I’ve known people who have done fringe festivals over the past couple of years, but it was fairly recent that I found out that the fringe selection process is usually very egalitarian. The majority of participants are allowed in via a lottery system or a first come first served basis or some combination of the two. Applying to FRIGID new York is my first experience with this whole process and I’ve gotten a little glimpse of how it works
Frigid new York takes place in late winter, but the applications were due on Labor Day at midnight. The first fifteen slots went in a record 6 seconds! Although I had had my application ready to go for hours, I was somehow late to push the submit button (duh), and alas was forced to wait for another couple of months for the lottery. The lottery was held on Halloween at Under St. Mark’s, the theater where I hope to perform The Star of Happiness, where the hard rockin/drinkin story telling madness that is the BTK Band somewhat alleviated the sadness of not having my name picked out of the hat.
Because there were so many disappointed friends of Horse Trade, they decided to invite three would be FRIGID shows to the miniFRIDGE. Well, the irony is that if you ended up like me (and a lot of scary worthy people did), then suddenly all the luck is taken out of the equation, and we’re left with good old-fashioned competition.
On December 22, each of us miniFRIDGE hopefuls/FRIGID Fest losers will have five precious minutes to convince the audience to vote for our show and thereby win one of the three coveted miniFRIDGE spots. This will be a great event no matter what – details to come!
For more info on FRIGID new York: http://frigidnewyork.info/
And for all things wonderful at Horse Trade (including the insane BTK Band): http://horsetrade.info/