I’ve been having a great time working with the New York International Fringe Festival — especially Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy and SMAC (or Social Media and Community) guru Ben Cohen — on a series of videos called FringeTalk.
These videos represent the next steps of a process that began last month with a live-streaming Town Hall — which, if you missed it, you can learn more about here.
This particular FringeTalk video (below) deals with the application process, which is pretty straightforward, and the adjudication process, which is rigorous and nuanced, and I think the community should really give a listen to what Holy has to say.
Of course, what most people are really gabbing about is the fact that a couple of theater critics, given to explosions of hip-swiveling, holier-than-thou attitude on the subject of the artistic quality of the Fringe productions each August, are notably silent right now — unwilling, or maybe unable, to pose questions, offer opinions, or engage in discussion.
I guess it’s just easier to be intellectually disingenuous every August than to put one’s money where one’s big mouth is during the rest of the year.
Which in my view — and that’s my view, I’m not speaking for the Fringe at all — tells you a lot about these people.