More than 200 submissions were invited to FringeNYC 2004 (187 of which are expected to participate). As in previous years (e.g. The Passion of George W. Bush and Infertility, The Musical That's Hard to Conceive), shows employ unique titles to vie for attention among the many shows to be seen at this year's ninth annual festival.
Among the eye-catching titles this year include: A Lesbian in the Pantry A Play with Myself BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! by Oscar Micheaux BYUIOO Cemetery of Lips Dance With Me, Harker DYKAPALOOZA FLUFFY BUNNIES IN A FIELD OF DAISIES Fucking Ibsen Takes Time GRANDMOTHERFUCKER & THE SEDUCERS JESUS IN MONTANA: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult LOL My Pony's in the Garage SITCHAASSDOWN Slow Children Playing Sunset Bitch TEST TITLE The Greatest B-Movie Ever Told The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim The Miss Education of Jenna Bush The Monster Under My Bed Drank My Vodka Weddings of Mass Destruction Yes, We have No Bananas!
You Wanna Piece of Me? Following in the Urinetown formula, a number of musicals are announcing their genre within their name, including: Billionaires for Bush — The Musical Byzantium: A New Musical FLEET WEEK: The Musical SILENCE! the Musical SUV: The Musical! The Banger's Flopera - A Musical Perversion The Great Official Subway Musical Treaty 321! A Musical WARFIELD, USA: The Musical
You Again, a musical about cloning Lastly, (though pared down from previous years) there are the standard long-named shows including: Animal Farm project I - Version White: Funny Pigs Edna St. Vincent Millay Speaks to the Committee on Immortality Professor Dilexi Presents Dramatis Personae of the Apocryphal Menagerie Sex with Jake Gyllenhaal and Other Fables of the Northeast Corridor The Last Two Minutes of The Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular: On Democracy and Other Fictions Featuring Patriotism Acts and Blue Songs from a Red State UNSPEAKABLE: Richard Pryor Live & Uncensored, a dramatic fantasia
Among the more famous of Fringe alumni are the Off-Broadway stagings of Never Swim Alone, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, Debbie Does Dallas, Matt & Ben, The Joys of Sex and the upcoming Off-Broadway show, Dog Sees God. The grande dame of all Fringe alum is the Tony Award-winning Urinetown which graduated to Off Broadway, then Broadway and has since toured across the country. Tickets to the Fringe Festival will be $15. For more information including volunteer details, call (212) 279-4488 or visit the website at www.FringeNYC.org.