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Fringe Fanatic Chairs Folly Fundraiser

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Julianne Brienza (left) and Lisa Carr

Lisa Carr made the most of her $300 all-access pass to Capital Fringe this year. After seeing an impressive 47 shows–just over three per day–she won the Fringe Fanatic award. "If Fringe were a major I could give classes," she writes on the Fringe website. Due in part to her "stupendous loyalty to Fringe," Carr will also chair this year's Fringe Folly fundraising event, to take place at Fort Fringe on Oct. 29.

It's not always the case that the Fringe Fanatic also chairs Fringe Folly. Last year the chair was a Fringe board member. But Carr's engaging demeanor and devotion to Fringe makes her exactly the type of person the festival is looking for in a Folly chair, according to director and co-founder Julianne Brienza. "She’s fun, and she has a really great personality," Brienza says of Carr. "With the Folly chair we want to have someone who’s excited about what we do and who gets other people excited about it."

If Brienza has her way, the event won't bear any resemblance to a typical fundraiser. "I don’t particularly like fundraisers," she says. "They can be a little bit boring." For this year's Folly, hopes to bring in an act from each of the past five years to perform. There will also be a DJ and dancing, a silent auction, and an all-but-official concert by Fringe veterans Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue.

Tickets are priced at $30, $75, and $150. For the lowest price you can see the concert, $75 gets you access to the entire event, and the $150 VIP ticket includes complimentary valet parking, an all-night open bar, and–not for the attention shy–a crown.

Photo: Paul Gills, capfringe.org

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