ANNOUNCING THE 2017 ST LOU FRINGE FESTIVAL

The 2017 St Lou Fringe Festival caps off a year of great maturity and change for St. Louis’ only independent multi-disciplinary, multi-weekend performing arts festival. Under the leadership of Executive Director Matthew R. Kerns, St Lou Fringe raises the bar for the annual St. Louis arts experience starting August 17, 2017.

The festival runs August 17, 18, 19, and 20, 21, 22nd and August 25, 26, and 27th throughout the Grand Center Arts District. There are 97 shows by 27 producers across countless genres including dance, theater, puppetry, solo-shows, improv, comedy, and more. A detailed schedule with individual show descriptions will be released on July 1, 2017. Venues for the 2017 St Lou Fringe Festival include:

  • Duet Gallery, 3526 Washington Ave.
  • The Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
  • The Kranzberg Arts Center Studio Theatre, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
  • The Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
  • Strauss Park, 3534 Washington Ave.
  • The Schlafly Mainstage at The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square

This year, St Lou Fringe features three headline acts on the renovated Schlafly Mainstage at The Grandel Theatre. First, the Local Headliner, an eclectic and immersive adaptation of Snow White produced by ERA. Next, a Late-Night Headliner, featuring contemporary jazz movements by Ashleyliane Dance Company. Finally, the National Headliner, A Song for Vanya, a musical adaptation of Uncle Vanya, the tragicomedy by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. The musical makes its national debut on the St. Louis stage and is being produced by St Lou Fringe with all local actors. Tickets for all headline shows are $25, with audience members receiving a complimentary ticket to one of our other festival shows with each Headliner ticket purchased.

As a part of a commitment to ensuring equity within the arts, St Lou Fringe has new ticket packages designed to encourage patrons to take in headline shows and also explore the diversity of our additional 28 producers who were selected via random lottery. Ticket packages are live now at MetroTix.com. Tickets for individual shows can be purchased online, by phone or at The Fox Theatre Box Office starting July 18th, 2017 or at the St Lou Fringe Box Office, located inside The Grandel Theatre during the festival.

Free family-centric programming (donations encouraged) is scheduled in Strauss Park on August 19, 2017. In addition to interactive stations, there will be performances on the Strauss Park stage, a tiny totem parade lead by Artica, and food trucks surrounding the park. Participating partners on stage include: Laura Gibbons (Host), On the Fly Productions, School of Rock, Korvina Belly Dancing, Debut Theatre Co., Beyond Measure Dance Co, Mistory, ACTivist Project from MO History Museum, and St. Louis Renaissance Festival. Participating partners hosting interactive stations in Strauss Park include:  St. Louis Public Library, Butterfly Haven Inc, Happy Camper Studio,Mad Science, Strike A Pose, St. Louis Childrens Hospital, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Third Baptist Church, Kona Ice, Wish Upon a Star, Great Rivers Greenway, Usborn Books, Blyre Cpanx Hoola Hooping, Leftovers Etc, Hiroshi Tada, Artscope, St. Louis Limelight Magazine, Forever a Princess, Cynthia Madden Face Painting

In addition to the festival shows, media are invited to three key festival events. Our local press-preview, affectionately called the Fringe Tease, 7:00pm August 3, 2017 at Strauss Park. Each 2017 Fringe Festival producer will have sixty seconds and a microphone to pitch/preview their performance at the Festival. Artists will also be available for questions after their fast-paced speed-date of a showcase. The St Lou Fringe Festival kickoff and national act press preview, 5pm, August 17th, 2017 in Strauss Park. Featuring preview performances from all of the 2017 National acts and a glow-light show from St. Louis Story Stitchers. Finally, a closing party will take place August 27 at midnight at The Schlafly Mainstage in The Grandel Theatre, and is hosted by Lola Van Ella and Darin Slyman of Max Magazine

As always, the 2017 St Lou Fringe Festival aims to create an electric experience in the Grand Center Arts District that is unlike any other. With a unique blend of unjuried performances, curated headline acts, local and national artists, and a variety of genres, this year promises to be the most culturally enriching and easily navigable festival experience to date. For more information head to StLouisFringe.com. For ticket packages visit MetroTix.com.

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St Lou Fringe is a performing arts festival that bolsters cultural identity in St Louis by providing a support structure to connect independent performing arts with accessible, affordable showcase settings for audiences. Fringe showcases theatre and dance, storytelling and spoken word, burlesque and acrobatics, visual art and more in a unique pressure-cooker of artistic expression. St Lou Fringe has been named “Best Theatre Festival” and “Best Theatre Surprise” by the Riverfront Times, one of “Nine Intriguing US Fringe Festivals” by CNN, and one of “Fifty Essential Summer Festivals” by the New York Times. For more information head to StLouisFringe.com. For tickets visit MetroTix.com.

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