Produced by The Present Company, the event is headed up by producing artistic director Elena K. Holy. FringeNYC shows and events will take place over two weeks, as usual, and will include artists from around the world. The schedule ends Aug. 27.
For its special anniversary, the Fringe welcomes back 10 productions which played in previous years, including 24 is 10: The Best of The 24 Hour Plays, Americana Absurdum, Complete Lost Works…Samuel Beckett, Minimum Wage: Blue Code Ringo, Never Swim Alone, Pith!, The Bicycle Men, The Pumpkin Pie Show: la petite mortes, Todd Robbins' Carnival Knowledge and Tuesdays and Sundays.
As is tradition, among the more than 200 works are some attention-grabbing titles — some political, some naughty, some long and some all in capitals. Some eye-catching shows are:
As previous alumnus Urinetown did, a number of shows announce their genre within their name, including:
The Tell-Tale Heart - a musicabre And, the standard lengthily-monikered shows feature:
Moral Values: A Grand Farce or Me No Likey The Homo Touch Touch Ticket sales are on par with the 2005 Fringe NYC which took in just under $25,000 (all at $15 per ticket) in its first 24 hours. With a growing track record, Fringe NYC has churned out such shows as Off-Broadway's Debbie Does Dallas, Never Swim Alone, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, Matt & Ben, The Joys of Sex and Dog Sees God. The most successful show to come from the downtown exhibitor is Urinetown — which graduated to Off-Broadway, then Broadway and has since toured across the country.
Since its inception in 1996, FringeNYC has been joined by other theatre festivals in New York City: the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, the Summer Play Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival among them.
For more information including schedule, production details and volunteer info, call (212) 279-4488 or visit www.FringeNYC.org.