In 16 days even the most intrepid theatergoer can only sample a small fraction of the nearly 200 offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now in its second year, the FringeNYC Encore Series gives theatre lovers a second chance at seeing some of the Festival's favorite shows.
AT THE BLEECKER STREET THEATER:
As Far As We Know
Writer: Created by The Torture Project Ensemble in collaboration with Christina Gorman / Director: Laurie Sales.
A gripping and gritty ensemble performance chronicles the struggles of an Ohio family tortured by the absence of their son, a soldier abducted during an ambush on a Halliburton transport in Iraq. Inspired by the April 2004 capture of SSG Matt Maupin.
2h. Thur 9/6 @ 7pm; Sat 9/8 @ 11pm; Sun 9/9 @ 4:45pm; Mon 9/10 @ 9:30pm.
A Beautiful Child
The Courthouse Theater Company and Michael Howard Studios
Writer: Truman Capote / Director: Linda Powell.
Manhattan, 1955: Truman Capote and Marilyn Monroe attended the funeral of Constance Collier, Marilyn's acting coach. Afterward, they wandered the city, and shared secrets and a bottle of champagne. Capote presents a vivid snapshot of the Marilyn only he knew.
50m. Tues 9/4 @ 9:30pm; Wed 9/5 @ 7pm; Fri 9/7 @ 7pm; Sat 9/8 @ 9:30pm; Tues 9/11 at 7pm; Fri 9/14 @ 9:30pm; Sat 9/15 @ 3pm; Sun 9/16 @ 9:30pm.
Don't Say Miami and Joshua P. Weiss
Writer: Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich / Director: Ari Laura Kreith
Love hurts. Running from it can leave you half-crazy and riding the subway nude. Six singles navigate the tricky waters of urban, modern relationships in this quirky tale of love on the lam. A dark romantic comedy. Note: Contains nudity, no one under 18 admitted.
2h. Sat 9/8 @ 2:30pm; Sun 9/9 @ 9:15pm; Wed 9/12 @ 9:30pm; Thur 9/13 @ 7pm; Sat 9/15 @ 5pm; Sun 9/16 @ 7pm.
Playwrights' Arena in Association with Frantic Redhead Productions
Writer: Nick Salamone / Director: Jon Lawrence Rivera.
Spring 2009. Hillary in the White House. 65 million people disappear. Is the Rapture upon us? Pat Robertson, Stephen Hawking, Chelsea and the Antichrist weigh in. Can Madame President avert Armageddon? Starring Priscilla Barnes (TV's Threes Company) as Mrs. Clinton.
1h 35m. Fri 9/7 @ 9:30pm; Sat 9/8 @ 5pm; Sun 9/9 @ 7:30pm; Mon 9/10 @ 7pm; Wed 9/12 @ 7pm; Thur 9/13 @ 9:30pm; Fri 9/14 @ 7pm; Sat 9/15 @ 9pm; Sun 9/16 @ 3pm.
I Dig Doug
Writer: Karen DiConcetto/Rochelle Zimmerman / Director: Bert V. Royal
Two NYC teenagers obsessed with pop culture discover that the presidential election is the ultimate reality television. It's a madcap crash course in politics, fashion, gun control, animal cruelty, grand theft auto, and the art of seduction.
1hr 5min TH 8/30 - 9pm; FR 8/31 - 7pm; SA 9/1 - 9pm; SU 9/2 - 8:30pm; FR 9/7 - 11pm; SA 9/15 - 7:30pm; SU 9/16 - 5:30pm
Lights Rise On Grace
61 Academy in Association with Partial Comfort Productions
Writer: Chad Beckim / Director: Robert O'Hara
Grace falls for Large. Riece falls for Large. Large... falls. First love. Lost love. New love. Tough love. "Lights Rise On Grace" follows three desperate New Yorkers as they defy tradition, uncover and recover secrets.
1h. Thur 8/30 @ 7pm; Fri 8/31 @ 9pm; Sat 9/1 @ 7pm; Sun 9/2 @ 5pm; Mon 9/3 @ 7pm; Thur9/6 @ 9:30pm; Sat 9/8 @ 7:30pm; Sun 9/9 @ 3pm.
Mary Brigit Poppleton is Writing a Memoir
Madeline Walter in Association with The Strollers
Writer: Madeline Walter
Fake babies, Catholic chaos, and escaping Long Island in a rowboat: this and more when virginal teen Mary Brigit Poppleton fakes her own pregnancy. Why? Because she's writing a memoir, and who wants to read about a happy childhood?
2h. Mon 9/3 @ 9pm; Tues 9/4 @ 7pm; Wed 9/5 @ 9pm; Tues 9/11 @ 9:30pm.
AT SOHO PLAYHOUSE:
Bombs In Your Mouth
bipolar and wej productions
Writer: Corey Patrick / Director: Joseph Ward
Chug beer, eat Jello, arm wrestle. Do whatever it takes not to talk about the memory of your deadbeat dad in this comedy by Corey Patrick. bipolar teams up with wej productions for its third stint at FringeNYC.
1h 15m. Tues9/4 @ 9pm; Thur 9/6 @ 7pm; Tues 9/11 @ 7pm; Sat 9/15 @ 7pm; Sun 9/16 @ 5pm.
Writer: Debra Ehrhardt / Director: Monique Lai.
Jamaica. Revolution. Visa. Impossible. CIA. Seduction. Desperation. A dream. Heartbreak. Handsome. American. Customs. Million dollars. Duffel bag. Machetes. Goats. Prostitutes. Bullets. Adrenaline. Kerosene. Run for your life. A true story.
1h 30m. Fri 9/7 @ 7pm; Sat 9/8 @ 10pm; Sun 9/9 @ 3pm; Mon 9/10 @ 9:30pm; Wed 9/12 @ 7pm; Fri 9/14 @ 9:30pm; Sat 9/15 @ 9pm; Sun 9/16 @ 7pm.
Naked in a Fishbowl
Writer: Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly / Director: Hugh Sinclair.
Unscripted, uninhibited, and wildly entertaining, this unique improv-comedy eavesdrops on the lives of four friends in NYC. Witness original performances full of raw humor and startling honesty. Unlike anything else on the New York City stage.
1h. Sun 9/9 @ 8pm; Sun 9/16 @ 3pm.
Let It Ride Productions
Writer: Byron Yee
"Ragingly Funny, Riveting. Hilarious and Irreverent, Yet Deeply Touching." - Variety. "Artfully Constructed, Poignant and Funny" - SF Examiner. WINNER - Best of SF Fringe. I grew up in Oklahoma. Moved to California. Became a comedian. THEN discovered I was Chinese. Who knew?
1h 30m. Thur 8/30 @ 7pm; Fri 8/31 9:30pm; Sat 9/1 @ 2:30pm; Sun 9/2 @ 2:30pm; Tue 9/4 @ 7pm; WE 9/5 @ 9:30pm; Fri 9/7 @ 9pm; Sat 9/8 @ 8pm; Sun 9/9 @ 5:30pm.
Piaf: Love Conquers All
Writer: Roger Peace / Director: Naomi Emmerson
For those who have loved, suffered and survived. Come share a cocktail with a French legend as she shares her passion for music, men and morphine! "Top Ten of the 2005 Toronto Fringe". Experience the power of 'chansons' and l'amour!
2h 5m. Thur 8/30 @ 9:30pm; Fri 8/31 @ 7pm; Sat 9/1 @ 8pm; Sun 9/2 @ 4:30pm; Mon 9/3 @ 9:30pm; Wed 9/5 @ 7pm; Sat 9/8 @ 5pm.
Riding the Bull
Flux Theatre Ensemble
Writer: August Schulenburg / Director: Kelly O'Donnell
A love affair between a devout rodeo clown and a hellraising rancher leads to Graceland, prophetic sex, and cows that rise from the dead in what nytheatre.com called "a charming and unconventional look at the nature and definition of belief."
1h 50m. Sun 9/2 @ 7pm; Mon 9/3 @ 7pm; Fri 9/7 @ 11pm; Sat 9/8 @ 2:30pm; Mon 9/10 @ 7pm; Tues 9/11 @ 9pm; Wed 9/12 @ 9:30pm; Sat 9/15 @ 5pm; Sun 9/16 @ 9pm.