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Woodstock Fringe 2011

The 9th annual Woodstock Fringe 2011 Festival of Theatre & Song is taking place July 30 - wftf-FSternhagenAugust 21, 2011 at the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock, New York.

Woodstock Fringe is a professional performing arts organization that develops and presents new and experimental theatrical and musical works. The Fringe serves as a home to emerging and established artists, providing a collaboration between the artists and the audience as they pursue the highest standard of live performance.

The season kicks off with a benefit and reading as well as a party. Following hors d'oeuvres and wine, distinguished multiple Tony Award winning actress Frances Sternhagen performs a reading of Andrew Johns’ play, Sisters, a comedy about families, aging, and staying present during the "September" years of our lives. Also in the cast are Greg Mullavey, Evangeline Johns and Michael Citriniti.

This year‛s plays are:

Chapter & Verse – a World Premiere by Memrie Innererarity, Obie award winner, this one-person show is about growing up in the Deep South.

American Heretic – A new comedy by Joe Raiola, MAD Magazine Senior Editor and creator of Almost Obscene. "Passionately uncensored and irreverent, Raiola wages war on the status quo -- and any holy book with more than 200 pages."

The Playwrigwftf-Byrdcliffehts Unit is a group of playwrights, composers, lyricists, book writers and actors who gather every other week to share and develop new work. The culture of the Playwrights Unit is one of community, nourishment, honor, mutual respect, and  professionalism.

This workshop is best suited to self-guided professionals in pursuit of excellence, who desire creative connection, collaboration with peers and share excitement and joy in the creative process.

Two One-Act comedies from the Playwrights Unit are:

Finding Elvis – by Mindy Pfeffer, Playwright in Residence. Two longtime friends re-kindle their friendship at Graceland, and a lonely fan of "the King" finds true love in an unexpected way. Directed by Nicola Sheara; with Noni Connor, Dana Patton, Mindy Pfeffer.

Moonbite, a Montage of Radiant Lunacy – by Ariana Johns, Playwright in Residence. "[A] playful, eccentric romp, featuring some of the denizens from the penumbra of society as they search for love and understanding...and a trip to the moon!." With Michael Bergen, Ariana Johns, Mindy Pfeffer, Chelsea Roach, Victor Truro.  

First Looks: Staged Readings of New Playswftf-JRaiola

Lies like Truth by George Wolf Reily – Two aging actors, former best friends and colleagues in the 1960s Off-Off Broadway movement, are reunited in a Manhattan old-age home and try to start an avant-garde theatre in the home.

Marker by Mel Green – The dark side of funny -- an odyssey in search of family, based on events from real life.

Like a Sack of Potatoes by Ric Siler – A gothic tale about a father and his daughters, and what he'll do to protect them.

Two by Jerry McGee:

For Better or For Worse – After 21 years, can their marriage survive Valentine’s Day?

How to Weed Your Garden – It’s Olivia’s 68th birthday party but she’s not celebrating. Her best friend has stolen her secret recipe and her husband isn’t mowing the lawn like he used to.

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Goat Hill Poets – Originally a monthly salon of poets who met to critique and encourage new work, the Goat Hill Poets are all published poets and all have been featured in poetry series in the Hudson Valley area. Current members are:  Marianna Boncek, Leslie Gerber, Alison Koffler, Judith Lechner, Tara McCarthy, Guy Reed, Cheryl A. Rice.

Horowitz & Malkine – Stand-up poet Mikhail Horowitz and French guitarist Gilles Malkine return with "fugitive parody, garbled monologues, obscure songs, unsustainable skits, and theatrical ineptitude. They'll be joined in this program by several guests who, at the urging of their agents, wish to remain anonymous."

Woodstock Fringe is made possible in part by support from NYSCA, a state agency.

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Woodstock Fringe 2011
July 30 - August 21, 2011

Byrdcliffe Theatre
Upper Byrdcliffe Road
Woodstock, NY
fax 212-602-0061

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