Lake Effect Fringe Festival 02/02–03/03Buy Tickets
GRAND RAPIDS—The 7th Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival, running from February 2 through March 3, continues to focus on local playwrights, directors, & performers. There is a full calendar of events scheduled at the Dog Story Theater. Tickets for all events can be purchased in advance on the Dog Story Theater website, www.dogstorytheater.com and are $15/adults and $10/students & seniors. Also new this year: Industry Sundays. Bring a playbill or a website you can call up on your phone to show you’ve been involved in a W. Michigan production over the past year and pay just $10. This offer is available only at Sunday performances and for ticket sales at the door.
Again this year, Dog Story’s Comedy Outlet Mondays will continue throughout the Festival (February 4, 11, 18, & 25) at 7:00 pm each Monday night.
February 2 – 3, 8 pm Saturday, and 5 pm Sunday: Hole in the Wall Theatre Company, Grand Rapids’ only Commedia Troupe presents Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Three actors attempt to perform the Complete Works of the bard in 90 minutes.
February 8 – 10, 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 3 pm Saturday and Sunday : The Brutal Sea presents The Day the Earth Refused to Die, by Declan Maher . Follow a group of college students through the nightmare-proxy “Somnam” service as well as the planning process of their yearly celebration of the planet’s narrow survival. Contains mature content and may not be suitable for young viewers.
February 14 – 17, 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 pm Sunday: The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton, based on a literal translation by Vera Liber. The Seagull follows the contentious relationship between famous actress Irina Arkadina and her son, the aspiring playwright Konstantin Treplev. When Arkadina begins a relationship with the writer Boris Trigorin, whom she brings to her family’s summer home, jealousy and resentment break out.
February 16, Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm : Alistair Watt returns to G.R. from Second City with an Improv Workshop.
February 19, 8 pm: Collywobbles Theatre Company of Fennville presents Touch the Names, by Randal Mylar & Chic Streetman. A staged reading with music, this play is based on letters and artifacts left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall from fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, and comrades.
February 22 – 24; 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 3 pm Sunday: GEM Theatrics presents Give ‘Em Hell, Harry, by Samuel Gallu. A one-man show starring Gary E. Mitchell as Harry S. Truman, our 33rd President, directed by Mary Beth Quillin. Written and performed after the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s resignation, the play and the Truman are surprisingly timely again as the nation faces yet another scandalous presidency, with an uncertain outcome. This production contains strong language.
February 26 at 7:00 pm: The Curious Arrow presents Polarea and the Cloud Weaver, by Stephen Douglas Wright. A reading of a new script. The suicidal Sun refuses to rise, leaving the burden of carrying “the light” to the Moon. When the exhausted Moon crash lands, it’s left to Polarea to get “the light” back in the sky.
February 27 only at 7:00 pm: The Curious Arrow presents The Behavior of Wings, by Steven Bogart. This is a reading. An eighteen year old college student drops out of her freshman year of college and shows up at her father’s campsite in the mountains of Mexico where he has been trying to protect the Monarch Butterflies.
March 1 -3, 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 3 pm Saturday and Sunday: The University Wits Presents It’s Just a Play, by Terrence McNally. It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.