Lower East Side kingpin Aaron Beall (Artistic Director of NADA) has announced his latest festival: Pure Pop Theater, Aug. 18-Oct. 3, a New York City theatre festival dedicated to populist theatre in every guise.
The press release promises: "You are about to be invaded by a horde of Aliens (both extraterrestrial and illegal), Vampire Goth Chicks, S&M enthusiasts (from London, no less, no virgins these!), burlesque dancers (Blue Angels All!), pro-wrestlers, monsters (you know, Frankenstein, Dracula, a werewolf or two) and Rhinoceri."
Beall's new festival goes into direct competition with The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), of which Beall was a co founder. Last year's FringeNYC festival, the second annual, ran Aug. 19 30, 1998. FringeNYC was founded by Beall, John Clancy, artistic director of the Off-Off Broadway troupe The Present Company, and Jonathan Harris, founder of the League of Fringe Theaters and co-founder of the first U.S. Fringe Festival in Seattle. Harris has since been replaced by Diane Paulus, director Project 400 Theater Group. Elena K. Holy is the producing director.
The new NADA festival will feature more than 45 productions from around the world, early confirmations include: Mountain Vampire Goth Chicks, 10 Nights in a Bar-Room, the one-year anniversary of the New York production of So I Killed a Few People..., Icarus and Aria, Easy Pieces, Pervy Verse, Love's Labor's Lost, The Rise and Fall of the Farewell Drugs, Harsh Epiphany, FINAL, Coed Prison Sluts, and the premiere year-round children's series, Nino Nada.
NADA recently purchased their first mid-town space in 1998, with the new NADA 45 at 445 West 45th Street. Other N.Y. NADA performance venues include: NADA, The Pink Pony, The Piano Store, House of Candles and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Applications are free and currently being accepted, contact (212) 420 1466 or 1 (877) 266-5772.
-- By Sean McGrath