(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/11; via Pam Green.)
FOR audiences, the New York International Fringe Festival experience has improved over the years to include some truly civilized amenities — air-conditioned theaters, for one. But artists with shows in the festival, which begins on Friday, still face a perennial challenge: finding a suitable rehearsal space on what is usually a pretty tight budget. Here are edited excerpts from conversations about how four productions made it work this year at no additional cost.
REHEARSAL SPACE The basement showroom of the high-end furniture store BoConcept, on West 18th Street in Chelsea.
STEVE ASHER, THE SHOW’S GENERAL MANAGER “One of the producers works at BoConcept. After store hours, we come in, move the furniture and rehearse. When we move the furniture just right, the size of the playing area is about the size of the stage we’re going to be performing on. It’s fabulous furniture, and when you’re sitting offstage, you’re doing it on luxury couches and not on hard folding chairs.”