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DETROIT — Aerialists and police radios, a theatrical podcast airing and the first multi-generational performance by an internationally renowned spoken word poet. These are just a few of this year’s performance highlights at the 2018 Detroit Fringe Festival. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 18 at four venues across Detroit.
This year marks the fifth year of the grassroots theater festival. It’s goal is to “advance the medium beyond the traditional play while connecting neighbors and artists through the performing arts.” Since its inception the Detroit Fringe has featured the work of over 200 artists, highlighting new creations from Michigan playwrights and performers chosen by an advisory council of local arts professionals from a public open call.
This year’s festival aims to showcases the diversity of the performing arts landscape that Southeastern Michigan has to offer, with 15 performances featured in six separately ticketed events at theaters across the city; these venues include Planet Ant’s Ant Hall, CMAP Detroit, Light Box and the Jam Handy. The lineup includes local directors, actors, choreographers, electronic musicians, new and seasoned playwrights, improv impresarios, contemporary circus artists and experimental theater makers throughout one electrifying weekend.
In addition to the perfomances taking place at Detroit Fringe, the festival will continue its mission to support artists via its new Professional Development Mentorship program. “This program connects Fringe artists with local performing arts professionals as a means to further their creative development, foster relationships and generate networks of support and collaboration,” said event organizers.
2018 Fringe mentors include Shua Group choreographer/installation artist Josh Bisset, director and playwright Jeff Nahan and manager of Detroit Public Theater’s Shakespeare in Prison program, Frannie Sheperd-Bates.
To find out more about the festival, go online at detroitfringefest.com. With discounted pre-sale tickets ranging from $8 to 15 and an all-inclusive festival pass for $70, the Detroit Fringe strives to be financially accessible for everyone (with no one turned away for lack of funds.)