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A lawyer by education, a yoga and fitness instructor by choice, and a volunteer because of passion, Mary Dawn Pugh has called New Orleans home for over a decade. She is the wife of an engineer and the mother of two boisterous little boys. When not chasing them, you may find her repainting or reupholstering furniture, playing tennis, doing yoga, or reading voraciously. She is excited to have joined a Mardi Gras krewe this year, and enjoys being a member of the Junior League of New Orleans and St. Charles Presbyterian Church.

6th Annual New Orleans Fringe Festival

It would be hard not to find something you love at this year’s New Orleans Fringe Festival. Between November 20-24, 70 theater groups from New Orleans and all over the country will present

N.O. Fringe Festival November 20-24, 2013. Photo Credit Fringe Festival.

New Orleans Fringe Festival: November 20-24, 2013 (Photo Credit: Fringe Festival)

over 300 shows at different locations throughout our great city! No matter whether your passion is drama, comedy, dance, improv, musical theater, performance art, puppetry, spoken word events… Fringe has you covered.

“Wild, weird, fresh and original” is how the Festival describes itself. And the New Orleans show has a reputation as, well, one of the “fringiest” of Fringe Festivals! But don’t let the description fool you: Fringe has some serious art. 24 of these 77 groups were selected by a peer-review process as a high-quality, original, “fringy” piece of theater and will show in official, Fringe-Managed Venues. Other incredible shows appear at the BYOV spaces – the Bring Your Own Venue shows.

Got kids? Get to Family Fringe! In the Marigny Opera House yard, families can enjoy free

Kids enjoying the Fringe. Photo Credit Fringe Festival.

Kids enjoying the Fringe. (Photo Credit: Fringe Festival)

performances, magic, workshops, crafts and other activities for children and adults alike.

Low on cash? Check out the Free For All events, including the GoodChildren Fringe Parade and the Parade Hot Spots, the Peep Shows, the After Parties, or the Yard Art Tour (the YAT, naturally). The parade theme this year is “Superstition,” and before the parade on St. Claude Avenue, parade-goers can enjoy the Parade Hot Spot shows, which are an outdoor “explosion” of art, music, and performances. Free Peep Shows occur at the Free For All Lounge, allowing indecisive festival-goers the opportunity to have a free preview of the shows they can choose to attend. And for grownups who can never get enough Fringe, there are free After Parties every night after shows. Finally, enjoy yard art as you go venue to venue. The Yard Art Tour (the YAT!) provides a list of yard art in the neighborhoods, and the viewer decides when and where to tour!

Certainly an event of this magnitude takes a lot of resources, including strong community support. If you want to do more than simply attend the events, consider volunteering for the festival. You can choose  to help with setup or breakdown, selling or taking tickets at the venues, run special events in the Free For All Tent, work the Spoken Word event, or even Host an Artist! Fringe has it all – incredible ways to enjoy art of all varieties and incredible ways to support the theater and arts scene with time, talent, and treasure.

You never know what you will see at the Fringe. (Photo Credit: Fringe Festival)

You never know what you will see at the Fringe. (Photo Credit: Fringe Festival)

WHEN: November 20-24, 2013

WHERE: Numerous locations all over the city. For schedule and locations, click here.

TICKETS: $8 plus a $3 button at Fringe-Managed Venues, purchase online or at Mardi Gras Zone in advance. Please click here to purchase.

Purchase day-of in the Free for All tent. Packages for six shows or all access passes are available.

Free admission at Free For All events, Parade Hot Spot shows, and Family Fringe events.

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