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9th IndyFringe Theatre Festival, Aug. 15-25

IndyFringe Program Cover

IndyFringe Program Cover. Used with permission from the Executive Director.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: I was the volunteer Web Manager for the first five Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festivals from 2005 to 2009, and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. IndyFringe is a paying advertiser on AroundIndy.com and presenting sponsor of our mobile app for iOS and Android devices, and AroundIndy.com appears in the IndyFringe program as a partner.

The 9th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival is scheduled for Aug. 15-25, 2013 at multiple venues in and around the Massachusetts Avenue Arts & Cultural District of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

IndyFringe 2013 features 384 shows over 11 days covering a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences: comedy, cabaret, dance, drama, magic, music, multimedia, and more. Each show is one hour or less and admission to each show is just $10 per person.

This year’s venues include:

  • The Basile Theatre at the IndyFringe Building, 719 East St. Clair Street.
  • Theatre on the Square Mainstage, 627 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Theatre on the Square Stage #2, 627 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, 749 Park Avenue
  • Livia & Steve Russell Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Mainstage, 749 Park Avenue
  • BABECA Theatre, 919 North East Street
  • Cook Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue
  • ComedySportz Arena, 721 Massachusetts Avenue

The Beer Tent and Outdoor Stage is located at the Old Firehouse Museum where Massachusetts Avenue, College Avenue, and St. Clair Street intersect. The IndyFringe festival headquarters, for the duration of the festival, is located at BABECA Theatre at 919 North East Street.

Each patron must purchase a one-time Backer Button for $5. This button is good for all 11 days of the festival and covers the cost of running the festival, and must be worn to attend a show. Then each show is $10 per person at the door ($8 students and $5 under age 12), CASH ONLY, available 30 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-served basis until the show sells out. Unique to this festival is that the performers receive 100% of the ticket revenues and have full artistic freedom.

Some of the special events at this year’s festival include:

  • Visiting Performer Showcase, Aug. 15, 7 PM, at the Outdoor Stage. Each show gets 2 minutes to pitch their production. Fun!
  • 2nd Annual DoItIndy.com Party, Aug. 16, 7 PM, Outdoor Stage. Three local bands, entertainment, FLAT 12 beer. $5.
  • Comedy Loco, Aug. 17, 7 PM, Outdoor Stage. Lightning Fast Poetry and the best of Indy’s stand-up comics, music and more.
  • Blues With a Twist, Aug. 18, 4 PM, Outdoor Stage. Featuring Ken Stanton and Paul Henry, plus Harpman and Friends blues jam.
  • Cultural Cannibals, Aug. 23, 7 PM, Beer Tent.
  • Fringe Prov, Aug. 24, 7 PM, Outdoor Stage.
  • Jammin’ in the Tent, Aug. 25, 4-8:30 PM. Blues With a Twist.
  • Closing Night Party, Aug. 25, 8:30-11 PM, Outdoor Stage and Beer Tent.

I can tell you from personal experience that the energy level and excitement on Massachusetts Avenue during IndyFringe is palpable. It’s a lot of fun just to hang out on Mass Ave during the festival. From the outdoor stage to the impromptu street theater and buskers to the scheduled shows, there’s something lively going on every day of the festival up and down Mass Ave.

There’s lots more to IndyFringe 2013 than I’ve mentioned here. The full 32-page program (see image above) is available at the IndyFringe headquarters at BABECA Theatre or online at http://indyfringe.org/. For more information, call 317-869-6660. And all the shows are listed chronologically on AroundIndy.com at http://aroundindy.com/indyfringetheatre.php.

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