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Burlington Fringe Festival 2017
Off Center for the Dramatic Arts
Burlington , VT
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Burlington Fringe Festival 2017
Off Center for the Dramatic Arts presents
The 5th Annual Burlington Fringe Festival
24 Shows Over 4 Days
Thurs, Oct 12  Sun, Oct 15, 7:30 PM Thurs  Sat & 4PM Sunday,
At OC  294 N. Winooski Ave, Ste. 116, Burlington, VT
Info at theoffcenter.com, offcenterfringe@gmail.com,
or 716-640-4639
Tickets, $15/night, Brownpapertickets.com or (limited) at the door
Contact: David at offcenterfringe@gmail.com


7:30 PM: Bodies of Water, performed by The Body Ensouled Ensemble: Conceived and "Scored by Lauren Larken Scuderi, Director: Kathryn Blume.  Bodies of Water is a call to action for Life-affirming beauty standards  a sensual dance, burlesque, musical theatre, public service announcement.  

8:00 PM: The History of My Penis, written and performed by Ethan Bowen: A solo show that is a humorous and moving memoir of Ethans  life as revealed from the experiences of this key part of his body.

8:30 PM: Don't Mess Up This Séance, written & performed by Ben Wasserman: An interactive séance where Ben tries to contact his recently departed Dad.  Come help Ben perform this chaotic blend of comedy, witchcraft, and grief therapy!

9:00 PM: Hot Potato, written & performed by Steph-Marie Szenasi:
Hot Potato is a reverse strip tease that explores the complex nature of intergenerational dating involving a 50lb bag of potatoes and an entire wardrobe of clothes.

9:30: "QK Enchaine" (Queen Kong in Chains):  written and performed by Dana Block. Nazi film director Leni Riefenstahl raps with Barbie and Queen Kong, exploring subjects such as orgasms, nose bleeds, gender identity & Lebensunwertes Leben- life unworthy of life. With singing and accordion playing.

10:00 PM,  Life Heist, by Phinn Sonin and the Facaway Collective:  A stuffed toy comes to life and discovers what it means to be human.

FRIDAY, OCT 13, 7:30PM

7:30 PM, Under the Sun Rug:  Aminah Ibrahim and Mac Melrose present a sound & dance score collaboration. Experimental electronic soundscape with color and motion. This path a transition unprepared, circumstances salty and crippled, where divination is dealt a rotten hand. In the clouds full of prayers, while I stall the growth of poison, return my mind to the heavens.

8:00 PM, Stand-up Comedy from 1907, performed by Jim Hogue & his Ukelele: based on the  play The Charity that Began at Home by St. John Hankin, whom George Bernard Shaw calledthe Mephistopheles of the new (1907)comedy.

8:30 PM, The Unraveling: written and performed by Martin Gil: A sixty year old man discusses his therapy to an uncomfortable degree.  Humor blends with pathos and titillation to bring a levity to the significance of knowing oneself and being true to that understanding.

9:00 PM, Mostly Sad, Kinda Funny  by Matt DeCaro: a bunch of songs that are mostly sad and kinda funny. Matt DeCaro is a singer songwriter from Brooklyn, NY.  He sings stories, screams anecdotes, and croons but also jokes.

9:30 PM, Box of Squirrels by Dennis McSorley: this work in progress features scenes from when Dennis taught in NYC public schools..   The dialogue is very close to the actual events that occurred in each setting.classroom, yard, class trip and so on.

10:00 PM, Slinky Says Relax:  6 improvisers and a keyboardist take the stage and with the help of the audience, create a musical on the spot.


7:30PM, Hail Mary by Monica Callan, produced by Moxie Productions:  Excerpt from a full-length play.  A woman returns to a small New England town for her estranged fathers funeral where nothing has changed while everything's different, and everyone is praying for a miracle.

8:00 PM, Coming to America, Abow Ibrahim: Burlington -Somali comic,  Abow Ibraham bathes a serious family situation in humor; after years in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Abow and family are relocated to Grand Rapids Michigan, USA.  We all had an idea of how America was like the imaginary world we built in our heads, but as soon as we got here it was time for a reality check.  This is a true story of how America saved us but humbled us at the same time.

8:30 PM, Nothing Stays, by Jeanne Beckwith, featuring Monica Callan and Jeffrey Tolbert as Hannah and Harry.  A very short play in which a man and a woman grapple with loss and memory.

9:00 PM,  Queen City Songs:  David Schein: Story-songs set in Burlington in the 50s and early 60s, when on Friday nights, teens in cars would cruise Church Street and  when the mills closed down the Roules were out of luck (but they were just Canucks).  Songs include Skag Table, The Ballad of Francis Roule, Dancing School, and Spring Time Church Street.

9:30 PM: Suspension, presented by Vermont Playwrights Circle, by F Brett Cox, Director: Jeanne Beckwith, Performer: Macey Mayfield:
In 1943, in a small town near the Southern coast, 18-year-old Caroline does her part for the war effort by serving as an airplane spotter.  She has much more on her mind than the German Air Force.

9:45 PM, Kamikaze Comedy, Short-form improv comedy from this 5-member troupe of 22 years.  Watch out!  KC will premiere a brand new Fringe-only stage event for the Fringe Festival.


4:00 PM, One Day in Gotham City by Make Em Laugh,  featuring Verity Thomson (age 9) and Penelope DeRosset (age 10):  A puppet mashup of Lego Batman and Anthony and Cleopatra

4:15 PM,  The Tale of the Wooden Sword, told by Peter Snow: A tale of a shoemaker who has to live by his wits to overcome the whims of an unscrupulous king.

4:45PM, Don Quixotes Solo Show, by Anthony Apodaca:
A long-form solo improvised show based on an audience member's favorite book.

5:15: Medicine Songs and Animal Totem Stories w/ Mickey Western: Renditions of Native American Tales, including: How Rabbit Stole the Fire, Sweet Grass and Sister and her Seven Brother.

5:45: Journey of A Note  
A collaboration between Steve Goldberg and Paul Schnabel:
Where does inspiration come from?  Maybe theres an answer in the journey of a note.


Off Center for the Dramatic Arts (View)
294 Winooski Avenue, Suite 116 C
Burlington , VT 05401
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Stand Up

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!



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