Over 200 submissions were invited to FringeNYC 2004 (200 of which are expected to participate). On par with previous years' entries (Elephant Titus, Moliere Than Thou, and Poop to name a few), applicants seem to be vying for attention with eccentric show titles for this, the eighth annual festival.
Among the eye-catching titles selected for this year's festival include: A Chicken and Its Breast A Transylvanian In Silicon Valley Assyrian Monkey Fantasy (in two movements) Bonding and Bondage Bootleg Islam Chekhov on the Wing Citizen Pochsy (Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl) Conjoin Us! Daddy Was The Biggest Stage Mother In Texas! Dixie's Tupperware Party Eleanor Rigby is Waiting Flopsy Bleats Appreciatively Hanging Chad Harvey Finklestein's Sock Puppet Showgirls I Was an Online Teenage Cockroach 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 Oops! Wrong Barbarians Show Ho The Drunk Monologues The Meal Ticket, or Beware The Man Eating Chickens The Passion of George W. Bush The Polish Play The Wingding Doodle Club Tomatoes on a Windowsill Vampire Cowboy Trilogy Who's The Boss, Now?
Young Zombies In Love Following in the Urinetown formula, a number of musicals are announcing their genre within their name, including: Angry Young Teenage Girl Gang - The Musical Die, Die, Diana: A Musical Everything that Happens in the Woods Is Real (A Bigfoot Musical) Granola! The Musical Infertility, The Musical That's Hard to Conceive John Walker: The Musical Jonestown, The Musical Lulu, a new musical The Goonies…The Musical!
Toxic Avenger: The Musical Lastly, the standard long-named shows include: Adams Conglomerate High School Drama Club Presents: 8th Grade Adventures An Account at First Hand of the Battle Lately Waged in and around Gettysburg (Pa.) An Evening of Semi Autobiographical, Highly Self-Indulgent Theater 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 The Tragedy (Spelled with an IE on the End) of Othello [Not the full Title][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.