Featuring 22 shows over four days in genres ranging from live video performance, theater, performance art, puppetry, comedy, improv, story-telling to spoken word with Cello. Performers showcase their work in 20 minute slots.
This year’s lineup features the return of Thursday Blue Night, the Family Fringe on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm, and two jam-packed mainstage nights on Friday and Saturday featuring comedy, music, drama, and the wild and all that’s bright and beautiful, strange and marvelous in Vermont performance.
Thursday, Oct 11: Blue Night – Adult Material/Parental Discretion/ Don’t Bring Your Kids
MC: Paul Schnabel
The Garden Elixers – Jocelyn Woods
Director/Main Actress: Jocelyn Woods with David Brizendine , Camille Clark, Phinneus Sonin. Broadcast by live stream and projector, The Garden Elixirs are a poetic living tableaux of surreal erotic musings. Spoken by the Virgin Muse who dwells amongst phantasmagorical foliage, prophetic utterings of romance and mystical vision shall babble forth, accompanied by the frivolous revelry of the Virgin’s forest nymphs.
The Al Cushman Saga – Solo by Steph-Marie Szenasi: In this mixed media performance piece, Al Cushman, brought to life by Steph-Marie, confronts the “big fish” as a rides mechanic at Marineland in 94’. He muses his way through hideous pranks with a brown pop in each hand and a cigarette.
Lucinda and the Wolves by Robyn Migel, performed by Sandi Milne. The audience becomes an addiction recovery meeting where Lucinda is the featured speaker. She takes us through the traumatic journey of her life story; an inappropriate relationship with her stepfather, drugs and alcohol and working crazy jobs such as having an arrow shot off her head in a variety act and doing internet stripping.
Bruised and Tattooed – Pierre Vachon
The Life of a Famous Nobody – presented by Vermont Comedy Outlaws. Pierre Vachon is your typical Pro-Wrestler/Body Piercer/ Stand up comic/DJ and leathersmith.. listen to crazy road stories from a life on the road.. from MTV to everything in between.
“QK Enchaine” (Queen Kong in Chains & Fishnets) written and performed by Dana Block. Fresh from the New York New Work Theatre Festival, Dana Block brings the next installment of her on-going QUEEN KONG series to the Fringe Festival. Nazi film-maker becomes Queen KONG, in an attempt to reverse her racist legacy and cement her place in film history by capturing the little golden Uber mensch, the “Oscar. “
Anus Canaval – Phinn Sonin, just a man with an Anus. This unusual performance/demonstration explores uncharted territories with keen observations and a fair amount of probing. Who dares to expose the secretes of the mysterious sphincter? It’s time to get our heads out of our rear ends America… let Anal Canaval show you the way!
Friday Oct 12: 7:30 PM
MCs: Alex Dostie and Aaron Masi
Moxie Productions – Poo-Dit and the Narcissists– Welcome to the alien performance mosh-pit. A Polit-Punk garage band performing from their album “Pages from the ‘Merikan Songbook”, featuring Nica Allen, Brett Cox, Patty Delaney, David Klein, Macey Mayfield, and Erik Pendleton. (All good people.)
The Burrito Diaries – Owen Foley
Vermont comedian Owen Foley is on a quest to eat a burrito in every state. Since 2006 he has eaten a burrito in 47 states and New Jersey. This one-man show features stories from the road, tragedies, mishaps, celebrations and the joy of finding adventure wrapped in a flour tortilla.
A Dummy and his Puppets – Max Palmer
A Vermont Ventriloquist is here to do a three person but one Man show as Max makes you laugh with jokes and stories of his weird life as he brings out the interesting and disturbed friends that live in his suitcase.
Confessions – E.T.A. You got a secret? Write it down anonymously before the show and watch it come to life before your eyes. Jenna Emmerson, Daniel Trigg, and Anthony Apodaca spin a series of improvised scenes based on your confessions.
Perfect Mate by Jeanne Beckwith, featuring Gene Heinrich & Kate O’Neill. When science goes awry, things can go terribly wrong, and sometimes only a true professional can set them right. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all a guy really needs to find true love is a winning profile.
Kamikaze Comedy – Short-form improv, in the spirit of Whose Line is it Anyway? Featuring Matt, Fox, Heather, Chris and Rick. These twenty-plus year veterans of improvised comedy always know how to bring the house down with high energy, unscripted scenes and games that always have fans howling with guffaws and convulsing with chortles.
Saturday, October 13th
MC: Phinneus Sonin
Dad Jokes – Seth Jarvis:
A new-ish dad muses about parenthood and stays up past his bedtime.
The 20 min Radio Comedy Hour (Sponsored by Nanny Puss’s Sour Biscuits) – Haley Rice and MacArthur Stine
Oh, crap! This radio variety show lost its entire staff, but the show must go on. Can two totally unprepared people save the day? Probably not, but it’ll be a hoot watching them try.
The Man in the Moon – by John O’Keefe, performed by David Schein. A street-person camped by a bus stop channels the moon and its power to show what’s real. John O’Keefe is an award-winning playwright based in the Bay Area who grew up in a series of juvenile homes, foster homes and orphanages. His work is known for its gritty lyricism. David Schein worked with O’Keefe for many years in Iowa and California and premiered this work in the Bay Area in 1983.
ouzkxqlzn – Lauren Costello:
What isn’t performance? A thematic exploration using music made with cello, guitar, vocals, tape, field recordings, and noise, of the emotional experience of the artist (intentional or not) as performer and the audience as participant. Using a collage of tape interviews and clips, live pieces, reflection, and response, this set explores the unique and interactive dialogue between artist and viewer with specific regard to intent, vulnerability, purpose, and outcome.
Orange– by Peter Burns: While dressed mostly in orange Peter Burns explores how the color has impacted his life and the history of how orange came to be a distinct color rather than a shade of red. He will tell stories about wearing orange as a lifeguard, the theory of the orange hand, his orange bicycle, finding an orange on the beach, an encounter with the orange people, his father’s adventures with an orange hazard cone, his color based clothing system, trying to find a rhyme for the word orange, high visibility vests and the train that goes through Orange, New Jersey.
Longfellow – Nathan Hartswick and Daniel Trigg
This is a fully improvised piece, performed by two guys dressed in Shakespearean garb. Nathan and Trigg chat briefly with the audience, then improvise a 20-minute play in the style of the Bard. Nothing is planned; the entire work is created spontaneously, based on only one suggestion from the audience. Lovers, kings, paupers and fools are all played by these two fair gentlemen, to hilarious results. LONGFELLOW is a “Shakespearience” not to be missed!
Sunday: Oct 14th 2PM
MCs: Penelope DeRosset & Verity Thomson
Tales from the Celtic Land – Peter Snow
Stories from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany. Peter Snow has been a storyteller in Scotland for many years. He has performed in several countries, mostly in Scots accented English, but also in French on Scottish local radio (!) He’ll bring a couple of tales, maybe a couple of riddles, and maybe – just maybe – a wee song!
Jeremy Rayburn’s Time Machine – featuring The Marty McFlys.
Jeremy Rayburn, Mike Paternoster, Jenna Pacitto, Brian Park, and Lindsey Jane Haddad use their homemade time machine to explore the past and change the future!
The Adventure of Hermione Holmes and The Speckled Bracelet – Penelope DeRosset & Verity Thomson.
A zany mystery romp mixing a classic Sherlock Holmes story with the heroes of Harry Potter. Co-created by Verity Thomson, age 10 and Penelope deRosset, age 11.
Improv for Everyone – Revelry Theater It doesn’t matter if you are 5 years old or 95 years old, we promise to make you laugh. Seasoned Vermont players bring you improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Note: if you are 17 years old you might not like this show because you are really cool and improv is, like, totally stupid.