What in the Sam Hill?

Festival of the Offensive (F-OFF) is dedicated to showcasing live performances that otherwise might not be produced because the establishment doesn't have the balls to produce them. Long live Lenny Bruce!

When: April 13-26, 2014  
Where: The Producers' Club, Crown Theatre, 358 W 44th St., NYC

Who the hell are you?

F-OFF was founded by writer and comedian, Jacquetta Szathmari. A veteran producer and performer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and a rabid fan of the NYC independent theatre scene, Szathmari was inspired by new productions she saw that were taking true risks on the stage. The old broad wanted to create a festival dedicated solely to offensive performance to carve out a space for work that is steadily being marginalized in favor of anything that can be put on a t-shirt or a mug, sold into syndication, hashtagged, and used to sell a car.

What do we mean by offensive?

That’s a great question. By offensive theatre we mean live performance which

  • examines and satirizes the status quo
  • brings willing audiences out of their comfort zone
  • is sincere, not smug
  • tackles new and uncomfortable subjects or presents alternative viewpoints on the usual suspects
  • takes risks
  • can hold its theatrical liquor

How do I get in on this?

Producers: Applications are closed for the 2014 festival. However, if you are interested in applying for the 2015 F-OFF, please consider joining the F-OFF mailing list. We are, however, hiring and accepting volunteers.

Audience: Tickets go on sale on the Ides of March (March 15, 2015) and will be available on OffensiveFestival.com. A schedule will be released in the spring. You'll just have to wait.