On December 1, we opened up our application period for performers. This year, we tried something new - we would accept the first 25% of our performance groups as First/Come - First/Serve. That worked out to 13 of our 50 slots. We actually got the idea from our buddies over at the Boulder Fringe Festival while we were at the United States Association of Fringe Festival Conference. The reasoning behind it is to allow an opportunity for artists who are ready and prepared to get in right away. Keeping the rest of the slots as lottery allows us to make sure that are festival is diverse and has that wonderful spirit of democracy, randomness and chaos that we so adore at both our festival, and sister festivals like the Minnesota Fringe.
We had an inkling it would be popular - but WOW. The 13 slots filled up in 4 MINUTES! Very exciting!
There's still plenty of time to apply for the regular lottery - we still have 37 spots up for grabs after all! Apply here.
The lucky 13 who are slated to perform in the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival are:
t & t Productions
Blue Suitcase Productions
look out for the bees
The League of Miscreants
River Forest, IL
The Miscreants Kill An Hour And Go To Cuernavaca
Sideshow Theatre Company NFP
Am I Blue
Across and Beyond: Traversing Gender
Giants of Theatre
Jesus, Shakespeare, and Lincoln Walk into a Bar
Journey Theater Group
Where the Heart Lies
The Harlotry & Necromancy Appreciation Society
Sharp Knives and Stupid Humans
The Four Food Groups
As you can see, we already have a nice mix of local, regional and national acts, along with some favorites from 2010 making a triumphant return!
We look forward to sharing more about these artists and our lottery winning artists in the coming months.