Alphabetically, Youngblood Goes Down comes last among the 175 entries in the 2000 New York International Fringe Festival. It may come first, however, in the number of playwrights in its ranks.
Youngblood, which runs Aug. 16-26 at the Present Company Theatorium, features seven new plays by Amy Fox, Edith L. Freni, Ann Marie Healy, J. Holtham, Elizabeth Scales Rheinfrank, Jeremy Soule and Lloyd Myongwon. Seven dramatists, of course, need more than one director, so Youngblood has two: Kevin Moriarty and Allison Eve Zell.
All the writers are between the ages of 18 and 25 (perhaps explaining the "youngblood" moniker) and each piece is about modern life. The whole thing takes 90 minutes.
The Fringe Fest runs Aug. 16-27. Tickets are $12. For information on Youngblood Goes Down, call the Fringe, call (212) 420-8877, or consult the website at www.fringenyc.org.
--By Robert Simonson