The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 – Staff Picks and Recommendations

Hollywood Fringe Festival

It’s that time of year again where Theater takes over the streets of Hollywood. The Hollywood Fringe Festival is back with a whole new slate of shows ranging from Immersive Horror to Serious Dramas to Campy Musicals. We are here to help you sort through the hundreds of listings with those shows our staff feels you have to check out at Fringe 2019.

Solo Immersive Experiences

Internal, They Played Productions, HFF, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Immersive Theater, Los Angeles, CA

InternalThey Played Productions – $15

When the zombie apocalypse hits, the truest danger will not come from outside.

From They Played Productions (creators of last year’s immersive hit “God: the Apologies Tour” and HFF16’s horror musical “Nothing Bad”) comes a brand-new immersive horror tale that you will experience entirely by yourself. Alone on the streets of Hollywood, you will face a darkness that may devour you whole. A darkness that will give you nowhere to turn as it’s all happening directly…to…you.

Spy Brunch, The Pod, Immersive, Sci-Fi, Fringe, HFF, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles, CA

The Pod – Lucid Dramatics / Spy Brunch – $30

Macora Aerospace and Robotics International has selected you as a candidate for the first-ever human voyage to Proxima Centauri B, a habitable planet located trillions of miles from Earth.

But first, both you and your mission partner need to be thoroughly evaluated.

We have put together a training simulation that will prepare the two of you for the decades of your life you’ll spend in deep space. Macora engineers have crafted a vessel using advanced laser propulsion technology — informally known as The Pod — that is capable of making this incredible journey in a mere twenty years.

There is one catch: The Pod can only carry one human being. Your partner is not human. But we hope she will be the perfect companion.

Good luck. We’re counting on you both.

Tales By Candlelight, Walk the Night, Cantrip Candles, Immersive Theater, Los Angeles, Storytelling, One on One, Solo

Tales By CandlelightCantrip Candles / Walk the Night – $99

Create a world… Discover a character… Embark on adventure…
that reveals a candle.

Read our review here.

Group Immersive Experiences

Ascend, Hollywood Fringe Festival, HFF, Fringe, Immersive, Mythological, Los Angeles, CA

Ascend: When Myths Fall, Heros Rise – Hidden Realms – $20-$35

The gods of four mythological pantheons (Greek, Egyptian, Maya, & Chinese) call on you, their lost demigod children, to save them from a primordial threat. However, some of the gods have other plans for this rising power. Join the gods on quests to discover the truth because tonight it’s the demigods that have the power to change the fate of the world.

Key narrative plot points and endings are entirely up to the choices of the participants. Audience members are guided through this multi-room experience, but are also encouraged to forge their own path through the evening involving quests and challenges that will prepare you for a final battle.

Best Night Ever, Hollywood Fringe Festival, HFF, Immersive Theater, Katnip Productions, MetaForYou, Bees Knees, Los Angeles, CA

Best Night Ever: A Bachelor(ette) Night – Katnip Productions / #MetaForYou / Bees Knees – $50

It’s the big night before the big day, the last fling before the ring, the last ride before she’s a bride. You’re invited to join the soon-to-be-wed couple on an exciting limo ride through the streets of Hollywood in this immersive, interactive bachelor/bachelorette party experience where nothing is off limits… except maybe the stripper.

Audience members become bridesmaids or groomsmen of the bachelor or bachelorette parties and board a limousine filled with free drinks (and, for the bachelorette, penis paraphernalia). As the drinks flow, so does all of the drama. Will they or won’t they? It’s all up to you in this fully interactive experience where the audience holds the fate of the fiancées in their hands.

Hell's Finest, Hollywood Fringe Festival, HFF, Fringe, Los Angeles, CA, Horror

Hell’s Finest – Hell’s Finest Project – $10

A sadist, a murderer, and a predator, all share one common goal: to become the leader of the finest cult: the denomination of Abaddon. There’s only one problem. In order to obtain this position, they must go up against each other in a riveting competition to impress the cult’s current leader: Adam. He’s spectacularly charming and possesses the uncanny ability to influence all those who cross his path. With secrets spilled and matches met, the three contestants grow more and more daring with their desperate attempts to gain total power. However, no matter what happens, no matter who lies and who cheats, Adam always calls the final shots.

Annie Lesser, Picnic Party, LA, Los Angeles, Immersive, ABC Project, Hollywood Fringe Festival, HFF

Picnic PartyAnnie Lesser – Free

Up to 16 audience members at a time (first come first serve) get to have a silent disco experience/picnic.
Picnic Party does not necessarily serve food. Except “for thought.”

Pop up locations/show times revealed @PicnicPartyLA on Instagram.

Rock Band Murder Mystery, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Immersive Theater, HFF, Los Angeles, CA, Some Company

Rock Band Murder Mystery – Some Company – $40

Who killed rock and roll? Find out in this 100% interactive, fully immersive murder mystery.

This interactive, immersive show focuses on a roarin’ rock band and their entourage. All participants assume the pre-generated personas of the band, manager, roadie, groupies, and other members of the crew. You interact with each other against a deadly threat, and one of you might even be a murderer! Can the show go on??

Tethered, Immersive, Hollywood Film Festival, Los Angeles, HFF, CA

TetheredInHouse Theatre Company – $9-$18

Tethered is a fast-paced look into the world of mid-market mayoral politics. Adam, Dorothy, Barbara and Nick are driven individuals working hard to defy the labels forced on them; to become more than their worst mistakes.

Vote for Murder, 2Cents Theatre, Hollywood Fringe Festival, HFF, Immersive, Los Angeles, CA

Vote for Murder2cents Theatre Company

The creators of Unreal City (2018 Best in Immersive Theatre) challenge you to vote for the best and slay the rest at this year’s Senior Class President elections! Something has gone awry in this student council grudge match, and the night has turned to MURDER.

Solve and collect clues, perform tasks, commit murders, save your fellow classmates, and interrogate suspects to find which candidate is trying to steamroll their peers on their way to the top.

Half immersive experience/half co-operative RPG, Vote for Murder is a sandbox immersive experience based on the game mechanics and characters of Clue, Mafia, and various other party games.

Horror Theater