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Preview: San Diego Fringe

July 1, 2013 4:34 p.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews San Diego's first Fringe Festival.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Today marks the start of San Diego’s first Fringe Festival. Hundreds of performers from San Diego and abroad will come together for an intense week of innovative theater. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando explains what Fringe is.

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The Fringe has its roots in Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was established in 1947 as an alternative to the city’s mainstream theater festival. The nearly month-long event is like sensory overload with hundreds of actors staging thousands of performances at multiple venues. This year San Diego hosts its first Fringe festival. Associate director Katherine Harroff says it will tap into the Scottish festival’s rebel spirit.

KATHERINE HAROFF: If people want to try out something or take a risk the Fringe festival is the place to do that. The Fringe festival is broken down into hour time slots at different locations.

Michael Nieto is an actor performing in Ubu Roi. He’s excited by the prospects Fringe offers.

MICHAEL NIETO: Fringe is a laboratory. It’s like the science of theater where creation comes from. So sometimes you can get stuck in these theatrical tropes, like we have to do a musical that people will like… so we’re very constrained by what we think people will like. But Fringe is an opportunity to do anything we want.

Nearly 50 groups will be performing at 10th Avenue Theater, The New School for Architecture, Space4Art and additional venues downtown.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.