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Chicago Fringe Fest Deadline Set for Monday, Organizers Say

By Heather Cherone | February 9, 2016 5:46am
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A performance of "Hip Hop Alive at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Fest, series of skits portraying scenarios common to the overall human experience using dialog comprised of lyrics from popular hip hop songs.
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Chicago Fringe Festival

JEFFERSON PARK — Performers who want be part of the Chicago Fringe Festival have until midnight Monday to apply to be a part of the seventh annual festival devoted to boundary-pushing theatrical shows.

Organizers of the festival — which will return to Jefferson Park for the fourth straight year — will fill 13 spots in the nine-day festival on a first-come, first-served basis to those performers who register online at chicagofringe.org and pay a $25 registration fee, organizers said.

The remaining 37 spots in the festival will be filled by the lucky few acts who win the festival's annual lottery set to take place from 2-4 p.m. at Fannie's Cafe, 5040-44 W. Montrose Ave., organizers said.

Half of the spots in the festival devoted to all things weird, off beat and avant garde will be set aside for Chicago artists, and five shows will be family friendly after the successful Kids Fringe pilot program during last year's festival, organizers said.

The lottery application fee is $25, and performers selected for the show will pay performance fees between $250 and $650, depending on the number of times they perform and the size of the venue.

The nine-day festival will return to Jefferson Park Sept. 1-11, organizers said.

Approximately 4,000 tickets were sold for performances during the 2015 festival. The artists who performed during the 2014 festival split nearly $25,800, more than in 2013.

The festival spent its first three years in Pilsen.

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