Fringe Fest Erie has already showcased significant student talent, but there’s more coming in the second week! Two student-written productions, as well as three associate productions are on the slate for the week:
“Like Father, Like Son” By Roman Denisyuk. Directed by Roman Denisyuk and Todd Paropacic. Based on a true story that occurred in Erie, “Like Father, Like Son” is unlike any faith play you have ever seen. Filled with an array of characters, ranging from Irish bakers to a Grand Duchess; it focuses on a young boy, Ronny Greevesman, who must face his past and accept the consequences of his actions. There is a unique style of comedy throughout the show. The play focuses on redemption on many levels, the power of forgiveness, and how important morality and ethics, in other words humanity, is to our survival. Performances are Feb. 9 and 11 at 8 p.m. in Palumbo 3205.
“Mainstream” by Conor Grey (Class of 2014). Directed by Leah Johnson. “Mainstream” captures the essence of the elusive hipster. Discover a world of thrifting, local coffee shops, and charitable causes that you’ve probably never heard of before. Just make sure to leave your mainstream, conformist thinking at the door – this play will challenge your perceptions of art, love, and what it means to be human. Performances are Feb. 10 and 12 at 8 p.m. in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street – main theatre space on the 2nd floor).
PACA is joining Fringe Fest Erie this year to produce two theatre experiences for Erie audiences. On Feb. 12-14, PACA will be performing David Ives’ “All In The Timing”. All performances will be at 8 p.m. PACA is located at 1505 State Street – 2nd Floor, Erie, PA.
“God Help Us” By Jeremy Kehoe. What happened to all the miracles? Where have all the sneaky snakes handing out apples gone? How come no one parts the Red Sea anymore? Why have all of the burning bushes suddenly gone hush-hush? It turns out Nietzsche was wrong: God isn’t dead; he’s just been tied up at a 2,000 year-long meeting. Now’s he’s back and bucking harder than ever to George-Jefferson his way out of his middle-manager post in a third-rate galaxy. But before God can climb up the Cosmic corporate ladder, he’s got to clean up the messes made by the inhabitants of Earth – by wiping the slate clean. He’s got to get every inhabitant of the planet to renounce their faith in him, including a devout single mother, with the help (or hindrance) of his not-quite-living-up-to-his potential son, Jesus, and his sidekick, St. Peter. Will God succeed in his career advancement plan? Will faith prevail? Will Jesus appear in the form of a tortilla chip? GOD HELP US, indeed! PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 11 at 8 p.m. at Dramashop.
“Witness for the Prosecution” By Agatha Christie. Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of a wealthy older widow, named Emily French. Since Mrs. French made him her principal heir, not aware that he was a married man, things look bad for Leonard’s defense. But the final blow comes when his wife, Romaine, agrees to testify, not in Leonard’s defense, but as a witness for the prosecution. Can he escape the hangman’s noose? Performed by All An Act on Feb. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.