SoHo Playhouse Selects Full Slate of Shows for FRINGE ENCORE SERIES

By: Aug. 31, 2017

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

This completes this year's selection of productions hailing from Adelaide, Brighton, Hollywood, Edinburgh and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals and will take place between September 5 - October 22, 2017.

Tickets are $29-$49 and can be purchased by visiting Check website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Fringe Encore series producer, SoHo Playhouse, Inc. has announced its selections from the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, including 6 Guitars, Josephine, Edgar Allen, Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour, Macbeth Muet, and from Edinburgh, Enterprise, Kafka and Son, The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say, and Shit I'm In Love With You Again, and an additional show from Brighton Identity Crisis.

These will join the previously announced shows, starting with the series opener, world renowned comedian Jimeoin: 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), (Brighton) and Just Like Life (Hollywood).

6 Guitars is performed by Chase Padgett; written by Chase Padgett and Jay Hopkins

6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). During this 85 minute show, each of the characters ranging from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.

"Six Guitars is nothing short of a storytelling masterpiece. It will leave you laughing until you cry, and lifting your jaw to its proper position" Edmonton Sun; "A masterful storyteller and captivating entertainer" VUE Weekly; "6 Guitars is note perfect" Ottawa Citizen; " The acting is superb, the stories are smart and funny, and the music is flat-out stunning." Winnipeg Free press

Tues Sep 26 7PM

Wed Sep 27 @ 7PM

Thu Sep 28 @ 9PM

Sat Sep 30 @ 6PM

Sun Oct 1 @7PM

Mon Oct 2 @7PM

Tue Oct 3 @8:30PM

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream. Created by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro, Performed by Tymisha Harris. Directed and Produced by Michael Marinaccio, Book and Music Direction by Tod Kimbro.

Winner of Best Show and Outstanding Solo Performance at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival.

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.

"Tymisha Harris' performance is a tour de force. Not only can this gal sing, her burlesque numbers are captivating and her dalliances with audience participation are perfection." CBC; "If there's a truly must-see show at this year's Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, it's Josephine" Winnipeg Free Press; "Harris is a magnetic performer, strong singer, and high-powered dancer" Critic's Pick -San Diego Union Tribune

Fri Sep 29 @ 8PM

Sat Sep 30 @ 8PM

Sun Oct 1 @ 5PM

Mon Oct 2 @ 9PM

Tue Oct 3 @ 7PM

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour - created by The Fourth Wall

Fruit Flies Like a Banana, a neo-vaudeville performance by the musicians/actors/dancers of The Fourth Wall, has become a perennial favorite among fringe festival audiences and critics across North America. This season's installment, Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR, is a madcap trip around the globe, with each piece inspired by a different locale and an itinerary chosen by the audience. The Fourth Wall combines stellar musicianship with daring physicality to make music that leaps off the stage. The Massachusetts-based ensemble will make its Off-Broadway debut at the SoHo Playhouse in October, rounding out a coast-to-coast tour which included the Orlando, Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.

"Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn't take itself seriously at all" (CBC). Fruit Flies Like a Banana, a neo-vaudeville performance by the musicians/actors/dancers of The Fourth Wall, has become a perennial favorite among fringe festival audiences and critics across North America. This season's installment, Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR, is a madcap trip around the globe, with each piece inspired by a different locale and an itinerary chosen by the audience.

Fri Oct 13 @ 7:30PM

Sat Oct 14 @ 7PM

Sun Oct 15 @ 5PM

Tue Oct 17 @ 7:30PM

Fri Oct 20 @ 7:30PM

Sat Oct 21@ 9PM

Sun Oct 22 @ 3:30PM

Identity Crisis written and performed by Phina Oruche in the Huron Club

Identity Crisis focuses on nine characters all of whom are having their own identity crises; they are black, white, old, young, male and female. The audience are taken through sixty images of Oruche when she worked in the world of fashion, providing an illuminating exposition of life on the catwalk. Starting with the media's telling of when tragedy struck, this laugh-out-loud show examines Oruche's own observations on others conceptions of black people in the media via her life as she worked as a fashion model, actress, radio presenter and then writer

Wed Sep 6 @ 8:30PM

Thu Sep 7 @ 8:30PM

Fri Sep 8 @ 8:30PM

Sat Sep 9 @ 6:30PM

Mon Sep 11 @ 9PM

Wed Sep 13 @ 9PM

Fri Sep 15 @ 9PM

Edgar Allen by the Coldharts

Eleven-year-old Edgar Allan has only one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan.

A dark, musical comedy inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Fri Sept 22 @ 8:30PM

Sat Sept 23 @ 7PM

Sun Sept 24 @ 5:30PM

Mon Sept 25 @ 8:30PM

Wed Sept 27 @ 9PM

Wed Oct 4 @ 8:30PM

Sat Oct 7 @ 7PM

Enterprise by Brian Parks

Landry, Owens, Sanders, and Weaver arrive at their office on what seems to be an ordinary day in their corporate skyscraper. But their morning takes a dramatic turn when Owens starts to smell-literally smell-the collapse of the company's stock price. Soon the Board of Directors is in meltdown, and Landry, Owens, Sanders, and Weaver band together with twenty-four hours to rescue the company, and themselves.

Mon Sept 11 @ 7PM

Tue Sept 12 @ 7PM

Wed Sept 13 @ 9PM

Sat Sept 16 @ 8:30PM

Mon Sept 18 @ 8:30PM

Thurs Sept 21 @ 9PM

Fri Sept 22 @ 7PM

Sat Sept 23 @ 5:30PM

Kafika and Son by Alon Nashman

At age 36, Franz Kafka wrote a monumental letter to his overbearing father that would change the course of his life and fiction forever. A blistering, often hilarious, dissection of domestic authority, Kafka and Son is a revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.


Tue Oct 3 @ 5:30PM

Wed Oct 4 @ 7PM

Fri Oct 6 @ 7PM

Sat Oct 7 @ 8:30PM

Sun Oct 8 @ 5PM

Tue Oct 10 @ 7PM

Thu Oct 12 @ 7PM

Sat Oct 14 @ 3PM

Wed Oct 18 @ 3PM

Sat Oct 21 @ 7PM

The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

Touring the US & the world for 24 years, the group returns off-bway for the 1st time since opening after 9/11, earning nominations for Best Musical (Lortel) & Lyrics (Drama Desk). The most hilarious & compelling takedown of Trumpism you'll see on stage - in outrageous drag & glorious 4-part harmony

Mon Sept 18 @ 7PM

Tue Sept 19 @ 8:30PM

Wed Sept 20 @ 8:30PM

Fri Sept 22 @ 10PM

Sat Sept 23 @ 8:30PM

Sun Sept 24 @ 7PM

Tue Sept 26 @ 9PM

Macbeth Muet by La Fille Du Laitier


Shakespeare's murderous couple cordially invite you to witness a hyper-speed rendition of their gruesome story, told entirely without words. Kings will die, nature itself will be twisted, and funny silent-film gestures will be made.

Tues Sept 19 @ 7PM

Wed Sept 20 @ 7PM

Thurs Sept 21 @ 7PM

Fri Sept 22 @ 8:30PM

Sat Sept 23 @ 5:30PM

Sun Sept 24 @ 7PM

Mon Sept 25 @ 7PM

Tues Sept 26 @ 7PM

Wed Sept 27 @ 7PM

Shit I'm In Love With You Again by Rachelle Elie

Join Outstanding Canadian Comedy Award winner Rachelle Elie in her boisterous, bawdy romp through the multiple manifestations of love and relationships. From wide-eyed youthful idealism to the challenges of marriage and parenthood, this cheeky comedy pokes fun at everything from blue balls to birth and divorce.


Thu Sept 21 @ 9PM

Fri Sept 22 @ 7PM

Sat Sept 23 @ 7PM

Sun Sept 24 @ 5:30PM

Thu Sept 28 @ 9PM

Fri Sept 29 @ 8PM

Sat Sept 30 @ 6PM

Previously announced:


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

Tue Sep 5, @ 8:30PM

Wed Sep 6 @ 8:30PM

Thu Sep 7 @ 8:30PM

Fri Sep 8 @ 8:30PM

S@ Sep 9 @ 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.


Thu Sep 7 @ 7PM

Fri Sep 8 @ 7PM

S@ Sep 9 @ 3PM

Sun Sep 10 @ 3PM

Wed Sep 13 @ 3PM

Thu Sep 14 @ 7PM

Fri Sep 15 @ 7PM

S@ Sep 16 @ 3PM

Sun Sep 17 @ 3PM

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.


Fri Sep 8 @ 10PM

S@ Sep 9 @ 6:30PM

Sun Sep 10 @ 7PM

Tue Sep 12 @ 8:30PM

Thu Sep 14 @ 8:30PM

Fri Sep 15 @ 10PM

S@ Sep 16 @ 10PM

Sun Sep 17 @ 5PM

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.


S@ Sep 9 @ 5PM

Sun Sep 10 @ 5PM

Wed Sep 13 @ 7PM

Fri Sep 15 @ 9PM

S@ Sep 16 @ 7PM

Sun Sep 17 @ 7PM


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.

S@ Sep 16 @ 5PM

Sun Sep 17 @ 1PM

Mon Sep 18 @ 7PM

Tue Sep 19 @ 7PM

Wed Sep 20 @ 7PM


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 @ 10PM

S@ Sep 30 @ 10PM

Thu Oct 5 @ 10PM

Fri Oct 6 @ 10 PM

S@ Oct 7 @ 10PM

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 Oct 13 @ 9PM

Sat Oct 14 @ 8:30PM

Mon Oct 16 @ 7PM

Wed Oct 18 @ 9PM

Thu Oct 19 @ 9PM

Fri Oct 20 @ 9PM

Sun Oct 22 @ 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 Exitand Old Dad, Poor Dad.... Hey-Zeus sits on the toilet as Quote Mamma feeds him Jello and wisdom.

Thu Oct 5 @ 7PM

Fri Oct 6 @ 8:30PM

S@ Oct 7 @ 3:30PM

Sun Oct 8 @ 8:30PM

Tue Oct 10 @ 8:30PM

Wed Oct 11 @ 8:30PM

Thu Oct 12 @ 8:30PM

S@ Oct 14 @ 10PM

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), Triassic Parq (FringeNYC 2012), We Live By The Sea (Edinburgh 2016) and Rap Guide To Religion (Edinburgh Fringe 2015).

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.