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So I’m sitting in the offices at Fort Fringe right now, and things are most certainly abuzz. I’ve been here for approximately 7 minutes, and already Julianne Brienza (DC Fringe’s executive director) has had to trek over from her desk to answer the phone (inconveniently located in the corner) 3 times. That’s one phone call every 2.333… minutes, although the frequency is sure to pick up as we get closer and closer to the first shows beginning this evening.
The phone is ringing again, here comes Julianne. Someone else offers to get it, but she won’t have any of it.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get it, I’m on a roll.”
When she isn’t on the phone—mostly answering inane questions about tickets from chaperones of very large groups of Christian children and the like—Julianne breaks various bits of exciting news to her staff as it comes in on her computer.
For example, lots of press for the Fringe today (Express, Playbill, and City Paper for starters).
And then there’s the DC Theatre Yahoo group, whose moderators have had to limit the number of posts per Fringe production because they were too inundated with the stuff.
“I think that’s great—they have to make a policy because of us!” Julianne laughs. “That’s so cool!”
She says that for every email she reads, she gets about 4 more in her inbox. I’m going to email her a link to this blog post right now from across the room, just to be annoying. And supportive. Annoying and supportive.