Stage and Screen Stars Set for Shows at Fringe Fest in NYC, Aug. 13-29

News   Stage and Screen Stars Set for Shows at Fringe Fest in NYC, Aug. 13-29
Casts for the upcoming shows at the New York International Fringe Festival are coming together and the list contains a few stars of stage and screen for the annual summer fest set to run Aug. 13-29 in downtown Manhattan.
Asa Somers
Asa Somers

Annie Golden (The Full Monty, Assassins - original Off-Broadway cast), Donna Lynne Champlin (Hollywood Arms, My Life with Albertine), Asa Somers (Dance of the Vampires), Yassmin Alers (Rent), Jennifer Allen, (Little Me), Allen Fitzpatrick (Sweet Smell of Success), Heather Tom (Prymate, "One Life to Live"), Karin Wolfe (Bye Bye Birdie, Gigi), Donald Grody (Caroline, or Change), Remy Auberjonois (Strictly Academic), Bill Mooney (Lolita, "All My Children") and Ron Palillo ("Welcome Back, Kotter") are some of the names confirmed by a Fringe spokesperson.

Golden, Fitzpatrick and Grody are featured in the cast of Mimi Le Duck which also stars Robert DuSold (Jekyll & Hyde), Bryan Scott Johnson (Almost Heaven: Songs & Stories of John Denver, Denver Center) and Kristine Zbornik (Forbidden Broadway). The musical — in which the ghost of Hemingway convinces a duck painter to leave her home in Idaho for Paris — features music by Brian Feinstein with a book and lyrics by Diana Hansen-Young.

The other actors can be seen as follows: Alers (Subway Train), Allen (Martha & Me: A Musical), Auberjonois (Big Trouble in Little Hazzard directed by Omnium Gatherum's Will Frears), Champlin (Ellen Craft: A New Opera), Mooney (They All Wanted In The Act), Palillo (Daddy Was The Biggest Stagemother In Texas!), Somers (Andru's Head with choreography by Mark Dendy of Taboo), Tom (Moonchild) and Wolfe (Burning Botticelli).

Over 200 selections — from over 800 applicants — will play at the FringeNYC 2004. On par with previous years' entries (Elephant Titus, Moliere Than Thou, and Poop to name a few), companies seem to be vying for attention with eccentric show titles for this, the eighth annual festival.

Among the eye-catching titles selected for this year's festival include:

  • A Chicken and Its Breast
  • A Transylvanian In Silicon Valley
  • Bootleg Islam
  • Chekhov on the Wing
  • Daddy Was The Biggest Stage Mother In Texas!
  • Dixie's Tupperware Party
  • Eleanor Rigby is Waiting
  • Hanging Chad
  • Harvey Finklestein's Sock Puppet Showgirls
  • Irish Authors Held Hostage
  • Le Fromage de Mon Oncle
  • Mimi Le Duck
  • No Such Roses: Sonnets that are Nothing Like the Sun
  • Ooops! I Killed My Mother
  • Show Ho
  • The Drunk Monologues
  • The Passion of George W. Bush
  • The Wingding Doodle Club
  • Tomatoes on a Windowsill
  • Vampire Cowboy Trilogy
  • Young Zombies In Love Following in the Urinetown formula, a number of musicals are announcing their genre within their name, including:

  • Believe in Me... A Bigfoot Musical
  • Die, Die, Diana: A Musical
  • Ellen Craft: A New Opera
  • Granola! The Musical
  • Infertility, The Musical That's Hard to Conceive
  • John Walker: The Musical
  • Jonestown, The Musical
  • Lulu: a new musical
  • Martha & Me: A Musical
  • Save the Goondocks!: A Musical Parody Lastly, the standard long-named shows include:

  • An Account at First Hand of the Battle Lately Waged in and around the Town of Gettysburg (Pa.) as Related by Major General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble (ret.), Army of Northern Virginia (C.S.A.)
  • The Adams Conglomerate High School Drama Club Presents: 8th Grade Adventures
  • Hot Pineapples Fermenting in the Sun -or- Maybe Pavlov's Dead Cuz He Cain't Find His Bell
  • The Knowledge & Conversation of My Guardian Angel or An Old Fashioned Love Story
  • Tragedy (spelled with an IE on the end) of Othello, the Moor of Venice; attributed to William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon; A summary on cassette tape; A students' guide[sic] 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).

    Among the more famous of Fringe alumni are the Off-Broadway stagings of Never Swim Alone, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @, Debbie Does Dallas, Matt & Ben and the current Off-Broadway show The Joys of Sex. The grande dame of all Fringe alum is the Tony Award-winning Urinetown which graduated to Off Broadway, then Broadway and has since toured across the country.

    Tickets to the Fringe Festival will be $15. For more information including volunteer details, call (212) 279-4488 or visit the website at

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