August 13 – 29
The New York International Fringe Festival is a community – a gathering. And my friends this summer is a perfect opportunity to celebrate, embrace and act upon our right to gather. Our right to assemble. Our inalienable right as human beings to stand up and say what we believe. About voter rights. About immortality. About infertility. About reconstruction. About Rapunzel. About roller derby. And yes, about a duck painter from Ketchum, Idaho. It is all gathered here in one place and time and that in itself is extraordinary.
And it doesn’t matter if we are saying it with text, or color, or video, or music, or even with our feet. But we’re going to say it because we have that opportunity. We have that freedom—freedom being a combatant of opportunity and responsibility. Be it the smallest gesture of a hand, a beautiful moment on stage, a perfect line of text…..we’ve been presented with the freedom to share it with the world and if there is one thing we need to remember it is that those freedoms are not, as we have discovered, guaranteed.
We would love for you to be a part of this community because FringeNYC relies upon the rich texture of people from all walks of life to create a unique event each year. It is a community that is important. It is handmade. It is not manufactured or mass-produced, but comprised of individually crafted moments. And it will never be replaced . . . sort of like our New York itself. It is raw and vibrant and pulsing with energy. It cannot be contained or defined. There is nothing conventional about it. But in the weeks prior to the RNC…maybe we become a convention. Not a political convention – but a convention of an enormously diverse group of artists doing what they do…making art. And an even more enormous and diverse group of people gathering with us to celebrate and share. We’re all New Yorkers in our willingness to create - it is not a term limited to geographical definition - it is much broader than that. We are New Yorkers who want to be a part of this vibrant community. New Yorkers defying convention.
Our shows don’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be a super-star, overnight sensation, mega-media, hyped up, flashy, packaged event. It can be a musical about pee that is performed in a dirty old garage that we used to call home. It is the communal spirit of this festival defines us. So over the next sixteen days, we invite you to join us in our venues and in our mission. Be a part of FringeNYC. Let’s take advantage of our time to gather and celebrate our New York. After all, it’s the last weeks of August in the year of the BIG “American Idol” competition – our national elections.
So come meet our delegates. Our representatives from all over the world. They have gathered here because they are DEFYING CONVENTION. Together we WILL assemble. And we WILL say what we have to say and in a very tangible way, we WILL make a difference.
NOTICE TO GUESTS
“Let no one assume that the smallest social act of goodness is wasted upon society at large. The growing good of the world is partly (if not largely) dependent upon the seemingly unhistoric acts of those who live (perhaps) uncelebrated lives.”
Here is to an unforgettable festival. Here is to celebrating our freedoms. Take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary community. A place like no other – where good things happen. Thank you, so much, for being a part of this.
Welcome to FringeNYC 2004.