The festival doesn't launch until Aug. 11, but one show — Flying on the Wing — has already sold out its complete run, according to a festival spokesperson. Among the shows with sold-out individual performances are Here. This. Now., Open House, Broken Hands, In Transit, Danny Boy and The Onion Lovers. Other top sellers include Rainy Days and Mondays, Walmartopia, Air Guitar, Hermanas and A Time To Be Born.
Ticket sales are on par with the 2005 Fringe NYC, which took in just under $25,000 (all at $15 per ticket) in its first 24 hours. The current total in advance sales (by the afteroon of the festival's eve) is at $150,000.
FringeNYC celebrates its tenth annual festivities in 2006 at lower Manhattan playhouses through Aug. 27. The shows and events will take place over two weeks, as usual, and will include artists from around the world. Produced by The Present Company, the event is headed up by producing artistic director Elena K. Holy.
For its decade anniversary, the Fringe will welcome back 10 productions which played in previous years, including 24 is 10: The Best of The 24 Hour Plays, Americana Absurdum, Complete Lost Works…Samuel Beckett, Minimum Wage: Blue Code Ringo, Never Swim Alone, Pith!, The Bicycle Men, The Pumpkin Pie Show: la petite mortes, Todd Robbins' Carnival Knowledge and Tuesdays and Sundays.
With a growing track record, Fringe NYC has churned out such shows as Off-Broadway's Debbie Does Dallas, Never Swim Alone, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, Matt & Ben, The Joys of Sex and Dog Sees God. The most successful show to come from the downtown exhibitor is Urinetown — which graduated to Off-Broadway, then Broadway and has since toured across the country and is being staged in independent regional runs. For more information including volunteer details, call (212) 279-4488 or visit the website at www.FringeNYC.org.