2017 Fringe Festival
Fringe Pass – Click here to Purchase Pass
$100 to see unlimited shows
Please note that you will need to pick up your Fringe Pass from The ARTS at Marks Garage. They will be available for pick up starting on the evening of Thursday January 12. Bring your picture ID. Please plan ahead to pick up your pass before you attend another show at a different location.
You must have your Fringe Pass and show it to the box office staff at each venue that you attend.
Priority entry will be given to Fringe Pass holders only. You do not need to book a seat but one will be held for you. However, please note that you must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the show that you will attend and check in with the box office staff to receive priority entry. If you arrive late, your seat will be released for sale to the public. You will then need to line up and enter with the rest of the patrons. And if a seat is available, then you may take that seat. Please plan ahead to find parking and to get to the venue.
What is Fringe?
Aloha, as an all volunteer organized Fringe, our mission is to promote the development of original work in the performing arts in theatre, music, dance and all performance related art by emerging and professional artists, and to present a provocative multicultural arts festival unique to Hawai’i. And we do this for the love of the arts and to contribute to the artistic landscape and to making Hawai’i a Fringe Festival destination. So go on, be original in Hawai’i.
The origin of the Fringe began in Edinburgh Scotland when a group of artists decided to create their own performing arts festival. From its humble beginnings in 1947, the original Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now a massive annual event attracting visitors and artists from all over the world. This idea took off!
So what is fringe? Here is a fine interpretation from our friends at the United States Association of Fringe Festivals – “generally speaking, Fringes are…”
* Focused on the performing arts: Theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word and the like make up the Fringe core, but festivals often may include film and visual arts elements. Fringes don’t have a focus on a single discipline or genre, but are a performing-arts smörgåsbord
* Uncensored: No one gets too fussy about swears or nudity but squeaky-clean content isn’t marginal or discouraged, either
* Easy to participate in: Ticket prices are low for audiences and production fees are low for artists. Show selection varies from festival to festival but is generally quite open to participation by the gamut of amateurs to professionals
* Festivals: They last from just a few days to a few weeks and involve lots of people at multiple venues
* Original: Fringes feature a huge array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes naturally do well
* Rapid-fire: Typically, tech is minimal and time is a factor at our festivals. Shows are often kept brief (Fringes most frequently have shows right around 60 minutes in length) and technical requirements kept simple (minor sets, streamlined cues, nothing elaborate)
Get ready to join us for another fringey ride as we are set to welcome more audiences and artists to Fringe 2017.
Shows by Venue
The ARTS at Marks Garage
Boy Who Loved Puppets
Follow your dreams no matter what. Believe in yourself and your work. Puppetry from different traditions and cultures.
Buy Tickets: Jan 13
True Contemporary Supernatural Tales of Hawaii. For thirty years, local people have told storyteller JEFF GERE their bizarre, true, supernatural experiences. In this show, Jeff shares his favorites. Come on, don’t be afraid – but don’t come alone.
Buy Tickets: Jan 14
Me, My Songs & I
The key to Aloha is finding your song and singing it. “Me, My Songs & I’ is an exploration of the ups and downs and twists and unusual turns in life.
The New Mama Ensemble are drawn together by one commonality – motherhood. Here we reflect through dance and text on the mortifying, overwhelming, and yet somehow still terrific insider truths of mothers. From pregnancy to birth, family life to nursing, cries to laughter.
Buy Tickets: Jan 12
Jeff Gere shares folktales through the art of shadow puppetry that will be projected on the wall using an overhead projector, and on a ‘laptop’ (Shadow theater that sits on Jeff’s lap). This is a rare form of story animation, and Jeff is delighted to share his tales with kids of any age.
Buy Tickets: Jan 15
Game of Thrones: The Musical
Sesame Street meets Game of Thrones in this children’s show for adults. Come for the dragons and puppet-on-puppet violence, stay for the hilarious songs and vocabulary lessons. Winner of the Twin Cities Arts Reader’s 2016 Best of Fringe and Critic’s Pick awards.
The waters will rise, the tides will turn. Three generations of women struggle to survive changes in climate as the world sinks into the sea.
If skin could talk, what kind of journey would it take us on? Replete with techno, waltz, lullabies and superheroes, thin skin is an exploration of the layers we put on and take off over the course of a lifetime. What do we allow to be seen?
Ong King Arts Centre
Stef Mariani delivers sensitive melodies and driven lyrics that come together to form a passionate sound straight from the heart. Born to Northern California based folk singer songwriter Carolyn Haley-Murray, her biggest musical influence comes from her family.