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HEAR Now Festival 2016 is the Fest for Audiophiles


From podcasts to the Bard, the HEAR Now festival runs from June 9 to 12 and approaches all subjects aural. HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more. In locations throughout Kansas City, Missouri the festival opens with Shakespeare in Sound at the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Shakespeare in Sound includes historical and contemporary recordings, live performances of selected scenes, and many special sonic treats from the Bard.  

Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 9th, from 5:00pm-6:00pm, and running through Saturday, June 11th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books in Cafe Caliban.

The Last Broadcast on Friday, June 10th at 9:00pm invites you to walk the Red Carpet in your best zombie makeup as HEAR Now presents the premiere of The Last Broadcast in the Holiday Inn's main ballroom. Recorded live at NATF's The Audio Theatre Workshop in West Plains, MO, The Last Broadcast is an original tale of zombies, radio, zombies, and more that follows a volunteer-powered community radio station, and DJ Carl Hughes,  who can't catch a break as he deals with a techie new intern, an overprotective station manager and a secret government experiment gone horribly awry.

Oh! What A Poetical War! will be from 1:00pm - 2:30pm on Saturday, June 11th, in the auditorium at the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.This program of live readings and recorded materials showcases the popular poetry of the time before and during the Great War: the Music Hall songs; the songs the soldiers sang; the poems that served as recruitment in verse; and a sampling of the serious poems, from the War Poets, many of  whom died in the trenches, or who, surviving against the odds, devoted the rest of their lives to honoring their comrades by telling and retelling the truths of that war.

Maggie Linton, host of The Maggie Linton Show, heard daily on SiriusXM Urban View, will host her show on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from the HEAR Now Festival grounds as part of the program's "Get Out The Vote" effort in Kansas City, MO.   A Kansas City area native, Maggie has been in broadcasting for 42 years.

Why simply listen to your favorite Podcast on a phone or a computer when you can go to a festival that truly celebrates them?

To learn more, go to

HEAR Now Festival
June 9 - 12, 2016

Various Locations
Kansas City, MO

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.

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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...

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