EXIT Theatre Presents The 28th San Francisco Fringe Festival
Fringe Festivals all around the world have been an essential proving ground for thousands of independent performers from a wide array of disciplines, since the very first Edinburgh Fringe in 1947. From September 5-14, 2019, we'll be welcoming 21 local, national, and international performing companies to our Tenderloin Theatreplex to perform their work at our 28th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival. Full schedule of performers and showtimes is available now at www.theexit.org/fringe.
This year's San Francisco Fringe Festival will include performances from repeat Fringers (and recipients of "Best of Fringe" awards) such as Nationally-acclaimed author and storyteller Jamie Brickhouse, in I Favor My Daddy, "slightly internationally-renowned lesbian playwright," Terry Baum in HICK: A Love Story, and Comedian Alicia Dattner, in Too Soon?
Looking for solo shows? In addition to the above, check out performers such as Nicia De'Lovely (Get Uncomfortable), Brian Waksmunski (A Decent Negroni), Sean Yael-Cox (The Thousandth Night), and Laurel Scotland-Stewart (The Readiness is All: A Solo Hamlet). How about ensemble performance? 20/20, Fingertips, and Schooltown Funk are here for you! Like music? We can't wait to see and hear what musician Radhika Saba brings in Why My Unicorn Left Me. Like magic? This year we're excited to welcome Ryan Kane (The Magic of Ryan Kane) to his first Fringe.
Fringe provides a unique platform for out-of-town and touring performers. This year some of our out-of-town talents include the aforementioned Jamie Brickhouse and Sean Yael-Cox plus Christy-Ann Brown with Project Dendrite, Jonathan Euseppi with Grief is Horny, and Colleen Hindsley in That's Not How it Happened.
It's also a platform for experimental and uncategorizable performances, such as Áine Donnelly's Hi. (Jean-Luc Godard) and James Sunquist's AEON.
In short, there really is a show for everyone, and we're excited to welcome all of them, and you, to the 28th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival!
Fringe is CHANCE. 100% of our 21 performing companies are chosen by live lottery drawing. This year our drawing was held Saturday, Feb 16, in EXIT Café, where we drew 45 names to fill 21 spots plus a waitlist.
Fringe is RISK. Since we don't curate the content of the shows, performers are free to bring what they want, pushing the parameters of the possible. Past performers have brought every kind of production to Fringe stages, from drama to comedy, improv to clown, puppetry to dance, musical to experimental, solo show to large ensemble.
Fringe is DEMOCRACY. Unjuried and uncurated, the shows that tend to do well at Fringe are those that the audiences respond to directly, recommend to their friends and fellow fringers, and review online. This peer-based approval helps artists identify and build audiences for the future, as well as for the Fringe model at large.
Fringe is ACCESS. Inexpensive to participate in and inexpensive to attend, 100% of the box office proceeds go straight back to the performers, and ticket prices are never more that $13 ($16 online). Our theatres are ADA-accessible, and all are welcome.
The San Francisco Fringe Festival is produced by EXIT Theatre and is the oldest grassroots theatre festival in the Bay Area, and the second-oldest Fringe Festival in the US. We're members of CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals), and run our festival in accordance with CAFF principles, including non-curated, unjuried content and selection, and 100% of ticket sales going to the artists. Since 1992 the SF Fringe has presented over 5000 performances by over 1,000 independent theatre companies and theatre-makers on our stages.
EXIT Theatre has been operating since 1983, when Artistic Director, Christina Augello directed a group of retired vaudeville performers in the lobby of a Tenderloin residential hotel. Since then, we've expanded into five intimate venues ranging in size from 25 - 80 seats.
Our mission is to help develop theatre artists by providing opportunities to create, experiment, and grow by commissioning new works, providing production support and low-cost venue rental, and producing performance festivals for local and touring artists. In addition to providing a home for emerging and independent theatre artists and companies, the EXIT annually produces a full season of performances with resident artists and designers.