Normally, this time of year, our theater pants would be full of PHX:fringe performances, but we're having a much less edgy spring than we'd like. The festival's official website, which went dark in January or February, had featured the same landing page for several months, advising fans to check back for news about 2013 events.
It turns out that more news was on Facebook, where the Phoenix Fringe Festival page announced that the 2013 festival was moving to October and then promoted an indiegogo campaign to raise money to host an October 2012 benefit at Phoenix Children's Museum. Sadly, the fundraiser didn't reach its goal and the benefit was canceled.
PHX:fringe has written a super-polite note on the indiegogo page offering to give the money back to any donors who request it, even though it's a Flexible Funding campaign, which means refunds aren't mandatory even if the goal wasn't met. At the time, ASU's Downtown Devil interviewed interim PHX:fringe chairwoman Liz Warren and festival coordinator Marta Stout about the event's future, and they were optimistic but unspecific.
Though plans to hold the festival in October 2013 were still in place in December, based on Facebook comments, and the Phoenix Fringe Twitter account also remains active, New Times reached Warren yesterday, and she says that although the festival's board of directors is still working on defining its future and sustainability, "There will be no events in 2013."
Jackalope digits remain crossed for 2014, because we're not sure how lucky our mythical mutant feet are.
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