Despite the absence of the New York Fringe Festival this summer, SoHo Playhouse will forge ahead with its 12th annual Fringe Encore Series, featuring selections from fringe festivals from around the world. This year’s lineup includes selections from Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Brighton, and Adelaide.
The Fringe Encore Series will run September 5–October 22 at SoHo Playhouse in New York City.
The festivities will kick off with Australian comedian Jimeoin’s stand-up show Jimeoin: Ridiculous. Other productions include Mengele (Brighton), Trippin (Brighton), Shell Shock (Brighton), Blamed: An Established Fiction (Hollywood), Fafi D'alour and The Delinquents (Adelaide), Turbulence! (Hollywood), and Just Like Life (Hollywood).
Selections from Edinburgh and Winnipeg will be announced at a later date.
See below for the initial lineup, as billed by SoHo Playhouse.
A superb physical comic… wickedly funny… He’s quaint, cute and very funny… A quirky, whimsical and sometimes mischievous view of the world… it is in this ability to impart the ridiculousness of a situation that Jimeoin’s genius lies… exhilarating!
Mengele by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott
1979, a beach in Brazil. An elderly man takes his routine morning swim. Out at sea he has a seizure and is washed ashore where he is confronted by a local woman, who he assumes has saved him. Flattered and entranced by this enigmatic presence, he is seduced into revealing himself. As he seeks to justify his life he ultimately only succeeds in damning himself. A powerful, brutal and surprisingly contemporary expose of a charming manipulator and sociopathic narcissist.
Trippin by Alex Canwell
A 9-5 weekend warrior called 'Dennis' stumbles into the trip of a lifetime when he consumes '2CR-100,' a mysterious new research chemical fresh in the area. Magic and adventure quickly ensue with sexy creatures of the wood, angry old bug ladies, the nation's favorite TV game show 'Crimebang' and the big man Satan himself.
Shell Shock by Tim Marriott
After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins' observations on the absurdities of every-day life on city streets are frequently comic, occasionally absurd, sometimes violent but always poignant. Wired energy leads to hyper-emotional responses; from post office queues and a trip to Ikea to her relationships with family and friends can lead to alienation and anger.
Blamed: An Established Fiction by Callie Prendville
Blamed: An Established Fiction is a new play that combines text with live music and dance to examine the girls and women throughout mythology, history, and literature who have been blamed for the ills of the world. Each culture seems to have one thing in common: A well-known tale in which a girl does something horrible or is the victim of something horrible, and she ruins everything and everyone around her. From Eve and Pandora to Lilith and La Llorona, Blamed brings the women to life in an intoxicating mix of live music, dance, and story.
Fafi D'alour and The Delinquents by Fiona Smith
You’re invited to escape into the wonderful world of Fafi D’Alour and The Delinquents; an evening of exquisite performance and sensual titillation. Direct from Australia, this cabaret is a wild emporium of exceptional vocals and breathtaking movement in burlesque, ballet, jazz, contemporary and aerial lyra. Led only by powerful and influential women in music; from Nina Simone, Etta James and Amy Winehouse to Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, a triumph of female empowerment.
Turbulence! created by Robot Teammate
From the creators of Thug Tunnel comes the original musical Turbulence!, a fast and farcical race through space. The 4242 Intergalympics are finally here, and it’s up to the crew of the S.S. Albacore to prove that Earth isn’t the shabby dirt turd the Martians think it is. Ready. Set. Space!
Just Like Life by Donovan Glover
In a whitewashed room with a white fridge, white sink, white porcelain toilet center stage and white everything else; Hey-Zeus frantically scrubs the white tiled floor with his toothbrush as his doting Quote Mamma watches. She tells us, “To live in clean is to live in perpetual orgasms.” Their lives are a cycle of repetitions and restated experience echoing impotent frustration and mindless obliviousness. So far, we have shades of Godot, No Exit and Old Dad, Poor Dad…. Hey-Zeus sits on the toilet as Quote Mamma feeds him Jello and wisdom.
Tickets are $29-$49 and can be purchased by visiting SohoPlayhouse.com