Sixteen years ago, Elena K. Holy had a dilemma. Her young theater company had drawn some recognition for its production of Brian Parks’ Americana Absurdum — so much so that supporters were urging her to take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The problem was, the troupe couldn’t afford the trip.
Then came the brainstorm that’s now known as “the Great Head Thunker.”
“We quickly realized we didn’t have the money to get to Scotland,” Holy said. “Then, suddenly we thought, ‘Wait a minute! Why not do a festival in New York?” With that realization, the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) was born.