On the List | Seattle Fringe goes 100% local as theater festival returns to Capitol Hill

SFF_2016_Poster-1-663x1024There are two big numbers involved with the 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival as it opens this week at Capitol Hill’s Annex and Eclectic Theater. One is 22 — that’s the number of “locally sourced” producers this year’s edition of the festival will feature. The other? Let’s go with 206 — this year, the festival features an all-Seattle area roster of theater creators.

“The most important thing is that it’s all local producers this year,” Pike/Pine business owner and new addition to the Seattle Fringe steering committee D’Arcy Harrison tells CHS.

Another new element for the revived version of Fringe is an expansion off-Hill. Seattle Center’s Armory will host some of the festival’s stagings as it runs from Thursday, February 25th to Saturday, March 6th.

CHS wrote about the revival of the “wave of unpredictable performances” that make up Fringe in 2012 as a “cabal of Seattle’s theater people took a long hard look at what’s needed and possible” and restarted the festival after a nine-year hiatus.

The demise of the first version of the festival has given the organizers of the new Fringe a strong resolve to maintain the annual exploration of small theater as a sustainable, self-supporting event — even while keeping tickets at $10 a pop.

“The former version went down in flames,” Harrison said. The no frills approach also fits with the “artist first” management of the festival. “We try to make sure as much money as possible goes back to the artists,” Harrison said.

12719369_989262741156246_757824950092897967_oFor Harrison, a co-owner of E Pike’s Emerson Salon, becoming part of Seattle Fringe and helping promote the 2016 edition is also part of fulfilling a personal connection to small theater and the Seattle festival. Harrison’s friend Nicole duFresne wrote and performed as part of Seattle Fringe before moving to New York City. In 2005, she was murdered in a sidewalk mugging. Harrison says she feels a responsibility to help this new version of Seattle Fringe thrive. “I always think about her and what she would be doing now,” Harrison said.

Seattle Fringe 2016 runs this week on Thursday through the weekend and again next week Thursday through Saturday, March 5th — you can see the full schedule and buy tickets at seattlefringefestival.org.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar.

Jun 7 @ 8:00 PM – Jun 29 @ 8:00 PM Gay City
In celebration of Pride Month, Play Your* Part, a young Seattle-based theater company that produces plays to reduce social inequity, presents The Drag – A Homosexual Comedy in Three Acts, from June 5-29 at Gay City on Capitol Hill. This … Continue reading
Jun 14 @ 1:00 PM – Jul 10 @ 7:00 PM Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Chophouse Row
Stop by the Goethe Pop Up, take a look at a variety of grand cities, historic towns, and quaint villages from every corner of Germany, and learn more about their architectural heritage. The exhibition is open from 1-7pm, Monday through Friday. … Continue reading
Jun 24 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Yoga
Now you can drop into a class at The SweatBox every weekday at noon. Monday-Vinyasa; Tuesday-Hot Hybrid; Wednesday- Yin; Thursday- Hot Hybrid; Friday- Vinyasa! Share:TweetEmailPrint
Jun 24 @ 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM The Tin Table
Southern BBQ Deluxe! “What is the meaning of Pride? It is described as confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience. … Continue reading
Jun 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Russian Community Center
Join the Seattle Swing Dance Club, one of the country’s longest running dance clubs, for the new-and-improved West Coast Swing (WCS) class series! WCS is a modern and smooth form of swing dancing with roots in Blues and Lindy Hop. … Continue reading
Jun 24 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Poco Wine + Spirits
Join us for your weekly dose of brainy drinking. – Max team size of 6. – Winning team takes home a $40 gift card!Share:TweetEmailPrint
Jun 25 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM The SweatBox Loft
Find the softer side of your flow practice with Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft. In Slow Flow, we’ll intentionally weave together traditional postures. This class will be unheated and very beginner friendly (aka- no Chaturangas!) Slow your practice down … Continue reading
Jun 25 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Through her films, objects, and installations, Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith envisions a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive. Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film but operates in multiple materials and … Continue reading
Jun 25 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
End of Day presents a selection of portrait and landscape paintings by American artists from the Frye Art Museum’s permanent collection. Spanning the period between the Civil War and First World War, the images oscillate between an embrace of progress and … Continue reading
Jun 25 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
A Partnership for Youth exhibition, Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animationshowcases the results of an eight-week workshop for teens led by teaching artists from Reel Grrls, during which students develop, animate, and edit their own stop-motion film projects.Share:TweetEmailPrint
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