Four years on the annual Sideshow Fringe Festival presented by Sideshow @ Actors Bridge is “Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event” and so much more; it has even garnered national exposure with CNN naming it one of the country’s of Most Intriguing Festivals in its 2014 “Best of the US” section.
The festival that starts Thursday and runs through Sunday unites progressive art and adventures audiences featuring theater and other live, innovative presentations. Dance, music, puppetry, aerial arts, and poetry are parts of this multi-venue event with free outdoor and family-friendly offerings.
The majority of its offerings are in West Nashville in the Charlotte Avenue corridor including the new Actors Bridge Studio @ the LeQuire Gallery as well as The Darkhorse Theatre, Global Education Center, and the Richland Park Library. Special aerial arts offerings will return to Belmont’s Black Box again this year.
Performances range in running time between 10 and 90 minutes, encouraging audiences to see multiple shows in one day and visit restaurants and merchants while strolling by street performances and hands-on art making.
- Belmont’s Black Box: This year’s festival includes incredible aerial dance from FALL in collaboration with a live musical accompaniment as well as performances by The Aerial Fabricators and the new apprentice aerial troupe, The Air Collective (all in Belmont’s Black Box).
- The Darkhorse Theatre: The hilarious and controversial new local musical, Stacey Campfield: The Musical will reprise its hit run for two nights during the fringe just in time for the primaries @ The Darkhorse Theatre along with a special presentation from the ladies of Music City Burlesque.
- Actors Bridge Studio: All female (and one beard) a cappella ensemble, Forte Femme, will perform Thursday in our studio followed by a brand new storytelling event in the style of the Cringe and Mortified series called Throwback Thursday LIVE! hosted by Amanda Card will help exorcise the inner awkward adolescent in all of us! Josh Campbell of Spillit Memphis will also perform his one-man show in addition to producing a new show of local storytellers, The Nerve. PLUS Playhouse Nashville will collaborate with us on a brand new playwriting event in the spirit of the 48 Hour Film Festival, Iron Script, where 6 teams will compete to write the best new short play in just 3 days!
- Richland Park: Family Fringe will take over Richland Park Library and surrounding park area on Saturday morning with special presentations from The Nashville Public Library’s fabulous Puppet Truck featuring their production of The Frog Prince along with incredible hands-on art making opportunities for kids and families with the Super Squad.
View the full schedule online at www.sideshowfringe.com.
Tickets: Tickets are $15 and 50% of all box office proceeds return directly to participating artists. Purchase tickets at www.sideshowfringe.com or at all festival venues. Outdoor festival activities as well as the inaugural Family Fringe events are FREE to the public.
HISTORY OF FRINGE: Fringe theatre is a term used to describe theatre and related performing arts that are not of the traditional two or three act play format. The term has been adopted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and by alternative theatre festivals internationally.
About Sideshow: The Sideshow Ensemble, composed of emerging theatre artists, produces professional theatre events as a program of Actors Bridge including the SIDESHOW FRINGE. Sideshow was co-founded by three outstanding emerging professionals: Jessika Malone, Jackie Johnson Tidwell and Mitch Massaro.
*Photos courtesy Sideshow Fringe Festival.