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posted Friday, February 19, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 08
The 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival serves up the freshest live performance!
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The 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival serves up the freshest live performance!

What: Seattle Fringe Festival
When: February 25-28 & March 3-5
Where: Annex Theatre, Eclectic Theater,
TPS Center Theatre, TPS Studio, TPS Black Box
More info: seattlefringefestival.org


            This month, twenty-one performance groups will shine in shows across the city.

            For two weekends, in two Seattle neighborhoods, you can see some of the best new work from veteran producers and emerging artists. From serious drama to family-friendly fare, from burlesque to sketch to dance duets, from highbrow to lowbrow to no-brow, Seattle Fringe Festival has something for everyone.

            The Festival returns to historic Fringe venues Annex Theatre (1100 E. Pike St.) and Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave.) on Capitol Hill. And this year, we have also expanded to Queen Anne! Seattle Fringe Festival is partnering with Theatre Puget Sound to present performances in three venues at Seattle Center: TPS Center Theatre at the Armory, TPS Studio, and TPS Black Box.

            Seattle Fringe Festival opens Thursday, February 25, and runs through Saturday, March 5. Tickets and festival passes are available at click4tix.com or seattlefringefestival.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

            Three mainstage shows (on the Center Theatre stage) run 90 minutes; all other shows run an hour or less. Single tickets are priced affordably at $10 and 5-show passes are $40.

            This year, Seattle Fringe Festival is trying something new. In addition to the 18 shows selected in the traditional lottery drawing, the Steering Committee curated three stellar acts for our TPS Center Theatre mainstage:

            " An Oak Tree, produced by Radial Theater Project (producers of previous Seattle Fringe Festival hits Aisle 9
and Profile), is an absurd comic play for two actors  one of whom has never read the script. David Gassner, former Artistic Director of Theater Schmeater, performs with a rotating cast of guest artists.

            " Paper Angels, produced by SIS Productions, tells the gripping true stories of Chinese immigrants indefinitely detained at the Angel Island immigration center in 1915. This production enjoyed sold-out runs at the Dukesbay Theater in Tacoma and INScape in Seattle.

            " Uncle Seagull, produced by The Libertinis  Seattles sexiest inter-arts gang brings their signature mash-up of burlesque, clown, dance, drama, and indescribable pleasures to the Seattle Fringe Festival stage, dressing down and dressing up Chekovs most famous works.

            The Seattle Fringe also brings you a host of other delights, including:

            " Stellar solo work: Further adventures with Sara Porkalobs THE DRAGON LADY; a multi-media
comedy show with Portland wunder-adult Phil Schallberger; and Shawnmarie Stanton performing Anna and the Sea by playwright Scot Augustson.

            " Live music: The Worry Machine; In Love with Chekov; and dance exploration Concerto
Concerto bring the musicians onstage

            " Veteran producers: Fringe Fan favorite Cindy Giese returns with a new slate of shorts, and
theater:INFLUENCE digs into a neglected classic play By Special Request

            " New faces: Brand new work by playwrights Lyssandra Norton (Self-Composed) and Tre
Calhoun (Dirt+Dew)

            " Bring the kids: Leah Adcock-Starr reexamines The Life and Many Deaths of Peter Pan and
Bards, Bands, and Bravura finds the comedy in In Love With Chekov

            " Leave the kids at home: Danielle K.L. Gregroire brings dark storytelling to the Fringe in A
Necessary Sadness and A Little Burlesque presents a John Waters-flavored extravaganza of
filth in DUMP

           
            Up to the minute information about the Seattle Fringe Festival can be found on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/seattlefringefestival. Check in frequently to find news about our artist, events, and the Seattle fringe community. You can also go to our website at www.seattlefringefestival.org

            A complete list of productions follows:

            An Oak Tree  Produced by Radial Theater Project  75 minutes | Rated 13+
            TPS Center Theatre: Feb 26 @ 7pm | Feb 27 @ 7pm | Mar 4 @ 7pm | Mar 5 @ 7pm

            An absurdly comic play for two actors, one of whom has never seen the play or read the script. An Oak Tree
explores the power of human imagination, and our ability to transform our world and ourselves. David Gassner
performs with a different guest actor at each performance. "A play about theatre, a magic trick, a laugh and a vivid
experience of grief, and it spoils you for a while for other plays."  Caryl Churchill

            Summary: A play for two actors, one whom has never seen the play or read the script
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy

            Paper Angels  Produced by SIS Productions  90 minutes | All Ages
            TPS Center Theatre: Feb 27 @ 5pm | Mar 5 @ 5pm

            In 1915, eager and hopeful Chinese immigrants await permission to enter the United States at the West Coast
immigration center located at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. In sharing the stories of sojourners aspiring to find
a home in the America of their dreams, Paper Angels creates a moving depiction of issues still relevant today.

            Summary: An intimate portrait of the Asian immigrant experience, revealing the universal desires and haunting
realities of those coming to America.

            Keywords: Theater, Drama, Asian/Asian American

            Uncle Seagull  Produced by The Libertinis  90 minutes | Rated 13+
            TPS Center Theatre: Feb 26 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 9pm | Mar 4 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 9pm

            Stuck in a cherry orchard with no way back to the sea, three seagull sisters insist on a life of propriety, adventure, and toil amidst endless cherry pits and the bleak antics of the humans below. But when the orchard of their
childhood changes right beneath their webbed feet, will Katya, Vera, and Sasha summon the courage to fly?

            Summary: The Libertinis, Seattles sexiest interarts gang, present equal parts love letter and ransom note to your
favorite Russian Anton Chekhov. Everybirdy hurts.

            Keywords: Theater, Dance, Music, Burlesque, Comedy, Drama, LGBT, Clown

            DUMP  Produced by A Little Burlesque 55 minutes | Rated Mature
            Annex Theatre: Feb 27 @ 7:30pm | Feb 28 @ 5:30pm | Mar 3 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 7:30pm

            The ladies of A Little Burlesque bring you another mesmerizing, genre blending, theatrical burlesque performance. This time, they'll push the boundaries of beauty and travel to the city DUMP, where we find its inhabitants threatened by demolition and constant scrutiny of the way they live their lives. Can these rag-tag ruffians of the DUMP join forces to fight the shiny prospect of the filth-less future?!

            Summary: DUMP is a depraved, John Waters-inspired, Sex and Garbage Extravaganza, that will make audiences
wish they brought a moist towelette.

            Keywords: Theater, Dance, Burlesque, Comedy

            Illuminati: the Musical  Produced by Love Snack  50 minutes | Rated 13+
            Annex Theatre: Feb 26 @ 7:30pm | Feb 28 @ 3:30pm | Mar 4 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 5:30pm

            Baylie Freeman and Caitlin Obom are Love Snack, a musical sketch comedy duo with one goal  get into the upper echelon of the Illuminati at all costs. Join them on a journey of unsettling discoveries and unflagging enthusiasm. Finally, a multimedia theater presentation that asks and then swiftly answers that age-old question: Can any omnipresent and unspeakably influential secret society ever match the power of friendship?

            Summary: A musical sketch comedy duo takes on the most powerful organization in human history. Things are
going great.

            Keywords: Theater, Music, Film, Comedy

            Mad Scientist Cabaret  Produced by DANGERSWITCH!  55 minutes | Rated 13+
            Annex Theatre: Feb 25 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 9pm | Feb 28 @ 2pm | Mar 3 @ 7:30pm

            Seven nightmarish creatures embark on a madcap adventure into the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Bound by their own bizarreness, they toil through titillating torments, physical feats, and extended experiments on each other as they seek to discover the truth to their own monstrosity& and humanity. Through a special blend of comic mayhem and visual spectacle they take the audience on a jam-packed journey
into insanity that walks the line of horror and humor. Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this
playfully audacious piece.

            Summary: Nightmarish creatures create mayhem and spectacle in the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this playfully audacious piece.

            Keywords: Theater, Dance, Music, Comedy, Puppetry, Clowning, Horror

            Phil Schallberger Full Showberger  Produced by Clayton Weller  50 minutes | Rated 13+
            Annex Theatre: Feb 26 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 4pm | Mar 4 @ 7:30pm | Mar 5 @ 9pm

            A hyper-absurd solo-semi-sketch comedy performance written and built by Portland wunder-adult Phil Schallberger featuring educational chimney-sweeps, pizza, guardian angels, questionable puppetry, and powerpoint-t.v.

Described by many as a very unique, wonderful comedic experience, this show is unlike most one-man shows in
that it isn't heart-breaking-ly personal and has very little in the way of cathartic triumph or overcoming alcoholic
dads. It's just fun.

            Summary: A multi-media comedy explosion rupturing forth from the head of Phil Schallberger
            Keywords: Comedy

            The Worry Machine  Produced by Sasha Bailey  55 minutes | Rated 13+
            Annex Theatre: Feb 25 @ 7:30pm | Feb 27 @ 5:30pm | Feb 28 @ 7pm | Mar 5 @ 4pm

            In a town that exists without worries, one girl seeks out the fears and anxiety that the Worry Machine, an invention of a clever tinkerer, has done away with. But her persistent search for answers lead to a major breakdown of the machine, releasing twenty years of worry onto a previously worry free town. When the town calls for her to set things right, she discovers through her journey that a world without fear also lacks love. And a life without duality candeceive an entire town.

            Summary: What are you so worried about? Toss your cares and fears away! The Worry Machine is here to stay.
            Keywords: Theater, Music, Comedy, Drama

            By Special Request ­ Produced by theater: INFLUENCE  45 minutes | Rated 13+
            Eclectic Theater: Feb 26 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 5:30pm | Mar 3 @ 7:30pm | Mar 5 @ 9pm

            Franz Xaver Kroetz' play Request Concert, controversial at the time (1981) of its composition, portrayed the human cost of relentless capitalist expansion.

            In 2016 Seattle, who are the millers, and what of those who are grist for the mill? Capitalism has its distinct pleasures. But the bills will always come due.

            Summary: The dark side of the Seattle Boom. With a playlist. From the scenario of Franz Xaver Kroetz' "Request
Concert.
            Keywords: Theater, Music, Drama

            Dirt + Dew  Produced by Tré Calhoun  55 minutes | Rated 13+
            Eclectic Theater: Feb 26 @ 7:30pm | Feb 28 @ 5:30pm | Mar 3 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 5:30pm

            John Smith is an average guy who wants what average guys want: companionship; Memory is haunted by the
memories of her past. As John covers himself from head to toe in mud  and other forest elements  his lust and her
fear meet. The result is something a little messy and a little sweet, in this existential, one-act camp dramedy.

            Summary: A college grad fears for her life in the woods, as her co-camp counselor masks himself in mud and
seduces her.
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy, Drama

            Lazarus and His Girlfriend  Produced by Jim Moran  55 minutes | Rated 13+
            Eclectic Theater: Feb 25 @ 7:30pm | Feb 27 @ 9pm | Feb 28 @ 3:30pm | Mar 4 @ 7:30pm

            An expressionist tale of young love inspired by a story from the Gospel of John. Lazarus lived a poor and sickly life in the dusty Judea town of Bethany. After dying, he encounters the free-spirited Paige who introduces him to some of the ways in the after-life. But death and his time with Paige may be temporary for Lazarus because a miraculous
destiny awaits.

            Summary: An expressionist, young-adult retelling of the Biblical story of Lazarus.
            Keywords: Theater, Drama

            Self-Composed  Produced by Lyssandra Norton  55 minutes | Rated 13+
            Eclectic Theater: Feb 25 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 4pm | Feb 28 @ 7pm | Mar 5 @ 7:30pm

            Tucker wants nothing more than for his OCD to disappear and for his best friend to stop making such a big deal
about all this self definition crap. Charlie wants nothing more than to have been born in the right body and for his
best friend to stop trying to clean up his life for him.

            Summary: Adolescence is hard enough without having OCD and a best friend who is clearly keeping a giant secret from you.
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy, Drama, LGBT

            Totally Solid Gold!  Produced by Busted Ankle Dancers  55 minutes | Rated Mature
            Eclectic Theater: Feb 27 @ 7:30pm | Feb 28 @ 2pm | Mar 4 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 4pm

            The New York Times described the hit TV series Solid Gold as "mini-dramas...of covetousness, lust and aerobic
toning. Fans of Solid Gold will get to see touchstones of the 70s/80s TV show live: flashy costumes, circular set
pieces, and glittery flop sweat! They will hear cheesy hits from the past, full-throated lip syncing, and the panting of
the dancers! They will feel the energy, and also feel that they could become Solid Gold dancers themselves, in fact,
pretty much anyone could!

            Summary: A live parody of the classic TV show, with an amateur comedy dance troupe dancing to 80s radio hits!
            Keywords: Theater, Dance, Music, Comedy, LGBT

            Blue Paint  Produced by Copious Love Productions  30 minutes | Rated 13+
            TPS Black Box: Feb 26 @ 8:30pm | Feb 27 @ 5pm | Mar 3 @ 8:30pm | Mar 5 @ 7pm

            Opposites attract. That's science. Relationships take work. That's life. Maggie is all heart and Thomas is all brain.
We look in on this odd yet appropriately matched couple during two different stages of their relationship as they try
to teach each other how to grow. But are they growing apart in the process? Blue Paint asks its audience what does
love look, feel, sound like to you?

            Summary: Thomas and Maggie feel trapped by each other's world, both have to lose something in themselves to
find each other.
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy, Drama

            Concerto Concerto  Produced by Liz Houlton  30 minutes | All ages
            TPS Black Box: Feb 25 @ 8:30pm | Feb 27 @ 7pm | Mar 3 @ 7pm | Mar 5 @ 3:30pm

            Dancers rarely have control of the soundscape in a performance. With the challenge of prerecorded classical
scores, ones that have set rhythms, syncopations, crescendos and endings, the dancer is like the worker-bee; always keeping up with this higher power. I want to challenge that notion and have the dancer create the sound as they perform. A new version of classical concertos evolve on stage in front of our eyes!

            Summary: A compilation of solos and duets interacting with live sound design and prerecorded classical works.
            Keywords: Dance, Music

            In Love With Chekhov  Produced by Bards, Bands and Bravura  55 minutes | All Ages
            TPS Black Box: Feb 26 @ 7pm | Feb 27 @ 8:30pm | Mar 4 @ 7pm

            Chekhov was the soap opera, blockbusting, storytelling, popular entertainment provider of his time. Join our
congregation of Deya Ozburn, James Lyle, Mark Waldstein, Cassie Fastabend, and Stanislove for a vaudeville inspired Tent Revival Meeting, that does not quite go as expected. The order of service includes a sermon on The Harmful Effects of Tobacco and The Bear, a morality play on the fidelity of marriage (even after death). Some
audience participation may be required.

            Summary: Come have fun as we take Chekhov and his romantic comedy writings off the pedestal and out to play.
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy, Drama

            The Life And Many Deaths of Peter Pan  Produced by Rough Magic Productions  55 minutes | Rated 13+ (adult themes and material)
            TPS Black Box: Feb 25 @ 7pm | Feb 27 @ 3:30pm | Mar 4 @ 8:30pm | Mar 5 @ 5pm

            As his light wanes and the tick-tock of the clock winds down, the man who made Peter Pan is confronted by
shadows of his past. Eclipsed by his greatest creation and burdened with devastating loss, J.M. Barrie has forgotten
how to fly. Dark and whimsical, tragic and joyful, silly and profound, this shadow play romps through the borders
between true and make-believe, journeys back to Neverland, and invites us to remember all we have forgotten.

            Summary: As his light wanes, Peter Pan's creator J.M. Barrie confronts the shadows of his past. Will he remember how to fly?
            Keywords: Theater, Drama, Shadow Puppetry, Literary Adaption

            A Necessary Sadness  Produced by Danielle K.L. Gregoire  55 minutes | Rated Mature
            TPS Black Studio: Feb 25 @ 9pm | Feb 26 @ 7:30pm | Feb 27 @ 5:30pm | Mar 5 @ 7:30pm
            A Necessary Sadness explores the sorrows that exist and connects us. A variety show with storytellers, improv
artists, sketch performers, musicians and a stand up comedian, originally inspired by the Dictionary of Obscure
Sorrows.
            Summary: A celebration of vulnerability and sadness inspired by the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and life.
            Keywords: Storytelling, Music

            Anna and the Sea  Produced by [N]one Co.  45 minutes | Rated 13+
            TPS Black Studio: Feb 26 @ 9pm | Feb 27 @ 7:30pm | Mar 4 @ 9pm | Mar 5 @ 5:30pm

            The fantastical mind of Scot Augustson meets the musical world of Shawnmarie Stanton in this lyrical search for the meaning of our brief lives. Anna, her Aunt Octavia, and a cadre of characters put the question to evolutionary
biology, but they might not be prepared for the answer.

            Summary: A lyrical search for the meaning of our brief lives using the guideposts of vertebrate and invertebrate
evolutionary biology.
            Keywords: Theater, Music, Comedy, Solo

            DRAGON LADY: I'm Going To Kill You ­Produced by Sara Porkalob  45 minutes | Rated 13+
            TPS Black Studio: Feb 25 @ 7:30pm | Mar 3 @ 9pm | Mar 4 @ 7:30pm | Mar 5 @ 4pm

            It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria's 60th birthday. By the light of karaoke machine, fueled by lumpia and resentment, her five children discover a dark family secret hidden within the stories of their childhood dystopia. Traveling back and forth through 30 years of faulty memories, Sara Porkalob embodies the 2nd generation of her family to weave a tale about their past that seems too grandiose to be true.

            Summary: Filipina gangsters, possible murder, lotsa white rice, 1 actor, 15+ characters, 45 minutes. DRAGON
LADY is gonna kill ya'll.
            Keywords: Theater, Comedy, Drama, Solo, Asian/Asian American

            Eat My Shorts  A Tasty Bit of Theater  Produced by Bohemian Dream  40 minutes | Rated Mature
            TPS Black Studio: Feb 27 @ 2pm | Feb 27 @ 9pm | Mar 3 @ 7:30pm | Mar 5 @ 9pm

            Summary: A fresh collection of tantalizing short plays
            Keywords: Comedy, Drama, New Work, Short Plays

            Courtesy of Seattle Fringe Festival

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