Eighth New York International Fringe Festival Launches from Downtown Manhattan, Aug. 13

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The New York International Fringe Festival kicks off its eighth annual summer festivities of more than 200 shows in 20 venues below Ninth Street in downtown Manhattan, Aug. 13-29.
Some of the many promotional postcards for Fringe productions
Some of the many promotional postcards for Fringe productions

Shows range from the simply-titled Immortality and Rome to the elaborately monikered How to Save The World and Find True Love - In 90 Minutes and Tragedy (spelled with an IE on the end) of Othello, the Moor of Venice; attributed to William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon; A summary on cassette tape; A students? Guide — all hoping for the success bestowed upon Fringe NYC's most noteworthy alumni Urinetown - The Musical.

This year — as has become more frequent in recent years — stage and screen stars are being attached to these downtown shows. Among the names featured in productions include Annie Golden (The Full Monty), Mary Testa (42nd Street), Marla Schaffel ( Jane Eyre), Matt Cavenaugh (Urban Cowboy), Heather Tom (Prymate, "One Life to Live"), Donna Lynne Champlin (Hollywood Arms), Asa Somers (Dance of the Vampires), Yassmin Alers (Rent), Karin Wolfe (Bye Bye Birdie, Gigi), Ron Palillo ("Welcome Back, Kotter"), J. Mark McVey (Les Misérables), Jennifer Allen (Little Me), Allen Fitzpatrick (Sweet Smell of Success), Michael Gladis (Fifth of July), Anika Larsen (Zanna, Don't!), Colin Stokes (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), Donald Grody (Caroline, or Change), Remy Auberjonois (Strictly Academic), Bill Mooney (Lolita, "All My Children") and Kristine Zbornik (Forbidden Broadway).

Familiar names also appear behind the scenes with directors Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum), Connie Grappo (The Mystery Plays) and Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man) all sporting new projects.

More than 200 selections — from over 800 applicants — will play at the FringeNYC 2004. On par with previous years' entries (Elephant Titus, Moliere Than Thou, and Poop to name a few), companies are wishing for attention with eccentric show titles.

Among the eye-catching titles selected for this year's festival include:

  • A Chicken and Its Breast
  • A is for Aardvark
  • A Transylvanian In Silicon Valley
  • Bootleg Islam
  • Chekhov on the Wing
  • Daddy Was The Biggest Stage Mother In Texas!
  • Dixie's Tupperware Party
  • Eleanor Rigby is Waiting
  • Hanging Chad
  • Harvey Finklestein's Sock Puppet Showgirls
  • Irish Authors Held Hostage
  • Le Fromage de Mon Oncle
  • Mimi Le Duck
  • No Such Roses: Sonnets that are Nothing Like the Sun
  • Ooops! I Killed My Mother
  • Show Ho
  • The Drunk Monologues
  • The Spickner Spin
  • The Passion of George W. Bush
  • The Wingding Doodle Club
  • Tomatoes on a Windowsill
  • Vampire Cowboy Trilogy
  • Young Zombies In Love Following in the Urinetown formula, a number of shows are announcing their genre within their name, including:

  • Believe in Me... A Bigfoot Musical
  • Die, Die, Diana: A Musical
  • Ellen Craft: A New Opera
  • Granola! The Musical
  • Infertility, The Musical That's Hard to Conceive
  • John Walker: The Musical
  • Jonestown, The Musical
  • Lulu: a new musical
  • Martha & Me: A Musical
  • Save the Goondocks!: A Musical Parody Lastly, the standard long-named shows include:

  • An Account at First Hand of the Battle Lately Waged in and around the Town of Gettysburg (Pa.) as Related by Major General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble (ret.), Army of Northern Virginia (C.S.A.)
  • The Adams Conglomerate High School Drama Club Presents: 8th Grade Adventures
  • Hot Pineapples Fermenting in the Sun -or- Maybe Pavlov's Dead Cuz He Cain't Find His Bell
  • The Knowledge & Conversation of My Guardian Angel or An Old Fashioned Love Story
  • Tragedy (spelled with an IE on the end) of Othello, the Moor of Venice; attributed to William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon; A summary on cassette tape; A students' guide[sic] The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), which boasts the title of "the largest multi-arts festival in North America," will also include outdoor performances (FringeAlFresco), panel discussions, workshops and conferences (FringeU), as well as family-oriented shows and activities for children (FringeJr).

    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 and the current Off-Broadway show The Joys of Sex. 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. Complete guides to FringeNYC are available at all Borders Bookstores in Manhattan.

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