THE BEST OF THE FRINGE FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD
13 DEAD DREAMS
November 6- November 17
A dandy little ghost story. Based on a true occurrence, the show looks at a Midwestern town whose residents were beset by unsettling dreams — blamed on an unidentified corpse discovered along a local road and then put on display … for decades.
SOLO FROM THE PIT
November 7 - November 16
Connecting stories from his life to the operas he was playing at time, Faingersh plays us through a comedic crash course in finding operatic (and personal) meaning, as he recounts his decision to leave a coveted position at the Metropolitan Opera. Faingersh’s musical style is unique.
THIS BOY TOM
November 9 - November 23
A life-affirming story of acceptance, courage and friendship. Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying, but, with new girl Flora’s arrival is it time for something new?
THE DAY I BECAME BLACK
November 9 - November 18
Bi-racial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he's half white, he's labeled 100% black. Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he's "supposed" to be?
HAMLET: AN EXPERIENCE
November 12 - November 18
Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before. Hamlet has the questions. Do you have the answers?
November 16 - November 21
Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery. Join Butt in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge as you take the ride of a full-on interactive comedic experience. Kick reality to the curb! Play in a world of dark dreams and bad similes. ADULTS ONLY.
November 20 - November 30
A riveting two-hander that keeps you engaged right from the first burst of rapid-fire dialogue, Inescapable is another winner from Fringe regular Martin Dockery. Dockery and Jon Paterson play two friends escaping a house party to end up arguing about their relationship, thanks to a mysterious box scavenged from a closet. To reveal anything more would be a spoiler.
LOVE SONG TO LAVENDER MENACE
November 23 - December 4
Scotland's 80s gay romantic comedy hit is back! So are nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen, in this funny, celebratory play about Scotland's radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop that began in the cloakroom of Scotland's first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh's LGBT+ community.
WE NEED THIS MUSICAL TO STOP US FROM KILLING OURSELVES
November 27 - December 2
WNTMTSUFKO is an irreverent musical comedy about a frustrated therapist who is strong-armed into creating a musical with two of his suicidal patients, Sarah, a struggling singer, and Mitchell, a failing actor. Nothing seems to go quite right for them, however, and their aspirations for success must take a backseat to their newfound friendship.
DIETRICH: NATURAL DUTY
November 27 - December 15
An intoxicating one-(wo)man cabaret show. 1942, on the battlefields of North Africa, in a gold sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes the stage to fight the war her way, with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy.
TJ DAWE: A CANADIAN BARTENDER AT BUTLINS
December 2- December 13
An autobiographical tale about pouring pints at Butlin's Holiday Camp - the McDonald's of resorts - a British cultural institution - and an absolute shithole.
December 4 - December 16
"A woman struggles to find a balance between her own needs and being a full-time caregiver to her husband, a veteran severely mentally and physically injured in the Iraq war. Critically received as a "thought-provoking and timely play," WOUNDED is a quiet, respectful examination of three intersecting lives. A percentage of the box office will be donated to the Veterans Yoga Project, an organization dedicated to supporting recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities."
December 7 - December 16
Is it too much to ask for everything?!' she shouted drunkenly at a bin. This was the plan: 1) Find dream job. 2) Change the world. 3) Go for brunch. Now she’s broke, overwhelmed by options and in a complicated relationship with Netflix. Award-winning musical comedy about ambition, anxiety and avocados that asks, how do you know if you are living your best life?
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
December 6 - December 15
This Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is bare-bones, but fully engaging. The sets are made entirely of black, stackable stairs with hidden compartments that open for embellishments. The costumes are also all black, with minimal accessories to help the audience with the character changes. The staging/direction (also by Stromberg) is smart and sharp to fully maximize the humor of the production.
December 11 - December 16
Autojeu Theatre bring to life one of history’s most famous tales. Beowulf, the hero of the Geats comes to the aid of the King of the Danes. See him stride, swim, fight and flounder in this physical, musical performance. Beowulf as you have never seen him. Riotously funny. Autojeu go Scandinavian.
ABOUT FRINGE ENCORE
Fringe Encore Series (Darren Lee Cole, artistic director) was created as a learning center and stepping stone for the talented and amazing productions that are a part of The New York International Fringe Festival every August in New York City. Now having expanded to include the largest Fringe Festivals in the world including The Encore Series has achieved global reach. Each fall, Fringe Encore Series presents the “best of” productions from each festival and allows these worthy shows a chance to perform in New York City at the historic SoHo Playhouse. Now the top emerging artists, writers and producers have a platform to show their work in one of the world's theatre capitals! In addition one of these special productions is named OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR. The winner receives a full Off Broadway run in New York City.
This year's festivals to be judged are: LIMERICK, BRIGHTON, ORLANDO, HOLLYWOOD, TORONTO, NEW YORK and EDINBURGH
If your show is entered in one of the above festivals for 2018 and you would like your show to be considered for the series please send an invite to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include festival, dates of performance, cast size and any union affiliations. See you at the Playhouse this fall!
The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr. Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.
15 Van Dam Street, was designated at the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club. Prominent regulars included "Battery" Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy "Beau James" Walker, known as "The night Mayor" due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.
The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920's, and in the 60's operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance Mcnally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and Leroi Jones.