If you go
What: 13th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival
When: Aug. 16-27
Where: Performances at venues across the city: Trident Booksellers, Wesley Theater and Lounge , Pine Street Church Sanctuary and Community Room, Community Dance Collective and Kelly’s Barn.
Cost: Individual performances are $8-$15; student and senior discounts available
More info: boulderfringe.com
David Ortolano wanted to make sure that Boulder figured on his international itinerary.
Ortolano’s original theater production, “The Man Who Sold the World,” had won a coveted spot in the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals’ 2017 touring lottery. As the writer and performer of one of only five qualifying shows, Ortolano had his pick of cities across North America where he could perform his piece, a “pre-apocalyptic dramedy” penned in 2001.
It didn’t take long for Ortolano to finalize a slot at the Boulder International Fringe Festival, a festival for which served as executive director for many years, which will run from Aug. 16-27 at seven venues across the city.
“It was important to me mainly because I feel like the show was birthed in Boulder,” Ortolano said from Calgary, Canada, where he was presenting his original production earlier this month. “It’s my community, and I know a lot of people in Boulder who have been asking to be a part of the show. It just makes sense to come home and unpack.”
Ortolano is among the 20 artists featured in Boulder’s annual iteration of this global celebration of independent performance. Thirteen years ago, Ortolano, who trained and teached at Naropa University in Boulder, was one of the local artists who helped establish the festival in Boulder. He said the genesis of the event stemmed directly from an unserved creative need in the community.
“A big part of the reason why I felt motivated to instigate the Fringe had a lot to do with the surface level of Boulder being a little bit trapped in a bubble. I felt like calling it ‘international,’…