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Lineup Announced for SoHo Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series This Fall

Lineup Announced for SoHo Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series This Fall

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse has announced the first round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series.

The first set of productions hail from Adelaide, Brighton and Hollywood Fringe Festivals and will take place between September 5 - October 22, 2017. Selections from Edinburgh and Winnipeg will be announced soon.

This year's Fringe Encore Series will open with world renowned comedian Jimeoin: The Ridiculous (Adelaide), other presentations include, Mengele (Brighton), Trippin (Brighton), Shell Shock (Brighton), Blamed: An Established Fiction (Hollywood), Fafi D'alour and The Delinquents (Adelaide) Turbulence! (Hollywood), and Just Like Life (Hollywood).

Tickets are $29-$49 and can be purchased by visiting www.sohoplayhouse.com.


JIMEOIN: RIDICULOUS

Notorious for being Ridiculous, Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy's masters. His brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up has made him the undisputed award-winning star of TV shows including "Live at the Apollo", "The Royal Variety Performance", CH4's "O2 Gala", "Sunday Night at the London Palladium". Grab yourself a ring-aide seat for a knock-out performance of world-class stand-up with Ireland's other favorite champion UFC (Unbelievably Funny C***) - Live!

A superb physical comic... wickedly funny... He's quaint, cute and very funny... A quirky, whimsical and sometimes mischievous view of the world... it is in this ability to impart the ridiculousness of a situation that Jimeoin's genius lies... exhilarating!

Performances Dates: Tue Sep 5, 2017 at 8:30PM; Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 8:30PM; Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 8:30PM; Fri Sep 8, 2017 at 8:30PM;Sat Sep 9, 2017 at 8:30PM

MENGELE by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott

1979, a beach in Brazil. An elderly man takes his routine morning swim. Out at sea he has a seizure and is washed ashore where he is confronted by a local woman, who he assumes has saved him. Flattered and entranced by this enigmatic presence, he is seduced into revealing himself. As he seeks to justify his life he ultimately only succeeds in damning himself. A powerful, brutal and surprisingly contemporary expose of a charming manipulator and sociopathic narcissist.

Trailer: vimeo.com/smokescreenvisuals/review/221411082/4422a4b2ac

Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 7:00PM; Fri Sep 8, 2017 at 7:00PM; Sat Sep 9, 2017 at 3:00PM; Sun Sep 10, 2017 at 3:00PM; Wed Sep 13, 2017 at 3:00PM; Thu Sep 14, 2017 at 7:00PM; Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 7:00PM; Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 3:00PM; Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 3:00PM

TRIPPIN by Alex Canwell

A 9-5 weekend warrior called 'Dennis' stumbles into the trip of a lifetime when he consumes '2CR-100', a mysterious new research chemical fresh in the area. Magic and adventure quickly ensue with sexy creatures of the wood, angry old bug ladies, the nation's favorite TV gameshow 'Crimebang' and the big man Satan himself.

Trailer https://player.vimeo.com/video/187164103

Fri Sep 8, 2017 at 10:00PM; Sat Sep 9, 2017 at 6:30PM Sun Sep 10, 2017 at 7:00PM; Tue Sep 12, 2017 at 8:30PM; Thu Sep 14, 2017 at 8:30PM; Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 10:00PM; Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 10:00PM; Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 7:00PM

SHELL SHOCK by Tim Marriott

After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins' observations on the absurdities of every-day life on city street are frequently comic, occasionally absurd, sometimes violent but always poignant. Wired energy leads to hyper-emotional responses; from post office queues and a trip to Ikea to her relationships with family and friends can lead to alienation and anger.

Trailer https://vimeo.com/smokescreenvisuals/review/221411082/4422a4b2ac

Sat Sep 9, 2017 at 5:00PM; Sun Sep 10, 2017 at 5:00PM; Wed Sep 13, 2017 at 7:00PM;Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 9:00PM; Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 7:00PM;Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 7:00PM

BLAMED: AN ESTABLISHED FICTION by Callie Prendville

Blamed: An Established Fiction is a new play that combines text with live music and dance to examine the girls and women throughout mythology, history, and literature who have been blamed for the ills of the world. Each culture seems to have one thing in common: A well-known tale in which a girl does something horrible, or is the victim of something horrible, and she ruins everything and everyone around her. From Eve and Pandora to Lilith and La Llorona, Blamed brings the women to life in an intoxicating mix of live music, dance, and story.

Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 5:00PM; Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 1:00PM; Mon Sep 18, 2017 at 7:00PM; Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 7:00PM; Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 7:00PM

FAFI D'ALOUR and THE DELINQUENTS by Fiona Smith

You're invited to escape into the wonderful world of Fafi D'Alour and The Delinquents; an evening of exquisite performance and sensual titillation. Direct from Australia, this cabaret is a wild emporium of exceptional vocals and breathtaking movement in burlesque, ballet, jazz, contemporary and aerial lyra. Led only by powerful and influential women in music; from Nina Simone, Etta James and Amy Winehouse to Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, a triumph of female empowerment.

Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 10:00PM; Sat Sep 30, 2017 at 10:00PM; Thu Oct 5, 2017 at 10:00PM; Fri Oct 6, 2017 at 10:00PM; Sat Oct 7, 2017 at 10:00PM

TURBULENCE! created by Robot Teammate

From the creators of THUG TUNNEL comes the original musical TURBULENCE!, a fast and farcical race through space. The 4242 Intergalympics are finally here, and it's up to the crew of the S.S. Albacore to prove that Earth isn't the shabby dirt turd the Martians think it is. Ready. Set. Space!

2017 Hollywood International Fringe Festival winner: Best Musical, Best World Premiere, A Little New Music's Outstanding Songwriting Award, Better Lemons' Critics Choice Award 2017.

Fri, Aug 13 at 10PM; Sat Aug 14 at 8:30PM; Mon, Aug 16 at 7PM; Wed, Aug 18 at 9:00PM; Thurs, Aug 18 at 9:00PM; Fri, Aug 20 at 10PM; Sun Aug 22 at 5PM

JUST LIKE LIFE by Donovan Glover

In a whitewashed room with a white fridge, white sink, white porcelain toilet center stage and white everything else; Hey-Zeus frantically scrubs the white tiled floor with his toothbrush as his doting Quote Mamma watches. She tells us, "To live in clean is to live in perpetual orgasms." Their lives are a cycle of repetitions and restated experience echoing impotent frustration and mindless obliviousness. So far, we have shades of Godot, No Exit and Old Dad, Poor Dad.... Hey-Zeus sits on the toilet as Quote Mamma feeds him Jello and wisdom.

Thu Oct 5, 2017 at 7:00PM; Fri Oct 6, 2017 at 8:30PM; Sat Oct 7, 2017 at 3:30PM; Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 8:30PM; Tue Oct 10, 2017 at 8:30PM; Wed Oct 11, 2017 at 8:30PM; Thu Oct 12, 2017 at 8:30PM; Sat Oct 14, 2017 at 10:00PM


Now in its 12th season, the Fringe International Encore Series will continue to celebrate the "Best of the Fests" despite there not being a New York International Fringe Festival. This year's selection committee has looked to renowned Fringe Festivals around the globe including Adelaide, Brighton, Edinburgh, Winnipeg and Hollywood Fringe Festivals to fill the slate for the coveted encore performances slots.

The Fringe Encore Series was created to provide opportunities to those Fringe shows that excelled over other Fringe productions both artistically and commercial, by offering them an extended run at the historic SoHo Playhouse. This extended run gives these worthy shows a platform for future productions and success. Many of the previous productions featured in the series have gone on to extensive Off-Broadway runs and international success including such as Drama Desk Nominees Krapp 39 (FringeNYC 2008), Jamaica Farewell (FringeNYC 2009) and Rap Guide To Religion (Edinburgh Fringe 2015).

To help underwrite the presentation of 16 global Fringe Shows the SoHo Playhouse has launched a Crowd Funding Campaign on Indiegogo.com in the hopes of raising $100,000.

SOHO PLAYHOUSE serves the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off-Broadway venue. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance McNally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and LeRoi Jones. The Playhouse is on a mission to preserve and protect the wonderful artists that make up Off-Broadway's downtown theatre scene. Darren Lee Cole has been artistic director since 2004.

Fringe Encore Series (Britt Lafield- Founder) was created as a learning center and stepping stone for the young talent and amazing productions that are a part of The New York International Fringe Festival every August in New York City. Now having expanded to include the largest Fringe Festivals in the world, Fringe Encore Series presents, promotes and educates the "best of" productions from each festival and allows more time for theater going public to catch the fresh new voices of today's theater.

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