The Off Center for the Dramatic Arts proudly presents new and wild performance work at the 6th Annual Burlington Fringe Theater Festival, featuring 18 shows over 3 days in genres ranging from live video performance, theater, performance art, puppetry, comedy, improv, story-telling to spoken word with Cello. Performers showcase their work in 20 minute slots.
Friday, Oct 11: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Ash Diggs, Emily Keuppers and Maggie Phelan, Nina Szenasi, Joy Madden, Henri Blouin, Ariel Zevon and Gahlord Dewald
Ash Diggs - Bi-racial Angel
In 25 years on this Earth, Ash Diggs has gone from country club lifeguard in Texas, to Marine Corps Officer Candidate in New Orleans, to stand-up comic in Vermont. His life has been a constant cycle of stops, starts, misdirections, epiphanies all lined with an undercurrent of confusion about his ethnicity. Join him as he explains himself, his actions, tries to make you laugh and feel better about himself at the same time.
Emily Kueppers and Maggie Phelan - "The Adventures of the Anxiety Pals"
A short improv/comedy variety show. At the beginning of the show the pals ask for a non-geographical location (ex: Santa's Workshop, A Bus, Your mom's basement) from the audience. And based on that suggestion they start the show with a duologue telling about their adventures in this magical fictional world. They then create scenes based on the duologue spun at the beginning. The Anxiety Pals focus on character building, wacky situations, and audience suggestions. The audience will feel like they are a part of this crazy made up journey!
Nina Szenasi - lying back in the lawn chair of my dreams:
there’s a place I go in my head when I’m feeling low. i’m big, i’m powerful, and my voice is just right. everyone I’ve ever loved watches me, carefully. everyone i’ve ever loved is in the same room. this is my funeral and these are my wishes. thank you for coming. I love you. Nina works in a variety of forms and media. She sews patchwork on clothing, cuts hair and performs under the name Stoof. This is her third year performing in Burlington Fringe Festival.
Joy Madden - “I, Thou”
“I, Thou” is an excerpt from an evening length dance theater piece that will premiere in 2020. Mixing dance and storytelling, it explores and challenges our culture of conflict. This solo has grown out of many sleepless nights. Much of it was composed between 3-5am. Joy Madden is a choreographer and performer. Her choreography has been presented throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative arts incubator in Boston, MA. Since moving to Vermont in 2007 her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot and UVM, among others.
Henri Blouin - Bunny
Bunny is a horror monologue about a girl who becomes haunted by a puppet. Henri Blouin is a mask maker and theater creator originally from Boston, MA. They’re thrilled to make their performance debut with the original monologue Bunny. Their first play A Mad Catfish was produced in 2017, a farce about two catfishers lost in a magical swamp. A graduate of SUNY Purchase College from the Playwriting Program in 2018, Henri moved to Vermont last year, and has since become a member of Vermont Stage. In their spare time, Henri is a mask maker and aspiring drag artist, and enjoys making visual art.
Ariel Zevon and Gahlord Dewald
Lonely Boat that sails “Into the closet, and through the woods” to ponder the isolation of humanity’s pathologically empathetic interconnectivity. Ariel’s original songs tell a story of midlife existential crisis and bliss through melodies bent and re-imagined through Gahlord’s maelstrom of sound. Ariel Zevon released her first album of original songs in 2017 after several decades evading the music scene opting instead to pursue acting on stage and screen until the birth of her twin sons in 2003. She now homesteads off-grid in Peacham, VT, raising various livestock, vegetables, and, lately, a bunch of new tunes. Gahlord Dewald is a creative musician devoted to experimentation in acoustic, electric, and synthetic bass frequencies. He works across the spectrum of composed and improvised musical expression, often blending acoustic and synthetic sound worlds to create complex textures and soundfabric.