Created on a shoestring budget, relies on an innovative mind and is powered audacity.
On this Week's episode of the Artsy Fartsy Show (airs Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 2pm EST on WBAI 99.5FM and online stream.wbai.org.
Our program this week is entitled: On A Fringe
We will highlight the New York International Fringe Festival that is taking place now through Aug. 28th.
Elena K. Holy Producing Artistic Director of the Fringe will share the 15 year history of NY Fringe. The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. In addition to 1200 incredible performances.
Although FringeNYC is a production of The Present Theatre Company, Inc.
, it takes:
75,000 audience members
2,000 registered volunteers
15 dollar advance tickets and
2 full-time employees
Read our Fringe Reviews and Show Highlights during the Fringe -- right here.
Spot of Culture
We will delve deeper into fringe art which is a created on a shoestring budget, relies on an innovative mind and is powered audacity. So when the stock market plunges to the depths on hell and beyond. What do artist do? Do they make an exodus out of NYC, out of the country? Tune in for Hollis Witherspoon's Spot of Culture.
"Pawn" The Must See Musical of the Fringe!!!
The new rock musical, Pawn, will make its last stop on the worldwide tour is symbolically in NYC for the International Fringe Festival. Writer and director Karmia Chan Cao will join us in studio to talk about the Millenial perspective on 9/11, making a musical with the students of Stanford University and being new audacious theatre professional.
Pawn follows Abraham Niu, a young Asian Canadian soldier stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, into the heart of a bombing raid and the darkest night of his life. This groundbreaking musical play unlocks an urgent discourse on the last decade through the keyhole of one family's tragic loss and the triumph of unrelenting hope. It is the first musical theater piece to confront the issues of terrorism, retribution and wars since September 11th, 2001, just in time for the 10 the anniversary of the attack.
Additionally, it is the first student-written musical theater piece in American musical theater history that features an Asian American story and portrays Asian Americans in a non-stereotypical, positive light.
Interview with HotelMotel's Derek Ahonen and Matthew Pilieci
Check in to a double feature at HotelMotel, a site-specific theatrical event featuring the New York Premiere of Animals and Plants, written and directed by Obie Award-winner Adam Rapp, and the World Premiere of Pink Knees on Pale Skin, written and directed by Derek Ahonen.
The Amoralists are proud to present HotelMotel, runs Off-Broadway now thru 29, 2011 at The Gershwin Hotel, located at 7 East 27 Street between Madison & Fifth Avenues in New York City.Performances are Wednesdays – Saturdays and Mondays at 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on the web at http://www.SmartTix.com
or by calling 212-868-4444. No one under 17 will be admitted. Train access via the N, R or #6 to 28 St. For more information visit http://www.TheAmoralists.com
Animals and Plants - On the night of a terrible blizzard, two drug runners are snowbound in a cheap motel room at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. As they wait for their connection, they are visited by a mysterious young woman who may or may not figure into their future. While the snow mounts and the night slips into darkness, the money disappears, a long-time friendship is tested, and all three of their lives will be changed forever.
Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker and an Obie Award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, including The Metal Children, Nocturne, Faster, Hallway Trilogy, Finer Noble Gases (2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense and Red Light Winter (Obie Award), which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Rapp is the author of the novel, The Year Of Endless Sorrows, and the graphic novel, Ball-Peen Hammer. Rapp’s playwriting honors include The Helen Merrill Award, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He wrote and directed the films Winter Passing and Blackbird. In the fall he will begin pre-production for the film version of Red Light Winter, which he is directing for Scott Rudin Productions. “[Rapp] is a gifted storyteller. He makes demands on his audience, and he rewards its close attention with depth and elegance,” wrote The New Yorker’s John Lahr.The cast for Animals and Plants features Matthew Pilieci, William Apps, Katie Broad and Brian Mendes.
Pink Knees on Pale Skin - To save their undersexed marriages, The Wyatt and Williams families are meeting with Dr. Sarah, aka The Orgy Counselor. The plan: to participate in an organized orgy held in a discrete hotel room. But on this particular night, Dr. Sarah has designed a self-destructive twist, guaranteed to unleash chaos upon all involved. Pink Knees on Pale Skin is a comedy about orgies gone bad and a drama about marriage and regret.
Derek Ahonen is the resident playwright of The Amoralists Theatre Company. His plays with The Amoralists include The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy In The Poorhouse, Bring Us The Head Of Your Daughter, Amerissiah, Pokin The Bears In A Zoo and While Chasing The Fantastic. All plays by Derek Ahonen are published and available through Playscripts, Inc.
The cast for Pink Knees on Pale Skin features Sarah Lemp, Jordan Tisdale, James Kautz, Vanessa Vache, Byron Anthony, Anna Stromberg and Nick Lawson.
About the Company
The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, our actor driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. Leaving no stone unturned, we plunge the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature. With hundreds of young companies in the theater community, The Amoralists are doing work that is widely recognized for accomplishing the aforementioned points while simultaneously making it completely accessible to all audiences - whether veteran or inexperienced theatergoers - therefore putting theater at the heart of our community and expanding the possibilities and reaches of the arts. By combining our work’s accessibility with its moral ambiguity, we believe that it truly initiates a startling dialogue between artist and audience. Rollicking, rebellious, and raw, our work will go home with you...Boom!
Performing this week!! Jon Braman
Special Thanks: Thank you Milano for the wondeful AF Sessions last week. Thank you Mohammed Ali, Makoto Fujimura and Rabbi Simcha Wienstein for an insightful interview.
And to everyone who came out to True Blood Night at Professor Thoms. We had a great time and lots of Jello Shots.
Thank you to the producers of The Classroom for giving two pairs of tickets to Artsy Fartsy Show fans. Check out The Classroom now playing part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Don't forget to see Hollis on stage! She is in Whale Song.