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  • The 5 Stages of Casting for the Fringe Festival

    The playwrights behind “The Internet!: A Complete History (Abridged)” give a glance into the process of producing a show for the iconic New York International Fringe Festival.
    So your work has been accepted in the New York International Fringe Festival. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get down to brass tacks (or whatever type of nails are used in stage floorboards).
    Casting is one of the most critical elements of any performance. And with that responsibility comes an emotional journey many indie writer-producers may not anticipate. 
    So here they are: the five stages of casting for The Fringe Festival.
    1. Denial. You’ve spent years working on a script. During that time, you have been incessantly tweaking every character, making sure they have consistent, strong voices. Perhaps you even based your character on a muse—say, a friend with a forearm tattoo, or a certain erstwhile vice president. As auditions rotate through the door, you immediately begin the comparisons to the characters in your heads. “THAT GUY DOES NOT HAVE THE ARCTIC BLUE EYES OF AL GORE!” or “THIS GIRL DOESN’T HAVE THE CORRECT BIRD TATTOOED ON HER FOREARM!” You are in denial that the reality

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