Gannon Theatre Program Holds Seventh Annual ‘Fringe Fest Erie’
Posted: February 20, 2017
Gannon University's theatre program is presenting the seventh
annual Fringe Fest Erie at various locations on or near campus. The
festival incorporates theater and dance produced by companies on
campus and in the community.
Fringe Fest Erie, was inspired by the annual Edinburgh Festival
Fringe in Scotland, the world's largest performing arts festival.
Gannon University theatre students and faculty will also be
traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Collegiate
Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August. The ICTF is a 12-day event that
runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A portion
of the receipts from all ticketed presentations of Fringe Fest Erie
will support the students' trip. This year marks the third time
that Gannon has traveled to Scotland to participate in the festival
Fringe Fest Erie began in 2010, under the name "The Mini
Fringe," but over the years has changed its format and leadership.
Now produced by Jax Vadney, lecturer in theatre with guidance from
the Rev. Shawn Clerkin, director of Gannon's theatre program.
Clerkin will be represented in this year's festival with a
production of "Ape/Essence," which he adapted from Aldous Huxley's
novel "Ape and Essence." It will be performed April 21-23, 28-30 at
the Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St., and at the ICTF in
Fringe Fest Erie began Jan. 27 with a production of "King
Charles III," which was produced by Dramashop, a contemporary
theater company founded by Gannon University graduate Zach Flock
and directed by Gannon theatre major Michael Haas.
For a full schedule of Fringe Fest Erie productions, click