Berkshire Fringe Announces 2009 Festival Line-Up

Posted April 27, 2009

2009 Berkshire Fringe Festival

All events at the Daniel Arts Center, Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington. For information/tickets, please call 413.320.4175 or visit SCORED! Berkshire Fringe 5th Annual Gala
July 27 at 8 p.m.
A mini-marathon of original dance, animation and film presentations all inspired by an identical 6-minute music composition by Berkshire Fringe co-artistic director, Peter Wise. Featured artists include: Playwright Joan Ackermann, animation artist Tyler Kinney, Spine Dance Company, Bazaar Productions Ensemble Theater, Filmmaker Larry Burke and more! Live video mixing, visual art exhibition, open bar, ‘score’ d'oeuvres, dancing/dj, and massive not-so-silent auction MC'd by Fringe favorite Fiely A. Matias (aka Lounge-zilla). Doors open at 7pm/8pm. Tickets: $100, $50, or Pay Your Age!

“The Gay Agenda”
The Gay Agenda in The Gay Agenda’s Great Big Broadway Show! Not-so-strait from Brooklyn comes this two man musical theater punk band extraordinaire! With dashing wit, humor, and a penchant for the absurd, these two harmonizing homos turn the Great White Way on its head in a never-before-seen evening of mangled love ballads, disjointed show-stoppers and plenty of sass!
Pick Your Price Opening Night July 29 at 8 p.m.
July 30 and August 1 at 9 p.m.
July 31 at 7 p.m.
August 2 at 6 p.m.

“The Disappearing Woman”
In this World Premiere media and movement collaboration between choreographers Nell Breyer, Alissa Cardone (Kinodance, 2005), Lorraine Chapman and Bronwen MacArthur, The Disappearing Woman unveils the female psyche within an increasingly high speed and dispersed culture. Using digital media as an extension of the body, The Disappearing Woman exposes the fragile and mutable representations of self-identity.
Pick Your Price Opening Night July 30 at 7 p.m.
July 31 at 9 p.m.
August 1 at 7 p.m.
August 2 & 3 at 8 p.m.

Staged Reading of “Hurricane Hotel”
In this eclectic love letter to New Orleans, Hurricane Hotel grabs hold and takes us on a ride into the underbelly of a drowned city destined to be reborn. Adapted from the novel by Berkshire based artist and author John K. Lawson, this world premiere reading is directed by Aimee K. Michel and features an ensemble of local actors. Post show discussion to follow.
August 2 at 2 p.m.

Award-winning solo performer Amy Salloway (So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, 2007; Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, 2005) returns to the Berkshire Fringe with her newest hit, Circumference. The Ghosts of Gym Teachers Past haunt the Fear of Fitness Centers Present and the Obsession with Weight Loss Future in this new, mostly-true solo comedy about size, sweat.... and exercising your demons.
Pick Your Price Opening Night August 5 at 8 p.m.
August 6 & 8 at 9 p.m.
August 7 at 7 p.m.
August 9 at 6 p.m.

“Elephants and Gold”
Inspired by the New York Times Magazine article 'Are We Driving Elephants Crazy?' Elephants and Gold is an ensemble driven theater piece that drags, digs, buries, crawls and plunges into an archeological excavation of human identity. Blending song, movement and surrealistic vignettes, the piece chronicles human migration, ritual and inter-species dynamics as performers meld into original humans, elephants, Victorian explorers, lost men and poachers.
Pick Your Price Opening Night August 6 at 7 p.m.
August 7 at 9 p.m.
August 8 at 7 p.m.
August 9 & 10 at 8 p.m.

Show TBA
Come experience live, active culture at the 2009 Berkshire Fringe presenting an eclectic mix of of dance, theater and music by emerging artists from around the corner and across the United States. Presented by Bazaar Productions, the Fringe is dedicated to original works that engage new audiences, foster artistic dialog and delve into traditions underrepresented in the mainstream. New work of theater presented.
Pick Your Price Opening Night August 12 at 8 p.m.
August 13 & 15 at 9 p.m.
August 14 & 16 at 7 p.m.

“Real Dramatic”
With themes strait from Greek tragedy and language from the skate park, Real Dramatic paints an unflinching picture of young, lower-middle class life in rural America. Creating a vibrant, poetic and contemporary theater of place, the play chronicles the life of Alice - a tumultuous, fast talking heroin, and Murdoch - a troubled late night convenience store clerk. Amidst the backdrop of youthful angst and harrowing family drama, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that awakens a deep current of love and mutual respect. This world premiere by Berkshire based writer Gabriel Patel features an ensemble of local artists under the direction of John L. Hadden. Contains strong language and adult themes. Pick Your Price Opening Night August 13 at 7 p.m.
August 14 & 16 at 9 p.m.
August 15 at 7 p.m.
August 17 at 8 p.m.

EarlyStages Playwright Mentorship Program performances
New Plays by emerging local writers at the Berkshire Fringe
Participants in the EarlyStages playwright mentorship program will present staged readings of new works. This is the culmination of a two-week residency where emerging local writers develop scripts under the guidance of Award winning writer Susan Kim. This event is free and will be followed by a discussion with the artists. August 16 at noon, 1:30 & 3 p.m.

Free Music at the Berkshire Fringe
:30 Live!, The Berkshire Fringe's free music series features some of the hottest sonic innovators from throughout the Northeast.
July 29 and August 3, 5, 10, 12 & 17 at 7 p.m.

Free Community Workshops at The Berkshire Fringe
Each Saturday during the Berkshire Fringe artists from across the United States teach workshops in a variety of performance techniques including dance, theater, movement and comedy. These workshops offer unique insight into the creative process and are open to participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience ages 16-96! Early registration is strongly recommended. Please call for details.
August 1, 8 & 15 at 1:30 p.m.

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