Fringe Comments- By Joel Markowitz Musical Podcaster/Theatre Schmoozer
My hats off to all the volunteers and the administration who pulled the Fringe Festival off. Alot of people worked very hard to make this a success. It will be interesting to see what the final ticket sales were, but most of the shows I attended were near capacity. A special thanks to the box office workers who had enormous patience.
Another special thanks to all the playwrights, actors, directors, techies, etc. who invited me to see their shows and gave me those wonderful comps. I was treated very well by all of you, and I thank you for your generosity. It was a personal pleasure to schmooze with many of the artists during the happy hours and parties before and during the festival, and at DCTR’s podcast recording sessions at The Warehouse. Your spirit and dedication was and still is infectious.
And a special thank you to the muffin maker at Warehouse. Your muffins are the best, especially the vegan ones. I’ve worked very hard on the treadmill this weekend trying to burn off those muffins I devoured.
The only two suggestions I have for the next Fringe Festival, is to hold it in the fall when it’s cooler, and to allow people who are waiting in line to get into a “sold out show.”
Sell standing room ticket(s), at a reduced rate, for all the shows, and if there are empty seats because of no-shows, the standees can then fill up the empty seats. I’ve been running a social group for 16 years, and my first obligation is to fill up the empty seats and to ensure that the cast is performing to a full house. I hated seeing people standing out in the sweltering heat, and not being allowed to fill up those empty seats.
Again, congrats to a job well done. My life is richer because of my Fringe experiences.