FringeNYC Kicks Off its 16th Year

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.

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The Drilling Company heads in to it's final weekend of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot tonight at 8pm in the Municipal Parking Lot (at Ludlow and Broome).  You can see Measure For Measure, directed by Hamilton Clancey, for FREE.  The company suggests "Bring a chair or come early to grab one of your own. Parking available. Meters ineffect!"

AC1sm1 NY Studio Gallery continues it's 4th Annual International ARTcamp: Studio Residency Program.
For two months the gallery is transformed into studio space for
six national and international artists.  The work ranges from
installation and performance to video, drawing and sculpture with a
tendency toward the figural, physical and interactive. Gallery hours (Thursday – Saturday noon – 6pm and by appointment) continue to be in effect during ARTcamp, allowing
visitors to see work in progress, and to meet and learn about the
artists’ work and process first hand.

Top-left6 NYTimes' Steven McElroy has some tips for all of us preparing to delve in to this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which runs through August 30th at numerous theaters throughout the city. He writes:

The program guide listing participating shows in the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival,
which starts Friday, runs more than 60 pages. So to choose from about
200 productions you must look at some specifics: Are your friends
involved? Is the director a hotshot? The company noteworthy? Any actors
of special interest? The premise too odd to pass up? This last
criterion can sometimes lead to buyer’s remorse, but the tickets are
cheap and choosing Fringe shows should always involve some
impulsiveness.