The third edition of Nashville’s annual progressive performing arts event begins today. The Sideshow Fringe Festival which runs through Sunday has a full slate of innovative arts programming as it expands from its Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood base to encompass venues in East Nashville and West Nashville as well.
Venues include The East Room, Belmont’s Black Box Theatre, The Theater Bug and the new Actors Bridge Studio@LeQuire Gallery.
Dance, music, film, puppetry, aerial arts, poetry and more are on offer; special free outdoor events and family-friendly presentations are parts of the eclectic mix. Performances range in running time between 10 and 90 minutes so that audiences can see multiple shows in one day and visit restaurants and merchants while strolling by street performances and hands-on art making.
Each performance requires a $5 Fringe Button (a one-time purchase) and $10 Ticket. The button allows guests to access outdoor and Family Fringe events as well as discounts from local businesses. Fringe day passes are also available for $35 and include the button. Outdoor festival activities and Family Fringe events are free to the public. For buttons and tickets as well as a full schedule visit www.sideshowfringe.com (buttons and tickets are also available at all festival venues).
The Sideshow Ensemble, composed of emerging theater artists, produces the festival and other professional arts events as a program of Actors Bridge Ensemble. Sideshow was co-founded by Jessika Malone, Jackie Johnson Tidwell and Mitch Massaro.
About Actors Bridge Ensemble
Actors Bridge Ensemble is a professional theater company and actor-training program celebrating over 15 years in Nashville. Its mission is to tell the stories that impact the community by producing provocative and socially relevant theater, creating new theatrical works, showcasing emotionally authentic ensemble acting and fostering a nurturing environment where theater artists at any stage in their development may train and assist in the production of professional stageworks.