Alice Complex, Spite and Lucasville Kick Off 2008 FringeNYC Aug. 8

News   Alice Complex, Spite and Lucasville Kick Off 2008 FringeNYC Aug. 8
The 12th annual New York International Fringe Festival, showcasing the work of over 202 theatre companies from around the globe, takes up residence in New York Aug. 8.
Promotional art for FringeNYC 2008.
Promotional art for FringeNYC 2008. Photo by Emphas!s Design/Jao

The 2008 annual Festival, running through Aug. 24, will be staged at 20 venues across New York City including the Cherry Lane Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Spiegelworld's Deluxe, the Connelly Theater, the Players Theater, the Theatres at 45 Bleecker, the Barrow Street Theatre and the CSV Cultural and Educational Center.

A selection of works premiering Aug. 8 include A December Eve's Visit with Frederick Demuth, All Hail The Great Serpent!, Anais Nin Goes to Hell, Ariel View, Baby Cow, China - The Whole Enchilada, Eggs and the Rebound Guy, FACE [Every Good Boy Does Fine], Hot Cripple, Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising, See How Beautiful I Am: The Return of Jackie Susann, Spite, The Alice Complex, The Amish Project, The Darling Children, The Gay No More Telethon, The Grecian Formula, the october crisis, The Umbrella Plays, Trees Like Nails and Triumph of the Underdog.

Alice Complex's Lisa Banes and Xanthe Elbrick
photo by Nelson Hancock

Selected FringeNYC highlights include Peter Barr Nickowitz's The Alice Complex starring Tony nominee Xanthe Elbrick (Coram Boy) and Lisa Banes (Arcadia); Michael Laurence (Talk Radio)'s one-man show Krapp, 39, inspired by Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; the new comedy Kaboom! penned by Michael Small (The IT Girl) and directed by BT McNicholl (The Producers); and Jeffrey Lependorf's Tim Gunn's Podcast (a reality chamber opera), featuring John Schenkel in the title role. Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Ted Greenberg – the only stand-up comedian selected for the 2008 FringeNYC – will perform The Complete Performer; Aaron Hodges and Christopher Loar will swap roles nightly in Clone; Marc Geller and Bill Roulet are The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison; Lindsay Burns performs her one-woman work The VaJayJay Monologues; and "Urban Cowboy" scribe Aaron Latham brings to FringeNYC his new musical Revolution on the Roof, which boasts an original score by Dan Shay and Will Manning, supplemented by the songs of Joan Baez.

Additional productions include the world premiere of Aron Ezra's Walls featuring Julie Jesneck (Rock 'n' Roll); and Bob Jaffe repeating his multi-character work in David Eliet's exploration of hunger in America, But for the Grace. For tickets and further information phone (212)279-4488 or visit FringeNYC.

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