The Philly Fringe festival will return Sept. 7-24, featuring more than 300 productions by mostly local artists all over the city.
The 27th annual festival of performance art is one of its biggest ever, and at the same time leaner than it has been. While a record number of artists are participating, the presenting organization, FringeArts, is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.
Director Nick Stuccio says FringeArts is operating with about half the staff and budget that it had been pre-pandemic.
“It’s still a tricky time for culture makers out there post-pandemic. It’s still slow to return,” Stuccio said. “There’s no more resourceful bunch than the cultural community. We’re making do with what we have, and I think we’re operating very well in terms of the impact being pretty high.”