More Fringe Shows — Like Open House and Diving Normal — Selling Out

News   More Fringe Shows — Like Open House and Diving Normal — Selling Out Open House and Diving Normal join Flying on the Wing as shows at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival that have sold out their runs at the annual summer theatre event.

This summer's 10th anniversary celebration also has a number of shows with sold out individual performances including Here. This. Now., Open House, Broken Hands, In Transit, Danny Boy, The Onion Lovers, Fay Lindsay-Jones Story, Hermanas, Confessions, A Collapse, Rainy Days and Mondays, Puppet Government, Vice Girl, I Come In Peace, The Pool with Five Porches and I Was Tom Cruise.

Some productions are selling out at the door, a Fringe spokesperson revealed to Playbill.com. Top sellers include Penguin Tango, Walmartopia, It's a Hit, Air Guitar, Billy the Mime, Mike's Incredible Indian Adventure, Broken Hands, Corleone, Fallen Angel, The Fartiste, Lulu, A Man's a Man, Minimum Wage, Mrs Darling's Bed 'n'  Board, Olsen Terror, Ophelia, Perfect Harmony and Tradition!

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The day before the festival launched Flying on the Wing had already sold out its complete run.

According to a festival spokesperson, 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 total in advance sales by the afternoon of the festival's eve was 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 and details, call (212) 279-4488 or visit the website at www.FringeNYC.org.

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