CHICAGO – The Chicago Fringe Festival and Kids Fringe return to Chicago at various locations in Jefferson Park, August 30 – September 3. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Festival and a complete list of performers, special events and locations is available at ChicagoFringe.org. Entrance to the Chicago Fringe Festival, called Chicago’s “Best Performing Arts Festival” by the Chicago Reader, is a one-time button purchase of $5; after that all individual performances are $10. Kids Fringe is a one-time button purchase of $5 plus each show ticket admission of $10 for adults; children ages 12 years and younger are $5 for each Kids Fringe performance, no button required. Passes with a discounted ticket price are available when attending multiple performances: a four-show pass is $36, a ten-show pass is $80 and an unlimited pass is $100. Each venue will have a box office for day-of purchases, and the box office for the entire festival is located at Fringe Central, Weston’s Coffee & Tap Co., 4872 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The 2018 Fringe Festival is different from previous years being held over one weekend with 24 performers and companies participating in the Festival. The Chicago Fringe Festival weekend includes a variety of performers from Chicagoland as well as Ohio, Indiana, Milwaukee and Canada and France, the return of the popular Kids Fringe that includes performances, crafts and classes for audience members 5 – 12 years old and a variety of special events throughout the week.
“The Festival staff and board are always looking at ways to improve the Chicago Fringe Festival experience for performers, patrons, and volunteers,” said Executive Director Anne Cauley. “As we prepare for our 10th Anniversary in 2019, we want to focus on building a more sustainable festival structure. By returning to our roots as a one-weekend festival, we will be able to refocus on building our community, to enhance the festival atmosphere, and to explore exciting new ideas that our team has never had the capacity to take on. We look forward to sharing this new take on a Chicago-style fringe this fall.”
The Chicago Fringe Festival 2018 returns to Jefferson Park for its ninth presenting year. The Festival includes comedies, dramas, dance pieces, musicals, performance art and the unclassifiable. This is an uncensored, no-holds barred performance event that returns 100% of ticket sales to the artists. In their first eight years, the Chicago Fringe Festival has returned almost $240,000 to artists.
ABOUT CHICAGO FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Chicago Fringe Festival, now in its ninth year, is a member of the Fringe Festival movement and is one of many festivals held throughout the world. Chicago Fringe produces an annual performing arts festival devoted to celebrating an inclusive community of adventurous artists, volunteers, and patrons.
9th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival
August 30 – September 3
Five venues in Jefferson Park
Musical productions include:
Swipe Left: Dating in the Windy City Blows
Dating in Chicago hasn’t been so much a Midwestern version of ‘Sex in the City’ as it’s been, well, a DISASTER!! Join Emily and Heidi for a hilarious recap into one woman’s crazy mishaps and misadventures in Chicago’s millennial dating scene!
I’m In That Mood Where I Hate Everyone But You
A comedy variety hour, originally performed at the Second City Training Center, explores the creative friendship of Lucy Brooks & Tracie Kunzika. Featuring original feminist rap music, tuba playing, bubble blowing, spoken word, clowning, and sketch comedy.
Hildegard of Bingen Musical
What would you do if you spent 40 years locked in a windowless room with a schizophrenic, self-flagellating fanatic while experiencing divine visions ? There’s a lot we don’t know, but Hildegard of Bingen changed the world.
I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman
A Journey into the world of African-American Jersey Girlhood in the 1980s & 1990s, where a scrappy girl-child navigates a world in flux and finds the courage to live life on her own terms. Join Fringe newcomer Tara Lake for soul-rich theatre, poetry, and song!
Dirty Ditties presents 45 minutes of “the dirtiest songs that we know!” Performed on guitar, accordion and drums, these songs promise to be 100% filthy and not for the easily offended!
Peep Show presents an evening of authentic, American striptease, comedy and surprises! Peep Show is “Chicago’s Wildest Burlesque Party!”
Performance schedule and locations are at ChicagoFringe.org.
September 1 – 3
The Chicago Fringe Festival Kids Fringe is for children 5 – 12 years old and includes performances, activities and special events for this audience. Performances include:
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 3
Smarty Pants Presents The Big Balloon Show
A one-time button purchase of $5 plus each show ticket admission of $10 for adults; children ages 12 years and younger are $5 for each Kids Fringe performance, no button required.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Community Show: Windy City Performs
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Community Show: ASC Trailblazers
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
ABOUT CHICAGO FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Chicago Fringe Festival, now in its ninth year, is a member of the Fringe Festival movement and is one of many festivals held throughout the world. Chicago Fringe produces an annual performing arts festival devoted to celebrating an inclusive community of adventurous artists, volunteers, and patrons. The Chicago Fringe Festival is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.
*Artists and programs subject to change.