Six Solo Shows Not to Miss at Fringe NYC

News   Six Solo Shows Not to Miss at Fringe NYC The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will kick off its 19th year on Aug. 14, running through Aug. 30 at 16 different venues in downtown Manhattan. In the lead-up to opening night, Playbill.com offers a round-up of festival highlights.

Six Solo Shows Worth Seeing at Fringe NYC:

Winner of Best Production and Best Directing at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Tiananmen Annie is the true story of finding your "true Chinese soul" as told by creator and performer Ann Starbuck. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Starbuck relives her experiences of Beijing in 1989. Performances take place at 64 East 4th St. 

The romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her lesbian lover Lorena Hickok, a prominent journalist, is captured in Hick: A Love Story. Pieced together using verbatim quotes from their letters, the show is created and performed by Terry Baum. The show had a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre. Performances take place at Drom. 

From the creator of the musical Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World, which the The Scotsman called, "the most important show on the 2012 Fringe," comes another politically savvy and comical musical show exploring climate change. Shawn Shafner's An Inconvenient Poop was presented at Dixon Place and returns to New York for the Fringe Festival at The White Box at 440 Studios. 

Christopher Duva adapts and performs David Foster Wallace's best-selling essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, for the stage. The essay chronicled the writer's misadventures aboard a week-long Caribbean cruise and was published in the collection with the same title. Performances take place at the White Box at 440 Studios.  Jeremy Rafal's The Boy from Bantay is a solo play with music and images, written and performed by him. Now a concert pianist, Rafal takes his audience on a heartwarming journey of growth and self-discovery beginning with his childhood in the Philippines. Performances take place at Spectrum.

Fans of musical theatre legend Elaine Stritch will appreciate Jay Malsky's Elaine Stritch Still Here. Playing at Spectrum, the work invites audiences to spend the evening with the late dame as Malsky regales with songs and stories from Stritch's life. 

For more information on Fringe NYC and its full calendar of events and performances visit FringeNYC.

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