Atlanta Fringe: A How-To Guide

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Y'all ready for Fringe?

Yes, the things foretold in the parody rap video are finally coming to pass, and Atlanta Fringe Festival will break the proverbial champagne over its proverbial prow in less than a week!
So how do you get on board before the good ship sails on its second ever voyage into the uncharted waters of unjuried, independent art (far past Reasonable Metaphor Point)?

It's easy. Go see some shows, bros!

There are two things you need to get into a fringe show – a ticket and a button. There are several ways to obtain said tickets and button.

Show up and buy 'em at the door. Easy as pie. Go to the venue before the show with cash and swap it for a $10 ticket and a $3 festival admission button. Once you get that admission button, it's good for the entire festival. So, your first show will cost $13, but the next show will be $10. (More on that magical button later.) Be sure to come early to snag yourself a seat, because this festival is on a tight schedule and the shows wait for no one.

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But I'm a large group of people and/or plan to see a whole bunch of shows. Is there any kind of discount I can get?
Sure! You can buy multi-show passes online. They come in denominations of 6 shows, 10 shows, or All Access, and come with one admission button. They're entirely flexible. With a six show pass, six people can see one show, two people can see three shows, four people can see one show and one person can see a different show twice, or one person can see six shows (or one show six times, preferably my show, but it's up to you).
Say what? I can see shows for free?!
Yeah, sure you betcha. The Atlanta Fringe is a generous and kind mistress. And if you scratch her back, she'll scratch yours. If you volunteer to help run the festival, either as a box officer or an usher, you can earn free ticket vouchers to see shows. That's right, you volunteer, you get free theater, and that warm fuzzy feeling from being a vital part of this huge artistic undertaking. Plus, if you work at least three shifts, you get a  free t-shirt! And nothing gets the honeys buzzing like a Fringe volunteer t-shirt. Details and an online sign up sheet here!

Hold up! I'm still stuck on this button thing. What's up with that?
Well, the button serves as your festival admission
The Atlanta Fringe is devoted to supporting artists, so a large percentage of your ticket money goes directly to the artist. The $3 you pitch in for a button goes directly to support next year's festival and the other awesome stuff Atlanta Fringe does during the year, like the Easter Art Hunt, and their free workshop series.
Plus, the button entitles you to certain discounts and perks at venues throughout the festival, as well as admission discounts to theater throughout the year. So, go see a show at 7Stages, flash your button, get a $5 discount, and  your button's already paid for itself. Supporting an awesome festival AND free cheese dip with purchase of entree at Matador? I'm mega-in.
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But, what do I see?

Everything! Whether you like dance or science or music or love or robots or cults or space or delicious animals or beautiful women named Rachel or quirky solo shows about ambitious children, we've got it all at the Fringe.

Go check out the line up and click around to what looks interesting.

Check out my Fringe PlayLists, sets of plays grouped around a common theme, here on this very blog.

And come to the Preview Party and see 3 minute excerpts from each show performed live before you!

And once you've seen some shows, go see some more! You can even hear some more on Atlanta Fringe Radio. Talk to your fellow audience members, talk to the artists, ask 'em what's good, ask 'em what's bad, hang out with everyone at our Hive Hot Spots and get the first hand buzz on what's hot in the ATL. Just go out and connect. See something you'd never see. See something weird. See something new. You're just ten bucks away from a hour of something you can't get anywhere else, and that my Fringey Friends, is why we do this crazy thing.

Catch you in the ATL!


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