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Theatre Heads for the 'Fringe' in August

Cobu - Knockin' on the Cool Earth (from Tokyo). Photo courtesy of Shinji Murakami.

August 1, 2012 - Each year, the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) brings hundreds of cutting edge theatre productions to venues across lower Manhattan. While there’s no such thing as a “typical” Fringe play, the incredible diversity of this dynamic festival invites people of all ages to engage with exciting works of art.

Fringe programming also extends far beyond the stage: FringeU features panel discussions involving the creators behind the festival; FringeJR presents family-friendly plays; FringeHIGH makes programming that appeals to teens; FringeAl FRESCO brings free outdoor performances on our City’s bustling streets; and FringeART celebrates Fourth Arts Block’s ArtUp public art project.

Here is a small sample of the nearly 200 shows that will be a part of this year’s Fringe Festival. All tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $10 for children and seniors. Visit for the full FringeNYC 2012 program.

Paper Plane
Friday, August 10, 9:30pm
From the creators of Le Gourmand or Gluttony, Paper Plane is an adventure story set amongst the dust bowl train tracks and barnstorming exhibitions of the Great Depression, and follows a young boy hopping freight trains in the American Midwest.
New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street

GRIMM: A New Musical
Saturday, August 11, 11pm
Familiar stories from the Brothers Grimm are entwined with a new cast of characters and set to a stirring original score. Twin sisters and rivals, Angelica and Catherine, vie for the crown in this haunting tale of good vs. evil.
HERE Mainstage Theater, 145 Sixth Avenue (Enter on Dominick Street)

COBU - Knockin' on the Cool Earth
Tuesday, August 14, 3:30pm
The production features an all Japanese girl group playing Japanese taiko drums with Hip-Hop style, mixing traditional and new forms of music. COBU's founder is Yako Miyamoto, from the hit show STOMP, and the new movie COBU 3D.
The New School for Drama Theatre, 151 Bank Street

Nightfall on Miranga Island
Saturday, August 18, 2:15pm
Somewhere off the coast of Guatemala: our swashbuckling hero, Declan Bruntfodder, has finally tracked the legendary pirate captain Vicious Martin LaFoe to his hideout on the lawless Miranga Island in a quest to find his sister kidnapped ten years ago.
The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street

BANG! The Curse of John Wilkes Booth
Saturday, August 25, 7pm
One Actor! Thirty Roles! One Twisted Shocker! Verse, Song, Magic, Sideshow Antics and Stand-up Comedy! Discover how your history book lied to you about Lincoln, Booth and just about everybody else. And yes, there's a mummy involved...
The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street

Shelly's Spherical Journey
Sunday, August 26, 12pm
Squirrels keep dying in the pool at Motel Sunshine. Shelly, the owner, wants to live! So she burns it down and heads for freedom. This darkly exuberant tale with live music and dance asks what’s left after we lose everything.
The First Floor Theatre @ LA MAMA, 74A East 4th Street
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