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2015 Fort Wayne Fringe
Dynamic, diverse performers gather for the latest edition of the Fringe Festival
By Eddie Torres
Fort Wayne Reader
Fort Wayne Fringe is a week long performance festival that offers a snapshot of local, regional, and national talent, crossing all types of artistic boundaries.
Now in its third incarnation, Fort Wayne Fringe is based on “fringe” performance festivals on other cities (which were in turn inspired by the original in Edinburgh in the 40s). The name “Fringe” serves as sort of a loose brand for these types of events, but the name isn’t as much a franchise as it is a network.
That said, while no two performers in Fort Wayne Fringe are exactly alike, the “Fringe” name attracts a certain type of performer, usually independent and sometimes (but not always) experimental.
The 2015 Fort Wayne Fringe features 17 acts, with a total of 27 performances. Half of the performers are local, offering audiences the opportunity to experience up and coming talent from right here in Fort Wayne, but the event also includes acts from Chicago, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, and other cities in Indiana.
While the performances start August 5, the even actually kicks off Saturday, August 2 with an All-IN Block Party. All-IN challenges Hoosiers to learn more about their state and celebrate our history and culture, bringing together community to explore new things. The event will also include the 2nd Annual Fringe K, a short, fun run through the alleyways of the neighborhoods surrounding Wunderkammer Company. This year, Fringe K will features costume categories, including Indiana Historical Figure, Bearded, Best Solo Costume, and Best Group Costume.
Tickets are $5 per person, per performance, with all ticket sales going back directly to the artists. The performances will take place Wednesday, August 5th to Sunday, August 9th at Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Avenue.
For more information check out Fort Wayne Fringe’s Facebook page.
Sunday, August 2nd
All-IN Block Party 3:00-6:00
Fringe K 5:00-6:00
Acid Pizza: An Exhibition by Adam Meyer and Michael Vaughn Green 6:00-9:00
Monday, August 3rd
Fort Wayne Fringe Craft Night! 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, August 5th
The Core 6:00-7:00
What Moves You 7:15-8:15
The Bloody Tambourine 8:30-9:30
Thursday, August 6th
Mikautadze Dance Theatre 6:00-7:00
Dreadful Things 7:15-8:15
The Eulogy 9:45-10:45
VELOUR Thursday, August 6th, 11:00-12:00
Friday, August 7th
Pirate Ninja Zombie: The Not So Secret Origin of Captain Ambivalent Friday, August 7th, 6:00-7:00
One Day At The Carwash 7:15-8:15
Mikautadze Dance Theatre 9:45-10:45
A Baptist Girl's Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness 11:00-12:00
Saturday, August 8th
Dreadful Things 12:30-1:30
Pirate Ninja Zombie: The Not So Secret Origin of Captain Ambivalent 5:30-6:30
One Day At The Carwash 6:45-7:45
A Baptist Girl's Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness 8:00-9:00
The Eulogy 9:15-10:15
The Bloody Tambourine 10:30-11:30
Sunday, August 9th
Wake and Break Fundraiser 10:00-2:00
Copper Grynn 4:30-5:30
Ms.Alle: i am poetry 5:45-6:45
Let's Comedy 7:00-8:00
Perfomers and Performances
ODDyssey...a tale of odd jobs, odd skills and odd people is what this one lady show is about. Join Blair, an overworked actor as she takes you through her 17 (or so) different jobs encountering nails, dead birds, pastries, sexist midterm papers, haunting encounters of a prejudiced kind, phallic-shaped glass; and reasonably priced sausages. (Profanity; Adult Material)
Pirate Ninja Zombie: The Not So Secret Origin of Captain Ambivalent
An enthusiastic, biographic, one-man accordion rock opera. Time travel through romantic, cultural, and corporate ambivalence with original, witty songs from the albums Fear The Accordion _ and Pirate Ninja Zombie. _ Also, my sister’s Barbies And a mad scientist. And a dinosaurr! International Songwriting Competition 2014 Semi-Finalist (Comedy/Novelty). (Clean)
Ms.Alle Presents her One-Woman Show: "I AM..."
The experience "I AM..." is the journey of the power that has declared the past, present, and future.
"I AM... A Human
A Black American
... Positive, Powerful, Spoken Word artist… I AM”
Ms. Alle uses her epic spoken word (poetry), acting, and humor as she interacts with the audience. You do not want to miss this! (Profanity; Adult Material)
Chicago-based based Salty Lark Dance presents Lighthouse an evening of dance works choreographed by Artistic Director, Madeleine Reber (Chicago, IL) and Guest Artist Tricia Gelmini (Yellow Springs, OH). The works in this concert are tied together through shared themes of navigation and mapping, and weave connections between personal history, embodied memory, and sense of place. Employing distinct movement vocabularies and poignant imagery, Lighthouse evokes the vulnerability and fallibility of human experience.
Collisions and Souvenirs
Choreographer: Madeleine Reber
Performers: Julie Brannen, Kelsey Herbst, Kathryn Hetrick, Amanda Maraist, Megan Rhyme, Bonnie Christine Willis
Music: Philip Glass
Choreographer: Madeleine Reber
Performers: Kelsey Herbst, Kathryn Hetrick, Amanda Maraist
Music: Philip Glass
This is the Place
Performer and Choreographer: Tricia Gelmini
Choreographer: Madeleine Reber
Performers: Kelsey Herbst, Kathryn Hetrick, Amanda Maraist, Bonnie Christine Willis
Music: Arvo P‰rt, Henryk GÛrecki
Set at the funeral of "Thomas,” man who, after a lifetime of gluttony, dies from eating too many eggs, The Eulogy features a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches, give anything but a proper homage. The only tears at this funeral will be from laughing. (Adult Material)
what moves you
what moves you _ is a captivating exploratory dance performance created specifically for the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival. Five local dance artists have collaborated to discover what moves us — love, loss, mistakes, confrontation, emotion — using elements of space, energy, time, shape, and breath. Featuring dancers from dAnce.Kontemporary.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre: "I'm A Machine!”
Join us as we take a journey through our body machines!
Featuring: Everybody’s Doing the Circulation! The Real Reason the Tortoise Beat the Hare! Captain HeartBeat! Vita-Wizard! Playwheel of NUTRIENTS! (You won’t believe you’re getting a science lesson!)
Copper Grynn is an indie alternative rock band from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Along with performing some of their original material, Cooper Grynn will also tackle covers from bands such as Foo Fighters; Fall Out Boy; Cold War Kids; The Kooks, and many more. Copper Grynn is: Hailey Steed, Dee Dee Morrow, Whitney Morrow, and Derek Felger.
Pyroscope Entertainment is a performing arts troupe specializing in fire and glow arts. Based out of Fort Wayne, Pyroscope features 12 performers all bringing their unique styles and skills to the troupe, embracing the idea of unity through diversity. Pyroscope Entertainment performed at the 2013 and 2014 Fort Wayne Fringe Festival.
A stunning combination of incredible magic and breathtaking stunts, from climbing into a giant balloon to walking barefoot across broken glass. This performance will put you on the edge of your seat as you experience these Dreadful Things.
Mikautadze Dance Theatre
Mikautadze Dance Theatre(MDT) presents a variety dance show with collaborative elements from other art genres infused with choreography by the MDT dancers! Also, "Red Tree,” a piece choreographed by MDT's artistic director Elizabeth Mikautadze, becomes reconfigured in the unique Wunderkammer space! MDT believes a diverse artistic environment enriches the community and inspires visions beyond our everyday realities.
Award-winning veterans of Fringe festivals in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Edinburgh, Scotland, Velour make their Fort Wayne debut with the story of an aspiring lounge singer who, after freezing at his big opening, earns his way back to the spotlight with side-splitting stories, spirited songs, and amazing audience chosen variety acts. (Adult Material)
A Baptist Girl’s Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness
"When swimming with boys," relates Storyteller Lou Ann Homan who grew up Baptist," stay far away or their sperm will find you in the water and you will get pregnant!" Lou Ann’s stories from the 1960's to the present will bring you to laughter and to tears. (Adult Material)
Cultivating Oneness Reinventing Expression
CORE’s Mission: To be an interactive art installation that opens up conversation about what all human beings have in common; to challenge each other and help each other grow through meaningful collaborations; to strive to understand and express the core of humanity.
The city of Fort Wayne is teeming with local talent. This project seeks to act as a bridge among artists in our community to hopefully result in meaningful collaborations that resonate with people from all walks of life. We aim to achieve this through seminars, workshops and conversations about culture, history, biology, sociology, aesthetics, linguistics and many other fields of study with the goal of understanding what it means to live fully as a human, and applying the information to our performances and collaborations.
What is The Core?
-A 12-14 ft. structure with tunnels, crevices, nooks and crannies.
-Will ideally be a stage upon which inter-disciplinary performances will take place.
-Will be a challenge for meaningful collaborations.
-Will represent the collective core of our being as humans.
The Bloody Tambourine: An Original Play with Original Music
Five old friends meet for a dinner party one summer when tragedy strikes, unleashing old memories and secrets. The Bloody Tambourine is an original play: part-mystery, part-ghost story, and part-concert, featuring originals ragtime music by Hope Arthur and Kurt Roembke.
One Day At The Carwash
What happens when Ol' School meets New School at the Carwash? Lessons, Misconstrued notions, and Challenges. Pops and Youngblood are both waiting while their cars are being detailed at the carwash. Pops strikes up a conversation with Youngblood and quickly steals an opportunity to "school" him on how to handle hisself in the streets... in the game. (Profanity, Adult Material)
Let's Comedy! Presents: Comedy On The Fringe
Let's Comedy! will bring something out of the box to this year's Fringe Fest. Local comedians will be getting the crowd involved with a show designed specifically for FRINGE! This may — or may not — get messy… (Profanity; Adult Material)