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Detroit Fringe Festival to feature more than 50 artists and 15 writers

NewsPreview September 08, 2015 Encore Staff

DETROIT –The 2015 Detroit Fringe Theatre Festival has announced its Festival lineup which includes 20 performances of 10 minute plays, full-length plays & musicals, and staged readings over the course of four days. The festival will highlight the work of over 50 Michigan artists and more than 15 Michigan writers with 7 out of state guests.

A particular emphasis of the mission statement for this year’s Fringe is to further artistic opportunities for all artists involved. Last year, all of the actors involved were offered another role through various festivals, shows, and performance events and many of the directors have since directed other shows for various theatres and local festivals. The playwrights have also seen an increase in their visibility. One particular partnership to highlight was last year’s winning director-playwright pair Karen Brehmer and Paige Vanzo who return as a collaborative team to produce the premiere of Vanzo’s newest play Magic which will open the festival.

“We’re excited for Michigan writers and performers to connect and network with the out of state guests and vice versa so that all of our artists are able to create mutually beneficial experiences in which Michigan artists may be able to visit and perform in other states and our guests are able to learn about the vibrant and thriving arts scene in Detroit,” says the festival’s co-producer Emilio Rodriguez.

The festival hopes to continue to develop these artistic relationships that will further serve many of the other wonderful festivals in the area including but not limited to BoxFest, The Two Muses Women’s Play Fest, and Theatre Nova’s Michigan Playwright’s Festival.

This year’s festival will be held at CMAP Theatre: 2221 Carpenter Street, Detroit, MI.

Tickets for the festival will be a suggested donation of $10 per day. We’ll also have discounted festival passes.

THURSDAY Sept 17 at 7:00pm

*Performance of Magic by Paige Vanzo, directed by Karen Brehmer
Performance of In Dreams by Jarrod Vanzo, directed by Casey Hibbert
Reading of Block Party by Kennikki Jones-Jones
*Reading of Waking Up Alive by Morgan Breon
Detroit Fringe Opening Night Reception

FRIDAY Sept 18 at 7:00pm

*Reading of Today by Amy Choudhury-Martin
*Performance of Adam’s Angels by Jacquie Floyd, directed by Nick Rowley
Reading of a new play from African Renaissance Theatre written by Oliver Pookrum
Performance of Green Card Wedding by Jody Christopherson

SATURDAY Sept 19 Various Show Times

3pm Performance by Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
*4pm Reading of Mamacita by Emilio Rodriguez
8pm Performance of Working Perception by Laura Pazuchowski
9pm Performance of Yes by Tim Realbuto

SUNDAY Sept 20 Various Show Times

2pm Reading of Lisandra by Cara Beth Heath
4pm A Collection of Short Plays
*Performance of I Just Got Out of One of Those by Emily Fishman, directed by Emilio R.
Performance of Love Stinks written and directed by Matt Siadak
*Performance of Who Art Upon the First Turret? written and directed by Alexander H. Trice
Performance of Can You Hear the Love? by Matthew Tawney, directed by Ellen Stachowicz
*Performance of Scene in Black and White by Maureen Paraventi, directed by Kennikki Jones
Performance of Is This Seat Taken? by Brad Sytsma, directed by Phil Vazquez
Performance of Can’t Wait by Paige Vanzo, directed by Ryan Ernst

Please visit the Detroit Fringe Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/DetroitFringe or our Website: https://detroitfringe.wordpress.com for more information.

*Denotes a play that will be making its world premiere at the festival.

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