Gannon University Hosts Fringe Fest
Posted: February 8, 2016
Students and faculty in Gannon University's theatre department
won't be going to Scotland for this summer's International
Collegiate Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but instead,
they will bring a bit of the festival to Erie.
The Fringe at Gannon University offers a taste of the experience
of the Edinburgh festival, which is known for productions featuring
smaller casts, edgy material and non-traditional staging.
"This experience is not about coming up with a complete
production design," said Fringe producer Jax Vadney. "It's scaling
things down to the essentials and focusing on character, props and
In Edinburgh, the Gannon University students were given a single
two-hour rehearsal to adjust to the performance space. Because the
Erie Fringe productions are not performed in the Schuster Theatre,
the experience is very much like what the students will encounter
on their next trip to Edinburgh in 2017.
"We model that exact process here," Vadney said. "It teaches the
students the structure that happens in Scotland, gives them
ownership and also teaches them to have responsibility."
"I want to see their process and what they're learning. Are they
getting practical experience so that when they graduate they can
say they know what it means to design or direct?"
Vadney pointed out that because Schuster Theatre main-stage
productions are directed by faculty, the student directors of the
Erie Fringe plays can get valuable feedback on their process, their
strengths and areas for improvement.
For the sixth year, the Erie Fringe Fest will include local
producing theaters throughout Erie, including All An Act Theatre
Productions, Dramashop and PACA.
Schuster Theatre productions:
"An Apartment With Grayson"
Written and directed by Michael Fujito
Feb. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
Zurn Hall, Rm. 101
*NOTE - This play includes stage violence, sudden loud noises
and adult language. The production is not appropriate for those
under the age of 16 without an adult.
Written and directed by Michael Haas
Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.
Palumbo Academic Center, third floor lounge.
NOTE: Some productions, both on campus and off campus, may
contain adult language and situations. Admission to all on-campus
productions is $5 with the proceeds supporting the Schuster
Theatre's participation in the International Collegiate Theatre
Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2017. For more
information about Fringe Fest Erie, please contact Fringe producer
Jax Vadney at firstname.lastname@example.org.