Tomorrow starts San Francisco Fringe Festival. It will run through Sept. 20 and will feature 150 performances from 35 different shows.
Fringe festivals are always a fun way to discover new and exciting projects, often cutting edge and minimalist.
This year’s 23rd annual event though is short on GLBT oriented productions. But here’s a rundown on them:
“Love At Home,” fresh from the New York Fringe, follows two Mormon teenage sisters in the summer after Proposition 8 passes and the way they deal with such social change. Many of the New York actors believe in the story and are re-creating their roles in San Francisco.
“My Body Love Story” has queer and disabled Berkeley resident Dominika Bednarska in a solo performance taking us to dance floors, shopping malls, and theatre to tell the story of how she learned to love her body and adapt to the world around her.
“Matthew Shepard Meets Coyote” is a solo show that has Matthew Shepherd, left for dead in Laramie, and visited by a great spirit who tries to inspire him to move away from the cruelty that has been put on him. Writer Harry Cronin promises wit and poignancy as we relive Shepherd’s last days.
“Deal with the Dragon,” another solo show, features local actor Kevin Rolston whose character Hunter is having a co-dependent relationship with a much older man….sooo much older that he’s ancient. And by ancient, it might mean he’s a dragon.
While not GLBT, here’s a few other noteworthy shows:
“A Date for the Evening,” which recently played in New York, is the story of one woman’s adventurous night of speed dating so she can overcome her broken past.
“And She Bakes, Live” can easily be a fun night as she actually bakes and you get to eat her gluten-free and vegan creations as she talks love, sex and anything on her mind. It’s played at many festivals and seems to win awards wherever it plays.
“The Road to High Street” caught lymy eye as it mixes rock & roll and rich San Francisco history in a digitally enhanced story of a juggler chasing his dream.
“Blues for Charles” seems to be a musical history lesson on the murdered Charles Sullivan, the original owner of the Fillmore club and one of the first prominent promoters of black music on the West Coast.
“Conversation After a Film” is the perfect surreal date as you can see a show about people who meet at a movie and grab a drink after to discuss, while wondering about mutual attractions. So you can see the play about the movie on a date and then go to discuss after the play about the play about a movie.
“Dam/aged The Musical” – If you know me, I see anything that says “the musical.” This theatrical musical event brings to light the harsh realities in communities of color across America – including prostitution, gang violence, substance abuse, domestic violence and absent fathers.
Tickets and more information on these and other shows can be found at www.sffringe.org. There are a couple of great show passes that greatly reduce the price of already inexpensive shows.