EDITOR'S NOTE: This guest blog post was contributed by Matthew Kerns, executive director of St Lou Fringe. The 7th annual St Lou Fringe Festival takes place Aug. 15-25. ARTS Card members get 10% off on any non-headline show across the festival.

Wow. What an incredible year.

In keeping with the spirit of the original Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we’ve refocused our mission and positioned the festival as a “test kitchen” for new and in-progress works. We’ve also refined our selection process to ensure we’re presenting a wide mix of voices, with a consistent level of quality. St Lou Fringe is now an innovative festival promoting new work for arts lovers and the community, as well as a can’t-miss theater event.

This year’s festival takes place across Grand Center Arts District at seven venues plus the new Arts Academy Plaza. We’re featuring three headline acts at The Grandel Theatre and .ZACK, two of which are premier productions. St. Louis audiences will want to be among the first to see and provide feedback on these exciting new shows.

In addition to the headliners, the Fringe has invited a number of local performers and companies to return to the festival, including Taylor Gruenloch (last year’s FringeMeister for his commanding one-woman show "Hot for TREX"), long-time fan favorite Joe Hanrahan and the always thought-provoking Matthew Marcum.

All together, the 2018 Fringe features 28 producers and over 100 performances. Plus, Fringe Family is back this year with Debut Theatre Company and Compass Improv, providing family-oriented theater and activities. 

Our three headline acts are the most vibrant example of our long-term vision for St Lou Fringe. The first is national headliner "Race Cars & Romance". This musical comedy is set in the Deep South at an oil change stop and features a cast and crew blended from New York’s Broadway community and our wonderful local talent. In development for the last few years, this musical is on a fast track and St. Louis audiences are among the very first to view and respond to the show as it goes through its final tweaks. How exciting is that?

We’re also thrilled to be working with local headliner "The Gringo", a new musical written by Colin Healy. No spoilers here, but I can tell you that the show will have you on the edge of your seats. Finally, St. Louis’ long-time favorite drag artist Desire’ Declyne brings her fabulous Broadway review to our late-night headline stage. Her troupe never fails to mesmerize with grace, style and fun.

I am so excited to share the 2018 St Lou Fringe Festival with St. Louis and to continue to put our city on the cultural and theatrical map. I hope you’ll join me there!

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