Journey through Theatre on the Fringe at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Published On May 1, 2015 | By Jenna Moen | The Arts

lorimadFrom May 8-10, the Great Allegheny City will flourish with avante-garde theatre arts events on the fringe. Break into warm summer months with a fresh dose of theatre never seen before at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival!  More than 24 events including music, dance, spoken word, puppetry, and more will happen at various locations throughout Deutschtown and the Central North Side.

In collaboration with City of Play, The Fringe Festival supports adventurous performing artists showcasing uncensored artistic expression in a professional environment to equally adventurous audiences. Originating in Edinburgh, there are now over 200 Fringe’s around the world and 50 in the U.S. The Pittsburgh Fringe seeks to enhance the connection and audience experience through educational workshops, discussions, and forums. Their shows highlight local and national playwrights and performers with experimental work that has never been performed before, and never will again!

All the shows promise wild and crazy fun. In “Bonnie and Clementine, on Their Way to the Grand Canyon,” two sisters take a road trip that never quite leaves the theatrical space. In “Welcome to Your Life,” a couple of friends struggle to find meaning out of the difficult choices life has handed them. Cup-A-Jo Productions presents “Who is Bob Friendly?”, an exploration of the true nature of an individual told through the eyes of those closest to him. This show uncovers a fresh take on how we think about our own intentions, behaviors, and experiences, and the way meanings differ depending on perspective. Shows vary from “Tales Too Tall for Trailers,” by comedy-duo ManDamsel and FellaLady, a musical family comedy feacat3turing puppets and tall tales, to “Old-Time Family Radio” by Heritage Players, a live presentation of 1940’s style old time radio skits, monologues, commercials, music and songs performed, as if they’re being broadcast live. Other shows include folklore, poetry, interactive art making, stories from 9/11, and social media inspired plays. Take a look at the full show schedule and peek the festival map below.

To buy tickets to the festival, visit the PGH Fringe website. You may purchase a 5- or 10-pack show voucher ($55 or $85), or individual tickets for $15. The PGH Fringe is always looking for help via donations, sponsors, interns, members, and volunteers. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the program here!


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