New Musicals, Plays and Solos Abound in 2003 New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 8-24

News   New Musicals, Plays and Solos Abound in 2003 New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 8-24 Urinetown, Debbie Does Dallas and Matt & Ben are all alumni of The New York International Fringe Festival. The 2003 Present Company-produced event runs Aug. 8-24, featuring nearly 200 works vying for similar fates.

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), which boasts the title of "the largest multi-arts festival in North America," will also include outdoor performances (FringeAlFresco), panel discussions, workshops and conferences (FringeU), as well as family-oriented shows and activities for children (FringeJr).

This year's FringeNYC will feature nearly 200 works from ten countries and fifteen states. For the first time, the summer event—which was once centered around the Lower East Side and East Village—has added many West Village venues. The Present Company Theatorium on Stanton Street, once Fringe headquarters, is no longer a venue.

Among the eye-catching productions selected for this year's festival are:

  • Elephant Titus - A comedy by David Lavine which combines Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, following General Titus' return from a battle with a disfiguring disease.
  • For the Love of Tiffany - A musical by Amanda Green featuring Urinetown star Nancy Opel.
  • Espresso Trasho - A new musical comedy by Charles Leipart and Eric Schorr that mixes sex with caffeine, a School for Scandal set in Tribeca.
  • Slut (sold out) - A new musical about an urban playboy who meets his match by Stephen Sislen and Ben Winters.
  • Freedom of Speech - Writer-performer Eliza Jane Schneider ("South Park") plays thirty Americans in the true story of her cross-country journey.
  • McBeth — Over 2 Million Slain - A fast food satire based on William Shakespeare's classic, starring Kevin Shinick ("Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?") as the Ronald McDonald-like title character.
  • Pinafore! - Mark Savage (Naked Boys Singing) re-envisions the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.
  • Suspect ...a killer musical - A new musical mystery from the creators of Broadway's Romance/Romance, Barry Harman and Keith Herrmann.
  • Cats Talk Back - A mock theatre talk-back featuring five former cast members of Andrew Lloyd Webber's longest running show in Broadway history, Cats.
  • Poseidon! An Upside-Down Musical - A Chicago-imported campy musical homage to the 1972 Irwin Allen disaster film directed by Bailiwick Repertory Theater's David Zak.

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    Other titles to appear include Citizen Walken; Poop — A True Story; The Night Julie Taymor Cried; Molière Than Thou; Mexican Cleaning Lady (or, How I Almost Offended the Dali Lama); Panic Is Not A Disorder; Staggering Toward America; Lovepuke; Penguins, Puppies and Porn; Say You Love Satan; Who's Your Daddy? and — the longest title — 3 Themes Every Child Should Know: Amortus, Ed R and His Sack Of Beans, & The Fish That Walked Up the Hill and Spilt Milk in His Pajamas. A complete list of shows with times and venue information will be available on their website at www.FringeNYC.org.

    Tickets to the Fringe Festival are $15 and can be purchased in person at FringeCentral, located at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal at Eighth Street), beginning Aug. 1. For more information, call (212) 279-4488.

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