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FringeHIGH (definition): a collection of boundary-stretching plays guaranteed to captivate and entertain NYC teens.

New ideas, new perspectives, pushing the limits, that’s FringeNYC. FringeHIGH is a group of shows chosen from the regular FringeNYC roster that will resonate with young adults. Topics for this year’s FringeHIGH shows include: teen suicide, finding your own identity, challenging sexual labels and stereotypes, and of course, negotiating the twists and turns of love. And you can take your pick of innovative theatre, including: Shakespeare told as slapstick comedy or folk musical, tales told with puppetry or dance or beat poetry, and a mystery where the corpse must solve the riddle of his own death! 

Tickets can be purchased on-line or in person at FringeCENTRAL

As an extra added bonus, one performance of each FringeHIGH show will have a talk-back! What’s a talk-back? A talk-back is your chance to meet with members of the cast or creative team (like the director or the author). You can ask them questions, and get an insider’s view. Talk-backs will be open to all audience members, and will be held immediately after certain performances (talk-back performances listed below - for a listing of all performances, click on the show title).

So check it out, and then come to a FringeHIGH show at FringeNYC for an out-of-bounds experience!

FringeHIGH 2015 selections:

ELVIRA - The Immigration Play
Si Se Puede Productions, LLC 
Writer: Jessica Carmona
Director: Brian Lee
Inspired by the true story an undocumented Mexican immigrant woman who refused to be deported and separated from her US Citizen son, this play sheds light on the plight of millions of immigrants crossing the border.
1h 30m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #3: Teatro LATEA at the Clemente

Writer: Allan Maule
Director: Ashley Gunsteens
Choreographer: Adam Davidson & Julia Adle. Fight: Michael Hagins
An online world of epic fantasy battles helps four gamers escape their bleak realities. But when EverScape offers them a chance to win jobs as game developers, lines get crossed between what's more real: the game or their lives?
2h 0m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Drama   Dance   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #5: The Celebration Of Whimsy 

FAFI-An Afrikaner boy comes of age in Apartheid SA
JHB-Jozi Home Boys
Writer: Gys and Jaci de Villiers
Director: Jaci de Villiers
'Mama Elsie -I dreamed of the sea-so we bet 26 on Fafi?' Gys is plagued by the mark on the wall, which catapults him into memories of his past. The African landscape of heat, war, rituals, nightmares and forgiveness. 
0h 0m   International   Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA   
Drama   Solo Show   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #5: The Celebration Of Whimsy

Hamlet the Hip-Hopera
Feast Productions
Writer: Tucker Delaney-Winn, Music by Charles Laubacher, Michael Markowski and Jeff Nicholson
A new musical that amplifies the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Trapped in a castle under siege, characters dive into musical madness through soaring hip-hop ballads, weaving The Bard’s verse with the lyricism of a new age. 
1h 40m   Local   Queens, NY   
Comedy   Drama   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #3: Teatro LATEA at the Clemente

Hearts Afire
Writer: Darcy Heller Sternberg
Director: Madeline Brennan
What do Jell-O shots, slave labor, butterfly tattoos, Krishna and Afghanistan have in common? Five New York City community college students from diverse ethnic backgrounds tell their harrowing yet inspirational stories in an intimate setting.
1h 30m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Drama      FringeHIGH   
VENUE #3: Teatro LATEA at the Clemente

An Inconvenient Poop
The POOP Project
Writer: Shawn Shafner
Director: Annie G. Levy
What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was something no one wanted to talk about? In this fascinating and hilarious FRED Talk, The Puru empowers audiences to get their sh*t together before it hits the fan. 
1h 10m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Comedy   Solo Show   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #14: The White Box at 440 Studios

Princess Cut: A young girl's reality inside a Tennessee sex ring
Yellow Rose Productions
Writer: Kelsey Broyles, Kerri Koczen, and Danielle Roos, Music by Christian Barnett and Joey English, additional lyrics by Kelsey Broyles
Director: Danielle Roos
Based on a true story, a young girl is forced into a sex trafficking ring by her cousin. She relives memories; struggling with her double life as psychological trauma catches up with her. A post-show panel examines trafficking in the U.S. 
2h 30m   National   Knoxville, TN   
Drama   Multi-Media   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #13: Lynn Redgrave Theater @ Culture Project

Shake The Earth
Arev Productions, Inc.
Writer: Lousine Shamamian
Director: Misti Wills
Bolstered by kufta and string cheese, Lousine yearns to bring the injustice inflicted on her ancestors to light. Can this meek gay Armenian stand up for herself and recount her great-grandfather Georgi's remarkable story of survival during the Armenian Genocide? 
0h 52m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Drama   Solo Show   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #4: Spectrum


Sitting Regal by the Window
Aya Aziz
Writer: Aya Aziz
Director: Tiff Roma
Choreographer: Aya Aziz and Tiff Roma
In this semi-autobiographical cabaret Aya performs exaggerated memories and original songs from her life as a Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll. The show explores identity, social stratification and the importance of ordering chili with onions on the side. 
1h 30m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Multi-Media   Performance Art   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #4: Spectrum

The Broken Record
Writer: Jonathan Louis Dent and Kareem M. Lucas
Director: Kareem M. Lucas
The Broken Record is a contemporary fresh perspective on the plight of African-American males in urban America. Captivating, provocative, and a welcome return to the socially conscious theater of the 1960s. The Broken Record is a must see. 
1h 0m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Drama   Spoken Word/Poetry   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #3: Teatro LATEA at the Clemente

The Buffalo
85 North Productions
Writer: Anthony Sneed
The comedic memoir of Anthony Sneed, who at fourteen brought a gun to school in attempts to fit in with his peers. After expulsion, he is forced to join his Uncle’s cult-like community in Missouri. 
1h 0m   Local   Brooklyn, NY   
Solo Show   Comedy   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #4: Spectrum

The Morningtime of Now
Mock Turtle
Writer: Stories and vocals by Anne Hills, puppetry by Mock Turtle, lyrics by Michael Smith and incidental music by Jay Ansill
Director: Doug Roysdon
Poet-trees, composer mice, and singing brooks — experience the rustic world of Opal Whitely. This magical journey of music, story and puppetry honors Nature's miracles, tragedies, and transcendence. Inspired by the 1920's diary of young Opal Whitely. Adults/children over seven.
1h 15m   National   Bethlehem, PA   
Puppetry   Musical/Opera   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #5: The Celebration Of Whimsy

Barry Goralnick, Sarahbeth Grossman, Craig Zehms in Association with Cutting Hedge Productions
Writer: Martin Casella, Based on the Novel by Jessica Francis Kane
Director: Alan Muraoka
1943. The deadliest civilian tragedy of WWII happened in a London tube station. The British government lied to its people. Now one man must make sense of it all. A haunting, unknown true story. From the author of THE IRISH CURSE.
2h 10m   International   Manhattan, NY   
Drama   Spoken Word/Poetry   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #13: Lynn Redgrave Theater @ Culture Project

Tiananmen Annie
Writer: Ann Starbuck
Director: Richard Embardo
A comedic and heartfelt coming of age story about finding your Chinese soul. It is Ann Starbuck's true story of living in Beijing as a student in 1988-1989, and working for CNN during the Tiananmen Square Uprising. 
1h 15m   National   Los Angeles, CA   
Solo Show   Drama   FringeHIGH   

Uniform Justice
Chuk Obasi
Writer: Book and Lyrics by Chuk Obasi, Music by Fariddudin F. Johnson and Chuk Obasi 
Director: Chuk Obasi, Music Director: Fariddudin F. Johnson
In an urban neighborhood in Memphis, residents and police search for solutions to rampant violence afflicting their streets and the conflicts and suspicions dividing them. A unique take on a current crisis, inspired by true stories and experiences in Memphis.
1h 40m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Drama   Musical/Opera   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #1: Teatro SEA at the Clemente

Wilde Tales
Writer: Oscar Wilde, Adapted by Kevin P. Joyce
Director: Kevin P. Joyce
Three fairy tales by Oscar Wilde told with puppets, music and Wilde's wit. These charming and evocative stories remind us of the enduring power of love. 
1h 5m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Drama   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #15: Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios

Your Love, Our Musical!
Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman interview an unsuspecting couple in the audience and improvise a brand-new musical based off their love story! It’s adorable, romantic, and no two shows are the same!
1h 0m   Local   Manhattan, NY   
Musical/Opera   Improv/Sketch/Stand-up   FringeHIGH   
VENUE #4: Spectrum

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