Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Nights on the Fringe

Written by  Frankie Kujawa
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This June, Charm City Fringe will present Nights on the Fringe. Running from Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd at the Baltimore Theatre Project, Nights on the Fringe is an immersive arts experience in the vein of vaudeville.

“The Fringe Fest is an awesome chance to see new works by independent artists, but Nights on the Fringe is a fully curated show that brings focus on solely Baltimore-based art,” explained Charm City Fringe Festival prez Zachary Michel. “Plus, the entire event takes place over two nights, with about 20 different artists and companies doing short pieces. Both nights are completely unique and allow audiences to discover all sorts of works being created in Baltimore at one venue. I don’t think there’s anything else like it in the city.”

“Think late-night talk show mixed with a variety show and a dash of old-fashioned vaudeville,” Michel continues. “It’s an awesome chance to see the best of what’s happening in Baltimore and a lot of fun to see it presented in a format you won’t find elsewhere. A theatrical revue, so you can catch a bunch of new artists in one evening.”

Many of the artists performing return to Nights on the Fringe each year. “Club Sandwich has wowed us each year. They’re a homegrown company headed by Asa Keiswetter that does floor acrobatics. Each year they craft a new work specifically for Nights on the Fringe. What we love most is that you’ll see hip-hop dance, puppetry, theatre, and film all on one stage. We’re excited for Afro House’s Astronaut Symphony. Afro House had a great run at the Fringe Fest two years ago, and has recrafted their work in the time since. It’s like a concept album mixed with theatre, and really unique to see. Grim Jackson is a Baltimore slam poet who has done some awesome work. We’re excited for the mix of acts.”

With the return of summer nights and Nights on the Fringe, many are already anticipating what to expect at this year’s sixth Annual Charm City Fringe this fall. “We can’t wait for the Fringe Fest, November 2nd to 12th,” Michel added. “So whereas Nights on the Fringe is a two-night show, the festival features about 20 companies putting on full-length productions over the course of a week. This year we’re moving the entire festival to the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. We’re so excited because we’re working closely with Bromo and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore to make the festival more walkable and adding new programming too. We’ve got pop-up shops, pop-up restaurants, and art galleries in the works.”

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