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Artsy Fartsy Show’s Fringe Live

This year, the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival is calling for New Yorkers to get off their couch; and turn-off their iGagets, glowing screens and little devices that go beep-beep-beep.

We agree! Come out from hiding from the scorching sun and join the Artsy Fartsy Show at this year’s Fringe Festival. You can hang with us at Fringe Central. We will do 4 broadcasts and leading 5 Fringe U events. We will host some pretty cool theatre-centric and eclectic discussions.

This week’s feature

Shift Your Focus
Barika Edwards’ Interviews Britt Lafield, Festival Administrator of the NY International Fringe Festival

Britt and I talk about what makes theatre during the Fringe so special.

Fringe NYC is:
186 Shows
….with a quarter of the plays from outside of the New York Tri-State Area, with a large number from California, New Orleans, Florida ,Texas, Midwest: Minneapolis, Chicago & Nothwestern University.
…and from 8 countries.
With 1000 performances scheduled this year
To take place over 16 days
In 19 venues
Fringe Serves 5000 artists each year
And has about 75,000 audience members sit their butts in seats.

Fringe Giveaway
FRINGE VIP PASSES – We are giving away two passes during our live broadcasts to two Artsy Fartsy Show fans. VIP passes will allow you and a guest into any show you want to go to that isn’t soldout throughout the Fringe Festival. See as much theater as you can.
To Win: Email artsyfartsy@wbai.org and tell us what you think about the program.
Contest Ends 8.14.12

Website: http://www.fringenyc.org
Twitter: @fringenyc

Also featured

Finding Elizabeth Taylor
Writer: Elizabeth Claire Taylor
Director: Cheryl King
Yes, it’s my real name and a lot to live up to – the eyes, the men, the diets, the diamonds, the booze. But oh…how I’ve tried. A love letter to La Liz and myself; two women obsessed with life and its finer points.

Venue #18: HERE Mainstage Theater, 145 Sixth Avenue (Entrance on Dominck St.)
Saturday, August 11 @ 9:30pm, Tuesday, August 14 @ 4:45pm, Wednesday, August 22 @ 3:45pm, Friday, August 24 @ 9:30pm, Sunday, August 26 @ 4:00pm

Website: www.findingelizabethtaylor.com

BLANCHE: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame
Writer: Created and Performed by: Onalea Gilbertson; Music by Onalea Gilbertson, Morag Northey and Jonathan Lewis
Director: Rachel Avery; AD: Abigail Strange; LD/TD: Joey Walls; AP: Andrew Block
A theatrical concert about Blanche’s memories told by her granddaughter; weaving through the Great Depression, WW2 and tragic lost love. A poignant mash-up of torch, folk and chamber music. “Delicate, penetrating, captivating songs.” #13, “best shows of 2011” Huffington Post.
Venue # 5 The Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette St (Astor Place), WED 8/15 @ 4:00, FRI 8/17 @ 6:15, SAT 8/18 @ 7:00, SUN 8/19 @ 7:00, THUR 8/23 @ 7:15, SAT 8/25 @ 2:15
Website: http://www.onalea.com/original-blanche.html

COBU – Knockin’ on the cool earth
Director: Yako Miyamoto
Choreographer: Yako Miyamoto
2011 TheaterMania Audience Favorites Award Winner. All Japanese girl group, playing Japanese “TAIKO” drums with funky Hip-Hop style, mixing traditional and new. COBU’s founder is YAKO MIYAMOTO, from hit STOMP, and Hollywood’s new movie “COBU 3D”. Feel the heartbeat.
Cobu’s motto is inspired by the combined sounds of New York and traditional Japanese culture.
Their signature sound is created organically through acoustic instruments, rather than digital transcription. This juxtaposition of traditional modernity makes them one of the most unique and original mind-blowing groups of our time. VENUE #15: The New School for Drama Theatre Fri 10 @ 9 Sat 11 @ 1:45 Mon 13 @ 9:15 Tue 14 @ 3:30 Sat 18 @ 5:45
Website: http://www.cobu.us
Writer: Max W. Freidlich
Director: Dann Fink
Matt is an average 16-year-old who lives with his mom in Park Slope but when Theo, an older, casual acquaintance from his school, randomly shows up on Matt’s doorstep one night, everything changes. Staying for one dinner turns into much more when Theo asks to sleep over due to construction in his family’s apartment. The two boys struggle to understand one another, the dynamics of teenage love lives, race, and much more. VENUE #12: Cherry Lane Theatre
Sun 12 @ 9 Fri 17 @ 2 Tue 21 @ 8:30 Wed 22 @ 7 Sat 25 @ 5:30
Website: http://www.sleepoverproductions.com

Spot of Culture

Soapbox Theater
Spot of Culture panel discussion with Members of Fringe Shows: Snow White and the Apocolyspe and #MormonInChief

We discussion why the Fringe Festival is a great platform for politically geared theatre that features storylines ripped from the headlines.

Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse
Writer: Brenton Lengel
Director: Jessica Creane
Snow White awakens to true love’s kiss 28 days after the zombie apocalypse. Now she must end the plague with Prince Charming — and his axe-wielding lover Rapunzel. Blood, sex, kung fu, gender politics…fairy tales as usual. VENUE #01: The Living Theatre
Sat 11 @ 10 Wed 15 @ 2 Sun 19 @ 3:45 Fri 24 @ 5:30 Sat 25 @ 9
Website: http://www.stateofplaytheatre.com/shows/current-show-snow-white-zombie/

Writer: Matthew Greene
Director: Austin Regan
Connor, an unassuming Mormon, becomes the center of media frenzy when he tweets inflammatory statements inspired by a Mormon presidential candidate. When ambitious blogger Lydia confronts him, Connor is forced to choose between living by faith or living by fact.
VENUE #07: The Kraine Theater Sat 11 @ 6 Tue 14 @ 4:45 Sat 18 @ 12 Sun 19 @ 7 Wed 22 @ 2:30
Website: http://www.mormoninchiefplay.com

Performing Live on The Artsy Fartsy Show

Jon Braman
Twitter: @jonbraman


Also Heard in today’s broadcast
Non-Equity The Musical!
Writer: Book and Lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, Music and Lyrics by Paul D Mills
Director: Christian Amato
It’s 5 AM. Six non-union actors wake up for auditions, survival jobs, and dance calls that require them to be a dancing kleenex box. Featuring songs: “The Unofficial List”, “Typing”, and “I Wish I Had A Penis”. VENUE #10: The Players Theatre Sat 11 @ 12 Wed 15 @ 7 Tue 21 @ 2 Thu 23 @ 2 Sat 25 @ 8:15
Website: http://www.nonequitythemusical.com
Twitter: @noneqthemusical

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