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: complicated issues of race and violence – in our cities and in apartheid South Africa, finding and defining your own identity, sex trafficking, the culture of gaming, and even (we’re serious) poop!! And you can take your pick of innovative theatre, including: hip-hop Shakespeare, cabaret, and a tale told with puppetry and music.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person at FringeCENTRAL. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available through High 5 Tickets to the Arts at $5 each or less (go to teens.artsconnection.org/
Writer: Jonathan Louis Dent
Director: Megan Sandberg-Zakian
The Broken Record examines the violence between black youth and police officers in the United States, exposing the fury, helplessness, and grief we feel watching these stories play on repeat, and asking: how can these fatal encounters be stopped?
1h, Manhattan, NY, Drama, Spoken Word/Poetry
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 3PM
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, Brooklyn, NY, Solo Show, Comedy
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ NOON
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, Brooklyn, NY, Drama
TALKBACK: Saturday, August 29th @ 7PM
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, Brooklyn, NY, Drama, Dance
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 2:45PM
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.
1h 5m, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, Drama, Solo Show
TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 25th @ 4:30PM
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, Queens, NY, Comedy, Drama
TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 18th @ 4PM
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, Manhattan, NY, Drama
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 4:45PM
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, Brooklyn, NY, Comedy, Solo Show
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 23rd @ 2PM
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, Bethlehem, PA, Puppetry, Musical/Opera
TALKBACK: Tuesday, August 25th @ 2PM
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, Knoxville, TN, Drama, Multi-Media
TALKBACK: Wednesday, August 19th @ 2PM
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, Manhattan, NY, Drama
TALKBACK: Saturday, August 15th @ 3:15PM
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?
52m, Brooklyn, NY Drama, Solo Show
TALKBACK: Thursday, August 20th @ 5:30PM
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, Manhattan, NY, Multi-Media, Performance Art
TALKBACK: Saturday, August 22nd @ 2:30PM
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, Los Angeles, CA, Solo Show, Drama
TALKBACK: Wednesday, August 19th @ 2:45PM
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, Manhattan, NY, Drama, Musical/Opera
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 16th @ 3PM
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, Manhattan, NY, Drama
TALKBACK: Saturday, August 22nd @ NOON
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, Manhattan, NY, Musical/Opera, Improv/Sketch/Stand-up
TALKBACK: Sunday, August 16th @ NOON