The 15th annual Greensboro Fringe Festival is finally here and featuring an array of new shows, from a dance performance that explores the concept of healing, to a play about spies, serial killers and saints. Kicking off the festival this weekend, Thursday and Sunday, is the winner of the 23rd North Carolina New Play Project, Night Music, which tells of boyhood friends and the challenges they face as they grow up. Performances are in the Stephen D. Hyers theatre in the Greensboro Cultural Center.
All performances are a suggested donation of $10. Visit greensborofringefestival.org for a full show schedule. Festival runs through Feb. 6.
Also new this week is Theatre Alliance’s comedy Zanna Don’t!, which is set in Heartsville High where almost everyone is gay. The captain of the chess team is the big dog on campus and being involved with theatre is cool. When the students write a controversial show, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a young man and woman end up falling in love. Performances run this Friday through next Sunday, Jan. 29.
Peter Yarrow, known for such early 1960s hits as, “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” will share life stories and perform the Grammy Award-winning music born of social activism at the High Point Theatre Saturday.
Sunday, UNC School of the Arts’ partnership with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continues with music by Brahms and Faure, performed by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center members Alessio Bax, piano; Ani Kavafian, violin; Yura Lee, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello. Performance is in Watson Hall on campus.
Tuesday, Robert Young, UNCSA’s new artist-professor of saxophone, debuts his first solo faculty recital, performing powerful standard and transcribed works. The performance will include the music of Cesar Franck and Chicago-based composer Mischa Zupko.
In other news, The Drama Center Booster Club will host an open discussion with Broadway costume designer Derek Moreno next Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Stephen D. Hyers theatre. Moreno will discuss his life and work, and the audience will be invited to ask questions. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds benefit the booster club, a nonprofit that supports the Drama Center of City Arts.