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Fringe Fest to Evolve into faux/real

New Three Week Celebration Will Spotlight Performing Arts, Food, Drink, and Literature

Today, New Orleans Fringe announced that in 2015, the popular New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival will evolve into faux/real [a chain of events]. The new event will be a celebration of performing arts, food & drink, and literature in New Orleans staged over three weeks in November. NOLA Defender will produce faux/real with NoDef publisher B.E. Mintz serving as Executive Producer. New Orleans Fringe will provide support to transition and launch the new effort.


Fringe Executive Director Kristen Evans said, “The environment in New Orleans for theater has evolved significantly since we started the Fringe Fest in 2008. Over seven years, the Fringe has presented over 500 theater productions with 1500 performances to tens of thousands of audience members. Artists and audience are ready to take things to the next level. We’re making a chain of events that is even easier to participate in, easier to manage, and even more fun to attend.”


faux/real will feed the roots of creativity, community, and cooperation fostered by the Fringe. Theater will be at the core of the schedule, with a similar, but expanded offering of wild, weird, fresh original performances that festival-goers have enjoyed at the Fringe Fest. Organizers plan for the three weeks to include over 80 theater productions staged during the festival, plus literature and food offerings, with the same spirit of experimental, off-the-wall, innovative artistic fearlessness applied to the new additions. Literature, a proud tradition in NOLA, will find a natural home with her artistic cousin from the stage. The cuisine and beverages that are also so vital to the soul of the City will be represented through a series of events including pop-ups and food parks.


Mintz said, “Everyone at NoDef is thrilled by the opportunity to create such a culturally significant event. Fringe has provided a wonderful foundation, infrastructure, staff, and tradition. We can’t wait to build upon this bedrock by recruiting other avant-garde elements of the arts community and providing a platform for them to strut their stuff. faux/real will provide a spotlight for creativity in NOLA, both literally and metaphorically.”


Evans, Fringe Development Coordinator Swamp Deville  and Fringe Technical Coordinator Leah Farrelly will all sit on an advisory board for faux/real. Additionally, several key Fringe coordinators will join the new endeavor -- Fringe Volunteer Coordinator Selena Poznak will serve as Managing Director, Fringe BYOV Coordinator Joe Furnari will continue on Venue Liaison.


Additional details will be released in the following weeks.


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The Fringe Festival nurtures emerging and established performing artists by presenting fun, fearless and affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, businesses and local organizations. We bring fearless performers to fearless audiences.

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