New Jersey to Host its First Fringe Festival in August
- OnStage New Jersey Columnist
The fringe is coming!
This season New Jersey will have its inaugural fringe festival in downtown Hammonton, hosted and initiated by the Eagle Theatre. With a whole weekend reserved from August 5th to the 7th, the festival will include 16 acts and performance pieces all within walking distance in Hammonton, as well as numerous other activities that include street artist performances, food vendors, as well as a beer garden to complete the true festival experience.
In its earliest development, according to South Jersey’s newspaper, the Courier Post, the Eagle Theatre had been wanting to have a summer festival akin to what is now known as “Jersey Fringe” for quite some time. What they wanted “[was] something to bring some exposure to the town and theater, but also [for] revenue-building,” stated Ed Corsi, co-artistic director of the theater, to the newspaper. About one year ago, he proposed the idea to the theater’s managing director who very much approved of the idea, and then the theater itself reached out to the Fringe brand. To the theater’s surprise, they found their proposition easily accepted and recognized as a legitimate fringe festival by the brand after just filling out some paperwork. And, thus—the official Jersey Fringe festival was born and [hopefully] here to stay for many more years to come.
Focusing on just this inaugural season, some of the 16 venues hold what looks to be promising, experimental entertainment at its best for this upcoming festival. Some of the 16 confirmed pieces include Philadelphia actress Amanda Schoonover’s one-woman show, “The It Girl”; “Anithero” from the experimental theater group, Tribe of Fools; David Lee White’s “Panther Hollow”; Amber Kusching’s “The Maryland House”; and two plays from Aftershock Entertainment that include “Yo Shortmann!” by A.J. Dwayne, and “All My Heart” by Joshua Kurtz, founder of the group.
All performances will take place in numerous locations throughout Hammonton that include the Eagle Theatre, the local One Track Pony office’s, Stockton University’s satellite campus in Hammonton, as well as at the Annata Wine Bar. Festivalgoers can purchase their wristbands in advance or on the days of the festival on that Friday and Sunday for $20, and Saturday for $25, and a total of $40 for a full weekend pass. Feel free to visit jerseyfringe.com for more information as well as updates with what to expect for the festival.
So, it’s time to finally paint the town a whole new fringe-red for the arts in New Jersey this August…better late than never!