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NY's Fringe Festival Brings Wealth of New LGBT Theater With It

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New York City's Fringe Festival is already in full swing, but with the annual theater showcase running until August 28, there's still time to catch some of the LGBT inclusive productions currently going on all over the city.  And there are a lot of them.

More than 200 theater and dance troupes from all over America and eight other countries are staging performances in Lower Manhattan this year, which is also the Fringe Festival's 15th anniversary.  Even for those looking specifically for LGBT storylines, the selection is dizzying, but we've heard good things about shows like Bobby & Matt, 2Burn, Donna/Madonna, Sammy Gets Mugged (pictured), Elysian Feilds, The Big A, and What the Sparrow Said.  Check out the festival's website (www.fringeNY.org) for tickets, passes and additional information.  A complete list of LGBT-inclusive productions and their official Fringe synopses can be found below:

2 BURN
Elixir Productions Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ).
Writer: Alex DeFazio
Director: Jennifer Joyce & Jody P. Person
Ever give an apple to your teacher to get his attention? In this gay,
noir drama, one college student is willing to give much more as he and
his professor vie for power over language, sex, and each other. 1h
40m.
www.elixirproductions.org
VENUE #6: The Living Theatre (21 Clinton St. between Houston and
Stanton);  WED 24 @ 5:15; THU 25 @ 2

AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY
Purple Rep  (New York, NY)
Writer: Mariah MacCarthy / Director: Amanda Thompson
A prissy Beauty Queen falls in love/hate with a guitar-wielding
firebrand. Is there room for this bad romance in Verona, Iowa? Or will
Juliet stay in her walk-in closet? An award-winning pop-folk musical,
with drag queens. 2h 30m.
www.purplerep.com
VENUE #9: The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LA MAMA (66-68 East 4th St.
between 2nd Avenue & Bowery); SAT 27 @ 7:45

BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES
Jessica Sherr (New York, NY)
Writer: Jessica Sherr / Director: Theresa Gambacorta
Dear Warner Brothers, After 40 films and two Academy Awards you
continue to discredit and disrespect my talent and worth with
meaningless roles. I have a voice. I warn you this Yankee will not be
shut up! Respectfully, Bette Davis. 1h 10m.
www.BetteDavisAintForSissies.net
VENUE #3: CSV Kabayitos (107 Suffolk Street  between Rivington &
Delancey Streets); THU 25 @ 9; SUN 28 @ 4:15

BOBBY AND MATT
Grove Theater Center (Burbank, CA)
Writer: Kevin Cochran / Director: Kevin Cochran
Boy meets boy. One grows up to be a Brigadier General; one a renowned
gay writer. Their friendship survives Vietnam, Kent State, Watergate,
Gay Marriage and Don't Ask Don't Tell. At fifty, they finally realize
the depth of their bond. 1h 58m
www.gtc.org/bobbyandmatt
VENUE #16: Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St. between West 3rd Street
& Bleecker); TUE 23 @ 7:15; SAT 27 @ 7

CASSANOVA WAS A WOMAN
No Clout Productions (Hoboken, New Jersey)
Writer/Director: Jezabel Montero
It's hard being a monogamous bisexual. Throw in a famous Cuban soap
star mother, a homophobic sister and you've got a recipe for a raucous
comedy that leaves you pondering, "Sexuality: Is it in your head or in
your groin?" 2h 10m.
www.nocloutprods.com
VENUE #6: The Living Theatre (21 Clinton St. between Houston and
Stanton); MON 22 @ 2; THU 25 @ 9:30; FRI 26 @ 5:45; SAT 27 @ 1:45; SUN
28 @ 2

CHELA
Dulce Maria Solis  (Los Angeles, CA)
Writer: Dulce Maria Solis / Director: Todd Blakesley
CHELA: Third husband, First orgasm. A dark and comic twist on a True
Story of love, lunacy, and violent manipulation. Written and performed
by her daughter, Dulce Maria Solis, author of “I’m a Feminist ‘til I
Fall in Love.“ 1h 30m.
www.thechelawebsite.com
VENUE #8: The First Floor Theatre @ LA MAMA (74A East 4th St between
2nd Avenue & Bowery); WED 24 @ 2; FRI 26 @ 6:45; SAT 27 @ 7:15

COURTNEY AND KATHLEEN: A RIOT ACT
In Extremis Theater Company (New York, NY)
Writer/Director: Liz Thaler
Seattle, the early 90s. Reviled rock goddess Courtney and feminist
punk poster grrrl Kathleen strike up a fraught friendship—but will the
tragedies ahead pull these badass revolutionaries apart? Inspired by
real-life, larger-than-life, badly-behaved young ladies. 1h.
www.inextremistheater.org
VENUE #8: The First Floor Theatre @ LA MAMA (74A East 4th St between
2nd Avenue & Bowery); MON 22 @ 4:15

DANCING IN THE GARDEN
The Festival Theatre Company (Sutton, Massachusetts)
Writer: Michael Walker
Maria is desperately in love with God, Father Mike, and her Papa. When
she kisses Susan Blakeman in the music room at St. Patrick's High, her
heart explodes and her life unravels until she learns to dance in the
garden. 2h.
www.dancinginthegardenplay.com
VENUE #6: The Living Theatre (21 Clinton St. between Houston and
Stanton); THU 25 @ 4:30

DONNA/MADONNA
Rizzo 39 Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Writer: John Paul Karliak / Directors: Tiger Reel & Matthew Craig
The award-winning one-man comedy about an adopted son and two mothers:
the doting Catholic homemaker and the fashionista wife of a British
pop star! Sometimes you have to meet a "Material Girl" to appreciate
"America's Sweetheart." 1h 25m.
www.donnamadonnashow.com
VENUE #16: Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St. between West 3rd Street
& Bleecker); WED 24 @ 9; THU 25 @ 7

ELYSIAN FIELDS
Revolve Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Writer: Chris Phillips / Director: John Michael Beck & Chris Phillips
Direct from sold-out performances at L.A.’s Celebration Theatre,
ELYSIAN FIELDS brings to life Allan, Sebastian and Skipper, whose
deaths sparked the action of Tennessee Williams’ dramas A STREETCAR
NAMED DESIRE, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. 1h 40m.
www.elysianfieldstheplay.com/
VENUE #11: The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St between 2nd & Bowery); MON
22 @ 8:45; WED 24 @ 4:30; FRI 26 @ 8; SAT 27 @ 3:30; SUN 28 @ NOON

FACEBOOK ME
The Arts Effect (New York, NY)
Writer: Created by The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, Script by
Katie Cappiello / Director: Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney
6 MILLION teenage girls are on Facebook. Get ready for a shockingly
real look into our lives as we navigate our adolescence online...where
status is more than an update. It's 10pm. Do you know who your
daughter is? 90m.
www.TheArtsEffectNYC.com
VENUE #1: Teatro SEA  (107 Suffolk Street between Rivington & Delancey
Streets); MON 22 @ 2; THU 25 @ 2; FRI 26 @ 6:30; SAT 27 @ NOON; SUN 28
@ 2:45

GLEEAM
The Landless Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.)
Writer: Andrew Lloyd Baughman, with Lyrics by Phil Close
Director: Emily Jablonski
What happens when a vaguely familiar high school Glee Club is hacked
to death by a mysterious masked slasher? It's going to be a SCREAM,
complete with GLEEful musical numbers! 75m.
landlesstheatrecompany.org
VENUE #15: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street); FRI 26 @ 3:45

HELLO, MY NAME IS BILLY
NO HOPE Productions (New York, NY)
Writer: Tim Aumiller & Scott Schneider / Director: Tim Aumiller
A filthy, unapologetic musical joyride through an all-American
landscape littered with crack pipes, booty bumps and hot bodies.
Through one gay man’s pursuit of love and the ultimate high, Billy
reminds us that “Life’s rife with addiction.” 1h 50m.
www.nohopeproductions.com
VENUE #15: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street); WED 24 @ 9:15

I LIGHT UP MY LIFE: THE MARK SAM CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Mark Sam Rosenthal (New York, NY)
Writer: Mark Sam Rosenthal / Director: Todd Parmley
At long last! The world's first preemptive celebrity autobiography!
Attempt to stomach this smut-fueled, casually offensive
road-to-success story of a celebrity who has succeeded nowhere — but
in his own mind! From the creators of Blanche Survives Katrina in a
FEMA Trailer Named Desire. 80m.
www.ILightUpMyLife.com
VENUE #5: Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and
Delancey Streets); WED 24 @ 4; FRI 26 @ 7

I'VE BEEN ELVITA ADAMS
Comfortism  (Derby, UK )
Writer: Ashley Smith / Director: Garth Laughton & Andrew Martyn Sugars
In 1979 Elvita jumped from the Empire State Building...But
survived...Becoming a comedian, with a problem. She can only tell
jokes about suicide leaps. Dark comedy, with angry pigeons, sexy cops
and a profanity heavy singalong. "Charmingly edgy performer." 1h 5m.
www.elvitaadams.com
VENUE #5: Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and
Delancey Streets) THU 25 @ 5; SUN 28 @ NOON.

JEFFREY DAHMER LIVE
Avner Kam (New York, NY)
Writer: Avner Kam / Director: Jonathan Warman
Can you relate to the man who killed and cooked his lovers? Jeffrey
Dahmer is putting on a show, with personal stories and hummable songs.
Come to experience Ultimate Serial-Dating -- but DON'T try this at
home! 1h 25m.
www.JeffreyDahmerLive.com
VENUE #13: Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery between Bleecker & Houston
Streets); TUE 23 @ 9:30

JERSEY SHORESICAL: A FRICKIN' ROCK OPERA
GymTanLibretto (Los Angeles, CA)
Book, Music & Lyrics by Daniel Franzese & Hanna LoPatin / Director: Drew Droege
MTV's reality phenomenon "Jersey Shore" gets the rock opera treatment
in this brand new musical parody. Behind all the fist pumping and
fighting, it turns out all these guidos and guidettes really care
about is love, family, and gettin' it in. 1h.
www.jerseyshoresical.com
VENUE #14: Bleecker Theatre (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street); TUE 23 @ 2; WED 24 @ 9:30; THU 25 @ 7; FRI 26 @ 5:45; SUN 28 @ 2

KEEPERS
What's The Benefit? inc. (New York, NY)
Book: Spencer LaVallee, Nicco Franklin, Paul Daniel Cloeter & Molly C.
Blau; Music and Lyrics by Daniel Wolpow and Paul Daniel Cloeter/
Director: Chris Causer, Musical Director: Paul Daniel Cloeter
Originally performed at Broadway’s Studio 54, KEEPERS takes a
surprising look at the joys of child adoption and the tragic
disconnect that sometimes surrounds it. Based on testimonials
collected from around the world, this musical asks: Who’s your REAL
family? 75m.
www.whatsthebenefit.org/Events.html
VENUE #2: CSV Flamboyan (107 Suffolk Street  between Rivington &
Delancey Streets); MON 22 @ 8; SUN 28 @ NOON

MALE MATRIARCH
Inventing Room Productions, LLC and Jason Najjoum (New York, NY)
Writer: Amir Levi
Director: Shauna Horn
Choreographer: Megan Sipe
Amir shares his Builla's rhythm, his mother's taste in curly-haired
men and thinks he's destined to be the next matriarch of his Mexican
Jewish American family. But when his first relationship crumbles,
dashing his boyhood dreams, he's forced to find his own modern family.
1h 10m .
www.malematriarch.com
VENUE #3: CSV Kabayitos (107 Suffolk Street  between Rivington &
Delancey Streets); MON 22 @ 7:30; THU 25 @ 7

PARKER & DIZZY'S FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW
Zachari Productions  (Queens, NY)
Writer: Book by Peter Zachari, Music and Lyrics by Damon Maida & Peter Zachari
If Wizard of Oz had a foursome with Star Wars, Thelma & Louise and Da
Vinci Code, its offspring would be this hilarious musical adventure.
Dead bodies! Drag queens! Clones! The gay holy grail! May the Fierce
be with them.  Starring Hedda Lettuce, Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday
Night Fever) and Rodiney Santiago (LOGO's The A-List). 2h 20m.
www.parkeranddizzy.com
VENUE #9: The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LA MAMA (66-68 East 4th St.
between 2nd Avenue & Bowery); FRI 26 @ 2; SAT 27 @ NOON

POTEET GIRLS
Leslie Collins (Queens, NY)
Writer: Leslie Collins / Director: Erick Devine
It’s 8th grade Jesus freaks, gay kids and school outcasts, as Shannon
Boner (pronounced BAH-ner, ya’ll!) and her friends attempt Miss Jr.
Poteet. She’ll try anything to bring her mama home from the road!
Ya’ll come! 52m.
www.poteetgirls.com
VENUE #16: Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St. between West 3rd Street
& Bleecker); WED 24 @ 5:15; FRI 26 @ 4; SAT 27 @ 4:15

SAMMY GETS MUGGED!

Dan Heching & The Brownstone Project (New York, NY)
Writer: SAMMY / Director: Noah Himmelstein
...and it's pretty scary. But for whom? Sammy, or his mysterious
mugger? A dark, urban mindf--k of a story, chronicling the
antagonistic exchange between two strangers and the way we choose to
remember the more unsavory moments of our lives. 75m.
www.danheching.com/sammygetsmugged/
VENUE #6: The Living Theatre (21 Clinton St. between Houston and
Stanton); FRI 26 @ 8:45; SUN 28 @ NOON

SMILEY - HOW ABOUT SOME EMOTIONAL PORNOGRAPHY?
Shufra  (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Writer: Eyal Weiser / Director: Allon Cohen
Each of the four characters in SMILEY discovers a new personality: the
moderator turns into a cat, a blogger discovers her inner dominatrix,
a talent turns into a Multi-talent and a guy falls in love with his
holocaust surviving neighbor. 70m.
VENUE #10: IATI Theater (64 East 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd
Avenue);  MON 22 @ 2

SUBMITTED BY C. RANDALL MCCLOSKEY
Quorum Theatre (Central New Jersey)
Writer: Ian August / Director: Paul Whelihan
How far would you go to get your big break? Follow four desperate
thespians as they navigate through creepy casting directors,
embarassing product placements, ridiculous disguises and [cross dressing]
karaoke--all to get a foot in the door of show biz! 2h.
www.crandallmccloskey.com
VENUE #4: Teatro LATEA (107 Suffolk Street  between Rivington &
Delancey Streets); WED 24 @ 3:15

TECHNODOULIA DOT COM
Technoplay Company (New York, NY)
Writer: Technoplay Company / Director: Kate Gagnon
Battling through porn pop-ups and cat videos, five users stuck in the
Internet try to find the real @AvaDarpa and delete their cyber
skeletons-in-closets. Will they connect in real life or is their
#technodoulia too much? 70m.
www.technodoulia.com
VENUE #6: The Living Theatre (21 Clinton St. between Houston and
Stanton); MON 22 @ 10:30

THE BIG ''A''
At Hand Theatre Company (Queens, New York)
Writer: Dan Horrigan/ Director: Matthew DiCarlo
Armed with only my wit, I confront evil bosses, giant hairy nipples,
sassy nurses and living with HIV... all while searching for the
perfect set of kitchenware. Come and find out if laughter really is
the best (anti-retroviral) medicine! 75m.
www.danhorriganiscute.com
VENUE #18: Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street  between
7th Avenue & Hudson Street); THU 25 @ 5; SAT 27 @ 7; SUN 28 @ NOON

THE F*CKING WORLD ACCORDNG TO MOLLY
Molly Dykeman Productions  (Brooklyn, New York)
Writer: Andrea Alton / Director: Mark Finley
Molly “Equality” Dykeman is a poet/security guard at PS 339 and a
lovable train wreck who is having her first poetry show. Will bed
bugs, Percocet and sissy kids get in her way? Michael Musto (Village
Voice) says "She's a scream!" 70m.
mollyequalitydykeman.com
VENUE #16: Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St. between West 3rd Street
& Bleecker); THU 25 @ 2; SUN 28 @ 4:15

THE FLOWERS OF FANTASTICO

Brain Melt Consortium (New York, NY)
Writer: Rachel Kerry / Director: Rachel Kerry
B-movies and breakups collide when perpetually lovelorn Tara discovers
a mysterious VHS tape. With superhero nuns, demonic baked goods,
annoying ex-boyfriends, and a celesbian wedding that could end the
world, don't miss Brain Melt Consortium's bisexual horror-comedy
extravaganza! 1h 35m.
www.brainmeltconsortium.com
VENUE #9: The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LA MAMA (66-68 East 4th St.
between 2nd Avenue & Bowery); MON 22 @ 4:15; THU 25 @ 7:15; SAT 27 @ 3:15

THE MISS TEEN JESUS PAGEANT
LaGoDi (Washington, DC)
Writer: Patrick DiBattista and Anne Laffoon, Music by Ben Camp
Tiaras, talent, and evening wear. A musical comedy about two gay
fathers who stage and rig a church sponsored beauty contest to ensure
their daughter will be crowned Miss Teen Jesus, thereby securing
tuition for Bible College. Divinely crazy. 2h.
lagodi.com/Site/Welcome.html
VENUE #12: 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue &
Bowery); THU 25 @ 2; FRI 26 @ 9; SAT 27 @ 4

THE MORE LOVING ONE
Unincorporated Theater (New York, NY)
Writer: Cory Conley/ Director: Craig Baldwin
An underage sex trial shakes up the lives of two couples--- one gay,
one straight--- on a summer weekend in a steamy college town. A sharp
and provocative new comedy about the uncertainties of lust and
commitment. 75m.
www.themorelovingone.com
VENUE #8: The First Floor Theatre @ LA MAMA (74A East 4th St between
2nd Avenue & Bowery);  MON 22 @ 8; SUN 28 @ NOON

THE TOUGHEST GIRL ALIVE!
Javier Velasco and Candye Kane (San Diego, CA)
Writer: Javier Velasco, based on the writings of Candye Kane, Music
and Lyrics by Candye Kane / Director: Javier Velasco
Belting the Blues! The 99.9% true, stranger-than-fiction, story of L.A
gang member, unwed teen mom, plus-sized, ex-pornstar, bisexual,
multi-award winning, blues phenomenon Candye Kane. Told in her own
words and toe-tapping, roof raising music. 1h 50m.
www.candyekane.com
VENUE #15: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street); TUE 23 @ 9:15; FRI 26 @ 5:45; SAT 27 @ 7:45

THE UNDERBELLY DIARIES REDUX
APB Productions  (Toronto, Canada)
Writer: Aaron Berg
Director: Dwight McFee
He was a stripper and a stud for hire for women and men. He was a
bodybuilding steroid freak from a prominent Canadian Jewish family. He
is capitalism personified! A perfect recipe for the American Dream. An
R-rated comedy. 1h 25m.
www.aaronberg.com
VENUE #5: Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and
Delancey Streets); SAT 27 @ 6:45; SUN 28 @ 2

TOP DRAWER
Top Drawer Productions (New York, NY)
Writer: Adelaide Mestre / Director: Lauren Cohn
A chronicle of dysfunction and redemption on Park Avenue. With a gay
Cuban concert-pianist father and a socialite opera-singing mother,
Adelaide brings to life an outrageous and heartrending musical memoir
that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even... sing. 90m.
www.adelaidemestre.com
VENUE #13: Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery between Bleecker & Houston
Streets); TUE 23 @ 5; WED 24 @ 5; FRI 26 @ 7:15; SUN 28 @ 2

TWO ALONE / TOO TOGETHER
Accidental Repertory Theater / ART (New York, NY)
Writer: Peter Welch
Director: Vincent Scott
Sexual identities become blurred as two emotionally wounded men- one
straight, one gay- desperately try to help each other reconnect with
the world. Instead a savage game of cat and mouse unfolds, pitting one
lost soul against the other! 90m.
www.twoalonetootogether.com
VENUE #16: Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St. between West 3rd Street
& Bleecker); SUN 28 @ 2

WALLSTORIES

Nejla Y. Yatkin Dance / NY2Dance (Washington, D.C.)
Choreographer: Nejla Y. Yatkin
Wallstories is an evening length Dance Theatre piece choreographed by
Nejla Y. Yatkin in 2009. Wallstories, was selected as Top 10 Dances of
2009 by the Washington Post and is based on stories of Germans who
lived with the Berlin Wall. 55m.
www.berlinwallproject.com
VENUE #5: Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and
Delancey Streets); SAT 27 @ 4; SUN 28 @ 4:15

WHAT THE SPARROW SAID
The Common Tongue (New York, NY)
Writer: Danny Mitarotondo / Director: Jenna Worsham
By his mother's deathbed, Blaze doesn't know whether to pull the plug.
Should he tell his estranged brother, Dan? This tragicomedy is
produced by the company and playwright Edward Albee says is “making a
provocative impact on American theatre." 90m.
www.tctnyc.org
VENUE #4: Teatro LATEA (107 Suffolk Street  between Rivington &
Delancey Streets); THU 25 @ 6:45; FRI 26 @ 3:30

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