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15th International Fringe Fest features several Black plays

LINDA ARMSTRONG Special to the AmNews | 8/17/2011, 3:28 p.m.

There is a cornucopia of entertainment offered at the 15th New York International Fringe Festival, which began Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 28. The festival features more than 200 companies from around the world, performing productions at 20 venues in lower Manhattan and offering 1,200 performances in 16 days.

Of the productions, 15 are African-American shows. The names of the shows, the companies presenting them and the dates they will run are as follows:

  • "2 Burn," presented by Elixir Productions. Aug. 21, 24 and 25.
  • "Bongani," presented by Artistic New Directions. Aug. 18, 23, 26 and 28.
  • "Brave Ducks," presented by MassBliss Productions. Aug. 19, 21, and 24-26.
  • "Call Mr. Robeson." Aug. 24-26 and 28.
  • "Chasing Heaven," presented by Middle Maddle Company. Aug. 20, 24 and 26.
  • "Felony Friday," from Manhattan Project Productions. Aug. 20, 21, 24, 27 and 28.
  • "ISTWA! Storytime for a Small World," presented by York College Theatre. Aug. 26 and 27.
  • "I've Been Elvita Adams," presented by Comfortium. Aug. 19-21, 25 and 28.
  • "Little Girl Blue," presented by Dove Culture. Aug. 19-21.
  • "Mama Juggs," presented by Princess Dragon Productions. Aug. 19, 23 and 24.
  • "Mush," from Tim Tierney. Aug. 19, 25 and 27.
  • "Pearl's Gone Blue," presented by Eben Music Productions. Aug. 24, 26 and 28.
  • "The Lady Drug Deale and the Heist," presented by I Mean! Productions. Aug. 18, 22, 26 and 27.
  • "The Lost and Found." Aug. 19, 20, 25 and 27.
  • "YA MAMA!" Aug. 18-20.

In addition to the large variety of theatrical productions, the Fringe Festival has other facets. Fringe Jr. features plays that are appropriate for 5 to 12-year-olds. FringeHIGH features plays for teenagers. Free aspects of the festival are FringeAL FRESCO, FringeART and FringeU. FringeART showcases the work of a vast number of artists.

And if you go to shows or experience the art and want to mingle with the actors or artists, you will have your chance after the shows are done at the FringeCLUB.

For all of the details, including directions to the venues, visit www.FringeNYC.org. There are no late arrivals to Fringe shows, so it's best to arrive early.