Today is the official kickoff to the 3rd Annual New Jersey Fringe Festival, known to many as “Jersey Fringe.” By sunset the entire Downtown of Hammonton will transform into a 3-day street fair and theatrical marathon, filled with live music, interactive pop-up art, food vendors and a craft beer and wine garden.
Access to the outdoor festival area is open and free to the public. Festivalgoers can purchase wristbands for the specialty indoor theatrical performances.
Jersey Fringe presents artists with an opportunity to present their work and festivalgoers to attend a myriad of eclectic specialty performances. Performances, ranging from 20-90 minutes, are performed inside multiple venues, several times a day, each within walking distance of the festival’s hub, Eagle Theatre.
“One of my favorite things about Jersey Fringe is the element of surprise. You may be watching one performance in the backroom of a restaurant one day [at Jersey Fringe] and a year later it is a beloved blockbuster. This year we have added a family friendly venue and an indoor music venue featuring national recording artist, Brian Bortnick”, claims Ed Corsi, Co-Founder of The New Jersey Fringe Festival.
In 2015, Artistic Director Ted Wioncek III founded the Innovations Factory, a core of themeing artists dedicated to experimental storytelling through medium advancing technology. This collective includes many of the same artists and designers responsible for Eagle Theatre’s special effects featured in their mainstage productions, including; motorized mechanical walls, rotating stages, scent-sensory experiences, immersive walk-through exhibits, and mechanical winches.
“IFologists work together to form an assembly line of endless possibility,” states Wioncek.
In 2015, Innovations Factory set out to create a film noir satire that would seamlessly blend live-action with three-dimensional cinematography, using theatrical techniques to immerse the audience.
Wioncek states, “Our original truncated “Proof of Concept” version debuted at the 1st Official Jersey Fringe Festival. In a matter of one month we developed a narrative, completed filming, and loaded all the special effects equipment we could fit into the backroom of a local art studio.”
NOIR: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller, as it was named, received immediate praise and attention for creatives and critics alike.
“Lines formed outside the venue and wrapped around the block, while additional performance were added. It was clear to see this “Proof of Concept” was proof enough,” states Corsi.
In a little over a month, NOIR: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller will receive a World-Premiere production at Eagle Theatre. This live production, performed on-stage and on-screen, features 3D projection and 4D effects, including; wind, mist, scent, bubbles, and sensors. The premiere has been dubbed by many as the beginning of a new brand of entertainment, Theme Park Theatre.
Wioncek conclude, “Jersey Fringe is what you make it. Some see it as an outdoor music festival with pop-up art, others view it as a celebration and theatrical binge fest. We see it as a modern-day World’s Fair. A chance to present a piece of the future… today. You never know where Jersey Fringe may take you.”
Hammonton has strategically partnered with local businesses to provide a unique social experience. The New Jersey Fringe Festival is produced by Eagle Theatre and sponsored by The Noyes Museum of Art, Spellcaster Productions, GrandAire Booking, Verizon, Kathedral Event Center, Spellcaster Productions, and MainStreet Hammonton. For info, visit http://www.jerseyfringe.com or call 609-704-5012
This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Pictured: NOIR – Raw Green Screen Footage of 3D Effects LISTING EDITORS: WHAT: 3rd Annual Official New Jersey Fringe Festival SUMMARY: The 3rd Official New Jersey Fringe Festival, a 3-day street fair and theatrical marathon, will take place in Downtown Hammonton from August 3rd – 5th.
WHERE: Downtown Hammonton, NJ WHEN: August 3rd – August 5th TICKETS: Festivalgoers can purchase wristbands for the specialty theatrical performances in advance or day of the festival.
$19 – Day Pass for Indoor Performances $39 – “BINGE FRINGE” Full Weekend Pass to All Indoor Performances Tickets can be purchased at http://www.jerseyfringe.com Or contact the box office at 609-704-5012.
Additional Photos & Interviews Available Upon Request For More Information: http://www.eagletheatre.org ABOUT THE EAGLE: The Eagle Theatre, South Jersey’s only year-round professional Equity theatre, is dedicated to redefining regional theatre through innovation, enlightened production techniques and the development of eclectic theatrics. Under The Direction of Ted Wioncek III & Ed Corsi, this nationally recognized, award-winning regional theatre produces more than 160 live performances each year, including full-scale Broadway caliber World Premieres and re-conceptualized revivals; New Works Development Series, a play reading series dedicated the nurturing local playwrights; a traveling Theatre for Youth Audiences program, specializing in providing arts education to schools in underserved communities; an Annual Fringe Festival, a 3-day street fair and theatrical marathon, featuring multiple eclectic productions, a beer and wine garden, pop-up art, food, live music, and street performers; Innovations Factory, a core of theming artist dedicated to experimental storytelling through medium advancing technology; and Eagle Theatre Conservatory, a year-round tuition based theatrical institute for all ages and levels of professionalism. In addition, Eagle Theatre is serves on Facebook’s inaugural SMB Council for Small Business. The Eagle Theatre’s beginnings were humble, with just a simple announcement printed in the local newspaper in June of 1914, stating that “Mr. Litke will put up a concrete building on his lot on Vine Street, for his moving picture winter theatre.” From that, the Eagle Theatre was born.
Eagle Theatre originally opened its doors in 1914 as a silent movie theatre and playhouse from 1914 until 1944, when it was then sold to the Pentecostal Assembly of God and converted into a church. The
church occupied the building for 15 years, then sold it to Harry and Evelyn Hitman in 1959. The Hitman’s used the building for storage until 2006. By that time, the old building was on the verge of being demolition. Tracy Petrongolo, the head of the Hammonton’s arts and cultural committee, researched the building’s history and determined that it was worthy of preservation. What followed was a remarkable example of dedication by a devoted base of volunteers who were intent on seeing the theatre restored. The theatre was restored in 2009 to serve as a performing arts center. Since the reopening, Eagle Theatre has quickly grown into a nationally recognized non-profit producing organization. Today, this award-winning culturally diverse epicenter boasts state of the art technical equipment, a free parking lot, Sharrott Winery’s on-site Wine Lounge, and is located within walking distance of several boutiques and acclaimed dining destinations in beautifully revitalized Downtown Hammonton, serving patrons from New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and beyond.