Theater LaB Houston will be the host of the city's third annual Fringe Festival, June 4-July 11.
The LaB will host four events at its venue, with one site specific location at St. Paul's AME Church (1607 Edwards St.) with Sing Sweet Gospel from the fields to the street [sic].
Highlights of the festival include:
* Controversial performance-artist, Tim Miller brings his latest My Queer Body to Festival, June 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. From the famed author of Shirts and Skins, the latest is a blending of autobiographical vignettes, naked sensuality and defiant politics into a realistic celebration of gay identity.
* Sing Sweet Gospel with Niobe Ngozi, providing theatrical narrative to tell the history of Gospel Music, using spiritual songs and gospel hymns performed by the combined gospel voices of the St. Paul AME Church and the Kashmere High School. Sing Sweet will play June 4, June 5, June 6.
* Deborah Boily in Out on a Limb!, a special Cabaret event featuring the musical direction of Steven Jones. Performances are June 4 & 5. * Body Ratio 1:8, a collaborative multi-media performance by the Women's Works project examines the intimate musings of women on breasts and breast cancer. Performances are June 25, 26, 27.
* The US Premiere of Chicks with Flicks, written and performed by Jackie Clune, will take place July 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In the piece -- direct from London -- Clune performs a tribute to her favorite stars by singing their songs and telling their "true stories". Imitations include: ABBA, The Nolans, Olivia Newton John and Karen Carpenter.
For individual tickets or a Fringe Packet ($60) and specific scheduling, call (713) 868-7516.
-- By Sean McGrath