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Scranton Fringe announces 2016 festival and application dates

Scranton Fringe announces 2016 festival and application dates
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From a press release:

The Scranton Fringe Festival is officially moving forward with the planning of a second year.

“Scranton Fringe’s inaugural festival was so well-received that we’ve decided to make it an annual event,” said co-founder and Executive Director Conor O’Brien.

The 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival will be held in multiple venues in downtown Scranton on Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

A four-day performing arts festival founded in 2015, the Scranton Fringe is dedicated to creating a bold and engaging platform for creative and thought-provoking art with minimal risk to artist and audience.

47 productions were presented during the first festival, including almost 100 individual performances. Nearly 1,800 individual tickets were sold throughout the weekend, with an approximate 2,500 unique individuals in attendance.

Applications for the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival will go live on Feb. 6 and close March 25 and can be found on the group’s website,

“In 2015, the majority of our applicants were from the state of Pennsylvania, but performers came from as far as Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C.,” stated co-founder and Managing Director Elizabeth Bohan.

“Performances ranged from Shakespeare, original theater, stand-up comedy, magic, music, poetry, and dance. For 2016, we’re adding a visual component as well due to popular demand.”

Scranton Fringe Festival will hold various fundraisers throughout the year to help maintain the low cost of participation to both artists and audiences.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help or to make a donation can contact the Scranton Fringe Festival at, on, or through the festival’s Facebook page.