The Hollywood Fringe’s Handy Guide to Choosing Your Category
As a non-curated festival, The Hollywood Fringe won’t sort you out like a hat in a Harry Potter book but we can give you ideas about where you might fit. You can register your show in any category you wish but try to match what area best represents your show! Here we go!
Solo Show- Yep, we are starting with an easy one. Its a show… with one person. It can be comedy, tragedy, a Ted talk, thirty-five minutes of whistling the entire HMS Pinafore… the point is there is ONE PERSON.
Two Person Show- Same as above only with a friend!
Comedy- So say you have more than one or two people. Like a group of people. And y’all are funny. Really funny. And the script is too! People are laughing their dang ol’ heads off. This is where you go!
Ensemble- What if your more-than-two-person-group doesn’t consider their show a comedy. I mean, sure there are some funny elements in your show every now and then to, you know, break the tension and stuff but not really HA-HA funny. Anyway, 3 or more, not a comedy. You go here!
Musicals and Operas- You are in any of the above BUT sometime just saying the words isn’t enough. You just gotta sing! (a lot) And maybe play an instrument or two! This is the moment… you can register for the Fringe!
Dance and Physical Theatre- Your show is movement based! Whether you are tango-ing, tap dancing or tumbling, the storytelling performance is all about getting physical. This category is not all just dance-based but also includes any storytelling done primarily through movement based work.
Improv and Sketch- Okay, you have all of these funny people but you don’t have a script so you get around that by making the audience give you ideas about what to say. And you make it up right there in front of them! BOOM! OR You have a script, a few of them actually. They are real fun but none of them are full shows. Smash them together and join this category!
Cabaret and Variety- Maybe you have all these cool elements like music, songs, dances, poetry readings, puppets, etc. and you are putting all of them together in some sort of review. And you maybe have a dope ass master of ceremonies or MC running the whole thing. And maybe you’re in a different kind of space like a bar or restaurant. Well, old chum, this is the category for you!
Immersive and Games- Go ahead! Break that fourth wall! You love the outdoors so go perform a murder mystery in the outdoors! Or Pinter at your old high school. Or Shakespeare in the back of a van. Or maybe you want to use a traditional theater but you want to remove the “stage” and immerse the audience within the performance itself.
Experimental and Performance Art- Bring us your wild, your innovative, your cutting edge art! Performance Art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The Hollywood Fringe welcomes any artist who wants to push boundaries and experiment with art that is out of the box!
Events and Workshops- Want to give a lecture on climate change? Or teach a class on directing for the stage? Or throw a dance party? This is also where you will find may of the Fringe sponsored activities!