The Tragical Ballad Of Black Bonnet Returns To New Orleans Fringe 7/30-8/1

New Orleans Fringe announces encore evenings of Fringe with the return of The Tragical Ballad of Black Bonnet, plus new original pieces, in an incredible lineup of creative madness on strings, screen and stage. A favorite from the 2008 Festival, The Tragical Ballad of Black Bonnet is an original puppet operetta based on the true story of an intersexed housemaid in 16th century Scotland. The tale follows the plight of Black Bonnet, the kitchen maid, as she and Liliana, the Landlord's lovely daughter, fall madly in love. Can boundless romance survive on strings in a tiny world?! Music, mania, and marionettes. Created and performed by New Orleans' Black Forest Fancies, Black Bonnet was one of the audience favorites in the 2008 Festival.

The full evening of Fringe includes the bizarre and otherworldly stop-animation films of award-winning local film-maker Thomas Little, shot on Super-8 and projected by the creator. Audiences are also treated to the premiere of a wild new multimedia performance with video, aerial, puppetry and music called The Legend of Suzie Sidesaddle, an eerie ghost story about a mechanical doll, created and performed by the phenomenal Ratty Scurvics and Oops the Clown.

At the Marigny Theatre, 2240 St. Claude Avenue in the Marigny in New Orleans. Showtimes: July 30, 31 at 8 pm and August 1 at 8 pm and 11 pm. Ages 18 and up. Tickets are $12, available at the door or online. We encourage buying tickets ahead of time at the New Orleans Fringe Web site:

Photo credit Libby Nevinger

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