In Fringe-Less Summer, New Theatre Festival Takes Lead on Producing Innovative, New Works

Off-Broadway News   In Fringe-Less Summer, New Theatre Festival Takes Lead on Producing Innovative, New Works
The inaugural Corkscrew Theater Festival will present ten new plays over four weeks.
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In the absence of the New York Fringe Festival this summer, a new theatre festival is providing early-career artists a high level of production support: The Corkscrew Theater Festival. The inaugural lineup features five world-premiere productions and five readings of new plays performed in repertory over four weeks.

The Corkscrew Theater Festival, a collaboration between nonprofit theatre collective The Brewing Dept. and Broadway producer Alexander Donnelly’s Fortress Productions, will run August 7–September 3 at the Paradise Factory in downtown Manhattan.

The festival has selected works developed through innovative and unusual collaborative models. A majority of the participating artists identify as female, and their works center on a common theme of “the need to be seen.”

“By the institution that won’t listen to you, by the sibling whose struggles affect both of you, or by the boyfriend who just doesn’t understand that you’re turning into a werewolf,” comments Artistic Director Thomas Kapusta. “We’re proud to give these new artists and their stories – some joyful, some tragic, and some hilarious – the chance to be seen and heard in quality productions performed in repertory this summer.”

The five world premieres are High School Coven by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin with direction by Felicia Lobo; All of My Blood by Robert Zander Norman with direction by Taylor Haven Holt; False Stars by Nora Sørena Casey with direction by Jenny Reed; Ex Habitus by Lilla Goettler and Katie Hathaway with direction by Goettler; and Cradle Two Grave, written and directed by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood with choreography by Raquel Chavez.

Tickets to all productions are $24, and readings are free. The Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th Street, Manhattan.

Visit to purchase tickets and to learn more or call (347) 954-9125 for more information.


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