More Fringe Fest Erie 2015 coming your way this week:
“Bedtime Stories” by Laugh/Riot. “Bedtime stories takes a collection of 3 short scenes from Charles Mee as its start and jumps into seven disparate scenes about relationships. Laugh/Riot’s ensemble cast will change characters each night, guaranteeing that each audience will see a completely new show. The shows range from comedic to dramatic, romantic to slapstick, and each scene’s tone changes depending on the cast that night. This show is intended for mature audiences and contains adult language, adult situations, and violence. Performances are Feb 16 and 18 at 8 p.m. in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street — main theater space on the 2nd floor).
“The Sketch Comedy Show” by Gannon Students. Director: Michael Fujito. Head Writer: Michael Haas. Artistic Director/Comic Advisor: Zach Flock. What happens when you take 6 Gannon students and have them write a short comedy skits? This show is the result of just that! Entirely made up of sketches written by Gannon students, this show will showcase the different comedy styles of the writers. It will have you laughing in your seats from the scene of a bad baby sitter to a series of water flavored water commercials. Come and laugh with us! Performances are Feb 17 and 19 at 8 p.m. in Palumbo 2005.
“Oedipus Tex” by Bach/Schickele. Directed by Tom Barton. This country-western spinoff of “Oedipus the King” is sure to leave you rolling in the aisles. In the original stage play by the Greek author Sophocles, a beloved King attempts to save his city from a terrible curse by sending his brother-in-law to find the person who murdered the previous king. During this journey, Oedipus conducts his own search of the town, looking for anyone who may have had a hand in the murder of Laius, the former king. He eventually questions a blind prophet, who informs Oedipus that the king himself is the killer. The prophecy bothers Oedipus, who realizes later that not only did he kill Laius, fulfilling the man’s prophecy, but he also had a family with his mother, fulfilling another prophecy by the same prophet many years ago. In disgrace, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and moves out of the city into exile. Now, how will all of this fit into a Western setting? You’ll have to come and see for yourself! Performances are Feb 20 at 8 p.m. and Feb 21 at 2 p.m. in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street — main theater space on the 2nd floor).