(located at 25A Forest Avenue, on the ground floor of the Portland Stage building)
PortFringe Central acts as a nerve center of the festival, serving as a community meeting space wherein artists, audience members, and members of the community can meet and interact. New to PortFringe in 2017, PortFringe also serves as a central box office and command center for festival staff and volunteers during the day, as well as a performance venue in the evenings. Centrally located (get it?) in the first-floor Storefront of Portland Stage, it serves as the beating heart of the festival.
Check out these awesome events at Fringe Central throughout the week. VIVE LA FRINGE!
FRINGE BROWN BAG LUNCH
Monday-Friday, June 19-23, from 12-1PM at Fringe Central
B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch) and meet Fringe community members and artists! Depending on the day, we’ll have bingo, karaoke, and casual fun for everyone!
FRINGE FLYERING PARTY
Sunday-Friday, June 18-23, 4PM at Fringe Central
Flyer/busk/promote your work as a group with other Fringe artists, and explore! Standing invitation any day of this week!
FRINGE ARTIST WALKING TOUR OF PORTLAND
Led by PortFringe team member James Patefield
Monday, June 19 from 4:45 – 6 PM, starting and ending at Fringe Central
Bring comfortable shoes and notebooks, learn about Portland’s past and present, and find out where to go to experience our city’s famous food and beer!
FRINGE ARTIST HAPPY HOUR, SPONSORED BY ALLAGASH
Monday, June 19 from 6-8PM at Fringe Central
Come out and meet your fellow fringe artists and raise a glass!
Tuesday, June 20 from 1-2:30PM at Fringe Central
Join Joseph Fletcher (There Ain’t No More: Death of a Folksinger) in an afternoon exploring site-specific theatre through “instructional scores” that experiment with how audiences experience the senses.
FOLK MUSIC TRADITIONS
Tuesday, June 20 from 3-4PM at Fringe Central
Join Willi Carlisle (There Ain’t No More: Death of a Folksinger) in an exploration of the American folk music tradition, through an open talk of its styles and their histories.
PHYSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 21 from 1-2:30PM at Fringe Central
Join Box of Clowns (The Paranormal Pair) as they cover multiple areas of physical comedy, from slapstick to embodiment to energy.
Wednesday, June 21 from 3-4PM at Fringe Central
Join Adina Taubman (A Line in the Sand) and Nick Wilson of Maine Gun Safety Coalition, and learn how to become a gun violence prevention activist – on the local, state, and federal level. Nick Wilson is the Executive Director of Maine Gun Safety Coalition, which is a grassroots organization founded in 2000 to protect Maine families and communities from gun violence. MGSC is the longest running gun violence prevention organization in Maine. Nick has also worked as a research associate for Everytown for Gun Safety, and as a freelance writer.
THEATER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Thursday, June 22 from 1-2:30PM at Fringe Central
Join Adina Taubman (A Line in the Sand) to explore how to create a devised theater piece on a topic about which you’re passionate. For both solo and ensemble work.
GENDER IDENTITY IN THEATER
Thursday, June 22 from 3-4PM at Fringe Central
A facilitated discussion, led by Meredythe Deyne Lindsey (You Are Not Alone) on how one navigates issues of representation for characters and actors who are transgender, LGBTQ+, non-binary. From interpretation to casting to writing, how these choices reflect the art and process.
THE PHYSICAL ACTOR AND THE PAGE
Friday, June 23 from 1-2:30PM at Fringe Central
Alice Pencavel and Paul Bedard (The Glowing Boot) explore liberating one’s creative impulses and trusting one’s instincts through playful exercises geared toward creating new work and enjoying the process.
CREATING THEATER AS SACRED SPACE: TOOL OF RITUAL IN CREATION
Friday, June 23 from 3-4PM at Fringe Central
JJ Peeler (The Yellow Wallpaper) leads a workshop on the use of ritual as a tool for devising, but also as a tool for keeping the theatrical space sacred for the use of collaborative movement.
FRINGE CLOSING NIGHT DANCE PARTY
Saturday, June 24 from 10PM to Close
At Empire (only event not at Fringe Central)
This year, we are closing the festival on Saturday night to gather and toast at Empire for a true closing night dance celebration with DJ Dad’s Denim! This is NOT TO BE MISSED!