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19th Fringe NYC Fest Keeps the Stage Strange

Celebrating nineteen years of dance, comedy, performance art, vaudeville, and just about every form of entertainment performed on a stage, the Fringe NYC Festival (August 14 - 30, 2015) explodes onto New York in sixteen venues spanning downtown Manhattan.  This year the festival will present programming by 184 of the world's best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies representing 8 countries and 21 US states.  With attendance topping 75,000 people, FringeNYC is New York City’s fifth largest event. Delight in drag, view some vaudeville, and treat yourself to see some stages as genres are bended.

Some of the shows being performed include:

  • The Curious Case of Phineas Gage
    Inspired by the life and times of Phineas Gage, one of the most famous cases of traumatic brain injury in all of neuroscience. In this hysterical journey reminiscent of Monty Python, a trio of 19th century conspiracy theorists follows young Phineas' exploits in PT Barnum's freakshow as he discovers the secret history of psychic aliens on Earth. A thrill packed evening that just might change your life...forever.


  • The Egg Project
    A startling comedy about the complexities of father-son relationships, personal accountability and the repercussions of broken family ties. After being away for fifteen years, Marty Edgett thought he had finally shed the baggage his microbiologist father Robert saddled him with. When Marty returns home eager to show off the new life he's created for himself, Robert is waiting to show Martin the new life that he's created with the help of a Little League line-drive, formaldehyde and a chicken egg.


  • This is a Play About Artists
    Starting at the moment two star-crossed ex-lovers meet, This is a Play About Artists follows Narrator and Poet as they use art, from visual to musical and even multimedia, to relive their relationship in the past and present — and explore its inevitable future. The journey is an absurdly funny, unexpectedly charming battle of inspiration, lust and identity.


  • Kamikaze Cutesauce Cosplay Club
    An unholy amalgamation of the Rocky Horror, Japanese animation, Kabuki theatre, and Dadaism and generally defies description. Has to be seen to be believed.

This is only a small sampling of the wide range of plays, comedy acts, performances and more coming to the festival.

To learn more, go to:

Fringe NYC
August 14 -30

Various Venues

Fire This Time Festival Showcases Short Theater

fire fest logoAn establishment known for experimental theater, standup comedy, and some burlesque on the side, the Horse Trade Management Group at the Kraine Theater (85 east 4th street), will also play host to the 4th annual The Fire This Time festival, January 4 – February 2, 2013.

Read more: Fire This Time Festival...

Fringe Theatre Lives On in 2013 FRIGID New York Festival


If you’re looking to escape the heat of the awards season, New York’s FRIGID Festival is your one-off remedy.

Presented by Horse Trade, this uncensored, twelve-day fringe theater festival is entering its 7th year, running from February 20th to March 3rd.

FRIGID is a safe haven for freedom of expression and artistic integrity and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the participating artists.

Read more: Fringe Theatre Lives On in 2013...

Between the Seas Festival: Politically Charged Mediterranean Dance and Theater

rebeca tomasA fairly new festival only in its second year, the Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts (August 20 – 26, 2012) at Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, NY) brings together theater and dance from Mediterranean countries. Between the Seas features artists from:

  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Denmark

Between the Seas has a strong focus on dance, with troupes from the Arab world like Mancopy Dance Company and their piece EVERY last BREATH, which reflects on living a life of perpetual risk and danger. The Spanish dancer Rebeca Tomas performs Tradiciones Nuevas, a decronstruction of Flamenco musical traditions.

The plays being performed are similarly culturally and politically charged, like the Greek play When the red Toyota went off the road and sank in black water, about a politician coping with the inadvertent manslaughter of a woman he just met. I.D. is a Lebanese play about four transgender people from around the Mediterranean dealing with their new lives.

Between the Seas will host a free screening of The Glass Wall, a documentary by Iranian-American filmmaker, theatre artist, educator, and scholar, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, and a special guided performance/tour at the The Lower East Side Tenement Museum called A Visit from Victoria.

There will be two play stage readings:  Benedictus, which brings together acclaimed artists from Iran, Israel and the United States and This Time, a new play written by Sevan Kaloustian Greene and directed by Kareem Fahmy about a woman fleeing 1960’s Egypt for having an affair with an American professor. 

Strange and niche, yet extremely relevant, Between the Seas looks to break new ground in dance and theater.

To learn more, go to

Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts
August 20 - 26, 2012

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

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