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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Processed Theatre Journey to The Fringe Blog, Part III

Journey to the 2011 Montreal Fringe
Processed Theatre – EDGES: A Song Cycle
Week 4: Fringe is Here! (Kind of …)
By Nichole Carlone and Christopher Pineda

We are Processed Theatre. Last September we produced a successful “Reefer Madness: The Musical” at Mainline Theatre, and are now preparing for the debut of our second show, blindly hoping that we can continue to produce the quality and popularity of “Reefer Madness: The Musical.” 
While the 2011 Montreal Fringe starts on May 30th with the Fringe-For-All (which rocked!), we all know that things don't really start getting funky until the beer tent opens. This year, there are more events, companies, and OFF venues than ever. Being in an OFF venue has the advantage of us getting to do as many shows as we like, with the disadvantage of providing everything ourselves (venue, tech, "staff,” volunteers, etc). We are in Venue D, which is upstairs from the MAI, and is essentially a room with a big pillar in the middle of it. 

For someone who's written or created a piece, Fringe is an ideal place to test out the waters.

We did not have to adjust much from the approach that we had at the Freestanding Room (also a room). The audience is lit, and we have no tech. None. A flick of the switch and we are ready to go! We kept everything simple, clean and while not ideal … it’s ideally Fringe.

What is EDGES? For any contemporary musical theatre piece, EDGES: A Song Cycle is perfect for the 2011 Montreal Fringe. It tells so many clever stories in a brand new format. It’s young, funny, different, and intimate (yes, intimate), and that’s exactly what the Fringe is all about.

For someone who's written or created a piece, Fringe is an ideal place to test out the waters. It's cheap and dirty and a hell of a lot of fun. As artists, it’s the perfect place to come with a young piece or idea, and showcase your honest growth in a safe and supportive environment. Just like the 2011 Montreal Fringe, EDGES: A Song Cycle is all about honest, meaningful growth, as we struggle to deal with the questions of “who we are” and “who we want to become.” 

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through our growth, who loved “Reefer Madness: The Musical,” and who’s helped us get to the Fringe. We can’t wait to show you a whole new and wonderful side of Processed Theatre.

June 1-19, 2011
MAI 3680 Jeanne-Mance #460
12$  514-849-FEST (3378)

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