FRINGE OF MARIN Kicks Off 2014 Lineup Today

FRINGE OF MARIN Kicks Off 2014 Lineup Today

The Fringe of Marin celebrates its 33rd Season with some of the most innovative work of San Francisco Bay Area playwrights, directors and actors*. One of the oldest Fringe Festivals in the Country and the oldest in the San Francisco Bay Area, it features eleven juried original one act plays and monologues presented in two programs (six in Program One, five in Program Two) that run today, May 23-June 1 at Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University, 20 Olive Avenue, San Rafael.

Established by Dr. Annette Lust in 1995, this season's offerings have grown. "We have enlarged the scope of this theatrical in progress experience to include our newly founded Senior Series that involves senior residential communities in Marin, and are introducing new directors and staff," said Managing Artistic Director Gina Pandiani. Jurors include Ken Bullock, Jeffrey Smith, and Harry Duke.

PROGRAM ONE (May 23, 24, 31, June 1):

PreOccupy Hollywood (Extras). Written by Dylan Brody, directed by Alexandra Williams-Fleck. Comedic drama about the treatment of extras in a Hollywood movie.

Fourteen. Written by Inbal Kashtan, directed by Jon Tracy. Fiercely independent teenager refuses to move in with her older sister when their single father moves to the hospital for terminal cancer treatment.

Andrew Primo. Written and directed By Gaetana Caldwell-Smith. Speed-dating couple includes a human-like robot/android past his "sell-by" date.

The Trial of Michel Terrehaute. Written by David Hirzel. Based on a true story of three men lost in the wilderness, slowly dying of exposure and starvation.

Semper Fidelis. Written by James Rosenfield, directed by Joyce Liu. The survivors of Marine hero meet at his memorial service, and learn hidden truths.

Fighting for Survival: Written by Inbal Kashtan, directed by Jon Tracy. Honeymoon plans travel in unexpected directions when a couple comes across a historic exploration of Buffalo Soldiers, the census, and some nudists.

PROGRAM TWO (May 24, 25, 30, 31):

Let Me Go. Written by Shai Regan, directed by Gary Green. A young woman learns how to deal with post-traumatic stress with the help of her fiancé, after an attack changed their lives.

Tuesdays in the Park with River Apple. Written by C. J. Ehrlich, directed by Robin Schilds. Satirical, yet affectionate look at being new to the city, and to full-time motherhood. How many roles can a woman juggle?

The Next Big Thing. Written by Robert Wanderman, directed by Pamela Rand. The Next Big Thing is Vulture: When the owners' bonds are in the crapper Vulture swoops in and swallows, and turns it about.

Jinshin Jiko. Written by Bridgette Dutta Portman, directed by Amy Crumpacker. The lines between fantasy and reality blur when an uptight businesswoman's train ride is stalled by a "Jinshin Jinko," (human accident/ suicide).

Little Moscow. Written by Aleks Merilo, directed by Greg Young. An aging Russian immigrant recalls a time when a man's crimes could be burned into his flesh, and a father's love for country conflicts with his love for his daughter.

Show Times: Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20 including two "pay what you can" performances. Details at www.FringeofMarin.com.

*Claudia Rosa Actors' Equity Association member in an Equity-approved project.

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