In 2005, the Minnesota Fringe Festival instituted a lottery system for determining who would make the cut for the schedule, and who would hang out on the waiting list (sometimes not for long, sometimes longer) for this non-juried festival.
Since the lottery was done via a spinning chicken-wire cage full of numbered ping pong balls, I naturally thought some kind of tongue-in-cheek commentary was required on the whole affair, and so I launched my Ping Pong Ball Awards as a bit of whimsy.
The First Fringe Lottery
The 2005 Ping Pong Ball Awards - The "Thick Hide" Award, The "Wow, Maybe Working Two Jobs Isn't So Bad After All" Award, The "Oops, Sorry About That" Award, The "Defense of Marriage Award" Award, The "I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore" Award, Parts 1 and 2, The "Lives of Not So Quiet Desperation" Award, The "Forget the Pizza, Is there Any of that Beer Left?" Award, The "Somebody Up There Likes Them" Award, The "Well, that was easy. Where's the pizza and beer?" Award, The "Winter of Our Discontent" Award, The "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" Award
And how'd this whole random lottery process work out, as opposed to some other random process? Should we reconsider the whole non-juried thing? In my opinion, respectively, great, and hell no.
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