2002 Long Fringe

Long Fringe Schedule at the Blue Theatre

Searching for Santa and Finding Hope, by Carl Anderson, Ph.D.

Come spend and evening with Carl Anderson, Ph.D. as he spins the tale of what he's experienced and learned portraying St. Nick for 20 years. Anderson, an Austin writer/performer/psychologist, known as a master storyteller, draws on material from 18 journals, his dissertation research, and a heart-opening collection of letters to create a hilarious, heartwarming and inspiring piece. Searching for Santa integrates the charm of Kids Say the Darndest Things with the wit of The Santaland Diaries and a few Miracles on 34th Street. Tickets $10.

Sunday, January 27-- 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 29-- 7:15pm
Thursday, January 31-- 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2-- 12:00 noon


Sista Overpass Performance Installation One, by Piper Anderson, Florinda Bryant, and Marian Thamynyagam

Sister Overpass : Performance Installation One serves as a vehicle to empower young women of color through performance and writing. Born of a project that incorporates writing and movement workshops with young women of color "giving birth" through the development of a collaborative script for performance. In this, the first performance installation, the cast bring their personal stories of wisdom gained from challenges that have taken them over a bridge called struggle into "becoming" the women they were always meant to be. The mission of this ensemble is "to push" the boundaries of grassroots cultural production and challenge artists and audiences to be more aware of their world. The three interdisciplinary performance artists, all of whom are founding members of the project, fuse poetry, theatre, movement, and song creating a unique aesthetic reminiscent of groundbreaking works such as For Colored Girls . . . .. The powerful blending of such unique voices mixed creates a collage of emotional, political, and spiritual musings on life and the process of liberation. Tickets $10.

Saturday, January 26-- 2:15pm
Sunday, January 27-- 12:00pm
Friday, February 1-- 10:30pm
Sunday, February 3-- 7:45pm


Mass Maximum, choreographed by Ellen Bartel and Caroline Sutton (Spank Dance Company and Wicked Cricket Dance Theatre)

Original music by Andrew Baron. A new dance performance by two of Austin's newest dance companies! Mass Maximum is the term used to describe two separate pieces with common elements. In Bartel's "Brenda Meets Brenda" and Sutton's "Road Rage," each artist chose to use a huge cast (20+) crammed onto a small stage as an ironic symbolization of the dehumanizing and alienating effects technology has brought on society. These technological separations somehow give us permission to act with less conscience in our public behavior because we can hide our identity. How do we have healthy human interaction after the establishment of these man-made barriers? Are these barriers real or simply self-imposed? Tickets $8.

Tuesday, January 22-- 8:00pm
Monday, January 28-- 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 30-- 9:45pm
Saturday, February 2-- 6:15pm


Dragging a Dead Man, by Keith Derenzo

"This man is dead. What are you gonna do about it?" A man mysteriously finds himself the owner and caretaker of an unclaimed corpse in this solo-performance about a neurotic and all of his dead weight. One disembodied man. One orphaned body. Each is a burden to the other. Tickets pay-what-you-wish.

Friday, January 25-- 11:15
Saturday, January 26-- 8:30
Friday, February 1-- 5:00
Sunday, February 3-- 10:00


Faith Healer, by Brian Friel (Big Bad Wolf Productions)

Description to come. Tickets $8.

Wednesday, January 23-- 9:30pm
Saturday, January 26-- 4:30pm
Thursday, January 31-- 9:15pm
Saturday, February 2-- 8:15pm


Unknown Soldier, by Amparo Garcia-Crow (Prism Works)

Chris Alonzo returns to Austin as "El Peladito!" in this ninety-minute deconstruction of El Carpa Garcia. Stripped to its guerilla theatre bones, this epic tale goes in search of its "campy" conquistador heart. What's a soldier of fortune to do in the thick of Aztec ash and rubble? Tickets $10.

Friday, January 25-- 7:15pm
Saturday, January 26-- 10:00pm
Sunday, January 27-- 2:15pm
Wednesday, January 30-- 5:15pm


Rounding Home, by Amy Goodwin

Directed by Marco Parella. Sally is a nineteen year-old girl whose entire life has been overshadowed by her brother's lifelong success as a baseball pitcher. Deemed the family "problem," she is always in trouble, creating ploys or obsessively practicing to be a sportscaster, her big dream. When her brother Ty brings a teammate home for Thanksgiving after his first season in the Major Leagues, Sally is forced to confront the implications of her behavior and her lack of commitment to the future. Rounding Home is a story of love, family and the power of sibling rivalry. Tickets $10.

Wednesday, January 23-- 7:30pm
Sunday, January 27-- 4:30pm
Tuesday, January 29-- 9:30pm
Sunday, February 3-- 12:00noon


Cherry Cherry Lemon, by Keri Healey (Round Firm and Fully Packed Productions)

Performed by Amy Augustine and Keira McDonald. Music composed and performed by Aaron Loidhamer. Stage management and lighting design by Jeff Curnes. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS! And one delicious Beefcake! In a provocative and funny show that takes on bad sex, random friendships and memories that are hard to set free, this critically acclaimed piece lets loose on topics such as ex-lovers and small penises, the rush of forbidden orgasms with the wrong men, and the humiliation of psychotherapy. The two actresses play out their entertainingly messy lives to the accompaniment of original live music. Tickets $10.

Thursday, January 31-- 5:15pm
Friday, February 1-- 8:45pm
Saturday, February 2-- 10:30pm
Sunday, February 3-- 2:00pm


Edmond, by David Mamet (Mainline Theater Project)

A man set morally adrift leaves an unfulfilling marriage to find sex, adventure, companionship and ultimately the meaning of his existence. This play is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets $8.

Thursday, January 24-- 9:30pm
Saturday, January 26-- 12:00pm
Wednesday, January 30-- 7:30pm
Sunday, February 3-- 3:45pm


Issues (realmdanceproject)

Issues is an exploration of the random events that shape our worldview, our sense of self and our daily lives. In their characteristically bold, unique style, the dancers of realm investigate what makes us do what we do and what keeps us from doing what we want. Tickets $7.

Tuesday, January 22-- 5:30pm
Thursday, January 24-- 7:15pm
Monday, January 28-- 8:30pm
Friday, February 1-- 6:30pm


The Story Circle, by Bill Woodburn (writer, designer and puppeteer) and Marie Welsch (graphic artist and puppet wrangler) (Random Acts Puppet Theatre)

Using an innovative combination of traditional folktales, abstract puppets and non-traditional staging, The Story Circle re-creates the atmosphere of an ancient tribal storytelling circle. The puppeteer stands in full view of the audience and becomes narrator, actor and bridge between the everyday world and the world of the stories. Like the tales themselves, the puppets are simple and evocative, inviting the audience to use their own imaginations, to become part of the stories and make the stories their own. The Story Circle is suggested for adults and families with older children. Tickets $6.

Saturday, January 26-- 6:45pm
Sunday, January 27-- 8:45pm
Tuesday, January 29-- 5:30pm
Saturday, 2-- 2:15pm


At the Hawk's Well, by W. B. Yeats (The Tongue and Groove Theatre)

Masks by Kari Perkins, costumes by Chia Guillory, and a minimalist set created out of a branch of a tree, a wooden box, a circle of stones, and pieces of silk cloth create a stark landscape in which the play unfolds. Voices of Russ Roten, Michael Rains, and Ellen Kolsto. Masked pantomime culminating in the ritual dance of the Hawk-Woman performed by Chia Guillory. Original music by guitarist/keyboardist Art Davis. Art Davis directs his adaptation of the W. B. Yeats play At the Hawk's Well. The magical Japanese Noh Theatre provides the structure for Yeats' retelling of Irish Myth. Sub-titled "A Play for Masked Dancers." Tickets $10.

Tuesday, January 22-- 10:00pm
Friday, January 25-- 9:30pm
Saturday, February 2-- 4:00pm
Sunday, February 3-- 6:00pm