FringeNYC 2012

ALICE & THE BUNNY HOLE by Alex DeFazio

A young statistician named Alice thought she'd calculated the perfect relationship—until she discovers a wonderland of swinging twinks, Shakespearian fools, gogo boys who can’t dance, and one Black Bunny that scrambles all her formulas.

ANIMALS by Sam Byron

Three friends, reunited in their old hometown, must face the realities of growing up and growing apart when an "unofficial" high school reunion party awakens an unexpected violence that lives in each of them.

BANG! THE CURSE OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH by Scott Baker

Verse, magic, song, sideshow antics, and stand-up comedy combine to tell the mysterious legend of John Wilkes Booth in a one person theatre event.

BOMBSHELTERED by Adam Harlan

War of the Worlds meets The Merry Pranksters as friends trip acid in a bomb shelter as they deal with the pressures of being the last people on Earth in this penetrating and hilarious satire where society is viewed in front of a fun house mirror.

BOXPLAY by Steven Ackley

A man wakes up in a box and meets several characters, including the audience, who help him decide if he should stay inside it, or go. boom! theater company, from seattle, creates work that is invigorating and uncommon.

BUMBERSHOOT by Derek Davidson

A neo-noir amalgam of dark and really dark, weirdo-humor and sudden violence that offers up a meditation on just how banal the banality of evil can be, on how good people—or ordinary, not-so-good people—can do very, very bad things.

CAUSE OF FAILURE by Megan Weaver

When Maggie was born, she pulled her mother’s heart out with her. So begins a young woman’s magical journey through terminal illness and the limits of love.

DECOMPRESSION by Maggie Cino

It’s Burning Man Decompression night and eight bored hipsters invent a lottery.

DUMBER FASTER by David Mogolov

How can a man with a smartphone be so consistently stupid? A comedy about our stupid, broken brains.

FRIENDANDY.COM by Wesley Fruge

FriendAndy.com is a dark comedy that combines technology and movement for a revealing look at our digital lives.

FROM BUSK TILL DAWN: THE LIFE OF AN NYC STREET PERFORMER by Tim Intravia

7 Years of street performing in NYC makes many stories to tell, and so here you go.

GAY CAMP by Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney

When 'confused' campers Josh and Anton are sent away to be 'cured' at Camp Acceptance, they find themselves having a gay old time, with a deliciously evil headmaster, gay Twister, Santorum surprises, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at!

I <3 REVOLUTION by Alexandra Panzer, Tara Schuster, Alice Winslow

Three ladies overwhelmed by their early 20s, swept up in the zeal of the Arab Spring, and taken by the boho-chic ways of Occupy Wall Street recruit followers for their own brand of fresh-to-death revolution.

I'M SORRY by Katya Lidsky

A one-woman play about how a people-pleasing apologist became an animal-loving activist.

IMMACULATE DEGENERATION by Pamela Sabaugh

A musical coming of age journey through the world with an invisible disability: after a rebellious teen becomes vision impaired-leaving her unable to drive in the Motor City-she must set forth on a quest to come to terms with and articulate just what it is to be, neither fully blind nor sighted, but somewhere "in between."

MAGDALEN by Erin Layton

Long silenced voices are unveiled in this one woman play about the concealed lives hidden behind convent walls where unwed mothers, prostitutes and flirts are told they can "wash away their sins" in commercial laundries run by nuns.

MISADVENTURES IN THE ART OF MOVIE MAKING by Annie Worden

Based on an outrageous true story, the play explores the guts and humor needed to stand up for one’s own peculiar creativity.

OR WHAT SHE WILL by Charly E. Simpson

The story of Willa and Faulkner, adolescent twins whose literature-filled lives are changed forever in an instant by a traumatic event.

PIECES by Chris Phillips

A cynical lawyer defends the young man accused of brutally murdering a gay Hollywood exec, unearthing old resentments and the gay public defender’s scorching ambivalence towards his own community.

RIGHT ON TARGET by Gary Morgenstein

A bipartisan romantic comedy about an African American conservative – fired by PBS for what he claims are political reasons – and his liberal Jewish wife as they navigate sex, love and politics.

SALAMANDER STARTS OVER by Armando Merlo

When a derelict teenager is sent to Prep School by his parents, he encounters a cast of oddball teachers, students and coaches and is given a gift by his greatest mentor of all.

SNOW WHITE ZOMBIE: APOCALYPSE by Brenton Lengel

Snow White Awakens to Prince Charming's Kiss, 28 Days after the Zombie Apocalypse; Blood, Sex, Kung-fu, and gender politics to follow.

SONGS OF LOVE: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE by Nat Cassidy

A series of short plays—some comedic, some dramatic, all twisted—about the insanities of romantic love, each complemented by an original love song performed live onstage by a musician.

THE 27 CLUB by Tommy Trull

Burnout singer Martin Rose wants to secure immortality by dying at age 27, thereby joining the infamous 27 club – if only to escape his father’s literary shadow and the woman who loves them both.

THE EGG PLAY by Candice Benge

A hilarious, heart-breaking, punch in the face.

THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN by Matthew Trumbull

Moving seamlessly between heartbreakingly funny and simply heartbreaking, the play journeys through the strange bonding days between Trumbull’s cancer-stricken 55-year-old father, an unassuming Minnesota engineer who takes his belief in usefulness above and beyond; and Trumbull, a New York City actor with a slew of day jobs both brief and bizarre.

TICKET TO ETERNITY by Matthew Ethan Davis

An abstract comedy about an actor on the precipice of stardom, when all he really wants to be is a waiter, and how he projects his family onto everyone around him.

WAKE UP! by Kim Fischer

How far will one Asian boy go to prove that he’s black? Caged in a jail cell he battles the confines of his yellow skin. Provocative and honest, this is a story about trying to understand the meaning of blackness.

WE CRAZY, RIGHT? by Jeff Seabaugh

Toss together two gay white guys, three Dominican kids, gay marriage, foster care and adoption and watch a June Cleaver wannabe stay-at-home dad battle his inner Roseanne

WOULD by David Marx

Charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison at 14-years-old, Daniel writes an alternative life with a pen pal; chapter by chapter they fabricate the life he'll never have. A play about happiness, guilt, forgiveness, and hope.

YBW - YELLOW BRICK WALL: ANGRY WHITE MEN PLAYED BY TWO HAPPY ASIAN GIRLS by Marisa Marquez and Siho Ellsmore

Rice Flower, a WWII, novel is green-lit to be the next blockbuster but these anti-exotic-blossoms face exploitation, objectification, and sexism. Two gregarious gals navigate a not-so-silk road playing 24 characters including Rush Limbaugh, Jim Kramer and Al Pacino.

Experience some of the most interesting, inventive, innovative, and rewarding scripts from the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. The Best of FringeNYC 2012 Collection on Indie Theater Now features two dozen new plays by some of indie theater's most acclaimed and interesting playwrights. Curated by Martin Denton and the reviewing staff of nytheatre.com, this selection of plays includes all three winners of the Excellence in Playwriting Awards at this year's FringeNYC festival (Maggie Cino's DECOMPRESSION, Chris Phillips' PIECES, and David Marx's WOULD) and two of this year's winners of Excellence in Solo Performance (Matthew Trumbull's THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN and Armando Merlo's SALAMANDER STARTS OVER. From relationships, sexuality, and gender identity to contemporary politics, animal rights activism, and modern technology; from noir dramas and musicals to avant-garde, genre-defying experimental work, you'll find all of the diversity, intelligence, richness, and raw potency of the current vanguard of American playwriting represented here.