Pick of the Fringe Announced

Last night festival organizers Eric Vosmeier and Jeff Syroney announced the winners of the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe Festival's Pick of the Fringe Awards and the winners were:

 

Audience Pick: Sophie's Dream from Serenity Fisher

 

Critic's Pick: Harold from Four Humors Theater

 

Producer's Pick: The Finkles' Theater Show from Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie

CincyFringe Preview: Harold

Title: Harold

Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Location: Duveneck 2
Address: 1214 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Four Humors Theater from Champlin, MN

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Two brothers drive their herd deep into the mountain to graze. Isolated from the outside world, they build a scarecrow for their amusement, Harold. They show Harold amazing kindness, they show Harold amazing cruelty… Until Harold starts making decisions for himself. A new horrific comedy from the creators of "Mortem Capiendum" and "April Fools".

Show Length: 55 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: www.fourhumorstheater.com

CincyFringe Preview: Queer in the U.S.A.

Title: Queer in the U.S.A.

Opening: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 09:00 PM
Location: Below Zero Lounge
Address: 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: The Faux-Real Theatre Company from New York, NY

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Solo

Description: Johnny, a 14 year-old boy from Freehold, New Jersey, hungers to follow in the footsteps of his hero–Bruce Springsteen. Johnny, however, is made cruelly aware that his high-pitched soprano voice sounds more like Celine Dion or Barbra Streisand. He struggles against homophobia at school, even while his own sense of identity is uncertain. Facing brutal rejection from the Freehold High School Glee Club, Johnny sets off for New York City, where lovers, rockers, and Gypsies challenge him to embrace his queerness. He retraces Springsteen’s early career footsteps, hoping to mold himself into the image of his rock god. Does he have what it takes to rock like The Boss?

Show Length: 80 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Addition information at www.fauxreal.org and www.queerintheusa.com.

CincyFringe Preview: Cyrano

Title: Cyrano

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Location: Mixx Ultra Lounge
Address: 1203 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Cincinnati Playhouse from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Thrill as Cyrano slays 100 men! Chortle as Christian can't woo to save his life!! Weep as Roxane makes one sad mistake after another!!! A dynamic, hilarious, inspiring, tragic, moving, epic reinvention of the tale of everyone's favorite large-nosed lover and poet with a script by Belgian avant-garde playwright Jo Roets in a production that has been evolving across the country from Seattle to Hawaii to Alaska to Cincinnati.

Show Length: 65 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

CincyFringe Preview: Ain’t That Good News

Title: Ain't That Good News

Opening: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Location: Coffee Emporium
Address: 110 East Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: The Bengsons from Bloomington, IN

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Musical

Description: Abigail Nessen Bengson & Shaun McClain Bengson's Ain’t That Good News is a raucous vaudevillian cabaret, full of roaring music and impassioned characters. The Bengson duo evoke the quintessentially American stories of the immigrant and the outcast and play at the heart of the political struggles of our age through a melding of the musical forms of Tin Pan Alley, the Old South, German Weimar and rock and roll. The show is constantly evolving. As the Bengsons travel, they trade songs and drinks for new stories from the personal to the divine, and shift the work to reflect where they've been, and each new community they're in.

Show Length: 55 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: Here is their website: www.bengsons.com and they are on twitter: @THEBENGSONS.

CincyFringe Preview: Aftershock! An Event!

Title: Aftershock! An Event!

Opening: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 07:30 PM
Location: Know Theatre
Address: 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Fake Bacon Productions from Columbus, OH

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: A new hotel is built within a faultline but the VIP group at the soft opening cannot avoid impending doom! Aftershock! An Event! is a comedy that originated from three improv sessions and will be performed in Senzurround, which will shake the theater seats to fully immerse the audience in the experience!

Show Length: 70 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: fakebaconimprov.blogspot.com

CincyFringe Preview: Salem! The Musical

Title: Salem! The Musical

Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Location: Below Zero Lounge
Address: 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Annoyance Theater from Chicago, IL

CincyFringe Status: New Participant

Genre: Musical

Description: A campy, streamlined and musicalized retelling of a grisly part of history. Written and performed by an all female cast of five this show is, in fact, a riot. Paranoia, intolerance and male empowerment are played to the hilt here, with the idea that women doing math or reading equals witchcraft. Featuring such hilarious songs as Do the Pee Cake! and Life Sucks performed by a tap-dancing skeleton.

Show Length: 75 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

Background: www.annoyanceproductions.com/salem

CincyFringe Preview: The Water Draft

Title: The Water Draft

Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 03:00 PM
Location: Art Academy
Address: 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Digital Nada from Cincinnati, OH

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Interdisciplinary

Description: Is there any gift too Common to just privatize away?

Show Length: 60 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.

CincyFringe Preview: The Comfort of Anger

Title: The Comfort of Anger

Opening: Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 09:15 PM
Location: Duveneck 3
Address: 1220 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Producer: Driscoll Street Salon Theatre from Houston, TX

CincyFringe Status: Returning Participant

Genre: Theatre

Description: Dalia Rios, a successful Latina novelist, finds herself engulfed by the ghosts of an old trauma, a violent rape that she thought she had shelved years ago. The memories haunt her dreams, which are visited by two mysterious young men who know her sins. The past threatens her stability, her relationship with a much younger man and her new book, an exploration of racism in America. They also bring to the surface a volcanic anger that has been seething within her. She turns to a therapist whose unorthodox style repels her. The two clash in heated exchanges, but their confrontations lead her to face her darkest secrets. Dalia relies on her storytelling gifts to relive her past and examine her present. “The Comfort of Anger” moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy, delving into uncomfortable territory, from sexuality to racism, from psychotherapy to religion.

Show Length: 90 minutes

More info at the CincyFringe website Here.