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News Edinburgh Fringe to Present One-Day Showcase at the Public Theater Representatives from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are coming to Manhattan to present A Night on the Fringe, a one-day-only free public showcase of past Fringe successes, at the Public Theater on the evening of April 1 at 7:30 PM.

The works, performed in ten-minute excerpts, will include:

  • Kilty Pleasures, performed by the standup comedian Craig Hill
  • I Miss Communism, the one-woman play performed by Ines Wurth about freedom, war and religion
  • The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, the family indie-vaudeville band that plays music to slide shows
  • Snapshot, the multimedia work starring Carmen-Mitzi Sinnott that is "the story of one woman's search for a father lost to the forces of war and racism," according to press notes
  • Fatboy, "a fast-moving funhouse mirror reflection of the consumerist world today"
  • The Laramie Project, the well-known documentary play about the murder of Mathew Shepard
  • (I am) Nobody's Lunch a musical cabaret by members of the New York-based company The Civilians that is "a satirical roller coaster through modern-day American politics which questions the reliability of 'official' truths through interviews with the public" Earlier the same day, at 4 PM, the Fringe's director Paul Gudgin will chair a panel at the Public Theater entitled "How to Do a Show on the Fringe," offering advice on bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival, which occurs annually in August. The panel will also include such experts as The New York International Fringe Festival founding artistic director John Clancy.

    The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, held each year in August, is touted as the world's largest arts festival. In 2006 it sold 1.5 million tickets to over 1,800 shows.


    The New York event is one of the Fringe's many "roadshow" promotional presentations in cities such as London and Sydney. The visit to New York occurs in tandem with New York's Tartan Week, a celebration of all things Scottish, which runs March 30-April 14. Gudgin commented in a statement, "New York and the U.S. in a wider sense is a hugely important market for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Last year we had more than 200 shows fly in from America to put on shows. Performers and promoters in the U.S. recognize the opportunities and value performing in Edinburgh can have, and the dramatic effect it can have on launching careers." Gudgin recently announced he is leaving his director position in June, to be replaced by Jon Morgan.

    The Public Theater is at 425 Lafayette Street. For reservations visit the "roadshows" section of www.edfringe.com.

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