local talent

by Eric Ginsburg

Crystal Bright

Musician, health counselor, writer and director

It’s been years since Crystal Bright seriously pursued her interest in theater, instead focusing on music and holistic health counseling. In addition to independently offering piano, voice and accordion lessons, she plays with Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands. As part of this year’s Fringe Festival, Bright wrote and directed Illuminating and Transcending the Shadow, a play about overcoming self-doubt and self-oppression. She will be performing live with a band alongside the play, using an array of instruments including a Ugandan harp, and the second show will also be a release party for her band’s album Muses and Bones. “Other people have described the music as Eastern-European, carnival-y, Tim Burton-y and vaudeville,” Bright said, whose experiences studying flamenco in Spain and playing with international ensembles also influence the sound. The play will be performed Jan. 26 at 6 p.m., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. as part of the Fringe Festival. Contact her at, visit, or, for her holistic health work,

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