There’s still time to enter a theatrical production into the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Just don’t call it a showcase.
“We avoid the word ‘showcase,’ as that is a rather pregnant word in Los Angeles,” said Ben Hill, the festival’s director and founder.
He recalled, with an audible shudder, the bad old days when most plays were honeypots staged in intimate theaters with Spartan production design by actors, with the sole purpose of attracting managers and agents.
“The performing arts in Los Angeles has long since surpassed the ‘showcase’ paradigm,” said Hill. “Now we have people coming and actually trying to create great art for the purpose of the art.”
The purpose of the Fringe isn’t just art for art’s sake. Participating artists get to keep 100 percent of their ticket sales and only pay a $175–$250 registration fee and the reduced space-rental cost to mount their production. Actors, said Hill, also gain valuable producing experience.
“L.A. is replete with actors. We’ve got a crazy amount of actors but for the performing arts to thrive, what we need in Los Angeles are more theatrical producers,” he said.
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