By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Jason Bruffy, 25, is a man on a mission. From the 'burbs of Atlantic City, he came to Cincinnati to join the Cincinnati Shakespeare's Young Company 2 1/2 years ago, figuring he'd be here for the nine-month tour of duty then move on.
FAST TIMES FOR
Orlando fringes. So does Minneapolis,
New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Seattle's famous fest has
just folded. Charleston, S.C., has Piccolo Spoleto, which is a fringe
festival in every detail but name.
There's an official North American Fringe Circuit with more than
20 member fests, most of them in Canada.
Fringe is not about mainstream
success stories, although there is one: Urinetown, Tony Award-winning
Broadway and touring musical, made its debut at the New York International
Fringe Festival in 1999
It's "highly unlikely," Jason Bruffy says with a laugh, that an entry
in the Cincinnati Fringe will go on to international fame. "But it
would be OK."
Bruffy's model isn't New York
but the 11-day fringe in London, Ontario, a mid-sized city with a walkable
Armed with $25,000 in start-up funding and a dream, Bruffy, who's so artsy that he lives in Brighton, above Semantics Gallery, is looking a little pale and hollow-eyed these days.
Who is this guy masterminding a Cincinnati Fringe Festival?
How do you stay so fit?
Coffee, beer and cigarettes.
How does sleep fit this health regimen?
I go to bed no later than 4 a.m. and get up no earlier than 8 a.m.
How do you make a living?
I do a lot of tech theater work, lighting and sound for Cincinnati Shakespeare and Contemporary Arts Center. I also do carpentry. (He also admits, when pressed, to doing a stint on the serving staff at Sitwell's Coffeehouse on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton.)
What do you think of the Oscar nominees?
(Blank stare) I have no idea.
What were you going to be when you grew up?
I had an ROTC scholarship and was on officer track, I was going to be pre-law, then I discovered theater.
pen focal point
of Freedom Center
Festival offers cutting-edge lineup
fest director immersed in work
isn't such a leap
era passes with Von Hoene
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
'Romeo & Juliet'
ballet demands acting, emotion
Mom' makes 'Nunsense'
Lines' brings short works alive
league, council to meet
present delicious taste of musical cabaret in 'Footlights'
awards: Inclusion Network
on the Rocks: Hearing Speech & Deaf Center
Roger P. Slagle Memorial Fund
history flavors her cookbooks
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