About This Show

Fresco Productions and The University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts presents The Penguin Tango, a new comedy by Stephen Svoboda.

The Penguin Tango is inspired by actual events at the Bremerhaven, Brooklyn, and Central Park Zoos. In this “ripped from the headlines” comedy about gay penguins, Roy and Silo’s relationship is tested when the zookeepers introduce a Swedish temptress penguin and electro-shock therapy into the habitat to force Roy to turn straight and reproduce. In the tradition of commedia del’ arte, the Penguin community joins forces to rescue Roy and Silo and take a stand for penguins everywhere.

The Penguin Tango explores, stretches, defies, and pokes fun at customary definitions of sexuality and gender. In the world of the play — the world of the Humboldt penguin — there is no social norm for sexuality or gender. Homosexual couples and heterosexual couples exist equally. It is only when human zookeepers try to impose their traditional definitions of love, gender and mating that the penguins become confused and conflicted and comic chaos ensues. The production stars Steve Hayes from the movie Trick.

Part of the FringeNYC Encores Series


Tuesday, Sept 5 at 9pm
Wednesday, Sept 6 at 4:30pm
Thursday, Sept 7 at 9:15pm
Friday, Sept 8 at 5pm
Saturday, Sept 9 at 7pm
Sunday, Sept 10 at 7pm
Thursday, Sept 14 at 9:15pm
Friday, Sept 15 at 9pm
Saturday, Sept 16 at 6:30pm

Show Details

Running Time: 2hr 0min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: September 5, 2006 Final Performance: September 16, 2006

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