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Written & Performed by David Carl
Directed by Michole Biancosino
Actor and impersonator Carl David – aka David Carl – is locked up for performing his hilarious Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare's King Lear. Forced to play for an audience of one – the US President himself – Carl's life depends on making the bard great again & giving the performance of a lifetime without offending the audience.
Jul 31, Aug 1-13, 15-26 | Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker One
Written by Charles Gershman
Directed by Rachel Dart
Performed by McLean Peterson
IvankaPlay, a dazzling meditation on heroism, explores an alternate version of America's first daughter wrestling with what it would take to shape the future.
Aug 1-13, 15-25 | Underbelly Cowgate - Belly Dancer
Created & Performed by Richard Saudek
Directed by Wes Grantom
Following an acclaimed US run, Richard Saudek (Stage Award winner for Acting Excellence, Fringe 2016) performs a twisted & highly physical romp at breakneck pace. Created by physical comedian Richard Saudek (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Fringe 2016), TV & film composer Jesse Novak (BoJack Horseman) & director Wes Grantom (Eager to Lose at Ars Nova), beep boop is a multimedia clown show, exploring our obsession with technology & our increasing loneliness in a world full of connections. ‘If silent film-era comedy & Black Mirror had a baby it would be called beep boop’ (theasy.com).
Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 | Assembly George Square -The Blue Room
Written by Brian Quirk
Directed by Melissa Firlit
Performed by Craig Dolezel
The story of a promising young dancer in a feverish race against time to understand the horrific hate crime that has nearly taken his life and brutalized the realities of those around him.
Aug 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24
Written & Performed by Dennis Elkins
An autobiographical story of one man’s journey through the myriad of boxes that populate our lives.
Aug 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23
Created by Duane Cooper & Blake Habermann
Original Music by Jack McGuire
Featuring Julia Cavagna, Duane Cooper, Joan Hofmeyr, Jack McGuire, Levi Morger, Malcolm Opoku, & Vanessa Vaché
Right now, there are between 60,000 & 80,000 people held in solitary confinement within United States prisons. Nearly 80% of these inmates will be released back into society, where they will be expected to face the challenges of reintegration & leave their punishment behind them. Drawing on extensive research, Solitary uses intense physical performance, music & sound to communicate the devastating psychosocial experience of solitary confinement, telling the story of one man's descent into memory and madness – and what happens when the door opens.
Aug 1-11, 13-24 | Assembly Rooms - Powder Room
Co-Written & Performed by
Alex Highsmith, Amanda Lea Mason, & Eryn Siobhan O'Sullivan
Directed by Elizabeth May
A new play with original music, puppetry & a bit of magic, leaves tells the story of three women grappling with their own myths. Mot, Rue, and Niamh live in “Outside Time,” where there is no death - only leaving. Friends & family come and go, messages appear in various shapes, the poetry of Walt Whitman lives & breathes, yet things stay perfectly, monotonously the same. When a family crisis rocks the three women, they must band together to step outside of what they know, to a place inside time, where their ideas about the world must shift.
Aug 12-17 | Greenside @ Infirmary Street Olive Studio
FOUR WOKE BAES
Written by Jonathan Caren
Directed by Teddy Bergman
Featuring Noah Bean, Lyndsy Fonseca, Matt Stadelmann, Quincy M. Dunn-Baker & Michael Braun
This razor-sharp dark comedy follows four friends on a river-rafting stag party that's turned upside down when a mysterious woman kayaks ashore. Groom-to-be, Dez, comes to question the very nature of love and monogamy over the course of a long night's drinking, fire-building and s'more-making. Rifles are drawn, stripteases danced and secrets unearthed as the quartet of friends comes together and falls apart. Cynical and raw, hilarious and squirm-inducing, the play asks just how liberal "woke" boys really are when they're alone together, out in nature, beers in hand.
August 1-11, 13-25 | Underbelly Cowgate - Belly Button