Leprechauns & Lies – and the Hollywood Fringe Festival

shortly after putting up those three workshop performances of Leprechauns & Lies last month, i applied to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. as i mentioned before, i also applied to the New York Fringe Festival and i’m eagerly awaiting a response from my application for that, but i basically knew nothing about the Hollywood Fringe festival. our friend Hiwa – who’s a member of the prestigious and well-established Theatre of Note on Cahuenga – sent me an email about it a couple weeks ago, just as registration was opening. i’ve always loved the Theatre of Note space and since before i even finished the piece i’ve been trying to figure out if there would ever be a way for me to do Leprechauns & Lies there, so the Hollywood Fringe Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity.

now i’ve been familiar with the NYC Fringe festival since Kyle Puccia and i had our musical “Longshot” accepted to it back in 2000 and because it’s now been around for nearly a decade and a half, but until i got that email from Hiwa i didn’t know anything about the Hollywood Fringe festival. so because it’s my nature to jump first and see where i’m falling later, i just went ahead registered “Leprechauns & Lies” before i had any idea what i was getting into.

i learned a few things pretty quickly. i learned that the HFF isn’t in any way curated. you create a listing for your piece for free on the site, then you book a space and THEN you register with the festival. all you need is a piece, a space and a couple hundred bucks to register with the festival. seemed pretty cool, so i took my project which was already posted on the site and applied to a couple different theaters. obviously the Theatre of Note was my first choice, so i applied there and got an email back pretty quickly that said they were taking their time choosing their pieces. i then looked at the other spaces and by complete accident i applied next to the Hudson Theatre Company.

almost immediately i got back an email from them saying they were selling their 44-seat black box (the only one i applied for) at $300 per performance. i was so disgusted i immediately withdrew my application. i mean the New York Fringe Festival costs $650 … total! and for that you get five or six performances in whatever space you get! of course you don’t get any box office, but even so you’re spending about $125 per performance. at the Hudson though, only if i were to fill every seat in that 44-seat space would i have even a chance of making my money back – considering all the different discounted prices you’re supposed to give to other festival participants, etc. of course considering how much LA is NOT a theater town when compared with NY, the odds of filling all the seat are slim to nil!

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012

needless to say i was a little distraught – fully prepared to just skip the Hollywood Fringe Festival and just hope and pray we got in to NYC’s -, but then i got an email about an HFF town hall-style meeting that was to happen on the evening of February 20th. i decided it was probably a good idea to take a closer look at the HFF, so i went … and i was pleasantly surprised.

the festival director Ben Hill directed the affair, with an extremely informative and concise (though peppered a bit with self-deprecating little jokes) talk about a variety of things one would need to know about the festival if participating. i was also pleased to know why theatre festivals are called “Fringe” festivals by the way, but the best news was that many theaters charge performers only around $100-$175 for a show (or at least for an hour of a show). that was very good news – news that might actually make participation doable in fact.

so i await word from Theatre of Note, but i’ve also applied to Theatre Asylum as well. i don’t know that space at all, but i hear good things about them and i met its Artistic Director, Matt Quinn, the night of the town hall, and he seemed like a really cool guy.

cross your fingers!

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