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Greensboro Fringe Festival kicks off

by Brian Clarey

It’s tough out there onthe fringe, where things are transitory by nature and elusive bydesign. Fringe artists are itinerant, framing their works in any venuethat will have them. They exist outside the mainstream in thought andaction. And they are usually bereft of corporate sponsorship andcommunity support. Still, every year Todd Fisher gathers agroup of artists from out there on the cusp — writers, actors, dancerset al — and bands them together for a week in what has become known asthe Greensboro fringe Festival. Now in its seventh year, thefestival spreads through venues all over Greensboro, its best-keptsecrets and most storied cultural institutions alike. No entry fees arecharged, no editorial directives given, the Greensboro Fringe Festivaltasks artists to come in from the ether and bring their findings to therest of us here on solid ground.

Todd Fisher

Fringe Festival director, playwright, director Informall Theater Company 3 Ways Sunday,Feb. 1, Monday, Feb. 2; City Arts Studio Theater; 200 N. Davie St.; $10The piece: Three actors, two women and a man, enact a series of scenesin different configurations. “What were gonna do is, not the momentbefore but the night before we go on stage we’ll draw things out of ahat, so that everything is almost purely by chance, and the order ofthings are gonna happen out of a hat. The actors literally get to puton a new play every night.” What makes it fringe: “Fringe ingeneral, most fringe artists do not have their own space or home toproduce or present their work. So we ‘ve partnered with places likeOpen Space [Theatre Caf’] and City Arts and Triad Stage to provide thatspace for local artists.”

Karla Coghill

Dancer, choreographer; Sidelong Dance Company Pigeonholed Thursday,Jan. 29 — Saturday, Jan. 31; City Arts Studio Theater; 200 N. DavieSt.; $10 The piece: “Basically it came from a desire to do a pieceabout labeling other people. The music actually has a voic eover thatare a lot of words that are restrictive words.” What makes it fringe:“Well, the dance portion of the Fringe Festival is a little differentthan some of the plays and whatnot. In a way, anything[Sidelong Dance Company does] is fringe, since we’re such a smallorganization that is working under the radar. We just do what we wantto do on our own terms.”

Katie Frazier

Playwright Virtue of Fools Thursday,Jan. 29 — Saturday, Jan. 31; Open Space Caf’ Theater; 4609 W. MarketSt.; $10 Piece: “It’s a play about self-doubt. The main character hasto deal with addressing the idea of who he is.” What make sit fringe:“It’s fringe… huh… because it’s a new play. It’s fringe because we haveno budget, It’s fringe because I just sort of up and did it in anindependent spirit.”

Amy Beasley

Choreographer Adhere Activate Roll Tether Thursday,Jan. 29 – Saturday, Jan. 31; Open Space Caf’ Theater; 4609 W. MarketSt.; $10 Piece: “The title is four actions of a cell, I usually startwith movement…. I started thinking about circles and cells andmembranes and what that can mean… meeting with people and boundaries,etcetera. It’s a little abstract.” Why it’s fringe: “That’s agood question. I haven’t really thought of it that way because it wasalso presented in a really large theater, which is un-fringe…. I think it could be a fringe piece as well as a concert dance piece.”

The seventh annual Greensboro Fringe Festival 2009 Jan. 29- Mar. 7

Thursday Jan. 29 @ 6 p.m. John Gamble Dance Theater presents On the Edge new modern dance at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10.

@ 8 p.m. “The New Fringe” hot new theater and dance at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10. Tommy Trull — Hotel Christine Kiernan- Give me the last possible date Sidelong Dance Company- Pigeonholed Juila Edwards- Untitled Loren Trollinger & Aimee Moynihan- Dance

@ 8 p.m. Virtue of Fools by Katie Frazier at the Open Space Caf’ Theater 4609 W. Market St. Tickets are $10

Friday Jan. 30 @ 6 p.m. “The New Fringe” hot new theater and dance At the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

@ 8 p.m. John Gamble Dance Theater presents On the Edge new modern dance at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

@ 8 p.m. Virtue of Fools by Katie Frazier at the Open Space Caf’ Theater 4609 W. Market St. Tickets are $10 @ 10 p.m. Fanatique de Glam-Burlesk at Artistika 523 S. Elm St. Tickets are $15

Saturday Jan. 31 @ 2 p.m. “The New Fringe” hot new theater and dance at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

@ 6 p.m. John Gamble Dance Theater presents On the Edge new modern dance at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

@ 8 p.m. the Informall Theater Company presents DEADLINE Two new plays Signify by Douglas H. Boxley and 3 Ways by Todd Fisher at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

@ 8 p.m. Virtue of Fools by Katie Frazier at the Open Space Caf’ Theater 4609 W. Market St. Tickets are $10

Sunday Feb. 1 @ 2 p.m. the Informall Theater Company presents DEADLINE Two new plays Signify by Douglas H. Boxley and 3 Ways by Todd Fisher

at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Pay what you can Superbowl special

Monday Feb. 2 @ 8 p.m. The Informall Theater Company presents DEADLINE Two new plays Signify by Douglas H. Boxley and 3 Ways by Todd Fisher at the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are $10

Thursday Feb. 5- Sat. Feb. 7 t @ 8 p.m. The Greensboro Playwrights Forum presents Evening of Short Plays #20 @ 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 5 At the City Arts Studio Theater 200 N. Davie St. Tickets are donation only!

Thursday Feb. 12-March 7 Mad at Miles by Pearle Cleage directed by Donna Baldwin-Bradby Upstage Cabaret at Triad Stage 232 S. Elm St. For tickets and show times please go to

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