.  I love those numbers!  And I am proud of them.

But what I can’t quantify is the way it feels to walk into Fringe Central and see this unbelievable community we’ve helped build. To see the camaraderie, the enthusiasm, new friendships, old ones, deep conversations, laughter…  Our Fringe community is about more than numbers.  It’s about support, collaboration, friendship.  I think I’m most proud of that.

This will be my last year as a member of the Hollywood Fringe staff. Don’t worry!  I’m not done with the festival completely —  but I will be taking a step back from activities day to day.  At the end of this year, I’m excited to be moving into more of a leadership role, on the festival’s Board of Directors.

Thirty years from now, when June rolls around, I want to be able to walk into Fringe Central, saddle up to the bar, look around, and still see our incredible Fringe community thriving and celebrating.  And I’m going to do everything I can to ensure that future happens.

There are too many people to thank for their support over the years.  But this festival wouldn’t happen without the shared vision that Ben, David, Stacy and I had over 10 years ago.  And we couldn’t have done it year to year without the hard work of Meghan, Lois, Stina, Vanessa, Bella & the rest of the amazing staff who put their everything into the festival.

I love this festival and I love the family that I’ve found within it.   Thank you, everyone.


A Fond Farewell to Fringe from Beloved Outreach Director Meghan McCauley

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We will dearly miss Meghan, who has been on staff since just after the first festival in 2010. // Photo: Katelyn Schiller

The first nickname I ever had at Fringe Central was “Pagan Meghan”. I’d driven up from San Diego to produce a show with my best friends, an original devised work called Pagan Play that made little sense but was full of heart. I was lucky the moniker rhymed, because it made it easier for people to remember my name.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival happened to me very quickly. I met Ben Hill after a Town Hall at Theatre of Note. I met Stacy Jones (now Hill) onstage in the back room at Three Clubs, during a pre-Fringe fundraiser. We both loved dancing to Beyoncé. I had graduated from UCSD, with a degree in theatre and a desire to find a good community filled with good people. Los Angeles was not on the list of cities I’d hoped to move to, but I did it because of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Kan Mattoo interviewed me on the porch of Ben and Stacy’s old house, cans of beer in hand. Dave McKeever was there too, tossing the ball for Cattleman the dog.

The rest is history. We became family. We lost loved ones and fell in love again. We hung up Christmas decorations, ate thousands of food truck meals, made theater, drank too much, and never stopped dancing to Beyoncé.

I’ve been fortunate to create and launch some of Hollywood Fringe’s most important programs—I was a co-founder of the internship program (now expertly managed by Stina Pederson), brought Fringe theater to local high schools through Student Fringe, and developed Fringe Scholarships with Ellen Den Herder, the initiative of which I am most proud. I’ve hosted hundreds of Office Hours and moderated dozens of Fringe Workshops. The Fringe community thrives when participation is enthusiastic and diverse, and much of my responsibility is keeping it that way.

Thank you all for buying me drinks, and I’m sorry I couldn’t always come to see your show. Thank you for raising your hands to ask questions, and I’m sorry I often cut you off before you finished your sentence.

Thank you for wearing a name tag every time I asked you to.

Thank you for winking at me across Bryan’s Bar, for dancing with me at the prom, for protecting me when I couldn’t do it myself.  

Thank you for creating this community of weirdos where we can all finally be at home.

Thank you for trusting me, and trusting us, with your stories and your art.

My greatest calling in life is engaging diverse communities of people for the arts, and the Hollywood Fringe was the first place I started learning that.

It’s where I learned to lead, to love, to subsist on so very little sleep, and to dedicate myself to a truly worthy cause. You are the great love of my twenties, Hollywood Fringe, and I will miss you dearly. 


HFF17 Award Winners

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Congratulations to all the winners! // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We are happy to share with you this year’s Award Winners – announced just moments ago at the 2017 Award Ceremony, held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre! Thank you all for joining us at the ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!.

 

Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards)

 

Top of the Fringe:  Shakeslesque: (To Thine Own Cherry Be True)

 

International:  Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

 

Fringe First (World Premiere):  Turbulence!

 

Cabaret & Variety: Shakeslesque: (To Thine Own Cherry Be True)

 

Comedy:  Easy Targets

 

Dance & Physical Theatre: Definition of A Man

 

Ensemble Theatre: The Motherf**ker in the Hat

 

Immersive Theatre: Apartment 8

 

Musicals and Operas: Turbulence!

 

Solo Performance: Under the Jello Mold

 

 

Sponsored Awards

 

ShoWorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award: Chimpskin

 

The Screamiest:  A(partment 8)

 

The Spirit of the Fringe, Never in a Box Award: TOYS

 

The Duende Distinction: Christina Evans – Choreography - TOYS

 

Tip Your 2Cents Award for Distinctive Voices:  Chimpskin

 

The Ripest Show:  Definition of Man

 

A Little New Music Award for Outstanding Songwriting: Turbulence!

 

Larry Cornwall Award:  Magic 8 Ball (My Life with Asperger’s)

 

Rogue Machine’s “Premiere” Award:  Urban Unrest – Urban Theatre Movement

 

Beyond Bechtel-Wallace Award: Thanksgiving

 

Diversity in American Theatre Award:  In the Valley of The Shadow

 

Soaring Solo Artist Award: Magic 8 Ball (My Life with Asperger’s)

 

The Inkwell Playwright’s Promise Award: In the Valley of The Shadow

 

Short and Sweet Award:  CHATTER

O-Face Award for Orgasmic Achievement (Most Orgasmic Performance): Yozmit Walker - Do You: Migration of the Monarchs

 

Best Fringe Flyer:  An Evening With John Wilkes Booth

 

The Unleashed Award:  Thanksgiving

 

The LAFPI Most Wanted Award:

Actors Company, Art of Acting Studio,  Assistance League Playhouse, Epiphany Space, Complex Theatres, Hudson Theatres,  Los Angeles LGBT Center, Rogue Machine @ MET Theatre, studio/stage, The Loft, Theatre of NOTE, Three Clubs, Thymele Arts, Urban Social House, The New Collective

 

The Encore! Producers Award:

Complex TheatresVideo Games, Narcissus and Echo, Trixie: The Musical, Human Hothouse: The Aftershow, 13th Grade, Desert Warrior, Claim Jumper, Even If It’s Wrong, Toys, Confessions of an Arab Woman, Incantessimo, Mistero Buffo, Too Many Hitlers, Ripley’s Dystopia, Broke and Ugly, Mary’s Medicine, Under the Jello Mold, Slashed, An Evening with John Wilkes Booth, Do You. Migration of the Monarchs

Lounge TheatreBitch Brow, I’m Too Fat For This Show, Just Like Life, NICAEA, Sapo Cancionero: Live Your Heart Out, Thanksgiving, The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign, Transmission – A One Tran Show

 

Sacred Fools TheatreQuantum Entanglement, Bono & the Edge Waiting for Godomino’s, Easy Targets, Definition of Man, Divorce: The Hip Hop Musical, The Joe & Joshua Show!, Why We Become Witches, Kinsherf’s Coat, A Harmony Boy’s Christmas, Charlie Moose Makes His Move, 12 Bars, Urban Theatre Movement presents: Urban Unrest, The King’s Language, High Rise, Orange Mango Cabaret


Three ClubsBuffy Kills Edward, Shakespeare and Chill, Hot Dates, Legends of the Hidden Three Clubs, Psychosical, Nights at the Algonquin Round Table,


Studio/StageBlamed: An Established Fiction, Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical, Here Comes, Rutherford, Herpes: A Love Story, The Tempest: All Women Cast, So You Want to be a Vampire, The Spidey Project, Three Can Keep A Secret, MEXISTANI! Growing up Mexican and Pakistani in America, Gamers
 
The New CollectiveJust Sayin, Got A Minute, I Do … Do You?, Life, Death and … Entertainment

Actors CompanyA Void, Bravo 25, Dead Boys, Dying City, mismatch, Pagliaccis, Songs of the Fall, The Complete History of Drag in a Few Mo-mo, Trump in Space

Asylum6 Figures, 86’d, Andy: The Red Nosed Warhola, CHATTER, Cheek (and other stories), Chemo Barbie, CringeFest: An Uncomfortable Anthology, Devadasi, A Story of Sex, Power and Devotion, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman, Homebody/ The Anxiety Cure, Just Old Woman from Old Country, Save Me a Spot!, Scarlet Pimpernel, SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS, Secure Storage, SNATCHED…Stories From Down There, Solomon: King Poet &, Lover – A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives, Space Play or The Number of Nothing, Terror on The High Seas, The Amitycode, The Brick – A One Man Musical, The Motherfucker With The Hat, The Rise and Fall of Dracula, The Sacred Beasts, The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski, This Our Now, Two Motherfuckers on a Ledge, Willy’s Lil Virgin Queen

 

 


The HFF17 Award Nominees

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Congratulations to ALL of this year's participants. You did it! // Photo: Matt Kamimura

 

Here are all the nominees for the community and sponsored awards! Congratulations to everyone!

 

Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards)

 

Top of the Fringe

Blamed: An Established Fiction

SHAKESLESQUE (To Thine Own Cherry Be True)

The Motherf**ker With The Hat

TURBULENCE!

UNDER THE JELLO MOLD

 

International

Art and Abolition Help!

I Think I Might Be Fabulous

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

Toys

 

Fringe First (World Premiere)

Buffy Kills Edward: A Musical Romp

Definition of Man

Narcissus & Echo

SHAKESLESQUE (To Thine Own Cherry Be True)

TURBULENCE!

 

Cabaret & Variety

HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMAN

Nic & Brooke’s Comedy Dance Party

PSYCHOSICAL: an asylum cabaret

Serial Killers at the Fringe.

SHAKESLESQUE (To Thine Own Cherry Be True)

 

Comedy

Airplane LIVE!

Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s

Easy Targets

Martha Washington Killed A Redcoat

THANKSGIVING

 

Dance & Physical Theatre

Blamed: An Established Fiction

Definition of Man

Office Beat – A Tap Dance Comedy

Stringmates

Toys

 

Ensemble Theatre

DYSTOPIA

NORMAL

The Faggot King or The Troublesome Reign of Edward II

The Motherf**ker With The Hat

Three Can Keep A Secret

 

Immersive Theatre

A(partment 8)

John Stamos is My Baby Daddy / Rainbow Brite Power Naps

The Kansas Collection: Chapters One and Two

The Rise and Fall of Dracula

The Video Games

 

Musicals and Operas

A Harmony Boys Christmas

Buffy Kills Edward: A Musical Romp
Narcissus & Echo

Slashed! The Musical

TURBULENCE!

 

Solo Performance

 AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKES BOOTH

Fuck Tinder

HERE COMES RUTHERFORD

UNDER THE JELLO MOLD

Why We Become Witches

 

 

 

Sponsored Awards

 

ShoWorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award (sponsored by ShoWorks Entertainment)

Insuppressible: The Unauthorized Leah Remini Story

Thanksgiving

Chimpskin

Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical

Under The Jello Mold

 

The Screamiest (sponsored by Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival)

A(partment 8)

Normal

So You Want to be a Vampire

Slashed! The Musical

 

The Spirit of the Fringe, Never in a Box Award (sponsored by Lumpy-Cramp© Productions & Motor City Fringe Festival

Toys

Turbulence!

Divorce: A Hip-Hop Musical

Andy: The Red-Nosed Warhola

Apathy Killed the Cat

 

The Duende Distinction (sponsored by The Vagrancy)

Charlotte Gulezian – Acting – Blackbird

Christina Evans – Choreography – Toys

Cynthia Yelle – Performance – Confessions of an Arab Woman

Elizabeth Lanier – Overall Production – Narcissus & Echo

Gisla Stringer, Juan Amador &  Brenda Banda – Playwrighting – Urban Theatre Movement Presents: Urban Unrest

 

Tip Your 2Cents Award for Distinctive Voices (sponsored by 2Cents Theatre Group)

Toys

Infantryman in the Wardrobe

The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign

Chimpskin

The Kansas Collection: Chapters One and Two

 

The Ripest Show (sponsored by Cherry Poppins Productions)

Definition Of Man

Andy: The Red-Nosed Warhola

Narcissus & Echo

Blamed: An Established Fiction

Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical

 

A Little New Music Award for Outstanding Songwriting (sponsored by A Little New Music)

13th Grade

Insuppressible: The Unauthorized Leah Remini Story

Save Me A Spot!

Turbulence!

The Wedding Night (featured in 1001 Minutes of New Musicals, Production C)

 

Larry Cornwall Award (sponsored by Shout it Out Promotions LLC)

The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign

​Under the Jello Mold​

Lights – Camera – Lyla! The Second Act

Nosferatu, A Symphony in Terror.

Magic 8 Ball (My Life with Asperger’s)

 

The LAFPI Most Wanted Award:

This award is being presented to all Hollywood Fringe Festival venues & producing theatres that staged over 50% of works by women.

 

Rogue Machine’s “Premiere” Award (sponsored by Rogue Machine Theatre)

Urban Theatre Movement Presents: Urban Unrest

A Vegas Kind of Love

NICKY

Who you Calling a Bitch?!?

UNDER THE JELLO MOLD

 

Beyond Bechtel-Wallace Award (sponsored by Broads’ Word Ensemble)

Confessions of an Arab Woman

Shakeslesque: To Thine Own Cherry Be True

Stringmates

Thanksgiving

The Rise and Fall of Dracula

 

Diversity in American Theatre Award (sponsored by Urban Theatre Movement)

The King’s Language  

This Our Now

In the Valley of The Shadow

Somewhere Between Cosmo and The Bible

Dead Boys

 

Soaring Solo Artist Award (sponsored by Soaring Solo LLC & Whitefire Theatre)

Transmission – A One Tran Show

I’m Too Fat For This Show

Magic 8 Ball (My Life with Asperger’s)

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

’Til Sunday

 

 

The Inkwell Playwright’s Promise Award (sponsored by The Inkwell Theatre)

Definition of Man by Nikki Muller

The King’s Language by Chris Yejin

In the Valley of the Shadow by Katherine Cortez

Shakeslesque: To Thine Own Cherry Be True by Alli Miller and Sarah Haworth Hodges

Three Can Keep A Secret by Gregory Crafts

 

Short & Sweet Award (sponsored by Short & Sweet International Festival)

Martha Washington Killed A Redcoat

Calculations

Toys

Chatter

Andy: The Red-Nosed Warhola

 

O Face Award for Orgasmic Achievement (sponsored by Orgasmico Theatre Company)

Lucas Alifano – 13th Grade

Yozmit –  Do You: Migration of the Monarchs

Tegan Ashton Cohan – Easy Targets

Thomas Silcott – Here Comes Rutherford

Wendy Skuse – Ladies in Waiting: the Judgement of Henry VIII

 

Best Fringe Flyer (sponsored by Lyla KaRug)

Bitch Brow

Pinata

Hey Hollywood, My Hustle Has ADHD

An Evening With John Wilkes Booth

TRANSMISSION: A One Tran Show

 

The Unleashed Award (sponsored by Theatre Unleashed)

Buffy Kills Edward

Insuppressible: The Unauthorized Leah Remini Story

Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical

Human Hothouse: The Aftershow

Thanksgiving

 

 

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