In 17 days, even the most intrepid theatergoer can only sample a fraction of the nearly 200 offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now in its 7th year, the FringeNYC Encore Series gives theatre lovers another chance at seeing some of the most critically acclaimed and most crowd-pleasing shows from the Festival. Beginning September 7th, the FringeNYC Encore Series will present about a dozen works in rotating repertory at SoHo Playhouse and The Huron Club (both located at 15 Vandam Street between 6th Avenue & Varick). Tickets are $18, available at 212-691-1555 or www.SohoPlayhouse.com
This year, the FringeNYC Encores Series is curated by a group of seven professional theater producers led by Darren Lee Cole. This intrepid team is still out scouting performances, but the first four shows in the series have been set -- and tickets are now on sale. These initial offerings are as follows:
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
The New Colony
Writer: Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood / Director: Sarah Gitenstein
It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town? “Sharp, smart and hysterically funny.” – Time Out Chicago.
SoHo Playhouse. 9/12 at 9:30pm; 9/23 at 5pm; 9/25 @ 8pm; 9/27 at 9pm; 9/28 at 9pm; 9/30 @ 8pm.
Writer: Marina Keegan, Music by Stephen Feigenbaum, Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick
Director: Charlie Polinger
Strapped for cash, burnout crewmembers of an antique tallship become Revolutionary War reenactors. Armed with a less-than-potent combination of Wikipedia and marijuana, they face disaster in this folk musical about friendship, adulthood, and whatever those three-cornered-hats are called.
SoHo Playhouse. 9/7 at 7pm; 9/8 at 5pm; 9/11 at 8pm; 9/14 at 9pm; 9/18 at 8pm; 9/21 at 7pm.
Writer: Chris Phillips / Director: Brian Zimmer
A brutal murder. A damaged suspect. A public defender unsure of his place in the gay community. Straight from a sold-out run in Los Angeles and a sold out FringeNYC run, Pieces takes no prisoners and pulls no punches. You have been warned.
SoHo Playhouse. 9/7 at 9:30pm; 9/9 at 8pm; 9/12 at 8pm; 9/13 at 7pm; 9/16 at 8pm; 9/17 at 8pm.
Salamander Starts Over
Writer: Armando Merlo
Director: Leigh Ann Pedra
The words every teenage punk dreads: All-Boys Catholic School. But this isn't your average preparatory education. Eccentric teachers. Militant coaches. Dance-fighting students. Add these with the love of a Cuban mother and see how Salamander starts over.
Huron Club. 9/7 at 7pm; 9/9 at 8pm; 9/13 at 7pm; 9/15 at 8pm; 9/19 at 8pm; 9/28 at 7pm.
Additional performances will be announced as they are confirmed.
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