Get Edgy With the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Get Edgy With the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
12th Annual Festival Grows, Kicks Off 2014 Theater Season


The Tiny Wonder Alphabet Show at Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
The Tiny Wonder Alphabet Show at Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville's unconventional side--some might even call it "funky"--is often evident in downtown's busking musicians and human statues. You can see it in the raucous purple LaZoom bus driving down the street, tailed by a bike-riding nun with facial hair, or maybe in one of the area's many annual festivals.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, taking place Thursday through Sunday, January 23-26, will focus some of that unconventionality in Asheville's arts scene. According to festival organizers, "the Fringe continues to provide artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences."

This year's line up offers 13 different ticketed shows at five venues around town, featuring 30+ artists. Highlights include:
  • Four new full-length, one act plays created just for the Asheville Fringe: Look out for Table 6, a situation comedy about friends at an engagement party, or check out the tell-all monologue about life in the theatre scene, The Man with the Birdcage on his Head.
  • Five shows never seen before in Asheville, brought to the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival from artists far and wide, including a rock show, a comedy one-act and a unique look at Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Three edgy variety showcases featuring dance, puppets and a traveling all-star show aboard the LaZoom bus.
  • Four exciting after parties, all open to the public.
According to organizers, the key to making the most of the festival is to plan ahead. Most shows run two nights, and tickets for each performance are $12. Those who want to catch as much Fringe as possible have one week left to purchase a $50 all-access Fringe Freak Pass from the festival's website.

Want More Theater?The festival is just one of many Asheville theater events happening this winter. In coming weeks, Asheville Community Theatre will be performing global folk tales and welcoming Cabaret to the stage beginning February 7. Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown hosts the wonderfully talented Aquila Theatre Company for two different shows later this month, and brings a company of dancing frogs in February.

For a full list of upcoming arts events, check out our calendar.

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