SEPTEMBER 15-17—FOURTH ANNUAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

BY: GRETCHEN ADAMS

Decidedly unconventional theatre is returning to Fort Collins this September. The team at the Fort Collins Fringe Festival, a theater showcase led by Heather Ostberg Johnson, The New Commedia & Willis Productions, is bringing avant-garde theater to unorthodox spaces. The fourth annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival, held September 15th through 17th, showcases 64 performances of original, experimental work by more than 75 local artists. This year the festival will be concentrated in a variety of venues around North College Avenue- The Dome Theatre (Fort Collins Museum of Discovery), Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, and Create Places at 104 Pinon St. On Saturday, Fringe Out: A Free Family Fringe event from 10am-1pm will be held at Heritage Courtyard in Library Park.

This year the festival will be concentrated in a variety of venues around North College Avenue- The Dome Theatre (Fort Collins Museum of Discovery), Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, and Create Places at 104 Pinon St. On Saturday, Fringe Out: A Free Family Fringe event from 10am-1pm will be held at Heritage Courtyard in Library Park.

“The Fringe is really a platform for artists who wouldn’t be able to get their work produced on a mainstage like the Lincoln Center” said Jessica Mac Masters, Artist Liaison for the group. For example, “There Is No Later When I Left Home” is a short film by Mystagogue Holland and Ghostrunner Films fusing live actors, 3d environments, and 2d animation. The Fringe will also present several dance performance pieces. “Caution: Not a Step” – a dance/theater showcase on stepladders- is inspired by the age of silent film.

Ben Gondrez, who manages the Dome Theater, says “It’s just a really cool environment to experience unbridled creativity. There’s something for everyone, and the barrier for entry is low. You’re not going to see this stuff anywhere else.”

Packages for performances are available in advance or at the door. The schedule, details and tickets are available on the event’s website. For more information visit Facebook.com/Fort CollinsFringeFestival.

Gretchen Adams is a Fort Collins High School graduate. She is a published journalist and author studying Creative Writing.

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