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NOTA Fringe show needs YOU!

Good news! Later this year, the city will be making the playground intersection at Atlantic & Merriman safer with crosswalks and curb bump outs. This intersection has been a safety concern for pedestrians and motorists for decades. These improvements are such a big deal, they’re getting their own Fringe show on Saturday, September 21st to celebrate.

A group of local artists and neighbors will present Word on the Street Theater, a collaborative and interactive celebration of the performing arts in NOTA.

Starting at 12:30, there will be a Cross Walk Dance Party, a series of short plays presented in the street and on the sidewalks of Merriman, and a flag dance finale. An aerial arts demonstration on silks will tie all the action together.

In addition, Rec on the Move will be on location from 12-4 hosting events for the kids, including games, arts & crafts, sports, and all sorts of fun activities!

The organizers are also asking for your help:

Anyone can submit a 5-10 minute play (about 5-10 pages) to be considered for selection into the festival. What’s the theme?

If streets were less about cars, and more about connecting people and communities—write a story about what that street looks like, what happens there. You can use bikes, roller-skates, kids playing games, neighbors meeting friends, etc.
Read the full Submission Details

Submit your entry in PDF format by 5 PM on TUESDAY, JULY 23rd

Selected plays will be performed at the festival, with playwrights invited to workshop with the actors/directors. Focus on using the street as the stage (surrounding sidewalks are okay, too), and the focus where some activity OTHER than driving a car is happening.

Interested in submitting a play but not sure where to start? Writers & Books has the perfect one-night workshop for you: Write Around the Block: Writing Short Plays for Street Performance happens Monday, July 15th from 7-9 PM for the special price of only $20. Registration is open to up to 15 people.

After the show, let’s keep the celebration going. The street will be open, but the park is the perfect place to gather for some more family-friendly fun (that may even spread throughout the neighborhood). So, what activities would you like to see? Let us know! Send in your ideas, and you’ll be able to vote for your favorites on SATURDAY, JULY 20th.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a helper, an actor, or an artist of any kind, be sure to reach out to the organizer directly at