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August 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Seattle Fringe Festival returns

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson reports this:

After nearly a decade without a local fringe theater fest, Seattle has one right around the corner. New organizers are ready to launch the 2012 Seattle Fringe Festival, running Sept. 19-23 at several venues on Capitol Hill.

The festival is being produced by the nonprofit organization Seattle Contemporary, run by a steering committee of Seattle theater workers from Washington Ensemble Theatre, Annex Theatre and other local companies. (The previous fringe festival was run by Seattle Fringe Theatre Productions, which at its peak featured dozens of troupes and hundreds of performances but went bust in 2003 due to money and organizational problems.)

In classic fringe fest fashion, the 21-troupe line-up for the 2012 conclave is not selected by merit, but chosen from a lottery of applicants. Fringe troupes from Texas, Colorado, New York, New Orleans and elsewhere will strut their stuff, as will Seattle groups. The eclectic fare includes quirky comic works, experimental dance pieces, solo shows, and so on.

Among the local companies participating: Irrational Robot Bureau, Serendip Modern Dance Company, Ghost Light Theatricals and theater simple. Fest venues include Century Ballroom, Annex Theatre, NW Film Forum and Odd Duck Studio.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 1; single tickets are $10 and all-fest passes cost $125.

A schedule and more details here.

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