Monday, March 29, 2010

Meet Your Fringe Staff: Samay Gheewala

Hey Fellow Fringe Fans! I'm Samay Gheewala, the Merchandise Coordinator for the Festival. It's still a long way from the festival, but it's never too early to start thinking about what kind of things people want to take home from the festival. There's always the usual - shirts, hats, glasses and posters, but this is a fringe festival, after all, and we should be thinking out of the box. So I'll put it to you - What do you want to see us selling? The wackier the better! Of course, there are limits - I already looked into tattooing elephants with our logo, but the price would be ridiculous (not to mention the whole transport-of-endangered-species thing...)

Feel free to post your suggestions in the comments, or email them to samay [at]

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Chicago Fringe Celebrates World Theatre Day!

Today is World Theatre Day and the Chicago Fringe Festival can't let that pass without showing our support for artists and performances around the globe. Two of our staff members, Adrienne Guldin and Amanda Dodge, set out on an adventure around downtown Chicago interviewing one of our 2010 CFF international performers, Aine Carlin. In a two-part video, our staffers asked Aine serious questions about theatre and not-so-serious questions about her life. View the videos now on WTD's Tumblr blog!

Chicago Fringe Celebrates World Theatre Day - Part I

Chicago Fringe Celebrates World Theatre Day - Part II

Also, we look forward to seeing you at the World Theatre Day - Chicago After Party starting at 9:30PM at the Chopin Theatre!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photos! Glimpse the Lottery Party Fun

On February 28th, 2010, we gathered for the Lottery Selection party at beautiful Temple Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood. We played with live tweeting and with doing a live stream via Ustream. By all accounts, a rousing success! We've got photos available now on on our Facebook page. Thanks to our hosts, Valerry Dollz and Tony Blanco, and to our band, Ben Keeler Trio. Special thanks also to Nadine and Bob from Temple Gallery, for being the ultimate gracious hosts.

Chicago Fringe Lottery Party - Part I

Chicago Fringe Lottery Party - Part II

Monday, March 22, 2010

Classy - The League of Chicago Theatres Emerging Theatre Award

Each year, Broadway in Chicago and The League of Chicago Theaters team up to award a scrappy emerging theatre company with the "Emerging Theatre Award", a prize worth a chunk of change, a press package, and honor galore. This years finalists teamed up and wrote a note that can only be defined as classy to the max. Pay special attention to the show info! This fills us at the Fringe with a feeling akin to patriotism.

Hi Chicago!

Our five companies - Caffeine, Dog & Pony, New Leaf, Steep, and Theatre Seven of Chicago - are so collectively thrilled to be considered for this year's Emerging Theatre Award. It truly is an honor to be nominated, and we're sending out this message because we are just so pleased - all of us - to be in the company of so many committed, visionary, talented artists within our broad community and within these five companies specifically. We know each other, respect one another's work, see each other's shows - and it's really a thrill to be in this together.

One of the proudest hallmarks of Chicago's dynamic theatre community is that it's just that - a community. We're a huge family of artists who strive towards the same goals of thought-provoking, inventive, exciting theatre that asks our audiences some of life's most mystifying and important questions. Each company in this town takes a different path to and around and through, and yet we still get to these questions' (and our audiences') core in effective, engaging, and innovative ways. This is what makes Chicago the best town in which to make and see theatre.

So, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for this community we've made together, and we wanted to come to you as a group and let you know more about all five of us. To us, this is an opportunity to celebrate our collective accomplishments thus far, and look forward to an exciting future.

If you haven't already joined each of us for a show, we hope you will soon. Here's what's we've got going on:

Caffeine - Wild Nights with Emily (through April 11)
Dog & Pony - The Twins Would Like to Say (through April 25)
New Leaf - Curse of the Starving Class (April 15 - May 22)
Steep - Harper Reagan (through April 25)
Theatre Seven of Chicago - Mimesophobia (through April 4)

If you're a representative of a League member theatre company, you can also learn more about our companies and perform your democratic duty here:

If you're with a theatre company that's not a member of the League, you can cruise over here to learn more about joining the party:

And if you just want to learn more about what's up in Chicago theatre, you should head here:

Caffeine - Dog & Pony - New Leaf - Steep - Theatre Seven of Chicago

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meet Your Fringe Staff: Anne Cauley

Hi. I’m Anne Cauley, the Advisory Board Chair and Volunteer Coordinator for CFF. The Advisory Board is a group of people who know a lot about fringes and/or Chicago. They want to lend a helping hand, but don’t have time to be staff members. I’ve been communicating with a lot of awesome people with ideas, questions, concerns and connections that will all help to make the Inaugural Chicago Fringe Festival amazing. If you are such a person or know one, contact me at
I will also be helping to coordinate volunteers for the festival. We need a lot of help leading up to and during the festival. A LOT. The festival will not be possible without an awesome team of enthusiastic volunteers helping in a slew of capacities. If you are interested, please shoot an email to
I think that CFF is different from other fringes because of the phenomenally active arts community already in Chicago. CFF will hopefully highlight that activity. In addition, national and international fringe performers will be joining us in the madness. That is exciting for the audiences - to see groups otherwise not seen in Chicago - and for the performers - to connect, gain inspiration, etc.
I graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a B.S. in Arts Administration. It was there, at the IndyFringe, that I converted to Fringe-ism. Since then I have worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and attended the Toronto and Cincinnati. I think it’s high time that Chicago put its own spin on Fringe. I am thrilled to be helping make that a reality.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Waiting List!

As promised, here is the full listing of the Waiting List. We will operate 2 separate lists - when a local is unable to perform, we will put in a local - when a non-local drops, we will enlist a non-local.

This is bittersweet. We were thrilled with the response, but sorry to have to waitlist so many shows. We will endeavor to make the 2010 festival a huge success, and hopefully will be able to accomodate more groups for 2011.

I also note that we will be trying to involve as many of these folks as we can, by workshops, summer programming...we'll see what we can do. Let's keep the conversation going!

Waiting List – Chicago Fringe Festival 2010

1. The Hollow Tree presents: Scenes of a Love-Like Nature
2. Ian Knox presents: TBD
3. Oracle Productions presents: Captive Audience
4. Alan Brouilette presents: The Friars’ Club Roast of (Beloved Children’s Character TBD)
5. Synapse Arts Collective presents: Elastic Tectonics
6. The Plagiarists present: Oscar Wilde, Jack the Ripper, and the Elephant Man Have a Tea Party
7. Sean Ewert presents: Dramatic Twerp
8. Backe Productions presents: The Meeting
9. 2nd Story presents: The Fringe
10. Musicals Under Construction presents: Far From Freud
11. Julie Ganey presents: Unbelonged
12. Valerie Johnson/Prevent{at}ive Measures Collective presents: First, Third, Eighty-One
13. MagicMouth Theatre presents: American Gypsy
14. Mike Cherry and Matt Peterson present: When the pen becomes the paper
15. The Suitcase Shakespeare Co. presents: Pericles, Prince of Tyre
16. Silent Theatre Company presents: The Set-Up
17. Shining Salt Theater presents: A Sleep of Prisoner’s by Christopher Fry
18. Bughouse Theater presents: Four Comedic Short Plays
19. Appetite Theatre Company presents: Jinx
20. cocodancegroup presents: You, Me, Gene Kelly & Fred in the Moonlight
21. Jabberwocky presents: Long Time Gone
22. Briana Hansen presents: Going Rogue: An American Stereotype
23. The Space/Movement Project presents: Past and In Progress
24. Mark Thomas Boergers presents: Regina Oedipus
25. Molly Brennan presents: Madame Barker’s Funeral
26. Innervation Dance Cooperative presents: Everyman
27. Hey Buddy! Productions presents: TBD – a new comedic play by NYC playwright Alston Brown, performed by Long Pork
28. Daniel Hanrahan presents: Some Giants
29. Vaudezilla Inc presents: Rollin’ Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque
30. Core Project presents: Hint of It
31. DanszLoop Chicago presents: Lorita
32. Blackbird Theatre Company presents: Parables of Food and Water
33. Shoot the Moon Theatre presents: Damn Everything but the Circus
34. Jenniffer J Thusing presents: Inspiration (working title)
35. enidsmithdance presents: Watch This Instead
36. Awesomonster presents: The Last (and Therefore Best) Sketch Comedy Show on Earth
37. Vintage Theater Collective presents: The Big Greek Mash-Up, or A Summer in the Trenches with the Greeks
38. David Boyle presents: The Organist & the Big Fuck You
39. Lyndsae Rinio/Linden Dream presents: Hematopoetry
40. Theater Buffo presents: War and Peace (unabrg’d)
41. Bughouse Theater presents: Soapbox
42. Mike Steele presents: Drainmaires & Greamsicles
43. Judith Adams CrossCurrents presents: If a Tree Falls
44. The Player’s Company presents: A Crack
45. The Club of Queer Trades presents: The Club of Queer Trades
46. Matt Griffo presents: Matt Griffo
47. The Number 10 Productions presents: Your Emergency; My Annoyance
48. Anjal Chande (of Soham Dance Space) presents: Big and Small
49. Josh Lesser/A Phoenix Theatre Company presents: Burnham 3000
50. Lydia bottom and Hilary Staton present: The Other Woman
51. Astonrep Theatre Company presents: The Erpingham Camp
52. Ted Brengle/Serendipity Factory presents: Alone Apart
53. The Rude Mechanicals Chicago presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
54. Amanda Rountree presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey
55. Monte presents: Off the Eatin’ Path with Monte
56. Emily Casey presents: Mt. Carnivale’s Pretty Parade
57. The State Theatre presents: Taraxacum
58. The Rude Mechanicals Chicago presents: Romeo and Juliet
59. Keith and Tinz present: The Keith and Tinz Show Featuring Keith and Tinz
60. Candentia presents: Crave
61. Corn Productions presents: Floss!
62. Janus Theatre Company presents: Thinking of Her Made Him think of Her

1. Jeff Kreisler presents: Get Rich Cheating
2. Sam Zetumer presents: Good Winks Here!
3. Tiberious Productions presents: Lorandy’s Quest!
4. What’s a Girl to Do Productions presents: What’s a Girl to Do When It’s Time to Put Down the Drink?
5. Rupert Wates and Friends present: Joe’s CafĂ©
6. Entropy Productions presents: Requiem Part II: Destroyer of Dreams
7. Jeff Onore presents: Slip and Fall Guy
8. Juan Francisco Villa presents: A Hipster’s Pathological Dream of Tenement Empanadas
9. Tommy Nugent presents: Burning Man & The Reverand Nuge
10. John Hefner presents: The Hefner Monologues
11. Tim Ereneta presents: Happy Endings are Overrated: The Life and Times of Prince Charming
12. Commedia Beauregard presents: Master Works: The Museum of Bad Art Plays
13. Squeaky Wheel Inc. presents: The Squeaky Wheel Squeaks
14. Pones, Inc. presents: the Four Food Groups
15. Kirsten Stephens and Dean Hatton present: Silent Poetry: A Tribute to Marcel Marceau
16. Academy Theatre presents: He/She and Me, A Love Story
17. Scott Contor presents: Naked Beneath the Lights (Working Title)
18. Non Stop Productions presents: Are You There G-D, It’s Me…Ruthie
19. T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! KIMLEIGH presents: T-O-T-A-L-L-Y
20. DC Theatre Collective presents: My Fabulous Sex Life
21. Baker’s Dozen presents: Brilliant Creatures
22. The Independent Theatre Collective presents: {best imitation}
23. Riverrun Theatre Company presents: A.D.
24. Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents: Breaking News: Dancing with the Media
25. Raleigh R. Pinskey presents: SPLAT – The Evolution of Soul 685
26. Rake Theater presents: Tropical Depression
27. Angela Dean-Baham presents: The Unsung Diva
28. The Rockettes (Pending) presents: My Night with Rock Hudson
29. The Faux-Real Theatre Company presents: Queer in the U.S.A.
30. Elaine Del Valle presents: Brownsville Bred…Growing Up Elaine
31. Uncovered Theatre Company presents: Moonlight in Boxes
32. Whispering Thunder Productions presents: We Go Future Now!
33. Lindsay Greer presents: That Grrl
34. The Performance Project presents: Playing By Ear
35. Jim Loucks presents: Cemetery Golf
36. Too Much Free Time Productions presents: The Last Straight Man in Theatre
37. Maximum Verbosity presents: Descendant of Dragons
38. Jazz Hand Job presents: The Rigorous Disco of Doom
39. Katherine Glover presents: A Cynic Tells Love Stories
40. Shelby Company presents: Uncle Shelby’s Traveling Treasure Trunk
41. Sharp Dance Company presents: Tissues and Razorblades
42. Dance Revolution Milwaukee presents: Change
43. Jeff Grow presents: Creating Illusion
44. Basement Arts presents: Wanton Displays of Affections, 3 Stories From the City
45. Bad Soviet Habits presents: Heart of a Dog
46. Treeline Dance Works presents: Unearthed Moments
47. Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron present: Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite
48. Lady Caos presents: Housing Hopes in Folding Chairs

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Results Are In!

Hi! Last night we hosted our Lottery Party at the lovely and gracious Temple Gallery in Pilsen. We enjoyed the talents of our hosts, Tony Blanco and Vallery Dollz, alongside the music of the Ben Keeler Trio. For those of you who weren't able to join us, watch us streaming, or catch it on Twitter, I am happy to announce our results below. I will post the full waiting list soon!

Artists who won a production slot in the 2010 Chicago Fringe:


1. Skinny Dipping presents: Skinny Dipping – Not Your Mama’s One Woman Show
2. Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre presents: TBD
3. Kristina Schramm presents: The Parenticide Club
4. Shakura World Theatre presents: Columbine & Roses
5. Piel Morena Contemporary Dance presents: Machito Pichon
6. Rebecca Kling presents: Transform
7. 2nd Story presents: Cabinalysis, or Build Your Own Damn Cabin!
8. Citadel Theatre Company presents: TBD (shorts)
9. Les Enfants Terribles present: Believe in Nothing, Mock Everything
10. The Consortium Project presents: Knee-Jerk
11. Megan Rhyme presents: Inner Cartography: the science of new things
12. The Ripettes Burlesque presents: The Ripettes Burlesque in Undetermined
13. Hubris Productions presents: Annee Pocalypse
14. The Anatomy Collective presents: Mutations Part III
15. New Millenium Theatre Company presents: The Texas Chainsaw Musical
16. Steve O’Connell presents: Part-Time
17. Weber and Einstein presents: Please Love Me, High School Boyfriend
18. Jason Econoums presents: The Steve Show
19. Genesis Ensemble presents: sweet, half-darkness
20. Terra Mysterium presents: Finding Eleusis
21. Patchwork Woman Performance presents: Bridges
22. BOLD presents: Birth
23. The Talking Cure presents: The Talking Cure


1. Undeclared presents: Grind: The Musical
2. Swanderwoman Productions presents: Driving the Body Back
3. No Snowcones Productions presents: That Greek Thing
4. Kahlil Ashanti presents: Basic Training
5. Meddlin' Productions presents: Tweedledum and Tweedledee
6. Adam Theater presents: Hansel and Gretel – The End of the Fairy Tale
7. The Birdmann presents: The Birdmann
8. Terri Cyrmes presents: Straight Girl in a Gay Man’s World (Working Title)
9. Leila Ghaznavi presents: Silken Veils
10. Nicole Kearney presents: And Ya Don’t Stop, a hip hop parable
11. The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal presents: Christmas in Bakersfield
12. RE Dance presents: Portraits Triptych
13. Paul Diem presents: Mulatto Child – Voices from the Margins
14. Evan O’Television presents: Double Negatives
15. BITE Theatre presents: KRAIGSLIST
16. La Rinascita presents: The Fugitives
17. Howard Petrick Solo Performer presents: Rambo: The Missing Years (Excerpt)
18. Gemma Wilcox presents: The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over
19. Gutsy Theater presents: Van Gogh: Starry Night, Stormy Life
20. Pat Devine presents: Breaking Down in America
21. Uncommon Time Theatre Company: Liberal Arts: The Musical!
22. Maire Clerkin presents: The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer
23. And Giggles Productions presents: The Playdaters