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THIS FESTIVAL IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN. "It is outrageous, it is relentless, and it is delicious. Go to the festival and have some nasty fun. The guilty pleasure is actually cleansing in its own devious way." -- "It is a daring tribute to political incorrectness! This was a hilarious event. If you're in NYC, catch this laugh riot." -- Liz Smith, NY Post & Variety Look out, New York! The Bad Plays and Bad Musicals Festivals have morphed into International CringeFest '09, which this year also includes Bad Films. Actually, these are REALLY GOOD & HILARIOUS works that are irreverent, politically incorrect, naughty, and utterly zany. Don't we all need that these days?! Audiences vote every night for winners of the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, & Bronze Banana, plus Jack Lemons for the actors. For one ticket, you see 4-5 works arranged in theme evenings: Dames at Sea, Is That a Spear in Your Pocket?, Your Money or Your Art, Children & (OIther) Sharp Objects, Sex Encounters of the Absurd Kind, & late-night Saturday: Go Genital into That Good Night, including Dragness of God & the Naked Holy Ghost (yes, naked) and Grampa Hitler & the Li'l Red Ridin' Hood (musical). Entre actes are: musician-comedian Huck DeMilo, naughty singer-songstress Jessica Delfino, & sound effects comedian Zero Boy. And, the winning plays/musicals in their respective themes are: IS THAT A SPEAR IN YOUR POCKET? (Dir. Tony Spinosa) July 20, July 25, July 30, August 4 RANK ROID RITE, Samurai Proctologist by Zurbon Gish BHIBHATSYA: Disgusting Beyond Words by Norman Bert THE HISTORY OF HATE (entre acte by Jean Hart) THE FLAMING OF THE SHREW by David Schrag THE MISSION (MUSICAL) by Kevin Bleau THE SCOTTISH PLAY sponsored by… by Kurt Kleinmann CHILDREN & (OTHER) SHARP OBJECTS (Dir. Kenny Wade Marshall) July 21, July 26, July 31, August 5 PLAYTHINGS by Rob Taylor SANTA TELLS A STORY by Tami Canaday THE CLOSET by Aoise Stratford JUST A BREATH MORE VANILLA by Barbara H. Macchia BITTERELLA (MUSICAL) by Mark LaPierre DAMES AT SEA (Dir. Chris O'Neill) July 22, July 27, August 1, August 6 TERROR OF COCKROACH BEACH (short film by Albert Pergande) A NEW BEGINNING by Josh McIlvain THE ADVENTURES OF RAY NOIR, BEACH DETECTIVE by Dick Budin WHEN BIMBOS ATTACK by Jean Hart THE BLUE LAGOON: A Musical by Jonathan Padget SEX ENCOUNTERS OF THE ABSURD KIND (Dir. Tom Amici) July 23, July 28, August 2, August 7 FAME CONFUSIONS by John Hendel NO TALKING ON THE FIRST DATE by Steven Schutzman BOOTY BANDITS by Kesa Maya Soul SWAMP HO by David C. Hayes YOUR MONEY OR YOUR ART July 24, July 29, August 3, August 8 A DARK & STORMY NIGHT by Michael Wilmot (Dir. Robyne Parrish) THE POORLY-WRITTEN PLAY FESTIVAL by Carolyn Gage (Dir. Robyne Parrish) WORST. PLAY. EVER. by Sam Wallin (Dir. Robyne Parrish) PISS PLAY IS ABOUT MINORITIES, SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT (Writer-Dir. Don Cummings) UNHOLY SUNDAY FILM MATINEE July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9, at 2 pm (w/ bag of popcorn & talk-backs with filmmakers & stars) SHUT UP, APOLLO! by Apollo Braun aka Doron Braunshtein CANDY & DADDY by Anton Perich (featuring Warhol filmstars Candy Darling & Taylor Mead) DEATH & TAXES by Joseph Sorrentino (film noir) A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MISS SAMMY by Michael Wanzie (Miss Sammy & the filmmakers Aug. 9) GO GENITAL INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT Late-night Saturdays, July 25, August 1, August 8, at 10:30 pm GRAMPA HITLER & THE LI'L RED RIDIN' HOOD (MUSICAL) by Leroi B. Di Milo (Dir. Robyne Parrish) DRAGNESS OF GOD & THE NAKED HOLY GHOST by Michael Wanzie (Dir. Kenny Howard) There will be an opening benefit, honoring a luminary in the theatre community, surrounding events (costume parties, raffles, auctions), and closing night festivities. At the '07 benefit, legendary director Tom O'Horgan (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar) was presented with the Honorary Golden Pineapple. In '08, it was stage-screen-& small screen star Marilyn Sokol, cabaret superstar Sidney Myer, and Warhol muse/ visual artist Ultra Violet. NY Artists Unlimited is a 25 year old nonprofit organization that provides theatre and art to under-served audiences. The company is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nancy Quinn Fund, Puffin Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, corporate and individual contributors. These festivals, in their own wacky way, lend a hand in supporting the mission to serve the community. The movers 'n shakers behind this insanity are: Melba LaRose, Artistic Director; Bill & Anita Brown, associate producers from Shooting Star Theatre; Court Sweeting, Technical Director, and playwright Jean Hart of the Benefit Committee; plus myriad interns and volunteers that make the whole thing happen.

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  • Running Time:2hr (1 intermission)
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