The Aspen Fringe Festival is dedicated to the idea that great art stimulates cultural discussion, inspires other artists and encourages people to think and act globally. To that end, we are committed to bringing exceptional performing arts and artists to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley; to providing opportunities for local performers, artists and audiences to collaborate with them and be stimulated by their work. We give back to the local and global communities through donations we raise, experiences we provide our local and visiting artists, and by providing entertaining, thought-provoking events for local residents and visitors alike.
Founded in 1994 in New York City by David Ledingham and several fellow ABC television actors, the early years of Pegasus Repertory Theatre brought together accomplished actors, directors, and playwrights to reinterpret the classical theatre canon and develop exciting new works presented Off-Broadway.
Friend and colleague Don Mackay became co-artistic director of the burgeoning company in 1997. Pegasus has been presented twice at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen to great critical acclaim and performed the play The Song That Killed The Snake by R. M. Cohen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a 16 piece chamber orchestra.
Becoming Aspen Fringe Festival
In 2009, the Aspen Fringe Festival was launched with Almost, Maine by John Cariani and I Have Here A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady from Rwanda by Sonja Linden. AFF returned the following year, presenting Love Song and Goldfish, both by playwright John Kolvenbach; and Shining City, by Irish playwright Conor McPherson.
The AFF vision expanded in 2011 with the appointment of Adrianna Thompson as director of dance programming. Adrianna brought us the exciting dance company tinypistol to compliment Michael Hollinger’s award-winning play Opus. That year AFF also hosted John Cariani, our first playwright-in-residence, and presented a staged reading of his newest unpublished work.
Season and Production History