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UNFringed 2017: July 31st-September 3rd

Applications accepted February 1, 2017 – May 15, 2017

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In the summer of 2013, The First Annual UNFringed Festival brought bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out. Now, Summer 2017, UNFringed returns with new original shows!


UNFringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers. With the termination of of the New York City Fringe Festival we are the only festival as such in the city. We welcome all productions that would have applied to the NYC Fringe Festival. The only difference, UNFringed has no submission fee.

Applications will be accepted electronically from February 1st, 2017 to May 15th, 2017. 
  • There is no submission fee to apply!
  • Please submit only complete applications. If application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Complete applications include a full script, contact information, and press information. 
  • Due to the number of applicants and the size of our staff, please DO NOT contact us to see if your application has been received and/or is complete, you will get an emailed response confirming your submission. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application and support materials.


All applicants will receive notification via email on or before May 20th. At this time, if you are accepted to the festival, you will receive further instructions of information (as an online form) we will need from you or your company. This online form must be filled out immediately and be accompanied by a non-refundable $400.00 participation fee, which can be paid online.


If your show is accepted to the festival, you are given a slot in which to produce your show. We are NOT producing your show, we are the presenting company. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, staff, secure your own rights, run your own rehearsals, etc. Equity Showcase productions are welcome. We provide the necessary insurance for the application at no cost.


All shows will be presented in one venue for at least 4 performances throughout the duration of the festival. Performances will be between 6pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to that ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Production properties and sets have to be minimal since the changeover times are tight.


UNFringed handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Full priced tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door.


All participants receive 50% of the net profits.
$500 Best of Fest Prize – the audience votes and the show that receives the largest popular vote and win a prize purse of $500!


You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show simple. The venue is equipped with very basic lighting and sound equipment. Storage space is minimal. Since the space is shared with all shows in that venue you may get some storage but will be sharing with other companies; therefore, no large set pieces or furniture will be stored on site. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical/dress rehearsal in the venue.


UNFringed will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast media. You are welcome to publicize your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.


If you are accepted to UNFringed, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut anytime during the months of June, July, August and Sept 2017.
Performances elsewhere within our audience area greatly impact ticket sales to UNFringed. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from UNFringed.


Out-of-area participants, like locals, are responsible for all aspects of production and additional publicity for their show, as well as travel expenses, securing working visas (where required), and accommodations. UNFringed cannot help with housing for a participating company. Please bear this in mind before applying. It can be hard to mount a show in NYC even if you are normally based in Hackensack NJ. The physical distance may not be great but unless you cast NY actors or can find an NJ cast that is willing to come in for the show times which may be at different. We want your production to run as smoothly as possible.

Video recordings are made available by SPELIOTIS video. Steven provides 2-3 camera recordings and editing. The price range is from $100-$200, depending on length of the production, for an amazing product. Examples of his work can be found below:

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