City Guide

Date posted: 12/11/2012

See a Show at the Venture Fringe Festival!

Are you staying in Billings Montana hotels this January? Witness the growing art scene of Billings at the second Venture Fringe Festival all around town during two weekends this month!

Venture Theatre’s Fringe Festival is four nights of shows featuring local and regional performing artists of all types such as dance, standup comedy, theater improve, one act plays, musicals, performance art, spoken word/poetry, and puppetry. All artists were selected from an application process. Art that is new and takes risks is favored. All content is created and produced by the artists.

Performances will run Friday and Saturday January 18 and 19 and January 25 and 26 in all venues each evening. The five venues are as follows: Two theatres at Venture, loft space above Ciao Mambo, Ciao Mambo Italian Restaurant and Uberbrew Brewery.

 The Fringe Festival encourages new, up and coming artists to create exciting, challenging work that can be shared with the public in alternative venues. As with other Fringe Festivals around the world, The Venture Fringe Festival traces back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  51 years ago, eight groups came together to perform their own “fringe” performances when not invited to perform at the larger Edinburgh Festival of Arts. The Venture Fringe Festival has evolved from the One Act Festival into an urban experience of the arts. Below are descriptions of two plays part of the fringe festival.

A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain, January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

This show tells the story of a friendship overcoming the challenges of living in the rough streets of Chicago. The play is timely and represents the complexities of survival in the city as to what is right and wrong.

Red, January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

As the Tony award-winning Best Play of 2010, Red is the story of artist Mark Rothko. He is commissioned to create a mural for the Four Season Restaurant in Manhattan’s iconic Seagrams Building. He hires a young assistant to help, and opposing thoughts of design are challenged in this timely and thought-provoking account of an artist.

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