FringeNYC 2015: Are You Ready to FringeNYC?

August 14, 2015

It's that time again: FringeNYC is in town. It's the largest multi-arts festival in North America and one of the top ten biggest cultural events in New York City. It's the place where theater-goers immerse themselves in nearly 200 diverse shows of every type and style from all over the world. It's a source for great new American plays, and we'll be publishing a number of them on Indie Theater Now after the festival. We'll also be reviewing dozens of shows this year, right here on nytheater now.

Need some help navigating the festival? Check out my popular How to FringeNYC guidelines, honed from years of Fringe-going. And this year, the folks at FringeNYC have come up with a really fun way to assist audiences in finding shows they might like! Take their Find Your FringeNYC quiz -- six quick questions that enable you to zero in on what sort of festival-goer you are ... and then link you to a great list of shows that can start you on your journey through this year's event! (I just took the quiz myself: turns out I'm "tender and true." Sounds right...)

Another great addition to the festival this year are the FringeNYC Ambassadors. They'll be helping to bring together audience members with cast and crew members for post-show meet-ups. Find out more about this special new program at FringePLUS.

And, hey, I'm in a FringeNYC event this year too! On Monday, August 24, from 5:30 - 7:30pm, I'll be part of a FringeU Panel called "Critical State." Here's the official description: For years, a production’s success hinged on the words of a review. Today, the rules are changing, with the Internet providing an ever-shifting dynamic between production, audience, and critics. Join us as we discuss the evolving state of theatrical criticism. Full details are here.






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