FringeHIGH 2015

FringeHIGH 2015 selections:


FringeHIGH (definition): a collection of boundary-stretching plays guaranteed to captivate and entertain NYC teens.

New ideas, new perspectives, pushing the limits, that’s FringeNYC. FringeHIGH is a group of shows chosen from the regular FringeNYC roster that will resonate with young adults. Topics for this year’s FringeHIGH shows include: complicated issues of race and violence – in our cities and in apartheid South Africa, finding and defining your own identity, sex trafficking, the culture of gaming, and even (we’re serious) poop!! And you can take your pick of innovative theatre, including: hip-hop Shakespeare, cabaret, and a tale told with puppetry and music.

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at FringeCENTRAL. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available through High 5 Tickets to the Arts at $5 each or less (go to in late July)!!

The Broken Record

Writer: Jonathan Louis Dent

Director: Megan Sandberg-Zakian

The Broken Record examines the violence between black youth and police officers in the United States, exposing the fury, helplessness, and grief we feel watching these stories play on repeat, and asking: how can these fatal encounters be stopped?

1h, Manhattan, NY, Drama, Spoken Word/Poetry

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 3PM


The Buffalo

85 North Productions

Writer: Anthony Sneed

The comedic memoir of Anthony Sneed, who at fourteen brought a gun to school in attempts to fit in with his peers. After expulsion, he is forced to join his Uncle’s cult-like community in Missouri.

1h, Brooklyn, NY, Solo Show, Comedy

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ NOON


ELVIRA - The Immigration Play

ELVIRA – The Immigration Play

Si Se Puede Productions, LLC

Writer: Jessica Carmona

Director: Brian Lee

Inspired by the true story an undocumented Mexican immigrant woman who refused to be deported and separated from her US Citizen son, this play sheds light on the plight of millions of immigrants crossing the border.

1h 30m, Brooklyn, NY, Drama

TALKBACK: Saturday, August 29th @ 7PM



Writer: Allan Maule

Director: Ashley Gunsteens

Choreographer: Adam Davidson & Julia Adle. Fight: Michael Hagins

An online world of epic fantasy battles helps four gamers escape their bleak realities. But when EverScape offers them a chance to win jobs as game developers, lines get crossed between what’s more real: the game or their lives?

2h, Brooklyn, NY, Drama, Dance

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 2:45PM


FAFI-An Afrikaner boy comes of age in Apartheid SA

JHB-Jozi Home Boys

Writer: Gys and Jaci de Villiers

Director: Jaci de Villiers

‘Mama Elsie -I dreamed of the sea-so we bet 26 on Fafi?’ Gys is plagued by the mark on the wall, which catapults him into memories of his past. The African landscape of heat, war, rituals, nightmares and forgiveness.

1h 5m, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, Drama, Solo Show

TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 25th @ 4:30PM


Hamlet the Hip-Hopera

Feast Productions

Writer: Tucker Delaney-Winn, Music by Charles Laubacher, Michael Markowski and Jeff Nicholson

A new musical that amplifies the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Trapped in a castle under siege, characters dive into musical madness through soaring hip-hop ballads, weaving The Bard’s verse with the lyricism of a new age.

1h 40m, Queens, NY, Comedy, Drama

TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 18th @ 4PM


Hearts Afire

Writer: Darcy Heller Sternberg

Director: Madeline Brennan

What do Jell-O shots, slave labor, butterfly tattoos, Krishna and Afghanistan have in common? Five New York City community college students from diverse ethnic backgrounds tell their harrowing yet inspirational stories in an intimate setting.

1h 30m, Manhattan, NY, Drama

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 4:45PM


An Inconvenient Poop

The POOP Project

Writer: Shawn Shafner

Director: Annie G. Levy

What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was something no one wanted to talk about? In this fascinating and hilarious FRED Talk, The Puru empowers audiences to get their sh*t together before it hits the fan.

1h 10m, Brooklyn, NY, Comedy, Solo Show

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 2PM


The Morningtime of Now

Mock Turtle

Writer: Stories and vocals by Anne Hills, puppetry by Mock Turtle, lyrics by Michael Smith and incidental music by Jay Ansill

Director: Doug Roysdon

Poet-trees, composer mice, and singing brooks — experience the rustic world of Opal Whitely. This magical journey of music, story and puppetry honors Nature’s miracles, tragedies, and transcendence. Inspired by the 1920’s diary of young Opal Whitely. Adults/children over seven.

1h 15m, Bethlehem, PA, Puppetry, Musical/Opera

TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 25th @ 2PM


Princess Cut: A young girl’s reality inside a Tennessee sex ring

Yellow Rose Productions

Writer: Kelsey Broyles, Kerri Koczen, and Danielle Roos, Music by Christian Barnett and Joey English, additional lyrics by Kelsey Broyles

Director: Danielle Roos

Based on a true story, a young girl is forced into a sex trafficking ring by her cousin. She relives memories; struggling with her double life as psychological trauma catches up with her. A post-show panel examines trafficking in the U.S.

2h 30m, Knoxville, TN, Drama, Multi-Media

TALKBACK: Wednesday, August 19th @ 2PM



Barry Goralnick, Sarahbeth Grossman, Craig Zehms in Association with Cutting Hedge Productions

Writer: Martin Casella, Based on the Novel by Jessica Francis Kane

Director: Alan Muraoka

1943. The deadliest civilian tragedy of WWII happened in a London tube station. The British government lied to its people. Now one man must make sense of it all. A haunting, unknown true story. From the author of THE IRISH CURSE.

2h 10m, Manhattan, NY, Drama

TALKBACK: Saturday, August 15th @ 3:15PM


Shake The Earth

Arev Productions, Inc.

Writer: Lousine Shamamian

Director: Misti Wills

Bolstered by kufta and string cheese, Lousine yearns to bring the injustice inflicted on her ancestors to light. Can this meek gay Armenian stand up for herself and recount her great-grandfather Georgi’s remarkable story of survival during the Armenian Genocide?

52m, Brooklyn, NY Drama, Solo Show

TALKBACK: Thursday, August 20th @ 5:30PM


Sitting Regal by the Window

Aya Aziz

Writer: Aya Aziz

Director: Tiff Roma

Choreographer: Aya Aziz and Tiff Roma

In this semi-autobiographical cabaret Aya performs exaggerated memories and original songs from her life as a Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll. The show explores identity, social stratification and the importance of ordering chili with onions on the side.

1h 30m, Manhattan, NY, Multi-Media, Performance Art

TALKBACK: Saturday, August 22nd @ 2:30PM


Tiananmen Annie

Writer: Ann Starbuck

Director: Richard Embardo

A comedic and heartfelt coming of age story about finding your Chinese soul. It is Ann Starbuck’s true story of living in Beijing as a student in 1988-1989, and working for CNN during the Tiananmen Square Uprising.

1h 15m, Los Angeles, CA, Solo Show, Drama

TALKBACK: Wednesday, August 19th @ 2:45PM


Uniform Justice

Chuk Obasi

Writer: Book and Lyrics by Chuk Obasi, Music by Fariddudin F. Johnson and Chuk Obasi

Director: Chuk Obasi, Music Director: Fariddudin F. Johnson

In an urban neighborhood in Memphis, residents and police search for solutions to rampant violence afflicting their streets and the conflicts and suspicions dividing them. A unique take on a current crisis, inspired by true stories and experiences in Memphis.

1h 40m, Manhattan, NY, Drama, Musical/Opera

TALKBACK: Sunday, August 16th @ 3PM


Wilde Tales

Writer: Oscar Wilde, Adapted by Kevin P. Joyce

Director: Kevin P. Joyce

Three fairy tales by Oscar Wilde told with puppets, music and Wilde’s wit. These charming and evocative stories remind us of the enduring power of love.

1h 5m, Manhattan, NY, Drama

TALKBACK: Saturday, August 22nd @ NOON


Your Love, Our Musical!

Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman interview an unsuspecting couple in the audience and improvise a brand-new musical based off their love story! It’s adorable, romantic, and no two shows are the same!

1h, Manhattan, NY, Musical/Opera, Improv/Sketch/Stand-up


TALKBACK: Sunday, August 16th @ NOON



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