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PLEASE NOTE: Below you'll find information about FringeHIGH from our 2013 festival.

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FringeHIGH (definition): a collection of boundary-stretching plays guaranteed to captivate and entertain NYC teens.

New ideas, new perspectives, pushing the limits, that’s FringeNYC.
FringeHIGH is a group of shows chosen from the regular FringeNYC roster that will resonate with young adults. Topics for this year’s FringeHIGH shows include: confronting school violence and bullying, claiming your own identity, challenging sexual labels and stereotypes, and of course, negotiating the twists and turns of love. And you can take your pick of innovative theatre, including: a graphic novel brought to life, dancers mimicking mannequins and insects, a cowboy musical, and re-imagined Shakespeare with sword fights and back story! Check out the descriptions below for more information.

Tickets can be purchased on-line, by phone, or in person at FringeCENTRAL. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available through High 5 Tickets to the Arts at $5 each or less (go to www.highfivetix.org in July)!!

As an extra added bonus, one performance of each FringeHIGH show will have a talk-back! What’s a talk-back? A talk-back is your chance to meet with members of the cast or creative team (like the director or the author). You can ask them questions, and get an insider’s view. Talk-backs will be open to all audience members, and will be held immediately after certain performances (talk-back performances listed below - for a listing of all performances, click on the show title).

So check it out, and then come to a FringeHIGH show at FringeNYC for an out-of-bounds experience!

FringeHIGH 2013 selections:

Show Title and Description:

Talk-back follows:

A Fallopian Fairy Tale

YBW Productions
Writer: Marisa Marquez
Director: Kira Onodera
Maligaya is on a mission "to take the pink out of Princess and put it back in the pussy." With her pitch for a Disney meets "Girls" children's book at stake, stories from her life expose a less charming reality.
1h 0m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
FringeHIGH   Solo Show   
Discover: SEX Our bodies Our selves   


WED 21 @ 5:30

Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea

Plan-B Theatre
Writer: Matthew Greene
Director: Jerry Rapier
Adam is openly Mormon. Steve is openly gay. Set against the backdrop of the passage of Prop. 8, these childhood friends grapple with religion, sexuality, politics and adulthood.
1h 30m   National   Salt Lake City, UT   
Drama   Comedy   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Enlightment-Heaven & Hell   



TUE 13 @ 7:45


Bang, Bang You're Dead

Actors Playground School of Theatre
Writer: William Mastrosimone
Director: Ralph Colombino and Dan Cooley
"Why'd you kill me, Josh?" Josh's life is a cycle of bullying and self-loathing until he makes a decision that destroys his life and the lives of others. He's already in jail, but can he face the real consequences?
1h 15m   Local   Freehold, NJ   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Suspense-Current Issues   

THU 15 @ 6:45



Lee J. Kaplan
Writer: Lee J. Kaplan
Director: Padraic Lillis
Inspired by his 6th-grade journal entries, Lee calls his tormentors into the ring. It's a true story about finding the will and a way to get up off the mat and finally stand up to the bullies.
1h 0m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Solo Show   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Suspense-Current Issues   



WED 14 @ 6

Cowboys Don't Sing: A Western Musical

Figure It Out Later Productions
Writer: Dennis Flynn, Music by Johnny Kelley, additional score by T.J. Alcalá
Director: Dennis Flynn
The lone cowboy rides into a singing town on his trusty steed. He meets danger, romance, Western archetypes, and way too many musical numbers, including "The Racist Song." Will he abandon his cowboy ways and sing? Well yeah, but still. 
1h 40m   Local   Bronx, NY   
Comedy   Musical   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Mind-bending Meta   



SUN 18 @ 3:30

Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick)

Great Lakes Theater
Writer: David Hansen
Director: Lisa Ortenzi
Choreographer: Carli Taylor Miluk
Behold this Rom-Com of the Renaissance! How Shakespeare's sharp-tongu'd lovers met as teens, (a prequel to accomp'ny "Much Ado") with parties, pranks, conspiracies endearing; anachronistic flair and bawdy wit, a tale of love, yes -- and its opposite.
1h 0m   National   Cleveland, OH   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Literature   



SAT 10  @5

Free Desiree

Ten Auras Productions
Writer: Amontaine Aurore
Director: Tikka Sears
Join Desiree and Shauna, two rebel sisters growing up in the '70s as they take on Black pride, the Funky Chicken, Blaxploitation films, and a crisis at the high school. A slammin' 1970s Seattle funk soundtrack accompanies their exploits.
1h 15m   National   Seattle, WA   
Solo Show   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Reality-The Modern Family    



MON 12 @ 5:30

Kemble's Riot

Writer: Adrian Bunting
Director: Kerri McLean
Based on the true story of the 1809 riots at London's Covent Garden Theatre that lasted 66 nights and a man at war with his audience. Become the rioting audience and watch the drama unfold. A huge slice of fun!
1h 0m   International   London, England   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Inspiration-History & Bios   



SAT 17 @ 1


KINEMATIK Dance Theater
Choreographer: Svea Schneider
Dive into the surreal world of PERFECT PROTOTYPE as fierce female dancers mimic and manipulate mannequins, challenging perfect body aesthetics within media culture. Next, explore the visually stimulating bustling world of INSEKTA, fusing Breakdance, House, Modern Dance with live projections. 
1h 45m   Local   Queens, NY   
Dance   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Science   



SUN 25 @ 1:45

Lights Narrow

teatro oscuro and manhattan theatresource
Writer: Vincent Marano
Director: DeLisa White
Choreographer: NA
Is hell a heaven of our own making or is the end a wish we can't control? Two strangers meet in a place both familiar and foreign to sort out their collective fates. Will death be the only winner? 
1h 10m   Local   Bronx, NY   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Enlightment-Heaven & Hell   



TUE 13 @ 5:45

Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A Graphic Novel Play

Manic Pixie Productions in Association with PlayGround
Writer: Katie May
Director: Jon Tracy
The darkly comic story of a struggling artist and his mysterious muse, told in the style of a graphic novel. MPDG is a beer-drinking, pop-culture referencing, punch to the theatrical gut—more High Fidelity than Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 
1h 10m   National   San Francisco, CA   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Romance    



SAT 10 @ 12

Ndebele Funeral

Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative
Writer: Zoey Martinson
Director: Sibusiso Mamba
Come see South African story telling at its finest! This play explores the aspirations of three diverse characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shantytown. Darkly funny and poignant, Ndebele Funeral features original music and gumboot dancing from the mines of Jo’burg. 
1h 30m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Adventure-Planes, trains...   



SUN 25 @ 2


Occupy Olympus: based on 'Plutus, god of Wealth'

Magis Theatre Company
Writer: Aristophanes, adapted by the Ensemble, Music by Elizabeth Swados
Director: George Drance
Blind gods beggin'. Blues music wailin'. Fiscal cliffs loomin'. And Joan Rivers…Aristophanes style. Join the movement, as we re-finance a 2500 year-old crisis and take on Zeus and the Olympian 1%. "Imaginative…delightful…daring" – NewYork Times
1h 30m   Local   New York, NY   
Comedy   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Literature   



SUN 18 @ 2



The Immediate Family
Writer: Haas Regen
Director: Scott Raker
A modern troubadour resurrects the Arthurian legend of an unassuming boy's quest for the Holy Grail. With the help of a small troupe of actors, she conjures all the duels and damsels, curses and spells, and (hopefully) the Cup itself.
1h 30m   Local   New York, NY   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Literature   



SUN 11 @ 4:30


Acceptable Targets
Writer: Mara Wilson
Director: Max Reugen
It's summer and Nick just wants to score pot, hang with his would-be girlfriend, and have his Satanist brother talk his best friend out of enlisting. But what if Russ was right when he said, "Everything you know is wrong..."?
1h 50m   Local   New York, NY   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Reality-The Modern Family    



SAT 10 @ 2:30


The Arts Effect
Writer: Katie Cappiello
Director: Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney
Joey Del Marco. SIXTEEEN. Pre-gaming. Empty ABSOLUTE bottle. Luke, GEORGE, Tim. Back of a CAB. RIPPED underwear. HANDS everywhere. NO! Through the eyes of NYC teen girls, FACE the choices and EXPERIENCE the fallout from ONE life-altering Friday night.
1h 30m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Suspense-Current Issues   


THU 22
@ 5:30

Snakes I Have Known

Writer: Molly Montgomery
Director: Jim Shankman
On my 16th birthday I find myself buck-ass naked and snake-bit outside my front door in Nowhere, TX. There are all kinds of snakes in my life. Some are reptiles. It's my journey from DFW to JFK, y'all.
1h 10m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Solo Show   Comedy   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Adventure-Planes, trains...   



SUN 18 @ 12

Sure-Minded Uncertainties

Cave Dogs
Writer: Maria Jansdotter Farr with Cave Dogs, Music by Dean Jones
Director: Suzanne Stokes
Fantastical characters explore stewardship, technology & spiritualism in our modern world through innovative storytelling. Dynamic, large-scale shadow projections move in concert with video imagery and an original soundtrack. It’s like watching dreams cross into the conscious world. All ages welcome.
0h 45m   Local   Bloomington, NY   
Multi-Media   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Enlightment-Heaven & Hell   



SAT 24 @ 12:45


They Call Me Q!

Writer: Qurrat Ann Kadwani
Director: Claudia Gaspar and Obaid Kadwani
Proclaimed "A Theatrical Force" by Orlando Weekly for her uncanny embodiment of 13 characters, award-winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in "They Call Me Q!" An emotional affecting tour-de-force. Winner Best Play 2013 Maui Fringe Festival.
1h 5m   Local   Bronx, NY   
Solo Show   Comedy   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Adventure-Planes, trains...   



THU 15 @ 5:30

Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy!

C.A.G.E. Theatre Company
Writer: Based on text by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Michael Hagins
Director: Michael Hagins
Choreographer: Michael Hagins
One of Shakespeare's earliest plays, Two Gentlemen of Verona, is re-imagined with added swordfights, crazy chase scenes, filled plot holes, random violence, and love somehow triumphant, all while keeping the integrity of the language. A Swashbuckling Comedy!
2h 0m   Local   Queens, NY   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
Discover: Literature   



SAT 24 @ 2:15


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