Important Update Regarding In Person Audiences at the Fringe
by ellen boudreau-den herder ·
We couldn’t be more excited to announce, in concert with our board and venue partners, the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival is pivoting HYBRID! This means that you can now host an in-person audience if you perform your show in the Hollywood Fringe Zone, or continue producing virtually from anywhere else!
This is the first communication of many of our plans moving forward. In making this announcement, we are following the most recent public health guidelines from the County of Los Angeles. The guidelines are brand new, and there’s no way of knowing if there will be changes prior to the August festival. If we’ve learned anything from this past year, it’s that guidelines are never concrete and we must maintain fluidity to approach each developing situation with caution and the safety of the public in mind.
To be sure we are following the most up-to-date practices and recommendations, we will be announcing the official Hollywood Fringe Festival audience safety plan in early July, in preparation for our ticketing launch on July 16.
We understand that in-person performances will not be comfortable or accessible for everyone. We want you to know that your Hollywood Fringe experience will not diminish if you are not ready to be back in the theatre. All Hollywood Fringe-run programming will remain digital this year to ensure all of our events are accessible for our community’s many comfort levels and health concerns as we begin our journeys back into the world.
To reflect our new festival model, we have updated our registration types. Please read the below descriptions carefully to determine what is right for you. Unless you registered under the previously included “Registration Type 3: COVID-safe, socially-distant outdoor theatre”, nothing has changed regarding your registration costs. Those previously registered under Registration Type 3 have been contacted about refunding their registration to accommodate their registration needs within the new model.
Each registration type must follow federal, state, county, and other local guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registration Type 1
Live from the Hollywood Fringe Zone! $175
This registration type is for any show staged in the Hollywood Fringe Zone (the following cross-streets are the borders of the Zone: Franklin Ave. to the north, Normandie Ave. to the east, Rosewood Ave. to the south, and Gardner St. to the west). This registration type can have a live in-person audience, be live-streamed, or BOTH!
Livestream or host a traditional in-person audience in an HFF Venue! Work with your chosen venue/rental space to create your own show schedule. There are plenty of venues to choose from that can all be found on hollywoodfringe.org/venues. Want to work with a traditional venue not currently listed on the site? Email [email protected] to begin this process.
You can also work from site-specific/non-traditional theatre locations within the Hollywood Fringe Zone. From window display theatre to outdoor immersive work, this option is for those looking to bring their show to a site-specific setting. This option also requires proper permitting. Email [email protected] to begin this process.
This registration type is now a combination of types 1 & 3 of our previously released registration types. If you registered under type 3 (COVID-Safe, Socially Distant Outdoor Theatre), you will receive an email from [email protected] on how to receive a partial refund.
Registration Type 2
Livestream from outside of the Fringe Zone! $225
This option allows you to participate in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival from anywhere in the world! At home or any other location outside the Fringe Zone. You choose your schedule and livestream as many shows as you want during the official run of the festival. The world is your stage.
No tickets for in-person audiences may be sold under this registration type through the Fringe site. This registration type is a purely digital Hollywood Fringe experience.
Thank you for your patience and empathy as we navigated the many roadblocks on our journey to announcing the hybrid festival we have all been hoping for. We are here, we are back, and we now have more opportunities than ever before because of this strange journey.
The Hollywood Fringe will require our venues, artists, and audiences to follow federal, state, county, and other local guidance. We additionally encourage all participants who are in-person to do what feels right to them. Check in frequently with your cast and crew about their comfort levels, and make sure you are doing right by their preferences.
This is just the first of many safety updates and announcements regarding our hybrid pivot. Keep an eye out for more details on participating and on the safety protocols that will be in place this festival season.
Fringe family, today we FRINGE ON!