Curators’ Choice—Week of May 25
We sure do miss you! While we are apart, our Artistic Producers, Zach Blackwood and Katy Dammers, will prep a new list each week to keep your ears and eyes full until we can be together again…
In Case You Missed It
A Billion Nights on Earth | Thaddeus Phillips | Fringe Festival 2017 Theater director Thaddeus Phillips returned to FringeArts in 2017 with A Billion Nights on Earth. In his play, a portal to another dimension is opened through a family’s kitchen fridge, and a father and son set off on a spectacular quest through space and time. Taking from classic children’s books, kabuki stagecraft, and spellbinding theatrics, A Billion Nights on Earth explores the parent-child relationship and their varying perspectives on reality.
Declassified Memory Fragment | Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project | Fringe Festival 2017 Declassified Memory Fragment is a dance-theater work with live music inspired by ideas and themes around memory, history, and some of the political and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa. Declassified refers to living in a society where aspects of everyday life are subjected to restrictions and cultural expectations of secrecy and privacy, even within the family. The act of declassifying is a process of revealing what is hidden from view and obscured.
Object Lesson | Geoff Sobelle | Fringe Festival 2013 Geoff Sobelle is a theatre maker and magician not at all unfamiliar to Fringe Festival audiences (2017’s Home, 2013’s Elephant Room, among others). Object Lesson is a tactile performance-installation that invites the audience to rummage through boxes of ordinary things, exploring the stories behind them and the meaning we place on everyday objects.
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Ayo & Rachel are Single ft. Jaboukie Young-White | Jaboukie Young-White | Blue Heaven 2019 On this episode of Comedy Central’s new web series, Ayo and Rachel are Single, the ladies throw a party and invite all the guys Rachel has matched with on a dating app. Blue Heaven 2019 headliner, Jaboukie Young-White makes a cameo as one of the women’s options.
Accomplished set designer, Mimi Lien received a Tony Award in 2017 for the scenic design of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015. Her work was last seen at FringeArts in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 2019 piece Superterranean. This Friday, May 29th she will be awarded the 2020 Edwin Booth Award celebrating “four of [her] landmark undertakings—An Octoroon, Superterranean, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, and the Brooklyn performance space JACK.” The ceremony will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by a streaming of Superterranean (available through May 31st).
Thank You for Coming: Attendance | Faye Driscoll | Year-round Programming 2017 Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, and Thank You for Coming: Attendance is the first installment in a three-part series. (The second installment, Thank You for Coming: The Play, was seen in the 2017 Fringe Festival). In Thank You for Coming: Attendance, performers pass through ever-morphing states of physical entanglement and scenes of distorted familiarity, building new bodies, new stories, and new ways of being around a constantly constructed and re-imagined group experience.
There | Jo Stromgen Kompani | Fringe Festival 2015 Last seen on the FringeArts stage in 2015’s A Doll’s House, Jo Stromgren Kompani’s theater company specializes in nonsensical languages, live music, film, and puppetry. Stromgren describes There as “a deliberate misunderstanding of Eastern Europe, seen through the eyes of four dissidents stuck in the zone between East and West.”
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