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11th Annual FRIGID Festival to Chill at The Kraine Theater, UNDER St. Marks This Winter

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FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present the 11th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 13-March 5.

Founded in 2007, FRIGID 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 2017. Tickets will go on sale January 15th.

18 days. 48 Girls

Presented by St. Olaf Productions from Naugatuck, CT

Written & Performed by Courtney Antonioli, Directed by Chris Chan Roberson

48 teenagers. 18 days. 1 all-girls sleepaway camp. 0 cellphones. A whole lotta "togetherness". One camp director's true stories about the time she didn't strangle children, but so wanted to at times. We didn't get our periods all at once, but there sure was crying. And pixie sticks.

A Crisis Called New York

Presented by Step1 Theatre Project from New York, NY

Written by Alisha Espinosa

The rent? Astronomical. The apartments? Miniscule. The commute? Don't even get me started. You're in New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. But, damn, what is it about this city that makes you want to scream, or drink, or run, or make questionable sexual choices? In this city, why are you always on the verge of a crisis?

A Fifth Dimension: An Unauthorized Twilight Zone Parody

Presented by Sour Grapes Productions from Brooklyn, NY

Written & Directed by Genny Yosco

You are traveling to another dimension - a dimension of Sight, Sound, and time. A dimension where iconic Twilight Zone episodes are staged right before your very eyes, and where dolls come to life and gremlins are on the wing. You've just entered A Fifth Dimension.

Ain't That Rich

Presented by Double Backbone from San Francisco, CA

Written & Performed by Kate Robards, Directed by Chris Murray

Kate grew up 'broke' in an East Texas town where in her imagination she keeps up with the small-town rich people. When she grows up, she marries into the One Percent. Now she has a unique look at what money can and cannot buy, including the salvation for a loved one.

An Evening Conference at the Esoteric Cabaret Dada

Presented by Untitled Theatre Collective from New York, NY

Written & Directed by Lucca Damilano

At the Cabaret Voltaire - the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists - five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing the form and content of Dadaism, they explore what it is to be a female in society.

Awkward But Graceful

Written & Performed by Nataša Warasch from New York, NY

Directed by Joe Paradise

Inspired by the sitcom "The Golden Girls" Nataša packs her bags and naively embarks on a journey from the Austrian countryside to America. Her dreams of making it in show business are challenged as she's exploited in Los Angeles and becomes homeless in Washington Heights before making a decision that alters her life.


Written & Performed by Michael Washington Brown from Phoenix, AZ

In this piece you will meet four individuals who will each describe their personal experience with the word BLACK! We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word, whether positively or otherwise, and most important, their individual perspectives.

We hope to better understand whether there are any similarities or has society 'bought into' the stereotypes that exist and if so... why?

Break Your Heart

Presented by One T Productions from Minneapolis, MN

Written & Performed by Scot Moore, Directed by Ben Layne

Luggage packed, hopes high, and wheels up on the journey of a lifetime... that goes off track right from the start. A transcontinental heartbreak causes a hapless guy to learn international travel on the fly while taking a journey through the years, music, and animation of a lifetime of heartbreaks.

Buyer's Remorse

Presented by The New Collectives from Brooklyn, NY

Written & Performed by Mara Gannon, Directed by David Monteagudo

On a road trip to find the future, the past insists on being a backseat driver. In Buyer's Remorse, one woman opens up about her insecurities, past loves, and fear of the road that lies ahead. But when self-discoveries cause roadblocks, which way do you turn?

Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother

Written & Performed by Jamie Brickhouse from New York, NY

Directed by David Drake

Sodomite Jamie Brickhouse (two-time Moth SLAM champion) faces his three most important relationships, booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean, in this darkly comic tour de force. Based on his critically acclaimed memoir, which Interview magazine calls "as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher," it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake.

Denial is a Wonderful Thing

Presented by EXIT Theatre from San Francisco, CA

Written by Christina Augello & John Caldon, Directed by Ryan Marchand

One woman, three continents, six decades, and a lusty affair: from Mumbai to the Outback, New York to the Haight, and naïve schoolgirl to free spirit, Christina reveals all in this one-woman "talk story".

Go! Go! Gilgamesh!

Written by Phoebe Kreutz, Directed by Jacob Brandt from New York, NY

The world's first written epic gets a joke-folk makeover in this spirited romp through ancient Mesopotamia. It's about love, friendship and the adventure that defined humanity, as we know it. The cast plays all the instruments. The set is made out of cardboard. The memories are forever.

How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby for Parts

Presented by puss n puss from New York, NY

Written by Libby Emmons, Directed by Michele Travis

Libby and Ali are going to save America from itself, one gang rape baby at a time. These wellness professionals have spent their careers trying to be their best selves, and now it's time to use that inner light to burn bright the torch of freedom.

Illusion of Choice: A Magical Experience with Kardenni

Presented by Kardenni Entertainment from Orlando, FL

Written by Dennis Friebe & Antwan Towner, Directed By David Meneses

Sophisticated fun, mind-expanding miracles, intelligent comedy magic. A show that demonstrates and encourages people to think and laugh at the same time. This is a real contrast in entertainment and a paradigm shifter.

Joe's Charnitski's Funeral

Written & Performed by Joe Charnitski from Ossing, NY

A true story of two eulogies, eight years apart, and all the living and loving and laughing and crying and dreaming and growing that happened in between. A celebration of fathers and sons, of vagabond shoes, little town blues and swallowing your pride when do you do go home again.

Mark Toland, Mind Reader

Presented by MT Productions from Chicago, IL

Written & Performed by Mark Toland

Mark Toland is the "Top Booked Mind Reader in the US & Canada". He knows what you're thinking and proves it in this fast paced performance. Can he read your mind?

Mr. Long

Presented by Bento and the Boxes Productions from New York, NY

Written by Manning Jordan

Mr. Long chronicles the end of senior year at a Texas all-girl high school. Within the context of an advisory, the play explores female friendships, privilege, single-sex education and teacher-student relationships.

Nicky's Solo Improvised Musical

Presented by The Nicky Network from Toronto, ON

Performed by Nicky Nasrallah with Musical Director Ashley Botting

With nothing but a piano and a very talented musical director on stage, Nicky uses his undeniable charm and vocal prowess to create a brand new, never before written musical based on audience suggestions. Nicky's spontaneous and hilarious melodies, lyrics and characters that will leave you wondering how he did it!


Written & Performed by Kelly Dwyer from New York, NY

Kelly's gone off her meds and dropped her alter egos for this reflective, revealing storytelling show. Connected by improvised soundscapes, she regales with tales she's really only told at parties to friends. Kelly invites you into the party and speaks comedically and candidly about mental illness, bullies, abortion and how 9/11 saved her life. This time it's personal and not show business...

Rotten Apple: Escape to LA?

Presented by Rotten Apple from New York, NY

Written & Directed by Amanda Nicastro and Matthew K. Sears

Amanda and Matthew love New York City! But NYC loves no one! Subway people cough into your ear, snowdrifts are trash, and for every rat you see there are 20 hidden. Across the country, sunny Los Angeles beckons. Can our heroes resist the siren song? Will they escape to LA?

SAHM's Club

Presented by Playful Substance from Brooklyn, NY

Written & Performed by Bree O'Connor, Directed by Jill DeArmon

SAHM's Club is a dispatch from deep in the Brooklyn Mommy Game where Free Rangers and Helicopters expose the methods behind their madness and the madness behind their methods.

Scientist Turned Comedian

Written & Performed by Tim X Lee from Carlsbad, CA

Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin.

Sienna's Mantram; or, A Change of Pace at China Lake

Written by Zach Stephens, Directed by Kelly Webb from New York, NY

Guests check into a meditational B&B for an escape; from their jobs, from their deteriorating relationships...from ominous lights following them through the desert? Between a dead guest, a big-budget Hollywood remake, and the mysterious history of its location, the B&B will start to show its teeth. Can the guests keep their chakra's centered, or will they be swallowed whole?

The Chronicle Single's Handbook

Written & Performed by RAndy Ross from Somerville, MA

Directed by Manny Hans

A chronically single guy takes a trip around the world hoping to change his luck with love. Handbook offers an unapologetic look at how men feel about sex, love, marriage, and massage parlors. Adult situations, adult language, and more adult situations including a visit to a body spa named "The Curious Finger."

The Idaho Jackson Action Playset

Presented by Nefarious Laboratory from New York, NY

Written & Performed by Brad Lawrence, Directed by Cyndi Freeman

The Cold War, The AIDS Crisis, random acts of violence, Satanism, nausea, sunstroke, caged animals, and The Wonderful World of Disney. These are the makings of childhood. Renowned storyteller Brad Lawrence makes comedy out of the shared national tragedy that was the Reagan era in The Idaho Jackson Action Playset.

The Love Song of Tonya Harding

Written & Performed by Clara Elser from Queens, NY

It's been twenty years since the Nancy Kerrigan attack, and Tonya Harding needs cash. At a bar to emcee a 2014 Olympic viewing party Tonya traces her journey from trailer park to international punch line. Told with a darkly comic voice, this solo show explores one of sport's most notorious figures and her quest for redemption.

The Refugee Plays

Presented by SNOWY OWL from New York, NY

Written by Carlos Castro, Penny Jackson, Charles Gershman, Sean Cunningham & Callie Kimball, Directed by Dan Dinero

What does it mean to be a refugee in a world on fire? In this group of short plays, contemporary playwrights Carlos Castro, Penny Jackson, Charles Gershman, Sean E. Cunningham, and Callie Kimball tell powerful stories of refugees today. Conceived during the 2016 presidential campaign, these stories resonate even more loudly now.

The Wedding Guest

Presented by ShoePak Productions from London, UK

Written & Performed by Raphael Perahia, Directed by Shea Wojtus

The Wedding Guest is a solo character-comedy chronicling the ups and downs of Juan Dominguez a thick moustached general, and J'VaAnN a lovesick poet as they pine for the love of one woman; Leela.

Upstream Swimming

Written & Performed by Lindsey Steinert from New York, NY

In the late 80's (before having same-sex parents was considered "cool"), Dad and Pop decided they wanted to have a family. A few years and many unique attempts later - enter Lindsey: your typical 20-something year old girl, who just happens to have two gay dads.


Presented by Asylos from Brooklyn, NY

Devised & Written by Asylos, Directed by G.J. Dowding & Graham Shelton

Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith's artistry and performed as a multi-media re-imagined concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos.

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