By John Lyle Belden
For more than a decade, IndyFringe has been an August celebration of stage performers from around Indianapolis, as well as the U.S. and the world.
Part of a festival movement that started decades ago on the “fringe” of the Edinburgh theatre festival in Scotland, IndyFringe is unjuried and uncensored, with each perfomance lasting less than an hour. Tickets are inexpensive for audience members, and nearly all the gate proceeds go to the performers.
The festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Aug. 28, starting at 6 p.m. weekdays and 1:30 p.m. weekends.
The venues are all on or near Massachusetts Ave. downtown: both stages of the IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair; both stages of the Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave.; both stages of Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.; and ComedySportz, 721 Massachusetts Ave.
The performances include comedy, drama, storytelling, dance, puppetry and magic – or any of these in combination.
LGBT performers and shows that deal with issues of sexuality, gender and acceptance are common at the Fringe. Examples in this year’s festival include:
“Terror on the High Seas” – IndyFringe favorite Les Kurkendaal (pictured) returns to tell another story of life with his husband’s conservative family.
“Divas Workshop” – Dance Kaleidoscope has invited company dancers to create pieces to songs sung by their favorite divas. After the festival, some pieces will be selected for inclusion in DK’s concert in February. Come support the dancers and let DK know which pieces you loved.
“Little Butchie Sings!” – James Solomon Benn shares his favorite music and comic stories about growing up fat, black and gay in the Bible belt.
For info, see www.indyfringe.org.