Fresh Fruit Festival 2009
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Fresh Fruit Festival is an inclusive International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Cultural & Arts Festival held in Manhattan each July! All Out Arts' and New Village Productions' Fresh Fruit Festival feeds the spiritual and artistic souls of the LGBT and artistic communities. PARTICIPATING SHOWS Autumn Fruits: Two short plays about growing old in New York Co-Op by Barbara Kahn Martha returns every day to the apartment house that was her home for 28 years. She is homeless. Developers converted her former Lower Eastside apartment house into co-op apartments and Martha is on the street. She returns to sell bits and pieces of her past life to passersby on the gentrified Lower East Side. and Persephone's Autumn by Suellen Rubin An eternal story for the young: Meet, love, leave or stay for a while. Does it still work in late middle age? Past 60, do what's new? What do you do when your girlhood is in the last century? Therapy? An affair? These are the questions facing Damita, an aging bisexual woman searching for never-ending youth. 7:30PM, Friday July 24, 2009 2:30PM, Saturday, July 25, 2009 The Billy Willy Show Join country-western star Billy Willy, gay country-western singer, as he shares his hilarious hard-luck stories and his music. This gifted yet troubled country and western singer, the child of evangelical ministers, raised in rolling hills of W. Virginia has many stories to tell. He is currently touring with his debut recording, "Je m'appelle Billy Willy". The Other Paper, " Whatever it is, it's funny!" 9:30PM, Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:00PM, Sunday, July 19,2009 The Coronation by Joel Ensana directed by Eddie Lew Grannie has been living in the Haight-Ashbury with her gay grandson and his two Lesbian friends. When bored, her grandson and his friends play games with Grannie who feels involved and included and very much alive. But when the youngsters dash off to a gay bar, they leave Grannie on a throne, all alone and frightened. Coronation has been presented on PBS and at Mills College Oakland, CA. Its author Joel Ensana has twice been published in the Best Short Plays anthology. 6:00PM, Friday, July 24, 2009 12:30PM, Saturday, July 25, 2009 Miss Mary Dugan by Manuel Igrejas With his fabulous parties, Mary Dugan (aka Joe Azzopardi) is the center of social life for gay Cedar Chips, New Jersey. Despite being the hostess with the mostess, Dugan hasn't had much luck with men. To quote Miss Mary "I met Mr. Right a thousand times. I just never got his name." Now he has a crush on the hot guy next door--he lives next door to a funeral parlor. A chance encounter with his dreamboat throws him for a loop. What does he really want--his fantasy or the chance to know his hunky neighbor in real time? 8:00PM, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:00PM, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Passing Ceremonies by Steve Willis In a cafe, somewhere between 'earth life' and 'paradise', Harlem Renaissance artist Richard Bruce Nugent, writer, painter, illustrator, modern poet and cultural activist Essex Hemphill clash on their differing views about blackness, homosexuality and art. 8:00PM, Monday, July 20, 2009 8:00PM, Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:30PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:30PM, Thursday, July 23, 2009 School Night by Joe Norton Two teenage boys meet up in their dark high school on a hot summer night, where each intends to convince the other to participate in some mischief. Neither is ready to give into the other's plans. Their friendship is called to question as dares are thrown, secrets revealed and the night takes a singular twist when the boys begin quoting Shakespeare! 10:00PM, Friday July 17, 2009 6:30PM, Saturday, July 18, 2009 Since Psychopathia Sexualis by Devan Hite The LDS (Mormon) Church is well-known in the LGBT community for its anti-gay policies and politics. In Devan Hite's play, a college-age Mormon student at the University of Utah undergoes a serious crisis of faith and sexuality when he realizes he was sexually aroused when his two best friends saved his life. Now, he must negotiate pressing voices from both in and outside of the Church in order to understand and accept himself. The play is set in Salt Lake City, Utah, present day. 6:00PM, Friday, July 17, 2009 4:30PM, Saturday July 18, 2009 3:30PM, Sunday, July 19, 2009 600PM, Monday, July 20, 2009 Six Across by Daniel Koenig Roommates Maggie and Brian don't know what they want from life. Brian is unmotivated and expects things to come his way. Maggie goes after everything. Secrets, issues, pop culture references...and crossword puzzles infiltrate their lives. Can Marc, a sexually ambiguous neighbor help, or is he there to hurt them? Will the power of friendship and a unique ability to laugh in the face of tragedy help these roommates to persevere? 9:30PM, Tuesday, July 14,2009 6:00PM, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:00PM, Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:30PM, Saturday, July 18, 2009 Sodomy Rules: Bowers v. Hardwick by Bill Crouch In 1986, Michael Hardwick, a gay man, and his partner were arrested for making love in the privacy of their own home. The case was brought to the attention of a group of grass-roots attorneys who championed Michael's case through the Georgia court system. Ultimately, the sensational case was brought to the Supreme Court by none other than Lawrence Tribe, a famous and outspoken proponent for civil rights laws in the U.S. Through compelling eyewitness testimony, the author re-creates the dramatic events surrounding The Bowers v. Hardwick trial. 8:00PM, Saturday, July 18, 2009 5:30PM, Sunday, July 19, 2009 V-Love by Lucile Scott directed by Scout Durwood V-Love tells the intertwined stories of six post-modern women using dialogue, song, dance, spoken word, beatboxing and burlesque, all of it MC'd by a foul-mouthed beauty queen. They sing, dance and talk their way through some sticky situations, even enlisting help from the audience along the way in this multi-media cabaret play. 8:30PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 8:30PM, Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:30PM, Saturday, July 25, 2009 12:30PM, Sunday, July 26, 2009 Writers Colony: A play on words by David Allyn A writer's retreat, sexual intrigue, a battle for literary power --- all part of the fun of this comedy. Famed novelist, Robert Grant, has just told the world he is gay. But is he? Nicole, Robert's bitter ex-lover, thinks she knows the truth. Jared, a playwright suffering from writer's block, decides to prove that Robert really does swing both ways. And then there's Brad, the tabloid reporter, who will gladly expose everyone -- and sleep with anyone - in order to get a front-page story. 6:00PM, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:30PM, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:00PM, Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00PM, Friday, July 17, 2009 CHILDREN'S SHOW Journey Through the Rainbow by Nick Curto and Hal Rainbow A fun-filled puppet fantasy for children ages 5-9. Two families picnic in the park after watching the Gay Pride Parade. The afternoon turns into an exciting, event- filled journey when their children decide to explore. The boy and girl find a waterfall that leads them into a rainbow landscape where they meet various friendly and sometimes scary characters: Sigmund Squirrel, Henrietta the Orange Bird, the Talking Sunflowers, Big Ears Eddie, the Green Three-Eyed Monster, Madame Jessica Octopus, One Big Scary Shark and the Demon Dragon. But don't worry! There is nothing to be afraid of on this journey. These colorful puppets lead the children on a path of acceptance, joy and into the loving arms of their parents. 10:00AM, Sunday, July 26, 2009 DANCE Open Fruit Barre: Three choreographers/ four dance pieces The Swan danced and choreographed by Ian Archer Watters In homage to the great Maya Plisetskaya who danced "The Dying Swan," Lamaya Plisetswanskaya dances "The Swan" who does not die but dances on forever. Music? Saint-Saens. Choreography? She starts with Fokine. Color? You'll adore her pink cheeks, full fire engine red lips, sparkling eyes that pick up the light. Costume? Black tutu, swan-like feathers, crown of diamonds with a decorative black feather headpiece. Extravagance? Her eyelashes are nearly as long as her nose and studded with diamonds. Agility? She balances en pointe! You'll cheer. Accident "... AND NO DESSERT! " danced and choreographed by Marissa Maislen An undergraduate in dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Marissa Maislen received the NYU Stein Scholarship, two NYU Tisch Summer Dance Scholarships, the NYU CV Scholarship, and the NYU Tisch Eckhouse Scholarship. In 2002 she traveled with Pacific Dance Ensemble to Japan where she collaborated and choreographed a show with the Toshitsuna Ensemble. Her solo piece Accident deals with the conflict between who we are and the stereotypes that define us. "... And No Dessert" explores women's place in society. Fever! choreographed by Christopher J. Anderson Combining the surrealism of fantasy with the magic of the mind this performance voyage explores styles, scenarios, gay love, fetishes and sensual fantasy. Using original costumes with vivid colors and imaginative designs, The Rhythm Knights bring to the stage one man's musical journey expressed through exciting, mysterious and tantalizing dance and energetic and upbeat song. 4:00PM, Saturday, July 25, 2009 3:00PM, Sunday, July 26, 2009
441 W 26th St
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