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Fringe Festival announces 2012 line-up

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Half of the performers in this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival, May 29 – June 9, are coming from out of town, and more than half are brand-new to the event, promising to make it a fresh affair all around.

There will be 12 plays, nine solo shows, four dance pieces, and five multimedia/variety pieces. Of the accepted Performance Fringe and FringeNext groups, 15 are returning and 18 are brand new to the festival.

“I was thrilled to see so many applications from new artists this year,” said Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier. “A lot of past Fringe artists are recommending our Festival to other artists, which has helped recruit some new applicants.

“We have tried to make the Cincinnati Fringe as artist centric as possible by keeping fees low, providing housing at no cost, and offering workshops and development opportunities for the participating artists,” he said. ”This approach has helped make Cincinnati Fringe one of the more highly regarded festivals by artists. We're proud of that reputation and we're going to continue working to maintain and improve the atmosphere we've created among this community of artists.”

This year’s Fringe will include a reprise of FringeNext, three productions created by and performed by high school students.

“FringeNext was a huge success last year and I was excited to see new schools apply this year,” Vosmeier said. “FringeNext is a unique opportunity for these student artists to create something and learn how to make all of the various moving parts work together. We're grateful to SCPA for allowing us to use their facility. They are the perfect partner for this program and we look forward to a long partnership with them. “

The 2012 Festival includes the Visual Fringe and Film Fringe, but with an introspective twist.

The Visual Fringe this year will consist of a collaborative mural project, painted by Higher Level Art. Participating artists will be asked questions about what Fringe means to them and the mural will be designed and painted using all of their input.

The Film Fringe, previously a series of submitted independent films, will instead become a documentary project where teams of filmmakers will examine several Fringe Festival performance groups and their process in creating a Fringe show. These films will then be shown during the festival.

All individual tickets to Fringe Festival shows will continue to be $12 this year. Full Frontal Fringe passes are $200 and gets you all access to every event in the festival. Flexible Voyeur six-show passes are on sale for $60 or the price equivalent of five tickets. One night stand passes are $35 and allow the user access to as many productions as they can see on one weeknight (which is up to three) and one drink at Know Theatre's Bar.

For more information about the performances or to purchase passes, check out www.cincyfringe.com or call 513.300.5669(KNOW).

Festivities begin with the official CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party 6 p.m. May 29.

We’ll post more as we get closer to Fringe time. For now, you can check out show descriptions here.

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