12 Shows Over Two Weekends!
Tickets can be bought on-line or at the door.
Buy a Festival Pass for $65 and see all 12 shows OR pay $10 per show!
(Links to Tickets are under each show.)
FRINGE as an adjective - not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.
Voices of the South began their company 22 years by preparing a show to perform for the International Fringe Festival in Scotland. Voices of the South hopes The Memphis FRINGE festival serves as the same catalyst for performing artists wanting to create and share art with Mid-South audiences. Each show is different and highlights the talent and diversity of the Memphis arts community.
The Laramie Project with Central High School
Fri., April 13 @ 7pm; Sat., April 14 @ 6pm; Sun., April 15 @ 5:30pm
In October 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die alone on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks after this attack, members of the Tectonic Theatre Group traveled to Laramie to conduct interviews with the residents. They used these conversations to draft The Laramie Project, a narrative portrayal of life in Laramie the year after the murder. Sadly, many of the issues raised by Shepard’s brutal murder have not gone away in the twenty years since. Central High School’s theatre program is pleased to present an abridged version of this powerful play.
Stories in the Water with Latrelle Bright
Fri., April 13 @ 8pm; Sat., April 14 @ 7:30pm; Sun., April 15 @ 2:30pm
The Feeling is Mutual with Sarah Ledbetter
Fri., April 13 @ 9pm; Sat., April 14 @ 9pm; Sun., April 15 @ 1:30pm
THE FEELING IS MUTUAL is a one woman show that creator Sarah Ledbetter really, really hopes you’ll like. It’s about gravity and other pesky inevitables. It involves dancing, talking, and thinking. It is somewhat challenging for the audience member in that it makes some pretty wild connections between different things, and is not always a display of virtuosity. It is, rather, a display of daring and sometimes mistaken efforts for the purpose of sharing with you, the audience, what it feels like to be dancing in front of a group of people who deserve to see something really beautiful happen.
Melanie with Myesha Williams
Sat., April 14 @ 11am; Sun., April 15 @ 4:30pm; Sat., April 21 @ 11am
Melanie tells a story of a strong lady who visits home after being adopted as a child. While reuniting with her grandmother, Melanie rediscovers a book filled with stories of her past grandmothers’ lives, reminisce unwanted feelings that she had as a child before adoption, and seek understanding for her upbringing. Melanie learns the expanded definition of unconditional love as she forgives her family and connect back with her roots.
Squaring Up: Project 1
The Cabin by Adam Remsen
Sat., April 14 @ 1:15pm, Sat., April 21 @ 3pm; Sun., April 22 @ 7:15pm
Quark presents The Cabin, an original play by Adam Remsen. Hilarity erupts as a brother and sister learn the dark secrets of their deceased mother's troubled past. Laugh yourself silly as two siblings delve deep into their family's unsettling history. This heart-wrenching family drama will leave you in stitches! A harrowing laugh riot!
Live Rich Die Poor by Ann Wallace
Sat., April 14 @ 2:30pm, Sun., April 15 @ 7:30pm; Sat., April 21 @ Noon
Based on the life of Zora Neale Hurston, the brilliant writer from the Harlem Renaissance who wrote There Eyes Were Watching God comes an unapologetic look at her colorful life. Using poetry, music and humor, this show takes a look at her life and imagines what her philosophy of life was. What kind of mood and attitude did she have as she traversed this earth. Actress and writer Ann Perry Wallace re-imagines scenes from Hurston’s life; from her happy days in Eatonville, the devastating loss of her mother, the lost years of wandering that she never spoke of, to arriving in New York and becoming a fixture within the writing world of the Harlem Renaissance and even her falling out with Langston Hughes. This is a study of a woman who fought to live life on her own terms.
The Healing Power of JC with Sara Kaye Larson
Sat., April 14 @ 3:45pm; Sun., April 15 @ 6:30pm; Sun., April 22 @ 4pm
A young woman processes a rough breakup by way of three John Cusack movies. It’s a story about ritual, heart-healing, and the magic of John Cusack on-screen and larger than life, doling out indiesoul insights like a pop-culture love minister. The Healing Power of JC is a short experimental play written and directed by Sara Kaye Larson, performed by Patty King, with additional producing and directing help from Natalie Higdon.
The Curator with The Perry Library of Theatre
Sat., April 14 @ 5pm; Sat., April 21 @ 8:15pm; Sun., April 22 @ 5pm
THE PERRY LIBRARY OF THEATRE presents an original play by E. Warren Perry, Jr., The Curator. This one-act play grapples with the results of applying postmodernism and historical revisionism to a museum’s collection, to its logical and uproarious extreme. Set in a fictional southern museum, curator Dr. Ronald Saulsbury fights new museum influences and his axe-wielding young assistant to try to prevent the annihilation of every real artifact in the collection – and history itself.
Far Away by Caryl Churchill; Directed by James Kevin Cochran
Sun., April 15 @ 8:30pm; Sat., April 21 @ 7pm; Sun., April 22 @ 6pm
Joan wakes up in the middle of the night and sees something she’s not meant to see. She’s convinced to keep a secret that will forever alter the course of her life. Caryl Churchill’s brief and chilling Far Away paints a not so-far-away future where fear of “the other” rules supreme, and beauty, politics and violence strike an uneasy kinship. Confronting our deepest fears, Far Awaydepicts a chilling world where everyone and everything is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted. Whose side is the right side?
An evening bus ride from Montgomery to Dothan, Alabama; two men on the run– but was their action a sin or a virtue? This dark one-act explores power, morality, fear, and the ghosts we leave behind.
Please note: Strong language and violence. Not suitable for children.