Seventeen of the most popular shows from the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival will be presented in two separate Encore series this year. Solo in the City at the Baruch Performing Arts Center will present seven solo performances that were hits at the festival. The other ten, including many of the winners of the Fringe Overall Excellence Awards, will be at the Players Theater. Tickets are $18.
THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 6 – October 20 at Players Theater
In Absentia Productions
Writer: Nathan Wright / Director: Nadia Foskolou
Best Ensemble winner at FringeNYC 2013. He escaped the savage streets
of Rio de Janeiro, but this placid Lake Michigan summer town has
dangers of its own… 1h 45m. Friday 9/6 @ 8PM; Tuesday 9/24 @ 8PM;
Saturday 10/05 @ 9PM; Sunday 10/13 @ 7PM.
The Great iii Am
Writer: Matt Graham
Matt Graham (“a funnier Spalding Gray” – USA Today) is back on his
soapbox with a Scrabble tutorial from on high. Or is it a theology
class on a Scrabble board? Check it out. You have nothing to lose but
your soul. 1h 15m. Saturday 9/7 @ 8PM; Saturday 9/14 @ 8PM; Saturday
9/21 @ 8PM; Saturday 9/28 @ 8PM; Saturday 10/5 @ 8PM
The Rufus Equation
Rufus Productions (New York, NY)
Writer: Ted Cubbin / Director: Tom Ridgely
2013 FringeNYC Excellence in Playwrighting Award winner. Nerd + Math =
Sex. What’s love got to do with quantum physics? Professor Bert Rufus
is awkward with women – especially with the alluring physicist Alys
Smith. Bert invents a secret device that will shock the world…and
might even get him laid. Sunday 9/8 @ 3PM & 8PM; Tuesday 9/10 @ 8PM;
Sunday 9/15 @ 3PM & 8PM
Cowboys Don’t Sing
Figure It Out Later Productions
Writer: Dennis Flynn, Music by Johnny Kelley, additional score by T.J.
Alcalá / Director: Dennis Flynn
2013 FringeNYC Excellence Award winner. The lone cowboy rides into a
singing town on his trusty steed. He meets danger, romance, Western
archetypes, and way too many musical numbers, including “The Racist
Song.” Will he abandon his cowboy ways and sing? Well yeah, but still.
Thursday 9/12 @ 7PM; Sunday 9/15 @ 7PM; Wednesday 9/25 at 7PM;
Thursday 9/26 at 9PM.
Waiting For Waiting For Godot
Hansburg Productions, in association with The Collective NY (New York, NY)
Writer: Dave Hanson / Director: Alex Harvey
Best Overall Play award winner at FringeNYC 2013. Two understudies
occupy their time backstage trying to understand art, life, and their
absurd existence. Turns out, the only people who truly understand
waiting for Godot are the two actors who are Waiting for Waiting for
Godot. Saturday 9/14 at 5PM & 9PM; Sunday 9/15 @ 5PM; Monday 9/16 @
Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative (Brooklyn, NY)
Writer: Zoey Martinson / Director: Sibusiso Mamba
Best Overall Play award winner at FringeNYC 2013. Come see South
African story telling at its finest! This play explores the
aspirations of three diverse characters whose lives intersect in a
Soweto shantytown. Darkly funny and poignant, Ndebele Funeral features
original music and gumboot dancing from the mines of Jo’burg. Friday
9/13 at 8PM; Thursday, 9/19 at 8PM; Sunday 9/22 at 3PM; Friday 9/27 at
8PM; Sunday 9/29 at 3PM.
The Arts Effect (New York, NY)
Writer: Katie Cappiello / Director: Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney
Sixteen. Pre-gaming. Empty Absolut bottle. Back of a cab. Ripped
underwear. Hands everywhere. No! Through the eyes of NYC teen girls,
face the choices and experience the fallout from one life-altering
Friday night. Saturday 9/14 at 7PM; Sunday 9/15 at 2PM; Thursday 9/26
at 7PM; Sunday 9/29 at 5PM.
Perfectly Normel People
The Footlight Players (Charleston, SC)
Writer/ Director: Thomas and Judy Heath
TheaterMania Audience Favorite award winner atFringeNYC 2013. What
happens when an NYU freshman from Kansas moves in with a dysfunctional
Italian family from Queens? It’s 1981. The Ramones rule the Village,
Reagan rules the country and the only rule in the Normellino household
is, whoever shouts loudest, gets heard. Wednesday 9/25 at 9PM; Friday
9/27 at 10PM; Sunday, 9/29 at 7:30PM.
Why You Beasting?
NewYorkRep (New York, NY)
Writer: David Don Miller / Director: Markus Potter
Take a darkly comic ride into an urban high school where undisciplined
students and a bewildered faculty confront upheaval and strife while
attempting to navigate a backwards bureaucracy. 2h 15m. Sunday 9/29 @
2PM; Tuesday 10/1 @ 8PM; Sunday 10/6 @ 7PM; Friday 10/11 @ 9PM;
Tuesday 10/15 @ 8PM
True False Theatre Company
Writer: Daria Tavana / Director: Jenny Beth Snyder
Billy Pilgrim escapes death in WWII then wakes up with a pornstar on
the planet Tralfamadore. After aliens show him the meaning of life,
Billy returns home to NY and preaches their philosophy. Based on the
novel by Kurt Vonnegut. Thursday, 10/10 at 10PM; Friday 10/11 at 9PM;
Saturday, 10/12 8PM; Sunday, 10/13 at 9PM.
SOLO IN THE CITY: THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 12 – 27 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Overcoat Theater (Boston, MA)
Writer: H.R. Britton / Director: Rajeev Varma
A naive young American travels to India to explore yoga, meditation,
and music. After three months, his quest for enlightenment takes a
detour when he becomes ill. Storytelling and live music tell the tale
of this confusing and beautiful pilgrimage. Thursday 9/12 @ 1 PM &
Friday 9/13 @ 8:30 PM.
They Call Me Q!
eyeBLINK (Bronx, NY)
Writer: Qurrat Ann Kadwani / Director: Claudia Gaspar and Obaid Kadwani
Proclaimed “A Theatrical Force” by Orlando Weekly for her uncanny
embodiment of 13 characters, award-winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani
searches for identity in this emotional affecting tour-de-force.
Winner Best Play 2013 Maui Fringe Festival. Friday 9/13 @ 7 PM &
Saturday 9/14 @ 1 PM.
En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams
Writer: William Shuman / Director: Ruis Woertendyke (Boynton Beach, FL)
2013 FringeNYC Excellence in Solo Performance Award winner. I’ll fix
myself a drink then we’ll talk. You’ll hear about mother, Edwina, who
believed she was Amanda, father, Cornelius and dear sister Rose. Then
we’ll explore some of my work, my loves and my demons. En Avant!
Saturday 9/14 @ 8PM & Sunday 9/15 @ 3PM.
What’s An Anjan?
Writer: Anjan Biswas (New York, NY & Calcutta, India)
2013 FringeNYC Excellence in Solo Performance Award. Previously
performing for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Comedy Central Asia,
Anjan draws upon his life as a young brown man in the U.S., Singapore
and the U.K. for a hilariously un-PC exploration of sex, racism,
drug-ventures, and self. Sunday 9/15 @ 7 PM & Tuesday 9/17 @ 6:15 PM.
Human Fruit Bowl
Writer: Andrea Kuchlewska / Director: Jessi D. Hill
Winner: 2013 FringeNYC Excellence in Solo Performance Award & Best
Production at Prague Fringe. A tub, a scarf, a stool and a naked
woman. Monologue, mystery, live fine art modeling session; this
fast-paced solo work asks: What are the stories we tell about artists
and their muses? Thursday 9/19 @ 7 PM & Friday 9/20 @ 8 PM.
Vertical Tasting Productions (Hoboken, NJ)
Writer: Aoise Stratford
London, 1888. Mary Jane Kelly, a young prostitute, enters a
Whitechapel pub to sell her last possession. Will a mysterious
stranger buy her safety for the night? Or turn out to be Jack the
Ripper? A provocative, poignant, true story. Saturday 9/21 @ 8 PM &
Sunday 9/22 @ 3 PM.
Recipe for Success
Writer: Peter Grosz / Director: Mark Sam Rosenthal (New York, NY)
Wannabe celebrity chef Denardi (former Colbert writer Peter Grosz)
shares misguided methods for achieving fulfillment… until this
cooking demo gets derailed by demons from his past! Wednesday 9/25 @ 7
PM & Friday 9/ 27 @ 8 PM