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IndyFringe starts capital campaign

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Volunteers pose outside the work-in-progress, IndyFringe building.
  • Volunteers pose outside the work-in-progress, IndyFringe building.

IndyFringe is getting an extreme home makeover ... but not from ABC.

Wanting to match the generosity that the theater organization brings to the city and its performing arts community, arts supporters and philanthropists Frank and Katrina Basile have made a $100,000 contribution to kick off a $600,000 campaign to purchase and restore the building IndyFringe has called home since September 2008.

“Katrina and I love that the Fringe supports both emerging and established artists in dance, drama, comedy, cabaret, music, magic and multi-media. The artists write their own scripts and stage the productions themselves. The role of IndyFringe is to give them a venue to perform, and this building is key,” said Frank Basile.

In recognition of their contribution, the theater will be named the Basile Fringe Theatre. The building, which will also include IndyFringe offices, sits near the southeast corner of Massachusetts and College avenues — adjacent to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Marilyn and Gene Glick (arts supporters and philanthropists like the Basiles).

The $600,000 campaign goal, which includes the purchase of the building, renovation costs and initial operating expenses, is slated to conclude by December 31 of this year.

“Owning a permanent home for the IndyFringe Festival and a low cost rehearsal and performance space on Mass Ave is one (great) way to celebrate our achievements in 2012,” said IndyFringe Executive Director Pauline Moffat. “We are tremendously grateful to the Basile family for their generosity and vision.”

For more information on “Great Expectations: Funding the Fantastic Fringe Campaign,” visit the IndyFringe web site.

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