The Amish are coming -- Aug. 3. The return of Casey Fraser's one-woman show, Why We Don't Bomb The Amish, begins its Thurs-Sat. run at the Gershwin Hotel on the Aug. 3 for an open-ended run. Darren Press directs.
In her solo piece, Fraser attempts to get at perplexing quandaries of modern life such as "What are United Nations office parties like?" "What stinks on the Downtown No. 6?" and, of course, the Amish question. Amish debuted Off-Broadway in Jan., 2000 at St. Mark's Theatre. Twice she attempted to resurrect the show, included an aborted effort at Studio 54's Upstairs venue, where Fraser still hopes to transfer.
And now, the actress also gets a backup band. Her trio, skilled in the arts of jazz, blues, funk and punk rock, are composer and guitarist Jeff Peretz, bassist Daniel Fabricatore and drummer Mark Robohm of Belizbeha.
Fraser received her Emmy nomination as Best Performer for a CBS Schoolbreak Special "Stand-Up," in which she starred as a teenaged comic who wants to forsake school for fame against the wishes of her father. Other stints have included spots on "The Arsenio Hall Show, HBO's "Comedy In the Park" and turns on the legit stage with West Coast Ensemble Theater's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Fifth of July and La Mama's Fragments of a Greek Trilogy.