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

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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