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Horse Trade Kicks Off 9th Annual FRIGID Festival Today

Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 9th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) andUNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) today, February 18-March 8.

Founded in 2007, FRIGID New York is 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. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene's ideas of what a theatre festival can be!

Individual show performance schedules and venues will be announced in January 2015. Tickets will go on sale January 15th.

2015 FRIGID New York shows:

300 to 1
Presented by Rock'N'Role - Manchester, UK
Written by Matt Panesh, Directed by Gareth Armstrong
A schoolboy re-enacts the homoerotic film "300" to the ghosts of First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. "Unique. Mixing slapstick comedy, bawdy material (and) amazing audience participation. A must see." DAILY INFO, OXFORD, UK Winner! Three Weeks Editors' Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

The Accident
Presented by Driver's Seat Entertainment - New York, NY
Written by Dipti Bramhandkar, Directed by Courtney Wetzel
A man falls off a cliff while trying to rescue fellow hikers, suffers traumatic injuries, and survives. The media makes him a famous face; money and recognition follow. An investigative journalist starts to doubt his story and wants to find out the truth of what happened. Friends and family take sides.

An Evening of Not-So-Quiet Despair with Satan
Presented by Satan - New York, NY
Written & Performed by Satan (with a little help from God)
Satan dishes on Heaven and Hell and everything in between. This show is so offensive that God himself intervenes - which only makes matters worse.

Bi, Hung, Fit... and Married
Presented by Lianna Walden Productions - Vancouver, BC
Written and Performed by Mark Bentley Cohen
Directed by Seàn Cummings
Marco's bisexuality starts a journey of sexual self-discovery as the couple opens their ailing monogamous marriage of 15 years with surprising results. Provocative, humorous, erotic story challenges beliefs about monogamy, sexuality, and the benefits of sexual freedom in long-term relationships.

The Can Opener: A Brief Horror Musical
Presented by MZJ Music - Hoboken, NJ
Written by M. Zachary Johnson, Directed by Kenneth Oefelein
In this Dr. Seuss-styled farce, young Bobbi is tormented by zombies in her nightmares-and horrified to learn from the headlines that her visions are coming true! Under pressure from her parents she agrees to attend college, where she finds out how these nightmares started-and how they will end.

The ChristmApocalypse
Presented by Brain Melt Consortium - New York, NY
Written & Directed by Rachel Kerry
Enter a world of burnt Christmas cheer, A performance, a party, the show of the year, You better be brave to come here, my dear, Let's go out with a bang, the end is near. The ChristmApocalypse merges devised movement, twisted Christmas Carols, and post-apocalyptic imagery to create a deliciously dark yuletide multimedia experience. The end is near...The ChristmApocalypse.

Cootie Catcher
Written by Lucas Brooks - New York, NY
Directed by David Drake
In this hilarious and borderline-terrifying reflection, Lucas looks back on his many close encounters of the sexually transmissible kind. Through his naked (yet carefully wrapped) adventures, he struggles with his ability to remain sex-positive in an HIV-negative society.

The Crook of Your Arm
Presented by SoMo Theatre - Montréal, Québec
Written & Performed by Shannon Holmes, Featuring Molly Aronson, Cello
Intertwining the music of Kurt Weill and the personal narrative of a daughter's mission to find her Mother's underwear, talk about "it" and negotiate a family crisis, The Crook of Your Arm is intimate, moving and humorous theatre that lives in the cracks between opera, cabaret and music-theatre.

Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic!
Written & Performed by Dandy Darkly - Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Ian Bjorklund
Dandy Darkly is Brooklyn's satiric, satanic storyteller of tawdry, terrifying tales of sex and death - a critically acclaimed raconteur of Southern gothic ghost stories peppered with pop culture panache. Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic! is a fiercely feminist, frightfully funny musing on misogyny and homosexual horror. New York, prepare to

PANIC!
Dog Show
Presented by Animal Engine -- New York, NY
Created by the Ensemble, Directed by Karim Muasher
What do dogs do when their masters leave? Put on a French farce! Quick entrances, mistaken identities, and love triangles collide with panting, sniffing, and lots of leg humping in this unusual and saucy comedy. Inspired by the plays of Georges Feydeau and the behaviors of Man's best friend.

ERIK
Presented by Rising Sun Performance Company - New York, NY
Written by John Patrick Bray, Directed by Jerrod Bogard
A darkly poetic satire of Phantom of the Opera as seen through the iron bars of a carnival freak-show cage. With puppets more twisted than a melodrama mustache (and twice as greasy), ERIK points and laughs at the real freak show- us.

Everyday Edna Mae
Presented by Bricken & Birch - New York, NY
Written by Robin Rice Lichtig, Directed by Bricken Sparacino
Timid, young Edna Mae yearns to be an artist, but her thin, mean-girl alter ego erodes her confidence. Then her sexy husband turns surly and mid-west life puts a strangle-hold on creativity. Middle-aged Edna must escape to pursue her dream. Will she? Can she? Where do San Diego and Starbucks enter the picture?

The Field: A Musical Myth
Presented by Muddy River Productions - New York, NY
Words, Story & Music by Jeremy Cone, Directed by Jeremy Cone
A modern musical myth about growing life. Man In The Field goes forth to grow. Harvest Woman appears in visions. The Thief steals and must be stopped. People Of The Field work and The Field Grows. All told through a unique blend of poetry, music, singing, and storytelling.

Get Around Me
Presented by The Theatre Elusive - Toronto, Ontario
Written & Performed by Gillian English
Four years ago, some charismatic Australians talked Gillian into playing Aussie Rules Football.
By August 2014, she was playing for the Midnight Suns in the AFL World Championship.
Now she's leaving Aussie Rules behind, and she's got a tale to tell about why.

Heart of Oak
Presented by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company - New York, NY
Written by Laura Hirschberg, Directed by Anais Koivisto
Fleeing arranged marriage, Princess Alvida commandeers a pirate vessel and assembles an unlikely crew of serving women. As she struggles with opposing roles - pirate and princess - her betrothed finds himself falling for a woman he's barely met. Shanties and swordfights frame this theatrical tale of love on the high seas...

(here we don't limit our repression to just our sexuality)
Written & Performed by Amy Cunningham - Toronto, Ontario
The youngest Cunningham tells stories of trying to keep up with the family secrets while navigating the delicate politics of ordering pornography for her brother in prison.

Hey '90s Kids, You're Old
Presented by Hole Punch Productions - Toronto, Ontario
Written & Directed by Taryn Parrish
What if our favorite '90s characters had to grow up, like we did? This nostalgic comedy celebrates the last true decade by blending '90s pop culture with the present. Winner of Toronto Fringe 2014 "Patrons' Pick."

I Was a Sixth Grade Bigfoot
Presented by Nefarious Laboratory - New York, NY
Written & Performed by Cyndi Freeman
Directed by Sara Peters
Two-time NY Fringe Festival award winning storyteller Cyndi Freeman, presents a solo-show about hoaxes, lies and monsters. Weaving together fun trivia about the Bigfoot myth with darker tales about a hoax perpetrated against her when she was 11, she crafts a story about the resilience it takes to survive childhood.

It Ain't Going to Be Normal
Written by Henry Vega & Artem Yatsunov - Jersey City, NJ
Directed by Artem Yatsunov
True stories about cancer, weak sex, fried chicken, abusive grandparents, car accidents, civil wars and international drinking rituals. Told, hosted, and lived by Henry Vega and Artem Yatsunov, and featuring a different abnormal guest every show!

Keys
Written by Margot Connolly - Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Alex Keegan
Struggling with her father's death and her mother's re-entry into the dating scene, Thea seeks comfort in her hero, Harry Houdini. When unexpected events traps Thea in Houdini's world, she must focus all her energy and escape - with history's greatest escapist on her side, why is that so difficult?

Lets Play Play
Presented by PowerOut - New York, NY
Written by Ben Ferber, Directed by Todd Brian Backus
What happens when it's your job to be friends with someone? When do you compromise artistic integrity for cash? Two Internet personalities skyrocket to stardom with a new "Let's Play" video game show. But when a female gamer joins them, things get ugly. And then even uglier.

Playing for Advantage
Presented by If You Can't Beat 'Em Producitons - Toronto, Ontario
Written by Noah Casey, Directed by Matt Clarke
It always starts out with the best of intentions-love flows in and you play because you love them. Then there's that one point that eats at you after it's over. Then you start trying to prove her wrong or to get him to see you're right. Somebody's gotta win, even when nobody can. Sometimes, you've just got to admit: you're only playing for advantage.

Post Traumatic Super Delightful
Written & Performed by Antonia Lassar - Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Angela Dumlao
Can there be laughter in the healing process after rape? From the artists behind God Box (Frigid Favorite '13) and Tina and Amy (Frigid '14), comes Post Traumatic Super Delightful, a one-woman show about the sexual assault crisis on college campuses. In PTSD, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.

Richard the Third and Goal, or R3G
Presented by Bloody Shakespeare - New York, NY
Written & Directed by Neal J. Freeman
This comic riff on hero worship mashes iconic and polarizing NFL star Ray Lewis with the notorious King Richard III. Using Shakespeare's text and Lewis' words, R3G sifts the classic play through the wild pageantry of a football game in a sudden-death playoff between two men both revered and reviled.

A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade
Written & Performed by Brian Fleming - Ireland
Directed by Raymond Keane
Everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day, except in New York, where LGBT groups are banned from the parade. Using music, projections, bad dance and bad striptease, Fleming takes us for a romp through 14 years of celebration and resistance with the inclusive St Pat's For All Parade in Queens.

Shirley Gnome: Real Mature
Presented by Heartichoke Arts - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Canada's very own award winning 'chanteuse provocatrice' takes the audience on a musical journey, with hilarious ditties about the profound ways that bodies collide.

Thoughts of a Colored Man on a Day When the Sun Set Too Early
Presented by Noisy Tenants Productions - Baltimore, MD
Written & Directed by Keenan M. Scott II
Follow eight young men as they try to find their identity. Journey into this raw view of heart wrenching subjects in a time when the black youth are expected to be imprisoned; "Thoughts of a COLORED MAN..." will have you question your existence while personifying emotions as human beings.

The Untitled Sam Mullins Project
Written & Performed by Sam Mullins - Vancouver, BC
Canadian Comedy Award Winner Sam Mullins (This American Life, The Moth, RISK!) tells the four stories of his four "truths".

Where I'm From
Written & Performed by Mike Lemme - New York, NY
Mike Lemme's mother once attempted suicide by eating change. Lemme was heartbroken because that was his allowance. Where I'm From is a true stand-up comedy show about a dysfunctional family, escaping the suburbs, New York City, and scoliosis.

Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg
A Contemporary Operetta by De Gre?, Reese-Anderson & Gay
Directed by Christian De Gre?
Presented by Mind the Art Entertainment - New York, NY
Williamsburg, a land where the whiskey is always flowing. Here people live in blissful peace under the tenure of Whiskey Pants, their beloved Mayor. After the "event" they've found its dangerous to dream. Now an ambitious newcomer from the outside world seeks to sober their perpetual hangover. Will he ruin everything? Or will he discover that in Williamsburg; it's easier to drink.

For more information, visit www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or www.horseTRADE.info.



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