Horse Trade Management Group will present the 7th Annual FRIGID New York Festival, an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of theatre on the fringe of the mainstream, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artistS. Boasting over 150 performances and 30 shows over 12 days in 3 theaters, FRIGID New York will kick off the annual North American Fringe Circuit with a bang!
Riding the fringe of winter, the hit celebration of independent theater will run February 20-March 3 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets ($10-$16) may be purchased online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or by calling 212-868-4444.
Presented by Estraña Theatre Company - Brooklyn, NY
The beautiful Kelli eagerly anticipates the blind date her friends have set her up on. To her dismay, it turns out her date is one very disappointed lesbian named Arlin. Mutually appalled, yet appallingly intrigued, they proceed to pull the screws loose on both straight and gay women's culture, to find The Common ground between them in the search for true love and self acceptance.
Sat 2/23 @ 2:05pm, Sun 2/24 @ 3:40pm, Mon 2/25 @ 7:05pm, Thu 2/28 @ 10:15pm, & Sat 3/2 @ 12:50pm
Presented by Keep It Movin' Productions - New York, NY
Written & Performed by Una Aya Osato
How many layers must you lose to get to the center of yourself? Come join award-winning and critically acclaimed writer/performer Una Aya Osato and her burlesque alter ego exHOTic other as they take on the world and take off their clothes.
Who Killed JonBenét? And when? And how much? The creators of the off-Broadway hit, Bayside! The Unmusical! (Saved by the Bell Musical)proudly presents a true crime musical comedy. We boldly recreate that fateful night of the fateful murder in that fateful town of Boulder, Colorado. With music!
One birthed her, one nursed her, one raised her. Now she's burying all three. A daughter is called back to the red clay of Georgia to bury her three moms and shape her own identity. Good Lord Almighty! Who are all these crazy people at the funerals?!
Come be a fly on the wall, high in the mountains at the home of Pops- watch this master manipulator of a bygone era in razor sharp form, as fists fly, tops come off, and bodies hit the floor- Will Pop's legacy be preserved? Or will the secrets of the Sickie Room be uncovered at last?
Mallory is an agoraphopic baker who never leaves her shop, eager to experience the world but terrified to try. The circus comes to town with Mallory's best childhood friend - the acrobat Gitano - with whom she's always been secretly in love. To be with him, she must overcome her fears and join the outside world before the circus leaves.
The Spectator & the Blind Man: Stories of Seeing & Not-Seeing
Written & Directed by Dr. ML Godin - New York, NY
Voilà, enlightenment's blind side! Set in eighteenth-century Paris, The history of Braille begins at a sideshow spectacle and ends with revolution. Hear intimate stories of triumph and degradation embedded in sound and visionscapes. Think Ken Burns on hallucinogenic steroids!
Presented by Circadelix - Sydney, Australia/Chicago, IL
Written by Jesse Horne, Directed by Dan Griffiths
Twisted Beats & Circus Feats tells a uniquely heartfelt story through the eyes of a slightly deranged clown who, in his quest to become a hip-hop superstar, falls in love with a wind-up ballerina. A breathtaking fusion of clowning, juggling, contortion, hip-hop rhyming, storytelling, and puppetry.
Thu 2/21 @ 10:15pm, Sat 2/23 @ 5:15pm, Sun 2/24 @ 2:05pm, Wed 2/27 @ 7:05pm, Fri 3/1 @ 4pm, & Sun 3/3 @ 3:40pm
Presented by Dark Prophet Productions - New York, NY
Accident. Murder. Evan must navigate the drugs, debts, and relationships he inherits after his twin brother is killed. Darkly visceral, strangely intimate and set to a deeply emotional score, "Wearing Black" trespasses into of the hearts and minds of those left behind and demands to know what place love has in death.
The mysterious Miss Hiccup lives alone, but is definitely not lonely. She is forever accompanied by a raucous cast of sounds and music that make her life an absurd adventure. A hilarious and beautiful story by an award-winning Japanese performer.
Wed 2/20 @ 6pm, Fri 2/22 @ 10:50pm, Sun 2/24 @ 4:45pm, Wed 2/27 @ 9:10pm, Sat 3/2 @ 7:55pm, & Sun 3/3 @ 6:20pm
Generic Magic Realism
Presented by Temerity Theatre - Brooklyn, NY
Written by Ed Malin, Directed by DeLisa White, Starring Nat Cassidy
What happens when the magical world of your average South American person is transplanted to a more northern, less magical, more real location? Join Octavio as he discovers poetry, satire, love, birds, chocolate, hippies and explosives on the way from the Andes to San Francisco during the fragrant 1960s.
John Grady's true tales of being picked on, chased down, and beat up, from his youth to adulthood. Will he ever stand and fight? Are bullies and the bullied destined to find each other? If so, who will save him? From the creator of the fringe hit, Fear Factor: Canine Edition.
A hysterical romp through America's spiritual enterprise exposing the blurry line between self-help and faith. Yoga gurus, healthy chocolate peddlers and Buddhists with God complexes ego-trip their way toward absurdity.
In 1909 Alexe Popova confessed to killing over 300 men, liberating women of her community from their abusive husbands. For 30 years she fought the War on Women in her own way, with a little lethal poison. Come 'try' her for yourself at Maison des Reves!
Ski bum Alexa Fitzpatrick serves up jokes about sushi and dating in a land locked mountain town where the men outnumber the women two to one. As a bartender at a very high-end sushi restaurant, she amusingly stumbles through the moral dilemmas of serving very expensive bait to rich people.
Thu 2/21 @ 9:10pm, Sat 2/23 @ 1:35pm, Mon 2/25 @ 9:10pm, Thu 2/28 @ 9:10pm, Sat 3/2 @ 6:20pm, & Sun 3/3 @ 3:10pm
That's Her Way
Presented by En Avant Playwrights and Emerging Artists Theater - New York, NY
Written by Kathleen Warnock
Directed by Vivian Meisner
Stuckey and Ferro have been doing this dance since high school. Hometown hero Stuckey stayed behind in their small town while smart, ambitious Ferro went off to discover her own future. A lifetime later, she's back and the conversation continues. Will it ever end?
Written & Performed by Lucas Brooks - New York, NY
Directed by Matthew Klein
Sick and tired of short jokes and snobbery amongst the gay population, Lucas, a sexually frustrated and vertically challenged young top, is ready to fight back. Armed with only a laptop and a quick wit, our gallant hero addresses the loaded topic of sex and how it divides us, rather than unites us, in a time of need.
Written by Jennifer Harder, Charley Layton, Glen Heroy, & David Rosen - New York, NY
A steampunk collaboration of prohibitionistic proportions! Sneak into a world of slapstick, stand-up, and vaudeville with Jersey's finest speakeasy entrepreneur and her curmudgeonly ex-con husband as they embark on poorly judged money-making schemes, erotic escapades gone awry, run-ins with a keystone cop, and vignettes that include accordion, ukulele, clarinet, spoons, and trumpet.
Presented by Laughing Nomad Productions - Minneapolis, MN
Choreographed & Performed by Kirsten Stephens
Inspired by irretrievable hours sucked into Angry Birds, YouTube, and deciphering privacy settings. Each "app" opens a window into the bizarre, addictive, and sometimes surprisingly human things we follow, share and become with our gadgets. iMime tells the stories of our lives, both real and virtual, through stylized, poetic movement.
Thu 2/21 @ 5:30pm, Sat 2/23 @ 6:50pm, Sun 2/24 @ 2:05pm, Mon 2/25 @ 10:15pm, Thu 2/28 @ 7:05pm, & Sat 3/2 @ 12:30pm
Love in the Time of Time Machines
Presented by The Theatre Elusive - Toronto, Ontario
Written by David Tichauer, Net Petrie, & Gillian English Klein and Gabrielle broke up. That was it. OR WAS IT?! Yes, it was. OR WAS IT?! When time's arrow spins like a compass, do our actions amount to a hill of beans? What do the beans amount to? I don't know, you're the bean expert! Point being...Time Machines!
Fed up yet inspired by the trending "love to hate" mentality of an increasingly cynical society lost in a technology coma, Killy personalizes pop culture shock and earnestly explores a botoxicated community communicating in carefully edited tweets and meaningless memes. This one-of-a-kind dark comedy musical incorporates non-traditional instruments, toys and (ironically) modern sound technology, combined with performance art and projection/video submitted from artists around the world. This revolution will not be televised. It will evolve live in My BoX - please think outside...
Written by D'yan Forest & Stephen Jobes, Performed by D'yan Forest - New York, NY
A vibrant, 78 year old woman, discovering the purrin' stirrin's of sex at age 12 (oh! Camp Takawalananakiki!), admits to the many lies of her life and discovers no matter how the world has tried to stop her adventurous soul-- her pussy's purrin again! Comedy, song, dance, and a glockenspiel, too.
Lulled by nursery rhymes, a man's thoughts are haunted by what separates his identity from his addiction. Finding life's beauty and embracing addiction's lifeblood entangle when what is real is only perceived through touch. Dance, multi-media, and text weave together for a chilling look into the world of an addict.
The mustachioed Professor Penelope Vindlevoss discovers Edward the Zombie on her recent anthropological expedition, and takes it upon herself to domesticate him. What is Edward's final lesson? To put on a circus, of course! Physical comedy and undead logic collide in this quirky fable about how to be truly human.
Mind and spirit in one as the body sways to the tunes of the yakka (devil).
Fri 2/22 @ 5:30pm, Sat 2/23 @ 2:05pm, Sun 2/24 @ 3:40pm, Wed 2/27 @ 7:05pm, Sat 3/2 @ 8:25pm, & Sun 3/3 @ 12:30pm
Two Lovely Black Eyes
Presented by Elephant Run District - New York, NY
Written by Chris Harcum, Directed by Aimee Todoroff
Chris Harcum (American Badass, Rabbit Island and Some Kind of Pink Breakfast) returns to the Frigid Festival with a stand-up and storytelling fueled solo performance on feuds, gunslinging and what you get when you go up against the impossible.
Fri 2/22 @ 7:05pm, Sat 2/23 @ 5:15pm, Wed 2/27 @ 8:40pm, Sat 3/2 @ 3:40pm, & Sun 3/3 @ 2:05pm
FRIGID New York was founded by Horse Trade and EXIT Theatre in 2007. Since founding The San Francisco Fringe Festival - the 2nd oldest fringe in the United States - nearly 17 years ago, EXIT has learned a thing or two about festival running. They introduced Horse Trade to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) in mid-2006. Besides feedback from dozens of thrilled CAFF participants and artists, Horse Trade was drawn to its main principle: "...to provide all artists, emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style and to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community," Horse Trade is proud to sign on to the tradition and chill out the New York independent theatre scene's ideas of what a theatre festival can be.