On April 13, PBS' weekly arts program, "EGG" [sic], will offer a look at fringe artists making their mark everywhere from Broadway to the farthest reaches of downtown New York City.
Titled “Experiments In Theatre,” the EGG episode will feature profiles of directors Julie Taymor and Richard Maxwell, actor Roger Guenveure Smith, and of the annual New York International Fringe Festival. Press materials for the program note that the focus is on “people out there who are continually striving to define and redefine what theatre is and what it can be.”
Taymor, whose The Lion King remains Broadway’s biggest hit, is currently readying an older show, The Green Bird for the Cort Theatre. The prolific Maxwell has worked on such downtown shows as House, Boxing Story and Caveman. Smith’s solo, A Huey P. Newton Story, produced at the Public Theatre, continues to be staged across the country.
Among the artists profiled during the “Fringe Roundup” are performance artist-provocateur Reverend Billy; lesbian soloist Marga Gomez, and the Neo-Futurist based musical, Urinetown, due for a New York remount in the months to come.
EGG airs on NYC's WNET (channel 13) at 8 PM, EST. Check local listings for program times and channels. -- By David Lefkowitz