The Boulder Fringe
Mr. Fringey's Description: Like a Breath of fresh air out of your neighbors oxygen tank (you have to use his mask and tubes and he’s 77)
Mr. Fringey’s Festival Ranking: 2 ½ bow ties out of 5
Sunny-side: The fringe staff runs a tight, friendly ship. The nightly CRAB, (a talk-show-like-fringe event at the Laughing Goat Café, and hosted by Eddie the Eskimo, who interviews performers about their shows), is one of the best, funniest events in the entire world, the
Flip Side: It’s a new fringe, the crowds are minimal, as an out-of-towner you’ll be lucky to break even, it’s an expensive town to eat and play in, many of the shows are produced by Naropa University students or alumni which gives the festival an incestuous quality, downtown Boulder feels like Disney-land meets a Crate and Barrel Catalogue, it’s really, really white. Your Money Sock: I won’t lie. This is a pricey fringe. There are very few places to get cheap food, so you shouldn’t plan on doing this fringe unless you bring an extremely large extra curricular activity fee stocking. Out-of-towners should cross their fingers to break even on this fringe.
Your Money Sock: I won’t lie. This is a pricey fringe. There are very few places to get cheap food, so you shouldn’t plan on doing this fringe unless you bring an extremely large extra curricular activity fee stocking. Out-of-towners should cross their fingers to break even on this fringe.
How to Fill Your Seats: Local artists like Gemma Wilcox or dance companies out of
It reminds me of when I went to work in the canneries in
Marketing Angle: With a large article in the Boulder Weekly and another prominent interview in the Daily Camera, I knew it wasn’t enough to pull in a crowd. (Good media coverage will, at it’s best, only bring in 2-5 tickets per show). I sent e-vites out to all the Jewish organizations in town and that went out in their newsletters. I also took a stack of comps down to the newspapers who had given me coverage. I averaged about 25 audience members per show even during off times/days.
Age in Fringe Years: Your run of the mill, mainstream 4 year old toddler.
Festival Dates: August 14 - 25
Application Deadline: December 15.
Applying: On-line application form with $30. www.boulderfringe.com.
Festival Cost: $665
Ticket Prices: 100% of door. 0-$15 – Performers see other shows for free.
Payment: In cash each night. Other money sent within 30 days. (I got my money about 60 days later)
Showcase: One night where all performers get to showcase one-minute of their work.
Venue Location: All venues are briskly walk-able to one another. Fringe Central - The
Travel-in: Fly into