Fringe fest brings talent back home to Indianapolis

Performing artists find an atmosphere of encouragement here.

Written by: Ashley Petry / Star correspondent Appeared in Indystar.com

"The supportive Fringe Festival community, including artists and audiences, was a big draw for Zan Aufderheide. Although she was raised in Indianapolis, the stand-up comedian had lived a nomadic life for more than a decade. When she visited last year and learned about the opportunities with IndyFringe, she decided it was time to come home.

"I was living in Los Angeles, and there it's hard to get more stage time than seven to 10 minutes a pop," Aufderheide said. "In Indianapolis, I've been able to grow my act to a full hour."

Her one-woman show, "Welcome to Zanland," was written with this year's Fringe Festival in mind. It's an autobiographical "live documentary" about growing up in Indianapolis and dealing with a dysfunctional family.

"The Fringe show is everything I've wanted to create for a long time," she said. "That's really bolstered my career, because now I have a product that can go out to other markets.""

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