As the end of August nears, so ends the summer season, but not before the New York International Fringe Festival announced its winners for the FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards.
This year the festival proudly touted its first grand-scale success story in the Broadway production of Urinetown: The Musical (which began performances Aug. 27). The comic musical premiered in the fringe fest in 1999. This year's winners hope to share the same success.
The Overall Excellence Award winners, who were honored at the Aug. 26 ceremony at the Westbeth Theatre Center in Manhattan, were chosen by a panel of 70 theatre professionals. The winners were:
The Adding Machine
Fuck You, or Dead Pee Holes
Yi Sang Counts to 13
An Evening With Harburg Harrisbrandt
21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com Unique Theatrical Experience
Break the Floor
Rites ov Spring
Willa Bepler Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
Paul Stancato Einstein's Dreams
Nick Boraine Sic.
Tom Ford Biography's Top 10 People of the Millennium...
Elaine Hudson Mary Stuart
Paul Kerry Woyzeck
Rob Maitner Poor Superman
Susan O'Connor Take
Matt Wagner Preview of Murder
Foureographers Movement Zoo
3rd Rail Dance Spun/Uktena
Tina Mae Bishko Surface
Michael Stock Hustle
Leaf In The Mailbox
John LaSala The Snow Queen
Christian Douglas Snap Happy
Matthew Ronay Debbie Does Dallas
Daphne Javitch Debbie Does Dallas& The Adding Machine
Jo Lewis & Catherine Raven Mary Stuart
Applications for next year's festival are available. The 2002 FringeNYC is scheduled to run Aug. 9-25. At the Aug. 26 ceremony, John Clancy announced his resignation as artistic director of both FringeNYC and The Present Company. Elena K. Holy, producing director of The Present Company and FringeNYC will take over as producing artistic director for 2001-2002. For more information, call (212) 420-8877, visit them online at www.fringenyc.org, or write to them at their headquarters: FringeNYC, 196-198 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002.
— by Ernio Hernandez