I know that venues and times have yet to be assigned, but I'm so excited. I know of at least seven local groups that will be participating this year and I'm sure that there are many more who I'm just not familiar with. I won't mention names of the groups who are participating just in case they want to announce their shows themselves in this thread. I'm particularly proud to be a part of Q Artistry's show "BOT" which will offer up a story of robots, focusing heavily on movement and music.
I wanted to create this thread to serve as a discussion of shows this year and shows in years past. Some groups that I've really enjoyed in the past have included Shadow Ape's "Not a Peep" from 2010 and "Fricative" out of Cincinnati in last year's festival. Both of these shows offered something unique in that they left out traditional storytelling elements, namely speech. Fricative was particularly interesting in that you still had storytelling elements which came primarily from intonation and slight gestures (rolling of the eyes, straightening of a jacket, intense stares, etc). The Shadow Ape piece had much more elaborate movements, but sound and voice were much less emphasized. I really enjoyed these pieces because they weren't the theatrical fare that we typically get here in Indianapolis. I feel that this is where the Fringe really shines; when it brings out pieces that generally wouldn't succeed in a less concentrated market of oddities.
I know that we're still two months away from the festival, but I just couldn't wait with friends beginning to announce their shows. I could probably go on for ages about my own personal experiences, so I'll just leave it at this. Is there anything that anybody else would like to add? A Fringe show that affected you in a particular way, something that you hope to get out of this festival, or something you hope to inspire with a show of your own?