Seattle's Fringe Festival and ACT (formerly A Contemporary Theatre) have 35 works to put on, and, thanks to the year-round company, four new venues to put them on in. ACT, whose space includes the Falls and Allen Theatres, houses the back-to-back fringe productions March 1-3, creating a new entity, FringeACT.
Concentrating only on local artists, FringeACT gleaned 32 plays out of 52 submitted by Seattle-based writers. Among the planned offerings are Bret Fetzer's Red-Eye, Maria Glanz's VIC (spirit made flesh), Gregory Hischak's Saying It With Meat and Tail and Ear, John Longenbaugh's Little White Pill, Marcy Rodenborn's Where Are We, David Scully's Chameleon Man, M.J. Sieber's Bull-Headed Whiskey and Little Claire Coobler's Enormous Right Eye and Stephanie Timm's The Frog.
The final three productions are ACT commissions from K.C. Davis (The Antipodes), Steven Dietz (Fiction) and S.P. Miskowski (Boom City). Writer-director Dietz is the best known of the three for his plays Lonely Planet, God's Country, Private Eyes, Trust and a popular stage adaptation of Dracula. Former editor of Seattle's alternative weekly "The Stranger," Miskowski's works include The Red Room, La Valse and Watusi.
Tickets to FringeACT are $12 per day or $30 for a three-day pass. Tickets can be ordered by calling (206) 292-7676. FringeACT is on the web at http://www.fringeact.org.
— By Christine Ehren