East to Edinburgh Festival Launches July 13 at 59E59 Theaters

News   East to Edinburgh Festival Launches July 13 at 59E59 Theaters The seventh annual East to Edinburgh Festival, a cross-section of U.S. works headed for Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, begins its Off-Broadway engagement July 13 at 59E59 Theaters.

The annual event serves as a testing ground for U.S. productions by simulating the same production constraints as the Edinburgh Festival. Performances will run through Aug. 1.

The complete East to Edinburgh line-up follows:

Yo Girl! written and performed by Natalie Kim, directed by Kenneth Heaton
"What happens when you meet the man of your dreams? For Natalie Kim, the answer is in her mothers. All three of them" (July 13, 14, 20).

No Traveler written and performed by Penny Pollack, directed by Samantha Jones
Hi, How Can I Help You written and performed by Scout Durwood, directed by Lucile Scott
"No Traveler combines vaudeville, music and monologue to explore the heartbreaking act of suicide with the one thing that helps us keep going... laughter. Hi, How Can I Help You, is a one woman musical following the silly side of working as an S&M mistress" (July 14-16).

Gibby Stone and Her Problem written by Paul Andrew Perez with music and lyrics by George Griggs, directed by Paul Andrew Perez
With Natalie Tiffany, Carlie Yaroscak, Christine Barnwell and Carolyn Stark
"Gibby is a regular teenaged girl until her acne strikes. Gibby’s face is either a dermatological wonder or the spawn of hell. Will she ever find a normal life? Teen angst at its worst!" (July 15-Aug. 1). Suspicious Package written by Gyda Arber and Wendy Coyle, directed by Gyda Arber
With Gyda Arber, David Arthur Bacharach, Aaron Baker, Wendy Coyle, Ian W. Hill, Heath Kelts, Iracel Rivero, Brandi Robinson, Heather Lee Rogers, Ariana Siegel, Ken Simon and Moira Stone
"Part performance, part live video game, this interactive experience uses iPods and the tony Upper East Side neighborhood around 59E59 to immerse audiences directly into the gritty world of film noir, where not everything is black and white" (July 17, 24, 31).

Mary&William written and performed by Mary MacDonald Hamill, directed by Eddie Lew
"Shakespeare's words have a powerful resonance in the life of a woman seeking intimacy and her place in the world. The voices of Hamlet, Prospero, Ophelia and Juliet intertwine with a deeply personal autobiography" (July 17, 18, 21).

Two Islands: Island Blogosphere and The Jewish Nun written and directed by Vanessa Garcia (Island Blogosphere) and Wendy White (The Jewish Nunn)
Featuring Nicole Garcia, Casey Dressler and Vanessa Garcia
"Two Islands explores the two worlds inhabited by a Jewish American woman and a Cuban American woman. Two stories of culture clashes, the world of outsiders and the women who strive to find themselves through the pulsing life of the two particular islands who made them: Manhattan and Cuba" (July 17, 18).

City Love Song written, directed and performed by Jack Finnegan
"Jack Finnegan narrates an expressive and philosophical journey through the United States from the window of a train and the sidewalks of two dozen American cities. What is the state of America? Prepare to find out" (July 20, 21, 27).

Righteous Money written by Michael Yates Crowley, directed by Michael Rau. With Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau
"Dishing out advice on stock trading, deal-making and seducing your assistant, this filthy rich TV provocateur takes on the tanking economy. What begins as a send-up of financial gurus and morally dubious I-bankers becomes a searing exploration of finance and the state of America today" (July 22-24).

A Perhaps-Too-Intimate Evening of Music and Hilarity written by Jesse Andrews and Micah Shapiro, directed by Jesse Andrews. With Andrews and Shapiro
"This charming comedic duo mixes catchy original music with witty comedic musings about pirates, the meaning of existence and how tough it is to be a teenage girl. Their vocal harmonies, strangely compelling choreography and subversive Power Point presentation will have you laughing to the point of irreversible face damage" (July 22-24).

Retreat written by Steven Levenson, directed by Dawn Fuller
With Lucinda Allen, Yasmeen Audi, Cristina Cortes, Tate Daugherty, Joey Doyle, Caroline Johnson, Nikhil Mehra, KC Morse, Ben Prout, Alexa Salamé and Anna Skelsey
"Two rebellious young women are caught at the intersection between modernity and madness. Retreat explores the perils of self-discovery in a psychiatric clinic, circa 1906" (July 23-25).

Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting written and performed by Katie Hartman and Leah Rudick
"Delightfully dark duo Katie Hartman and Leah Rudick turn daisies into daggers and filth into fancy with their absurd and disarmingly fun show" (July 28-July 31).

Considering Georgie O'Keefe written, directed and performed by Allison Hetzel
"Considering Georgia O'Keeffe is a unique and honest look at O'Keeffe's life as a female artist in a man's world. A compelling portrayal of one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th Century" (July 31-Aug. 1).

For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit 59E59Theaters.

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