FRINGEPVD – The Providence Fringe Festival (Third Annual)

Presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group, FRINGEPVD (The Providence Fringe Festival) is open to anyone who wants to produce their own show.

For some artists, it’s a once-a-year opportunity to create a show; for others it can be an opportunity to try something new.

Audiences are encouraged to take full advantage of the variety of performing & visual artists participating in the fringe. Attend performances that you wouldn’t normally attend, see things you wouldn’t otherwise see.  Keep an open mind, and have fun.

Aurora is proud to be a host venue for the third year in a row.  Here’s what’s happening at Aurora during FringePVD:

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TUESDAY, JULY 26TH

7pm: Completist Panic

(an ouroboros experiment)

The poet Kate Colby once tried to say everything she ever meant to say. The result of her quest for the perfect utterance was her poem “I Mean.” Come listen to four voices perform this completist poem– and help us shatter its perfection by breaking it up /open in real time.  In other words, while you watch a performance of a poet trying to devour her own tail, please help us break the tail.

  • This is for anyone who likes to wreck perfect things and/or play with infinity.
  • Your smartphone is welcome & useful in this sabotage.
  • Donuts and donut holes will be served in the spirit of feed-back, cyclicality, and eternal return, and the impossibility of articulating thereof.

With Darcie Dennigan (director); Mairead Byrne (performer), Mary-Kim Arnold (performer), Rachel Hughes (performer), and Kate Foster (performer); Kate Colby (writer)

8pm: “A Familiar Sense of Slip”
Passive Aggressive Novelty Company

umbrella
door
notes to self
stimil retuo = outer limits
walking walking
walking walking
a dance (or play) for one (or 2)

Passive Aggressive Novelty Company presents performances that play at the boundaries of both perception and expectation.  Weaving elements of dance, music, theatre, and video into meticulous, multi-sensory experiences, the work delights in the counterpoint of structure and spontaneity.

Learn more at http://www.passiveaggressivenoveltycompany.com

Created and Performed by Andy Russ

9pm: 15 Villainous Fools
A two-woman clowning adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
Written and performed by Maggie Seymour and Olivia Atwood
With Nerf guns, Goldfish, and a turtleneck, this two-woman adaptation of The Comedy of Errors spices up Shakespeare. There are husband mix-ups, false arrests, and saucy servants. Come for the killer original raps, stay for the mediocre puppetry!

Stage Manager/Light and Sound Board Op: Axis Fuksman-Kumpa

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/the601tc/ 

10pm: Loving Sex and Liberated
From P.K. To risque”

​Realizing she could not achieve the purity her family demanded, LaDonna Allison, a preacher’s kid, embarked on a journey stripping away, piece by piece, inhibitions that held her to the dark side until she bared her life, and never wavered as she sought the rainbow’s end–and found it. Witness LaDonna shedding her dark past and soar into a vibrant colorful future.

ARTIST BIO
LaDonna Allison is an open minded SAG/AFTRA actress.  Comfortable on stage and in front of the camera, LaDonna exudes the freedom and lust for challenges. It is not unusual for her to do a Christian G-rated project and a nude project the same day.

Since her film debut in 2009, LaDonna has continued to astound with her dynamic attitude and exciting interpretations. In the past year, she has had several leading roles on stage, including the title role in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

LaDonna has researched, written and performed solo stage  plays about Mrs. Benjamin Franklin, Ben Franklin’s Women, and unsung Civil War survivor Miss Mary Ann Harris Gay. LaDonna co-wrote and starred in “The Stockholders Meeting,” which had its world premiere in San Francisco in September 2013 and was remounted for the Atlanta Fringe Festival in June 2014.

LaDonna is bold, proud and not shy.  Engaging the risque crown with her production company, “Open Door Policys,” she courts controversy and flaunts convention. She savors edgy characters that tweaks society’s cheeks, stripping away the fake barriers and unabashedly challenging the hypocrisy to be fully exposed, flaunting the joy of self awareness.

Her IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3608231/
Her Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LaDonnaAllisonn
Her Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladonnaallison/
Her Tumblr:  http://ladonnaallison.tumblr.com/
Her reel:  http://vimeo.com/49763728
Her Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/ladonnaallison


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH

7:30pm: Veja Doolittle: Back in Town

Veja Doolittle’s back in town. Things have changed. There are things she wants to remember. And she is expecting you. Critics called her last touring show “a charming and melancholy piece of theater that leaves us with a tear in our beer and some familiar music to hum on the ride to the next bar” and “a winning combination of music, media and performance art.” She can’t wait to see you again.

8:30pm: Loving Sex and Liberated
From P.K. To risque”

​Realizing she could not achieve the purity her family demanded, LaDonna Allison, a preacher’s kid, embarked on a journey stripping away, piece by piece, inhibitions that held her to the dark side until she bared her life, and never wavered as she sought the rainbow’s end–and found it. Witness LaDonna shedding her dark past and soar into a vibrant colorful future.

ARTIST BIO
LaDonna Allison is an open minded SAG/AFTRA actress.  Comfortable on stage and in front of the camera, LaDonna exudes the freedom and lust for challenges. It is not unusual for her to do a Christian G-rated project and a nude project the same day.

Since her film debut in 2009, LaDonna has continued to astound with her dynamic attitude and exciting interpretations. In the past year, she has had several leading roles on stage, including the title role in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

LaDonna has researched, written and performed solo stage  plays about Mrs. Benjamin Franklin, Ben Franklin’s Women, and unsung Civil War survivor Miss Mary Ann Harris Gay. LaDonna co-wrote and starred in “The Stockholders Meeting,” which had its world premiere in San Francisco in September 2013 and was remounted for the Atlanta Fringe Festival in June 2014.

LaDonna is bold, proud and not shy.  Engaging the risque crown with her production company, “Open Door Policys,” she courts controversy and flaunts convention. She savors edgy characters that tweaks society’s cheeks, stripping away the fake barriers and unabashedly challenging the hypocrisy to be fully exposed, flaunting the joy of self awareness.

9:30pm Providence Pipes
Pipes is an All-Musical Improv Comedy group based in Providence, RI that takes suggestions from the audience to inspire improvised scenes and songs in short and long form musical improv.


THURSDAY, JULY 28TH

7pm: Covariable Anthology

The Providence Research Ensemble is the chief vehicle of expression for the through-composed music of its principal founder and coordinator, J. P. A. Falzone. The ensemble consists of a rotating cross-section of instrumentalists from the city and from as far afield as Portland, Maine. The proposed program for the festival would consist of a small number of pieces with potentially some considerable variation in duration, taken together as a sort of loose anthological suite.

8pm: Bard the Band
“Bard the Band” is a temporary band made up of local artists, singers, musicians, and lovers of Shakespeare. With music written by Julia Bartoletti, musical arrangements by Matt Requintina, and directed by Kate Kataja, “Bard the Band” aims to bring Shakespeares’s words and lyrics into the modern age of music in two night only concert event.

Bio:
Julia Bartoletti has been a local singer/actor in the Rhode Island area for the past two years after graduating with a B.F.A. from the University of Rhode Island. She has performed in numerous productions at local theatres such as the Wilbury Theatre Group, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, and Burbage Theatre Company. Creating modern music to Shakespeare’s song lyrics has been an idea of hers for many years, and she is thrilled to have this project finally come to life here at the PVD Fringe Festival.

9pm: The Empire Revue
The Empire Revue has been bringing their monthly sketch and variety show to Providence’s AS220 for ten years, the first Sunday of every month. Featuring all original sketches and songs, and hosted by singer/songwriter/storyteller Keith Munslow, the Revue strives for true variety in its comedy – weird, smart, silly, poignant, surprising, and crazy! Join them for an evening of fun and laughs!


FRIDAY, JULY 29TH 

7pm: Bard the Band
“Bard the Band” is a temporary band made up of local artists, singers, musicians, and lovers of Shakespeare. With music written by Julia Bartoletti, musical arrangements by Matt Requintina, and directed by Kate Kataja, “Bard the Band” aims to bring Shakespeares’s words and lyrics into the modern age of music in two night only concert event.

Bio:
Julia Bartoletti has been a local singer/actor in the Rhode Island area for the past two years after graduating with a B.F.A. from the University of Rhode Island. She has performed in numerous productions at local theatres such as the Wilbury Theatre Group, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, and Burbage Theatre Company. Creating modern music to Shakespeare’s song lyrics has been an idea of hers for many years, and she is thrilled to have this project finally come to life here at the PVD Fringe Festival.

8pm: Playback and Other Performances
Playback and Other Performances is the culmination of a year-long study of Richard Bull Dance Theatre’s Playback (1984).  In Playback, a dancer encounters a pre-recorded one-sided conversation for the first time in performance and improvises a physical and vocal response that attempts to create cohesion out of the unknown.  Playback and Other Performances is an investigation of dance improvisation and includes other works meditating on the concept of disfluency and a walking, talking, puppeteering, Charlie Chaplin character study.  Playback and Other Performances will also feature the Providence band Bed Death and brings together performers from Milwaukee, New York and Providence for an evening of collaborative exploration.

Featuring Joelle Worm (performer, Milwaukee), Kelly Donovan (performer, New York), Delia Kovac (sound collaborator,
performer, Providence), JR Uretsky (performer, Providence)

9pm: PIPES: MUSICAL IMPROV COMEDY

Pipes is an All-Musical Improv Comedy group based in Providence, RI that takes suggestions from the audience to inspire improvised scenes and songs in short and long form musical improv.


SATURDAY, JULY 30TH

6:30pm Comedy Smacked by Math, Science, and the Humanities
Math, Science and the Humanities is a sketch comedy group that’s going to take you out back and comedy smack you.

Comedy Smack verb: To be viscously assaulted with the best comedy you have ever seen.

Comedy Smacked by Math, Science and the Humanities is written and performed by Matt Laud, Martin Nolan, Heather Potts and Zach Kohn.

Featuring…
Zach Kohn – Writer, performer
Heather Potts – Writer, performer
Matt Laud – Writer, performer
Martin Nolan – Writer, performer

7:30pm Phone Bone
Phone Bone, the true life story from writer and storyteller, Athalie Paynting, which premiered at the Tank Theater Storytelling 2.0 Festival in NYC in 2015 is coming to the Providence Fringe Festival.

About the Show
It’s the late 90’s and a 20 year old virgin gets a second job as a phone sex operator when she moves to San Diego to work at a Backpacker’s Hostel. The need for the second job is financial but fueled by much darker and more disturbing motivations. Almost three months of working the lines accumulating interactions that range from the awkwardly absurd, titillating and heartwarming to horrific and disgusting she ends up learning more about herself, her coworkers and men than she expects.

About the Artist
Athalie Paynting is a former Semi Pro Wrestler turned Sales Executive. In other words, she is one hell of a BAD B*TCH. She is a two time Moth Story Slam winner and has been a featured storyteller at “Yums The Word”, “Sideshow Goshko”, “Adam Wade from NH Show”, “A Very Special Episode”, “Take Two Storytelling”, “Surprise Stories”, “Whatever Happened to the Nerds”, “Tell It Brooklyn” and “Friday Night Stories”. She has also been a guest on “Stripped Stories” and “Modern Stories” Podcasts. She enjoys miniature food and fine cigars. Miles Davis made fun of her once. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently writing her memoir.

8:30pm The Darkened Door
By Michael Duffy, Rachel Hughes, Janaya Kizzie

Shadows can be the pure forms of objects, or bizarre perceptions of shape made real. Delve into a dark and immersive shadow world; guided by the live, improvised music of Michael Duffy (from Automono, Black Oil Incinerator, and Junior Beat), three shadow plays will emerge. Cast by local writers Rachel Hughes and Janaya Kizzie, the tales explore the penumbral place where reality becomes a nightmare and self becomes an unknown. When you enter a world of shadows, what do you cast?