MARCH MADNESS IS REAL AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BASKETBALL

Sorry sports bros, I’m not referring to your bracketed deluge of college basket tossers. No, what I’m talking about is that whirring cabin fever that grips the temperate zones after a few months of repeated winter abuse. The kind of fever that makes you walk outside on a 6 degree day and desperately attempt to punch the sky. You’ll never connect my friend, trust me, the sky has incredible head movement.

 

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Fortunately, as always, Aurora has got your back and together we can grab on to the last month of winter, drag it to the ground and mercilessly beat the life out it allowing the sweet spring energies to seep back into the world. Let’s celebrate our seasonal victory with a month of events. We all deserve it.

Friday the 3rd LUST FOR LIFE II

Post punk for your life with local and traveling adherents to the faith

Baylies Band

Pyramid

Tall Teenagers

Beta Motel

Even Twice

Saturday the 4th  WOMEN’S WRESTLING REVOLUTION: IDENTITY CRISIS

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Sunday the 5th ANNUAL PRIDE GODDESS SHOW,  followed by Joey LA NEVE Record Release

The afternoon offers RI PRIDE’S 18 Annual Goddess Show.

The evening is the long awaited record release for PVD’s own La Neve.

Tuesday the 7th,

Some good old fashioned rock and roll provided by

The Band Ice Cream

Good Friends (Good Friends are the 3/4ths of Deer Tick kicking it freestyle in the streets.)

Black Beach

 

Friday the 10th DYKE NIGHT

Dance night. Allies welcome. Bros fall back.

 

Friday the 17th  Burbage Theater Co. Presents: The Altruists

Hot new rager from the BTC Possee, PVD’s True Renegades of Theater.

 

Sunday the 19th  Winter Goldsprints

Speed trials on stationery bikes whilst slamming cold ones. Real apocalyptic stuff.

 

Wednesday the 29th Joni Mitchell Cover Show

Personal interpretations of the beloved songwriter’s timeless classics by local friends and aficionados.

Thursday the 30th

UP THE PUNKS. A classic ripper just like you used to rage to.

Snot Rocket

Party Pigs

The Howl

Hairspray Queen

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY IS A FROZEN HELLSCAPE, GREETING CARDS BE DAMNED

We celebrate St. Valentines day in February along with a great swath of the Western World due to our particular Abrahamic theological lineage. It used to be a religious feast day in observance of the martyrdom of one St. Valentine and it wasn’t until Chaucer got involved that it became a smoochy boochy affair. Nowadays, much like the Christ’s Mass, it’s another excuse to max out your credit line on stuff your significant other neither wants nor needs and another night it’s impossible to get a table at any restaurant worth eating at.

Fun.

Don’t believe the hype, religion died in the northeast right alongside the steam engine and the gramophone and we are all well aware that no half baked converted feast day is going to save us from the bitter winds and wretched precipitate of our foul winter lives. Maybe if there was a cheerfully decorated coniferous plant or more Holiday appropriate Claymation specials

. . . but I digress.

Aurora, on the other hand, is pleased to offer the time tested remedy for suffering too far from our equatorial origins, ie. staying indoors, turning up the heat and tying one on. You can do that here with us and we have ample excuses in February to do so…

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Saturday  the 4th

An enchanted evening of the regions finest Hardcore punk and related subgenres featuring followers of the ethos and champions of the ethic:

Sweet Jesus

Hairspray Queen

Open City

and

Weak Teeth

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Friday the 10th

Full moon dance party

Big Moon weirdness for all the night lifers featuring DJ’s from Boston and NYC spinning out Reggaeton, Soca, Grime, Tropical, Dub, Future . . . an evening of contemporary and classic dance music for the discerning electronic music enthusiast. Featuring DJ’s:

RIOBAMBA [Picó Picante/Que Bajo?! NYC]

SLICK VICK [All Good, BOS]

WACKLIKETHAT [PVD]

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Saturday the 11th

The Stunt Queen Tour:

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco is an artist that is hard to put into words, The Wire describes their work as “One of the hardest and most consistent recent statements in US hip-hop“.

From Wikipedia: “Blanco has been called one of hip hop’s queer pioneers, although he does not identify with the label of “gay rap” or “queer rap”. Blanco also disagrees with those who portray him as a drag artist, saying “You can’t tag me as the rapping transvestite. I never vogued in my life. I’m from a punk and Riot Grrrl background.” Blanco is self-described as transgender and multi-gendered.

Mykki will be performing alongside long time collaborator Cakes Da Killa, you don’t want to miss this oppurtunity to see an artist of this caliber in their ascension. Sure to be an evening of powerful performances that will undoubtedly be one of the best of 2017.

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Sunday the 12th

Story Lab

The Long awaited 3rd installment of Aurora’s storytelling series. Curated by Jaime Lowe and hosted by Reba Mitchell and Jack Prime, February’s incarnation of Story Lab is themed Heart of Glass: First Crushes in step with the pertinent and impending commercial holiday disaster. Hear tales from local personalities Michael Dates, Courtney Denelle, Brian Mullens, Chachi Carvalo, Kat Cummings, Jenny Young, and in remembrance of Mark Baumer.

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Tuesday the 14th

Luv U Better Valentines Day

If you’re going to go out and do a thing on V-day with or without a date you might as well do something you will enjoy like dancing to 90’s R&B with your friends, sipping on some Henney and drunk texting your crush all hopped up on sour apple blow pops and pizza rolls. You know how Stay Silent does it. Only the best for our fam.

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Wednesday the 15th

The Love Hangover Show

Had enough of Valentine’s? So have we.

The Love Hangover, now in its eighteenth year (and its sixth city and second country), is an annual event held on February 15th. On this day-after evening, the world-weary and the true believers alike huddle in pairs, playing songs to heal broken hearts and break whole ones. 

Local luminaries of the music scene come two by two and each duo performs love songs to hold forth on love in all of its many guises: the joy, the pain, the humor, the frustration, the ecstasy, the agony, the list goes on and on, just like love.  The songs can be originals or covers.

Performances by:

Tai + Moon
The Van Nostrand Sisters
John Fuzek + Amy Bedard
Ian Fitzgerald + Molly Pinto Madigan
Chrissy Wolpert + Patty McGee
Jen Long + Brian Jablonski
the ‘Mericans

More information can be found here: http://www.auroraprovidence.com/events/the-love-hangover/ 

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Friday the 17th

Gay Goth Nite: Hardened Hearts

This is the best Goth night in Providence. The sister act to Montreal’s Gay Goth Night featuring the same tastes and talents, this is a true display of soul deep Gothiness, this is no Hot Topic costume party this is the real deal, a roomful of beautiful freaks living their own personal truths. From Sun Goths to Cyber Goths, Gay Goth Night is where we can all be alone together.

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Sunday the 19th

Modular Meetup

Do you like bleeps? How about bloops? How do you feel about pricey electronics and tangled masses of multi colored wires? If you like any or all of these things you may have future in the exciting world of modular synthesis. If you don’t know what a Modular Synthesizer looks or sounds like picture a HAM radio vomiting its innards to the tune of the spooky whistles and drones of 1950’s sci-fi. That’s pretty close. If you want to go hands on and experience The Matrix for yourself, come to Aurora for a full rodeo of synth delights, including demonstrations, synth petting zoo and performances from local notables.

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Sunday the 26th

Refugee Benefit

The Second installment of Jon Wisehart’s benefit concert series with all ticket proceeds being donated to aid refugees of war torn areas.

JANUARY SCHMANUARY

2017 is sure to be a year none of us will ever forget. With the great many uncertainties that face us and those that we love, it’s important to have things you can rely on. One small thing that isn’t about to change is that we here at Aurora are committed to bringing you programming that reflects, informs and entertains the community we are so proud to be a part of. Starting off the year with a sense of (heavily) guarded optimism we present to you our January highlights, best of luck to us all:

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Sunday, January 1st

NEW YEARS DAY

Nope. No way. Were you here last night? It was turned ALL the way up. That’s why we are taking the night off. Probably going to sleep late then all get together for brunch. Maybe go bowling. Definitely get down on a snack attack. We’ll be back on the 2nd so if you forgot something at our off the wall New Years Eve Party, check in with us then. PEACE.

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Saturday, January 7th

Tor Johnson Presents

Tor Johnson Records has been a staple of the local independent music scene for 15 years now, big on heart and low on BS they showcase local and label talent at venues all over town, we’re very happy to have them here featuring the likes of:

Weak Teeth

Ordinary Lives

and

Ratstab

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Saturday, January 14th

Bounce House

Back at again with the white Vans. Bounce house refuses to miss a beat, all your faves will be here DJ Where’sNasty?, Sabrinsies, Hill, Cam, Rae, Roberto, Fame, come out and turn up with your peoples. Get here early tho cuz we sell out everytime, doors at 10pm we’ll see you there.

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Wednesday, January 18th

The Body

I did an “amusing” and marginally informative write up about this humdinger you can read here

Rest assured this will be a heck of a show starring PVD ex-pats The Body, and local heavies

Lingua Ignota

Muslin

Sandworm

Work/Death

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Thursday, January 19th

The 3rd Shift

Local Producers Unite! Created by local hip hop impresarios Kris Fame and Cam Bells, this night has become the hot ticket showcase for local production and MC talent. A menagerie of styles and scene are represented with turntablists, controllerists, live bands and DJs all taking their turns in the most dynamic collection of local hip hop talent in town.

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Tuesday, January 24th

Karaoke Facepaint

It’s not an ironic band name, it’s actually a thing we do. Think: your favorite mid-20’s DIY warehouse karaoke party with your besties plus Chrissy Jones expertly painting fantastical faces (last month I was Captain America Spiderman) in our lovely downtown public domain. Drinks are still delicious and ranging from thrifty to Deluxe. Empress of Tuesday Night, Alison Nitkiewicz, rules the night from behind her hardwood pedestal. Pay her a visit, sing a song, paint your face, sip on sipper and enjoy all the numbers. Tuesdays can feel good if we let them.

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Wednesday, January 25th

Covers Night

This installment of our much loved Covers Night pays tribute to legend of the east coast psychedelic/pop art movements LOU REED. Dust off your Velvet Underground tablature, throw your copy of Transformer in the cassette deck and amp up for absolute classics performed by your favorite local artists including: The Neutrinos, Matt Fraza Band, Rafay Rashid, Harvey Garbage, Black Oil Incinerator, Laurie Amat, Jeremy Harris, Chrissy Wolpert, Pattie Magee, Florence Wallis, Dan Dodd, Rachel Rosenkrantz and our very own “Hollywood” Steve Delmonico.

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Saturday, January 28th

The Funk Underground

Representing Project 401, MCs Eric Axleman and Sydesho front the old school party rap outfit The Funk Underground. Think Full Force meets The Roots Vs Sugar Hill Gang. Full band, positive vibes and styles, b-boys making some noise, Album release super jammer. You want to get in on this.

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A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER

The end of the year is always a time of reflection, this year we have plenty to look back on, consider and hopefully forget so let’s burn out the last month of 2016 (widely agreed to have been a real train-wreck of a year) in style. With 2017 shaping up to be the beginning of uncertainty in a great many things, lets take our respite in love, light and the company of friends. Here’s some December high points from your downtown candle in the darkness. Hold my hand and don’t let me go.

 

Saturday December 3rd and 10th:

Check Yourself Presents the 3rd Annual Holiday Cover show starring local rippers like The Hurt Ensemble, Twin Foxes, Hank Sinatra Jr, Weak Teeth, Public Policy, Edgar Clinks, Food Court, Bloodpheasant and Darklands. Covering some of your favorite bands like At the Drive-In, The Descendants, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam, My Chemical Romance and Billy Ocean. Two Saturday nights, the 3rd and the 10th can barely contain all this Holiday cheer with proceeds going to benefit the RI Community Food Bank and raffle prizes from Ogie’s Trailer Park, Armageddon, New Harvest, Flatbread Pizza Co., Olympic Records and more!

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Every Wednesday in December

Join Brugal Rum 5pm-8pm for Wind Down Wednesdays. *8-10pm on December 7th* That means a FREE Brugal Rum cocktail concocted by Brugal’s very own beverage wizards, PLUS Brugal Rum tastings, PLUS giveaways, EQUALS the perfect early evening excuse to avoid malls, traffic, screaming children and anthropomorphic cartoon reindeer. Do yourself a favor and stop by for some good old fashioned adult fun! Free Drinks, free drinks, and the possibility of more free drinks.  Oh! And don’t forget FREE downtown street parking during this holiday season.

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Sunday December 4th

Let’s do the Time Warp again, this time as a benefit for RI PRIDE. Join RKO Army as they shadowcast The Rocky Horror Picture Show live at Aurora. All your favorites are here, Dr. Frank N. Furter, Janet, Brad, Riff Raff, Eddie and the rest,  come by and toss some bread at the screen all for a worthwhile cause.

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Friday December 9th

“Four to Five hours of Breaking Glass Sound effects ASMR”

Infamous PVD boomerangs return with the power of elevated taste and cultivated crates to lay down the thunder for your mid December dancefloor passions. With DJs:

Muscle Academy (NYC, Harshboys, Houseboy, https://soundcloud.com/dasgoing)

Valise (PVD, HumanBeast http://maralie.com/tagged/valise )

Nick Klein (NYC, L.I.E.S./Alter https://soundcloud.com/nick-klein

Lolito (USA MORE Records https://primitivelanguages.bandcamp.com/album/lolito-volume-1-2 )

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Tuesday December 20th

Stay Silent crew rolls in with some Holiday cheer for an early evening screening of the classic “Home Alone”. In this installment of The Cozy Theater, relive the misadventures of young Kevin Mcallister as he steals a toothbrush and is scared of his neighbor. Also John Candy. Never enough John Candy in this world.

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Thursday December 22nd

Local Filmmakers Kia Davis and Kelly Riley debut their short film Puppytown. Directed by Davis and written by Derek Kroesller the cast is stuffed full of Providence’s own creative talent. Described briefly as a love letter to the Art & Music community of Providence where a hometown man-child makes good, a piano is destroyed and love is briefly mentioned. Two showings at 7:30pm and 10pm with bands in between and following.

 

Saturday December 31st:

Stay Silent, the purveyors of our door busting Saturday night hip hop party Bounce House and the citywide celebration Day Trill, post up in Aurora to throw the new years banger to end all new years bangers. It’s going to be lit.

Keep it 100, fam.

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NOVEMBER FEASTS

Hey it’s Feast Season Y’all! You know what that means. . . loosen the belt, open wide and stuff yourself with as much savory goodness as the human body will allow. Here at Aurora Providence we fully support the responsible consumption of all life’s simple pleasures, we have a new Fall Cocktail Menu, plenty of left over Halloween candy (dibs on the Reese’s) and a month’s worth of top flight programming including compelling theater, thrilling athletic feats and some good ol’ fashioned Rock & Roll. Open up.

Friday November 4th

THE FLU SEASON PREVIEW: The Burbage Theater Company returns for the second installment of it’s autumn program aptly named The Flu Season, written by Will Eno and directed by Wendy Overly, performances are every Friday night at 7pm and every Saturday at 6pm from November 4th till December 3rd.

http://www.burbagetheatre.org/

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DOOMSDAY STUDENT: PVD noise rock legends Doomsday Student team up with NES Punk turned Alt Rock superstars Math the Band The Band. Also on offer Pittsburgh Radiation Rockers Microwaves and the video art and pop rock of Sensitive Hearts. Top notch riffs all around, every amp goes to 11.

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Sunday November 6th

BEYOND WRESTLING: Full sized ring. Full sized wrestlers. Off the top rope into the crowd. No joke. Aurora isn’t that big, this action is INTENSE from the opening bell to the final pin. You have never seen Pro Wrestling this raw and personal. Doubleheader starting at 2pm and 6pm respectively.

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Tuesday November 8th

AF THE NAYSAYER: New Orleans based head knocker, rolls in with his Southern dipped Future Beat along side Tour-mate Tame. Aurora’s own Ambassador of Rhythm, Kris Fame, holds it down on behalf of PVD with the help of femme fatale battle rapper Iris Creamer and R&B dream girl Rose’ Petal.

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Tuesdays November 15th

THE OH SEES: Haven’t caught former PVD native John Dwyer since he last played Soft Approach? Me neither. I think we’re both over due for a refresher on why the Oh Sees are one of the best garage rock outfits touring today. SOLD OUT, SON!

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Sunday November 27th

AN EVENING OF MUSIC TO BENEFIT REFUGEES OF WAR: Local body art athlete and vocal powerlifter Jon Wisehart, is doing his part by organizing a benefit for refugees of war starring local Providence mega bands. Do some good by coming out and supporting this worthwhile cause. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated.

AURORA’S HALLOWEEN HAVOC

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“Halloween Everyday” is an old mantra of the Providence underground that still holds true to the grit and spirit of the city we call home. Here at Aurora we have tried to take a more literal approach to this idea and are proud to offer up a host of appropriately “Hallows Eve-y” programming and events all month in October. Here’s a taste of the candy fueled hurricane coming our way:

 

Thursday October 13th, 11pm

Third Shift Halloween Edition:  Aurora’s homegrown networking showcase for emerging Music Producers in the RI area. Created and curated by local producer and super talent, Kris Fame, October’s installment should prove to be spooky, chill, and trill.

 

Friday October 14th, 9pm

Haunted Providence Masquerade Ball:

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Good and Evil collide competing for sweet sweet prizes (for Best Costume in several categories.)
Also a Silent Auction to benefit Providence Animal Rescue League. Fortune Tellers, refreshments, dancing, showbiz! Entertainment by Morte McAdaver, Shakesperotica and DJ Joey Electric spinning Spooky and Gothic tunes to dance to.

 

Sunday October 16th, 7pm

Halloween Burlesque edition:

Aurora’s favorite Burlesque troupe returns for another installment of their “After Dark” series, this time with a ghoulishly delightful theme.

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Wednesday October 19th 7pm

The Vortex Film Festival:

From the people who bring us the Rhode Island Film Festival, comes Vortex; a celebration of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Vortex showcases imagination and creativity in filmmaking and will include a bevy of World and U.S. Premieres. In all, 80 films have been selected from over 5,000 submissions. They represent 15 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Iran, Spain, France, Turkey, South Korea, Poland, and the United States. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so audience members will have a chance to meet, ask questions, and even network with the next generation of genre filmmakers.

followed by Frank Difficult presents at 9:30pm:

Providence’s own Frank Difficult helms another installment of his long running series, a multi media presentation of old and new, favorites and forgotten gems. Not to be missed by crate diggers and cinephiles alike.

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http://www.film-festival.org/Horror_ri.php

Thursday October 20th 9pm

The Dark Chvrch: VILLAINS

What type of goth are you? GlamGoth? SunGoth? CyberGoth? HealthGoth? All are welcome at our regular Celebration of the Night. This October Aurora’s Goth Dance Party invokes it’s favorite DC Misanthropes, give your best interpretation of the Gotham ne’er do well that expresses you most!

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Sunday October, 23rd

American Murder Song:

From the star of Repo! The Genetic Opera and the writers of The Dark Carnival comes a new musical theater experience that can only be experienced in theflesh.

https://americanmurdersong.com/gettickets/

 

 

Thursday October 27th

Cassette  Halloween Edition:

When the best selling album of all time is the 1982 horror themed pop Masterpiece Thriller, it’s kind of a no-brainer for our 80’s dance night to go off the wall with a Halloween theme. Costumes encouraged. The 1980s were the last decade of The Great American Halloween Experience.

Monday October 24th 6:30pm

The Cozy Theater: Hocus Pocus

Don’t act like you don’t remember Hocus Pocus. Don’t act like this isn’t your jam. Don’t act like you’re not excited. Don’t act like you wont show. Free Popcorn. Followed directly by Free Monday concert series. Saddle up. Reese’s 4 LYFE. Shout out to local hero Charlie Rocket.

 

Saturday October 29th

Bounce House:

Not to be outdone by the 80’s, Stay Silent returns with a Halloween party sure to turn up all the graves, goblins and gremlins in town. Don’t miss the wall to wall jammer with DJ Where’s Nasty? and the rest of the Stay Silent crew. Costume up for all your favorite hip hop and R&B faves.

http://staysilentpvd.com/

 

 

the Burbage Theatre Company presents Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona” A Play About A Handkerchief

Burbage Theatre Company opens their sixth season with ‘Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief’ a feminist retelling of William Shakespeare’s‘Othello’ by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, directed by Allison Crews, which opens previews Friday September 16.

Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief runs September 16 – October 15 at Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster Street, Providence RI. Tickets are $10-$20. Visit www.burbagetheatre.org or contact boxoffice@burbagetheatre.org  for reservations and more info.

ABOUT THE PLAY
DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF (Sept 16 – Oct 15)
by Paula Vogel
directed by Allison Crews”Being a feminist means looking at things that disturb me, looking at things that hurt me as a woman. We live in a misogynist world, and I want to see why…”
-Paula Vogel

As the wrongly accused and suffering wife of Shakespeare’s tragic Moor, Othello, Desdemona has long been viewed as the “victim of circumstance.” But as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel demonstrates in her comic deconstruction of Shakespeare’s play—aligning tongue-in-cheek humor while raising serious questions as to the role of women through the ages—Desdemona was far from the quivering naïf we’ve all come to know.

“Vogel remains one of the smartest, most original and engaging playwrights to come along…”
—NY Newsday

“Irreverence in the theatre is essential to its perpetuation as a relevant art-form,” says Artistic Director Jeff Church, “and Paula Vogel’s richly dark and comic feminist masterpiece is as irreverent as it gets. Not only does she impiously reimagine the work of William Shakespeare, Vogel shakes a stick at male-dominated society through ‘Othello’, a play in which women are subject to the murderous whims of their husbands. She examines what liberation means and where it can be found when men hold the reigns, a theme that is palpably resonant today.”

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Ensemble –
Valerie Westgate, Desdemona
Christin Goff, Emilia
Rachael Perry, Bianca

Creative Team-
Allison Crews, director
Rachel Lewallen, stage manager
Liz Hallenbeck, production assistant
Sharon Carpentier, costume design

Andrew Iacovelli, technical director
Trevor Elliot, scenic design, properties designer

EVENT DATES:
‘Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief’ by Paula Vogel
Friday Sept 16 7pm Preview #1
Saturday Sept 17 6pm Preview #2
Friday Sept 23 7pm Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday Sept 24 6pm OPENING NIGHTFriday Sept 30 7pm Performance #1
Saturday Oct 1 6pm Performance #2
Friday Oct 7 7pm Performance #3
Saturday Oct 8 6pm Performance #4
Friday Oct 14 7pm Performance #5
Saturday Oct 15 6pm Performance #6
TICKETS
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES $10
GENERAL ADMISSION $20
STUDENTS/SENIORS $15
Rhode Island College STUDENTS $10Contact: boxoffice@burbagetheatre.org (reservations), info@burbagetheatre.org, jeff.church.jr@gmail.com (Artistic Director, Jeff Church), crews.allison@gmail.com (Executive Director, Allison Crews), jenny@auroraprovidence.com (Aurora liason, Jenny Young)

For Event Updates: www.burbagetheatre.org; www.auroraprovidence.com

ABOUT BURBAGE

Founded in 2010, Burbage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to excite and engage a new generation of theatre-goer with socially relevant and compelling stories, both classic and contemporary, told by an inventive and expert ensemble of actors.

We believe in the importance of irreverence. We believe that acting comes first. We believe the theatre’s continued relevance as a civil institution is best perpetuated by building productions and their aesthetic around the collaboration of an expert ensemble of storytellers. We believe it is the actor’s job to activate thought and inner movement in his audience.

In collaboration with Aurora, Burbage’s theatrical residence in downtown Providence, Burbage is dedicated to the growing and cultivating of the diverse artistic community in Rhode Island by providing affordable access to the performing arts and perpetuating a discourse about, not only content, but the actor’s role as storyteller in today’s world. Burbage is an ideal sustainable arts model for the 21st Century.

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

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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?