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Our main stage entry to Fringe Fest Erie is Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake", directed by Jax Vadney. In this play based on a Chinese fable, the title character has left her mountain home to explore human civilization, falls in love with a human and ignites his passion. The couple is sent on a long journey to keep their happiness in the face of a wicked scheming.
PERFORMANCES - Feb 15, 16, 17 at 8pm, Feb 18 at 2pm & 8pm, and Feb 19 at 2pm
LOCATION - Gannon University's Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street)
TICKET INFORMATION - $7 General Admission, or $5 for Gannon students, faculty, and staff with a current Gannon ID. Reservations can be made by clicking the tab at the top of this page.
PATRON OF THE ARTS RECEPTION - On Fri Feb 17th, we invite you to join us for our Patron of the Arts Reception before the show. The reception will be from 6:30-7:45pm. Mix and mingle with the cast and crew while enjoying some refreshments, and then stay for the show. All are welcome!
For more information about this production, please visit our Facebook event.
Promotional Video courtesy of Ian Manti.
Fringe Fest Erie is an annual fundraiser that support our students' participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF). ICTF is an annual festival that runs in association with the Edinburgh Fringe. Gannon's Theatre Program is committed to taking our students to participate and perform at ITCF on a 3 year rotation. Our next trip to perform at ICTF will be this coming August, with a new work called "Ape/Essence" written by Fr. Shawn Clerkin, based on Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence."
Gannon University's Theatre Program has been producing Fringe Fest Erie since 2011. Modeled after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world that takes place every August in Scotland, Fringe Fest Erie is a one month concentration of productions and events on Gannon's campus and through Downtown Erie. Over a one month period, Gannon students, faculty, and staff produce several pieces across Gannon's campus. Over the last 5 years, our Downtown partners have submitted productions to Fringe Fest as Associate Companies. We are appreciative for all of our Downtown Partners, including this year's participants; All An Act Theatre Productions, Dafmark Dance Theater, Dramashop, and The Erie Playhouse.
So what is the Fringe Fest Erie Season this year? Check it out!
Gannon On-Campus Productions:
The GU Talent Show - returns to Fringe Fest after not being on the line-up last season. This one night only show will spotlight the talents of Gannon faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Come see your friends and professors share talents you may not know they had! Saturday Feb 4th at 8pm in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street). $5 General Admission - tickets sold at the door. For more information, please visit our Facebook event.
One of two student productions, Tom Barton, senior Theatre and Communication Arts major is directing "Off The Cuff: A Gannon Improv Experience." Following the recent success of Improv Acting in the mainstream media, "Off The Cuff" brings the wild, wacky world of improvisation to Gannon's Campus! Join members of our Schuster Theatre cast in an evening of anything and everything we can think of! This interactive evening will draw you in and make you feel like part of the equation, tickle your funny bone in new and exciting places, and maybe even challenge your intellect. Leave your expectations at the door: with everything happening off the cuff, anything is possible! "Off the Cuff" will perform in Waldron 219 on Monday Feb 6 and Tuesday Feb 7 at 8pm. $5 General admission - tickets sold at the door. For more information, please visit our Facebook event.
Our main stage entry to Fringe Fest Erie is Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake", directed by Jax Vadney. In this play based on a Chinese fable, the title character has left her mountain home to explore human civilization, falls in love with a human and ignites his passion. The couple is sent on a long journey to keep their happiness in the face of a wicked scheming. "The White Snake" performs Feb 15, 16, 17 at 8pm, Feb 18 at 2pm & 8pm, and Feb 19 at 2pm at the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street). $7 General Admission, or $5 for Gannon students, faculty, and staff with a current Gannon ID. Reservations can be made by clicking the tab at the top of this page. On Fri Feb 17th, we invite you to join us for our Patron of the Arts Reception before the show. The reception will be from 6:30-7:45pm. Mix and mingle with the cast and crew while enjoying some refreshments, and then stay for the show. All are welcome! For more information about this production, please visit our Facebook event.
Closing our on campus events is "Til Death Do Us Part", by Allie Leng. "Til Death Do Us Part" is an interactive night full of games, food, and an unfortunate murder. This is not a traditional murder mystery production, but an interactive game night. While enjoying some hor d'oeuvres, guests will take on the job of great detectives, like Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew, to uncover the truth behind an untimely death at what will be the most talked about wedding shower of the year. During the night, each guest will become a character in an immersive game a the Schuster Theatre. Guests will be given clues and information, through short scenes and socializing with other guests. These clues will help the wedding guests turned detectives find the murderer in their midst, before they have time to strike again! "Til Death Do Us Part" will perform at the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street) on Monday Feb 20 and Tuesday Feb 21 at 8pm. $7 General Admission or $5 for Gannon students, faculty, and staff with a current Gannon ID. Reservations can be made by clicking the tab at the top of this page. For more information, please visit our Facebook event.
Off Campus Associate Productions:
Dramashop kicks off our Associate Productions with "King Charles III" by Mike Barlett and directed by Michael Haas (junior Theatre and Communication Arts major). The Queen is dead: After a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Barlett's controversial play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. Winner of the 2014 Critic's Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play as well as the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Performances are Jan 27, 38, Feb 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8pm. Admission for Jan 27 & 28 is $5, admission for February dates is $12 or $5 for students. For reservations and more information, please visit www.dramashop.org.
All An Act Theatre Productions returns for another year of Fringe with their production of Agatha Christie's "Spider's Web." Directed by Larry Lewis, "Spider's Web" tells the tale of Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, who is adept at spinnign tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry's first marriage! Clarissa's fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction. "Spider's Web" runs from Feb 3-26 (no performance on Sunday Feb 5). Friday and Saturday Performances are at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for children. For reservations and more information, please visit www.allanact.net.
The Erie Playhouse returns to Fringe Fest Erie this season with "A Chorus Line"! This stunning musical tribute salutes all dances who have trod the boards. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway "gypsies" trying to land a job in a show's chorus line. It is a powerful metaphor for all human inspiration and a brilliant fusion of dance, song, and compelling drama. The Erie Playhouse thank the thousands of Playhouse performers who have danced on the Playhouse stage. You are truly a singular sensation! "A Chorus Line" performs at The Erie Playhouse, located at 13 W. 10th Street. Associate Performances are Feb 17 & 18 at 7:30pm. For more about this production, to reserve tickets, and to hear about future Playhouse shows, please visit www.erieplayhouse.org.
Fringe Fest Erie is happy to announce the first dance Associate Production, being produced by Dafmark Dance Theater. "Dance Kaleidoscope" performs on Saturday Feb 18th at 8pm at Dafmark Dance Theatre (1033 State Street). Visceral motion, provocative statements and original choreography are trademarks of Dafmark Dance Theater. "Dance Kaleioscope" will highlight the partnership of poetry and live music to motion. It will offer a window onto the journey one takes when using dance as a language of interaction as well as the passion behind ideas. Following the presentation, the audience is invited to meet the performers and enter into a dialogue. This is a celebration of Erie's talent and diversity! $15 General admission. To make a reservation, please call (814) 454-3993 or email Dafmark.
Proceeds from Fringe Fest Erie 2017 go to support Gannon University's Theatre Program and our students participating in ICTF 2017. Thank you for your support of theatre and of our students!
Gannon's Theatre Program will be returning to participate in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August 2017. ICTF is a 12 day experience that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest performing arts festival - held each August in Edinburgh, Scotland. ICTF was developed to offer college and university the opportunity to perform and gain global perspectives in an international experience that compliments collegiate performing arts programs. In 2017, Gannon's Theatre program will be returning for a third participatory trip to Edinburgh, having first been invited to participate in the inaugural ICTF in 2011. We are committed to returning on a 3-year cycle, giving all of our students the opportunity to participate in ICTF at least one time during their college career.
This August, in preparation for participating next summer, Jax Vadney (Technical Director and Design Faculty) will be travelling to Edinburgh to participate in the ICTF Familiarization Tour (FAM). This 4 day submersion experience allows program directors to experience ICTF on an abreviated schedule, meet with ICTF staff and technical crew, tour performance venues, and gain knowledge about the experience the students will have in the upcoming year. FAM allows directors to meet with the other colleges and universities that will be participating in a year, discuss production concerns, network, and develop plans for fundraising, international travel, and more.
Gannon's production of APE/ESSENCE written by Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, is a new work being created this coming academic season. Based on Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence", Clerkin will be writing an adaptation that will incorporate puppetry, performance art, devised theatre, and more. This production will be produced at the Schuster Theatre in April 2017 and then will be the production that will travel and be performed at ICTF in August 2017.
To learn more about the ICTF Experience, please visit www.ictfscotland.org.
For questions and information about Gannon's participation, how you can get involved as a current Gannon student, or if you would to make a donation to support the travel program, please contact Jax Vadney at email@example.com.
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