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59E59 Theaters Announces 2017 East to Edinburgh Festival Lineup


59E59 Theaters announces the 2017 line up for the annual EAST TO EDINBURGH festival. EAST TO EDINBURGH begins on Tuesday, July 11 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 30.

The performance schedule varies. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets to each EAST TO EDINBURGH show is $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members). Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online via

Created as a way to help shows get on their feet before flying off to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in the world), EAST TO EDINBURGH simulates the same production constraints that all shows experience during the Fringe, while giving companies a clean, comfortable, and nurturing space to fine-tune their productions. This whirlwind festival, which takes over Theaters B & C in the month of July, features some of the most adventurous theater from around New York and across the US.

The 2017 EAST TO EDINBURGH line up is:

July 11 at 6:15 PM; July 12 at 6:15 PM; July 13 at 6:15 PM; July 15 at 2:15 PM
DICKLESS by Aisha Josiah, directed by Jamie Sims
With Lauren Downie and Tessa Fairey
Produced by Fundamental Theater Project

Peter Shaffer Award recipient Aisha Josiah brings us a tour de force solo show that explores gender identity, the roles we choose to play and the roles thrust upon us. DICKLESS follows two characters, Saff and Oli, as they recount their most adventurous evening in a small British working class town. Conforming to (and combatting) society's expectations leads them both down a dangerous path - one that will change the course of their lives forever.

July 11 at 6:30 PM; July 12 at 6:30 PM; July 13 at 6:30 PM; July 19 at 6:30 PM; July 20 at 6:30 PM
VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF, written and performed by Walter DeForest
Produced by #vgfy and Ryan's Daughter

Audience members create art along with Vincent while secrets are exposed. The ear incident and his death are two colossal events, but even more are revealed. DeForest blends storytelling, theatre and creating live art in this "deeply engaging" portrait of Vincent. You think you know the truth? Van Gogh Find Yourself.

July 11 at 8:15 PM; July 16 at 7:15 PM
THE DARLING CORE written by Conor Anthony O'Brien & Simone Daniel, directed by Daniel Holme
With Simone Daniel and Conor Anthony O'Brien
Produced by New Vintage Ensemble

An original dark comedy about the original dark couple. Adam and Lilith have been together for (quite possibly) eternity, trudging from stage to stage trying to be heard by anyone who will listen. Following yet another series of dismal performances, Adam and Lilith face each other for control of their art, their futures and their own voices. Their story reveals their clandestine roles in major world events, dark love affairs and terribly bad vaudeville bits. Inspired loosely by co-creator/ co-star Conor O'Brien's ancestor, famed vaudeville star Tony Hart (of "Harrigan & Hart").

July 11 at 8:30 PM; July 18 at 8:30 PM; July 22 at 4:30 PM
SHOW UP written and performed by Peter Michael Marino, directed by Michole Biancosino and the audience
Produced by PM2 Entertainment, Project Y Theater Company and Civil Disobedience

Award-winning solo performer Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!) has been performing, directing and producing solo shows forever. In SHOW UP, Pete uses his decades of solo performance experience to turn the often vilified clichés of the genre on their clichéd heads. Using an arsenal of Post-it Notes, Pete transforms the real-life audience experiences into an improvised, comedic, vibrant life-story that's daring and different each time. You get to control the content, set and sound for this socially-anxious show that's mostly about you.

July 12 at 8:15; July 13 at 8:15 PM; July 14 at 8:15 PM; July 15 at 8:15 PM; July 16 at 4:15 PM
TALES OF LIFE AND DEATH by Craig Lucas, directed Hunter Bird
With Richard Kline ("Three's Company") and Pamela Shaw (Swingers)
Produced by Pocono Mountains Theater Company

In Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a Kiss, An American in Paris, Amelie) zany and touching one-act plays, four stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre critics, bartenders with too much spirit, and mysterious strangers looking for love in the afternoon.

July 12 at 8:30 PM; July 15 at 4:30 PM; July 16 at 7:30 PM
HYPERTHYMESIA written and performed by Cece Otto; directed by RoBert Scott Smith

Can you remember every day of your life? There are 12 known people in the world who are able to remember the events of any given date with stunning and accurate detail. Whether this as a blessing or a curse is up for interpretation. Come experience the power of the brain.

July 13 at 8:30 PM; July 15 at 8:30 PM; July 21 at 6:30 PM
HOW TO SUFFER BETTER written and performed by Amanda Miller

After discovering her fiancé having sex with her best friend in a bar bathroom, Celeste reads a Snapple bottle cap the "real fact:" 'We can't stop ourselves from suffering, but we can learn how to suffer better.' Though devastated, Celeste is determined to learn what it means to suffer better, seeking out fellow sufferers to help her decode the factoid: a homeless man with a split personality, an octogenarian who invented a dating app, a mute maid longing for love, a clown enduring a bureaucratic nightmare, and an angry teen who threw a rock at Donald Trump's head. Which character is suffering best? It's up to the audience to decide.

July 14 at 6:30 PM; July 15 at 2:30 PM; July 16 at 2:30 PM
GOBLIN MARKET, adapted from Christina Rossetti's poem by Jennifer Jewell and Mark Cabus, directed by Mark Cabus, with an original bluegrass score by Chris Tench, choreographed by Allison Plamondon and Donna Rizzo
With Jennifer Jewell
Produced by JJewell Productions

Reset in the Smoky Mountains of the Depression-era South, weaves themes of sisterhood, addiction, salvation, and enchantment into a transcendent solo performance. Each twilight, sisters Laura and Lizzie hear the cunning cries of goblins calling children to their fantastical bazaar.

July 14 at 6:15 PM; July 15 at 6:15 PM; July 16 at 2:15 PM
PAPER DOLL by Susan Eve Haar, directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
With Diana Ruppe and Chris Stack
Produced by Weird Sisters, LLC. & Jodi Tovay

Jen and Rog's 10th anniversary turns deadly when Jen tempts Rog into violence and he tries to save their marriage with an unbelievable gift. Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

July 14 at 8:30 PM; July 22 at 8:30 PM; July 26 at 6:30 PM; July 29 at 2:30 PM
THE WAITING GAME by Charles Gershman, directed by Nathan Wright
With Marc Sinoway, Kaolin Bass, and Kellan Peavy
Produced by Snowy Owl

Sam, a 30-something wunderkind poet, overdosed and is in a coma. Sam's husband Paolo is doing everything he can to deflect the pain. But when Geoff shows up saying he and Sam were closer than anyone knew, the line between reality and fantasy blurs. Who is Paolo G-chatting with? And what will it take for him to heal and move forward?

July 15 at 4:15 PM
HARMON LEON INFILTRATES TRUMP AMERICA, written and performed by Harmon Leon

Comedian, storyteller, and VICE contributor, Harmon has made a career out of infiltrating extremist groups in Trump America. Take his hand as he leads you on a multimedia undercover journey into such facets of Trump America as: anti-immigration vigilantes on the Mexican Border; the world of Christian conversion therapy; and protesters outside of Planned Parenthood. Plus songs! Harmon's true-life journey into Trump America is meant to satirize and make sense of the world we find ourselves now living in. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention...

July 15 at 6:30 PM; July 16 at 4:30 PM; July 18 at 6:30 PM
ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW written and performed by Chris Davis, directed by Mary Tuomanen

Imagine Apocalypse Now performed by one actor, in 60 minutes, recreating some of the most famous scenes from cinema history. Backed by the film's soundtrack, Davis explores the heart of 'darkness' through movement, sound, dance, comedy, drama, lunacy, philosophy, and more in this high-octane 60-minute tour-de-force. "Whether you've seen the film or not, Chris Davis' One Man Apocalypse Now will be a funny, dark, poignant, playful and well-spent hour of your life. " - Patricia Highsmith, Charm City Fringe; Best of Philly Fringe; ????? - DC Metro Arts; Best of New Plays in Philadelphia - DC Metro Arts; Best Actor in Pittsburgh Fringe.

July 19 at 8:30 PM; July 22 at 2:30 PM; July 23 at 2:30 PM
KEEPING MY KIDNEYS written and performed by Mindy Raf, directed by Tara Elliott
Produced by Civil Disobedience Productions

With an open mind, heart, and vagina, NYC based Comedian Mindy Raf makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut with Keeping My Kidneys. Raf mixes complex conversations about coming out, modern love, loss, and sexuality with some mansplaining and weed lube stories to deliver a compelling and provocative narrative, leaving the audience asking, "could I ever do that?"

July 20 at 8:30 PM; July 23 at 7:30 PM; July 25 at 8:30 PM
THE OLDER BROTHERS' ALMANAC by Richard Thieriot, directed by Wes Grantom
With Richard Thieriot and Zach Evenskin
Produced by Thieriot Productions

From NYC comes a darkly comic guide for brothers everywhere: how to teach, protect and permanently traumatize each other. Cain and Abel, wedgies, puberty: it's all here! Featuring classic techniques and time-honored brotherly rituals such as The Headlock, The Dead Leg and Psychological Torture, plus Historical Accounts and Science! Guest appearances include The Royal Family, The Wright Brothers, The Kennedys, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Baldwin.

July 21 at 8:30 PM; July 22 at 6:30 PM; July 23 at 4:30 PM; July 28 at 8:30 PM; July 29 at 8:30 PM; July 30 at 4:30 PM
PLACES written and performed by Romy Nordlinger, directed by Katie McHugh
Produced by Yonder Window Theatre Company, Parity Productions & Jack Sharkey

Long before Madonna, the world was Gaga for Nazimova. PLACES is the story of trailblazer Alla Nazimova: 1920s silent screen icon, Broadway legend, and probably the most famous star you've never heard of. From a Jewish immigrant fleeing Tsarist Russia to the highest paid movie star in Tinseltown, Nazimova was the first female writer, director, and producer in Hollywood. With her visionary film Salome, art house cinema was born. Nazimova's infamous all-women's 'sewing circle,' a term she coined to describe her underground meetings of lesbian and bisexual film actresses in Hollywood, defied the moral and artistic codes of her time-and eventually forced her into obscurity. Romy Nordlinger's multimedia solo performance reimagines one of the most daring and censored artists of the 20th century.

July 25 at 6:30 PM; July 30 at 7:30 PM
SOMEONE DIES AT THE END by Freddie Fulton and Matthew Consalvo, directed by the Squeaky Wheelz Ensemble
With Leah Bezozo, Justin Michael Cooke, Fang Du, Freddie Fulton, Alinca Hamilton, Luke Hofmaier, Eddie Powers, Samantha Simone, Tiffany Small, Hope Ward, and Amy Miyako Williams
Produced by Squeaky Wheelz Productions

In a post-apocalyptic USA, seven survivors are forced to seek safety together in an underground bunker. Rations dwindle. Sparks ignite. Allegiance is challenged. Tensions build along class and racial lines. How do these divisive categories apply in a world that no longer exists?

July 26 at 8:30 PM; July 27 at 6:30 PM; July 29 at 6:30 PM
ENTERPRISE by Brian Parks, directed by David Calvitto
With Matthew Boston, Christopher Carley, Brian Dykstra, and Jonathan Fishman
Produced by Americana Absurdum Productions

Brian Parks' brand-new, fast-paced and surreal office comedy is told in forty-five quick-moving scenes. With their corporation on the brink of collapse, four panicking businessmen have one desperate night to save their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, animal sacrifice - will any of it work?

July 27 at 8:30 PM; July 28 at 6:30 PM; July 29 at 4:30 PM; July 30 at 2:30 PM
CONFESSIONS OF A PERSONAL TRAINER written performed by Katie Kopajtic, directed by Amanda Rothman
Produced by Stock Pot Productions, Tres Brujas and Snatchtag

Katie has always had a love/hate relationship with personal training thanks to the entitled, bratty, bitchy, f*cking insane, totally helpless, utterly incapable clients who have stolen her heart. This show is a behind the scenes look at the luxury fitness world and the unconventional relationships that blossom within it.

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