Join me for an afternoon at this multi-day buffet of different plays and performances at The Fringe Festival! This year's festival runs from June 18-22 and the cost of admission is just the $5 badge that supports the festival itself, and then each performance group--most are local, but they do have some traveling acts--gets to set the price for its own show, ranging from $1-12, and that money goes directly toward supporting the performers. The show is unjuried--absolutely anything goes, so expect anything from burlesque to drama to comedy to improv to dance. This event is held in Midtown within a short walking distance, so you can bounce back and forth around Grand Center to pick and choose whichever shows you like!
STREET FRINGE (STRAUSS PARK, 3534 WASHINGTON) DAILY
The streets are alive with the sound of buskers. Pick up lunch-to-go from an area restaurant, and join us atThe Stage at Fringe Central Station for live music and shenanigans all weekend long.
The schedule will be updated daily at Fringe Central Station.
FRINGE CENTRAL STATION (3534 WASHINGTON)
Patrons may buy tickets to shows, peruse merchandise, and either walk through St Louis’ most quickly developing neighborhood, the reviving center for arts and culture, or catch a free ride on one of the Fringe Carts. Between shows, linger and enjoy entertainment from Street Fringe, watch children creatively blossom during Fringe Family, enjoy treats in the plaza, fly kites, blow bubbles, hula hoop…whatever the heart desires.
Here is the link for the show listings:
There are so many shows that I would like to see, but so little time. Most of the shows seem to be $5 each and an hour long. We can meetup at the individual shows and wander around together, in groups or alone in between performances. Make sure to answer the question about what shows you'd like to see when you RSVP.
Here are some examples of some of the shows:
GET CULTURED: THEATRE
Act Two Theater: TRIAL BY JURY
Classic comedic opera infused with modern humor and new, contemporary orchestration. This isn’t yo’ momma’s Gilbert and Sullivan!
Anthony Wininger: THEATER FOR MEN
Theatre for men. You know…simpletons!
Encore! Theater Group: THE DUTCHMAN
A subway car forges on. Aboard, Clay and Lula ignite a fiery confrontation about sex, race, and bigoted societal norms.
Salt House Collective: SPARKLE – TA DAAA!!!
Cupcakes, love, sequins, tap dancing, and surprise abound in this bubbly, magical, mystery extravaganza. TA DAAA!!!
John Clark: OLIVIA
A campus suicide makes five figures struggle with the quiet feeling they could have done something.
Slightly Askew Theater Ensemble: NINE/SKETCH
Two women are held in a life-threatening situation. A single word becomes the hanging point between life and death.
The Tesseract Theater Company: THE APOTHEOSIS OF BIG JIM
During an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, a few local strangers discover they have something in common.
Theatre Salvo: FUN.
Two kids from the wrong side of an industrial wasteland attempt the impossible: to have fun.
Tracy Bono: HOW I REMEMBER IT
A father reflects on his past, while revealing a unique perspective in the life of a teenager growing up around members of the St. Louis mafia.
Siobhan O’Loughlin (Brooklyn): NATURAL NOVICE
A comedic human study of the implications of a woman not shaving her armpits, and a feminist critique of how a woman defines herself, no matter what she looks like.
GET A MOVE ON: DANCE
Karlovsky and Company Dance: SCRAMBLE
Words can move you…words can evoke an image…words can create a feeling – mix them all up and you get SCRAMBLED!
Leverage Dance Theater: UNHINGED
Born of experimental collaborations, expect the unexpected: risky, brave, bold, emotionally daring, and perhaps even… a little bit funny.
Melissa Gerth: TISARANA
Tisarana uses movement, sound, and sculpture to explore spiritual themes spanning Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian practices.
The Four Fronts (Nashville): IN FULL SWING
An excursion of music and dance from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Nothing but music, dancing, and fun for the whole family.
Core Project (Chicago): anecdotal
Inspired by the “selfie”, this year’s project surrounds stories about us.
Tapman Productions (Chicago): THE ADVENTURES OF TAPMAN!
A lovelorn scientist gains super tap dancing powers which he uses to fight crime.
GET INSTRUMENTAL: MUSIC
1900 Park, folk: ERIC BARNES
A storytelling, harmonica-blowing singer from small-town Missouri. His songs tell stories of the people he’s met and experiences we can all relate to.
Christopher Limber, Cabaret: RIFFS: JAZZ IN A SET OF TEN
A hip and hot blend of Jazz and poetic interludes recalling the sizzling after-midnight jazz club scene of the 1940′s.
Grand High Productions: A GOOFBALL ROCK RECITAL
Jaw-harpist/percussionist & local musician friends present wacky original songs, parodies, & covers.
Michael Hagmeier & Illumine Ensemble, World/Classical: TERRA CAMERA
Classical chamber music discovers there’s a big, wide world out there that includes the DIDGERIDOO!
St Louis Osuwa Taiko, Japanese Drumming: A JOURNEY TO JAPAN
Taiko combines thunderous drumming with athletic choreography.
GET OUT THERE: COMEDY – SKETCH AND IMPROV
Creepy Basement Players: Long-form and short-form improvised comedy
Never-to-be-seen-again improv comedy all started from your suggestion!
Not Quite Right: THE END OF THE WORLD…AND IT’S NOT QUITE RIGHT
NQR’s unique view on life and the world. Join us in a variety of interactive Improv games, or just sit back, buckle up…and enjoy the ride!
“World’s Greatest” Comedians: THE BEST OF ST LOUIS
“World’s Greatest Comedians” features performances from the best stand-up and sketch comics in St. Louis.
Daniel Shar (Chicago): LAME AND FORTUNE
Imagined consequences of (pursuing) notoriety and wealth.
The Spotty Truth (Chicago): AN IMPROVISED BIOGRAPHY
A comedic biography of an audience member through interviews, narration and flashback.
GET CURIOUS: ALTERNATIVE GENRES
First Time Puppet Theater: LANDSLIDE
Propelled by Alzheimer’s, Alice descends into the dark woods of her mind in a kind of Divine Comedy – puppets, dancers, live music.
The Randy Dandies, Burlesque: A PASTIE HOME COMPANION
Where the women are naughty, the men are bawdy, and the jokes are above average.
4-D Productions, Episodic Indie-Pop Musical: SLEEPWALKER
All artists, dreamers of any kind are highly toxic and dangerous. For your safety any sighting should be notified immediately to your local protection unit officer. Thank you.
Cranky Yellow, Performance Art Fashion Ritual: FOSTER & FORTITUDE
A hypnotic retail environment acts as the stage for this multimedia experience. See creativity lost at the bottom of the sea and join this wild trip to get it back.
Think Tank Theater, Forum Theatre: TO-BE-CREATED
This participatory play created by local teens challenges the audience to try to change the outcome of a difficult situation.
Erin Renee Roberts, Neo-Burlesque Cabaret (New York): LOVE LESSONS LEARNED
Join goddess Eros as she takes you through her interactions with her muses and ultimate realization: “Goddesses should be praised.”
Salt House Collective, Immersive Late Night Theatrical Event (Cedar Rapids, IA): GAY FANTASIA
Anonymity of smoke. Ecstasy, euphoria and pleasures of the body. Tragedy they never saw coming. This is Gay Fantasia.
Jim Julien, Puppetry (Asheville, NC): THE NEXT DOG KING
Man walks dog, dog pees and poops. Dog dares to rule them all.
Minion Productions, Magic (Seattle): MORE BANGE FOR YOUR BUCK
Magic with attitude! Hilarious & mysterious, prestidigitator Christopher Bange will buck up your bottom line!