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THE 27TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 8 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

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Donald Trump said he’d “#Drain the Swamp.” In a game changing presidency, we find ourselves wondering if it’s a swamp or America itself that’s being drained. In $WAMPLAND, seven award-winning Bay Area playwrights present their visions of what “making America great” really means.
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day-poster image first - CopyA Day At the Beach
A beautiful day. A secluded beach. The end of the world approaching. What could go wrong? What could go right?
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night-wf19A Night in Wilkes Ferry
Come and enjoy some Flannery O'Conner-style stories from the plantation South, the kinds of stories you used to hear sitting on back porches listening to crickets and smelling honeysuckle when the adults thought you were sleeping.
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AUDIENCE-Shurl Wandsworth-2 - CopyAn Audience With Shurl
When her baby’s taken for adoption, Shurl struggles to find connection in an ever-shifting landscape. Nominated for Outstanding Performance Award, Prague Fringe. “Sad, sweet and funny all at once…storytelling at its very best” – Edfringe; “Gripping, immersive stuff and powerfully emotional” – Three Weeks; “Perfect fusion of script and performer…beautifully executed” – Broadway Baby
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black-2BLACK!
In this show you will meet four individuals who each describe their personal experience with the word "BLACK!" We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word, whether positively or otherwise, and most important, their individual perspectives. We hope to better understand whether there are any similarities or has Society 'bought into' the stereotypes that exist.
If so...WHY?
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A coming of age story turned on it's head. Emily gives her life story in a flash forward way, skipping around and reciting love letters and dramatizing past solo shows. She sings and dances and keeps track of the pop music of the times. It's embarrassing and truthful and entertaining and if you don't know Emily, you will after seeing this show.
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Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth_Dandy Darkly_Credit Atticus Stevenson 2016 - CopyDandy Darkly's Myth Mouth!
Dandy Darkly makes his San Francisco debut! Dandy is New York City’s alt-cabaret, cult sensation with a masterful and mesmerizing style of Southern gothic storytelling that has astounded critics and delighted audiences at Fringe festivals and theaters across the globe. His latest show, Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!, explores themes of religion, addiction and social media obsession via satirical tales concerning a junkie Persephone, space-pup Laika, virtual reality fixation and humanity’s premiere popinjay, Cha-Cha the Caveman.
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even-logo - CopyEven If It's Wrong
A funny and heartfelt story of how a middle-aged man finds himself back in Nebraska helping his Dad cope with his Mom’s Alzheimer’s. Selling a junkyard, saying good-bye to the house and getting Dad to move on are the tasks at hand…even if it’s wrong.
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expeditious-intentExpeditious Intent
I try to be normal, but it never pans out. A show about excessive energy and intermittent focus... dumbing down only to pop back up again. It is my love of theatre, laughter, pantomime, diy punk and euphoria that keeps me smiling and laughing. See you in the middle! Let's have a great time!
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hitler-HITGR_promo-w-titleHitler in the Green Room
This dark musical comedy takes place in the "green room" the night before the 1933 Nuremberg Rally. Hitler has been struck deathly ill and it's up to his four companions to make sure the show goes on. Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, Ernst Röhm, and Leni Riefenstahl conspire to prop up a Hitler impersonator to take the place of their Führer. But at such short notice, their only choice is a drunk, gay, Jewish cabaret singer.
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How do we discover what home means when we feel like we never fully fit in anywhere?
Eager to leave behind her suburban US life, Amy moves abroad to explore the world. But when sudden events force her to return, she navigates a more personal terrain, compelling her to reflect on her identities as an American, transracial adoptee, and woman of color, as she seeks to define what home really is.
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how-Production_SherriRose_HowNotToDie_5X7_300dpiHow Not To Die
Atomic bombs! Terrorists! Lone shooters! Viruses! Threats are everywhere! HOW NOT TO DIE is a dark comedy about living in constant crisis. Armed with crazy - and not so crazy - safety tips, Sherri Rose bravely and humorously explores our fears in a time-jumping, multi-character solo show. Personal and political, the show has never been more relevant as it examines how we balance staying alive and truly living!
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keeping-52W--uptellitKeeping Up with the Jorgensons
The year is 1982. Reagan is President, E.T. is released, and Jeremy takes a road trip with his week-end father to Orange County. Forced to repeatedly tickle his father’s feet, sleep in his grandmother’s bed and go to an unknown relative’s wedding, he’ll do and say anything that will secure a visit to the most magical place on Earth: Disneyland.
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MY-image1 - CopyMy First Miracle
I’m standing in the middle of a football stadium full of people. They think they’re here for a Rolling Stones concert, but they’re really here for me. The Stones are about to come on and I see in front of me a girl on crutches. My first miracle – I’m gonna make her walk. An insider’s look at bipolar mood disorder.
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nigga-BlackFaceTurtleNigga-Roo
A multidisciplinary Performance based inquiry into Black identity. This Solo work bravely explores and dissects Blackness as an original and necessary social construct. Because Blackness is rooted in Slavery and saturated in Caricature this work fearlessly and intentionally uses Black Face, Spoken Word, Movement and Monologue to disarm and disrupt the world view of what Blackness is.
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not-NUTDNot Until They're Dead
Stories about our parents that we feel like we can’t tell to the world, or at least not until they’re dead. Except we're telling them anyway. A physical comedic energetic event with gentle private moments incorporating clown, character work, musical theatre, Neo-futurism, drag and more.
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New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™)
A hero's journey told through the orifices of Dr Tallulah, a fiery Sexual Activist, Zen Cosmetologist, and Vaginal Consciousness Pioneer! Imagine a metaphysical cross between Archie Bunker, Dr Ruth, and Carol Burnett on cosmic viagra! This satire taps into the New Age zeitgeist, juxtaposes pratfalls with seriousness, blends pathos with humor, explores intimacy, and utilizes Qi-Gong-Gi-Long foam rolling, traumatic storytelling (with a twist!), and ‘La Femme Fontaine’ (just a little (spr)YAY!)! WINNER - VAGFEST 1994!
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Using a variety of textured microsounds, Katarina Countiss and friends will explore a loose narrative of consciousness, interaction, and the nature of the unknown through a variety of approaches.
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RebelSeerSFFFRebel Seer
When the only people you know with voices in their heads are saints and your schizophrenic father- how do you learn to trust the voices in your head that are telling you how to break free?
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reclaiming-SQ_image_RV_v2Reclaiming Vietnam
After rejecting her Vietnamese identity, Kim travels to Vietnam, the birthplace of her father. As she discovers the beauty of her roots, she is forced to combat the demons of her past, and learn the power of forgiveness.
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ReligomaniaReligomania (a.k.a. "Holy Crap!")
Nothing is sacred in "Religomania," a musical comedy that skewers religion and the dogma that divides us. Fed up with religious extremism, Mona is on a mission to take down organized religion. But with a new Republican regime infringing on the rights of ALL citizens, can she convince her friends to join the crusade? Or do they need faith to get through the next eight years?
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returning-Vietnam-rev (2)Return to the Scene of the Crime
David Kleinberg returns to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to revisit the base camp where his buddies died and to perform his acclaimed solo theater work on the Vietnam war, “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” But David's wife, daughter and his ex-Vietnam buddies all tell him he's going to get arrested for trying to stage the work without the government's permission. David is up every night at 3 looking for the first flight home.
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Join everyone's favorite TV game show host Big Bob and his lovely assistant Vera during this live broadcast of their ever-popular game show hit: The Big Bob Show! Watch as a team of married contestants pits their wits against each other for the chance to win valuable consumer products!! At first hilarious, then horrifying, it's like "Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter had eschewed the theater of menace to work with Chuck Woolery or Monty Hall"!!!
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A comedy about putting family members into mental institutions and old age homes! HaHa! As the bumper sticker says "Be Kind to Your Children: They'll Choose Your Nursing Home." Featuring mathematicians, sex-addicts, and epileptics —i.e. Selfridge’s immediate family. “…funny, sad, thoughtful stuff that cuts to the chase of the human condition” (The Calgary Herald). Directed by David Ford.
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stories-3 - CopyStories Hardly Worth Telling
Canadian Stand-up Comedian Logan T. Smith brings laughter to the unpleasantries of life as he tells stories from his experience -- growing up in a big family, seeking work after school, working in Pest Control -- and brings comedy to life in a clean way that won't make you blush, even when watching with your mom.
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The date, 1965. The place, a land beyond your wildest imagination. Join us for SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL, a trio of inter-connected one acts that take you on a journey of the mind, both fantastic and surreal, realized for today in the style and tone of the original Rod Serling masterpiece.
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tasha_dsf4080_35972731362_oTasha
A one-woman show loosely based on the in-custody murder of Natasha McKenna in the Fairfax County Jail in February, 2015.
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to-yoga vin - CopyTo be or not to be, telle est la question
Until she had to memorize the famous Hamlet monologue, Marion’s essential question was: “To dye or not to dye…my hair?” and she considered suffering as an inconvenience to medicate. But the surprising appeal of those centuries old lines opened a can of worms. If Hamlet had taken an anti-depressant, would everyone in the story die at the end? Would there even be a story? When the title is a question, you can expect more questions. Performed in English.
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why-4Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?
What's in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions -- comical, sad, demeaning, Irma's observations from the front-lines, notes from American history, and laugh out-loud humor allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along.
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You-FuckinEarnedItYou Fucking Earned It
Winner of Best of SF Fringe 2012, Naked Empire returns with a pear-shaped grotesque in a wicked partnership with a hump-backed giggle monster. Together they pull the audience into the joyous, jingle-filled depths of America’s economic imperialism. These two disturbing anti-clowns shapeshift into sex slaves, orangutans, yoga moms, and more – all to satirically celebrate our convenient consumerism.
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AND COMING TO THE EXIT AFTER THE FRINGE
InfiniteWrench_v02The Infinite Wrench
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists' barrage of two-minute plays that will never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join us as we test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF, and the new.
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madameMadame Ho
Inspired by the life of Eugenie Chan's great-grandmother, Madame Ho tells the story of a formidable Barbary Coast, San Francisco brothel madam, single mother, Chinese immigrant, and ghost -- who tries to raise her daughter right. A tale of survival and complicity.
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SF Olympians Festival VIII: Mediterranean Cruise
Come take a cruise around the ancient civilizations that inspired or were inspired by the myths of Ancient Greece!
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diva-or-die-72hDIVA or Die Burlesque
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Dramatic presentations using Burlesque like you’ve never seen it before.
mineola-52WThe Mineola Twins
Myrna is the "good" twin: straight-as-an arrow, traditional in her values. Myra is the "evil" twin: rebellious and unabashedly promiscuous. Even their chest sizes are in explicit contrast. Spanning three decades from the Eisenhower Administration through George H.W. Bush, The Mineola Twins follows the growing and even follows the growing and eventually insurmountable chasm between these two sisters through the women's movement, examining what happens when the person you expected to fight at your side becomes your own adversary and greatest threat.
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RYAN-100WThe Magic of Ryan Kane
Intimate magic every third Friday of the Month by the current San Francisco magic champion.
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street-72hStreet Magic Live SF
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Magic, juggling & crazy stunts, pu close and live, by unique San Francisco street performers.
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Weekly improv shows by Leela.
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mermaid-72hMermaid Show
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Monthly showcase of the finest of the mermaidiest of comedians to lure you, mesmerize you, and sing you to the depths of the sea!
saturday-72hSaturday Write Fever
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An evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in communal creativity, either as writer, performers, or audience!
PrintThe Cutting Ball Variety Pack
A Fortnight of Collaboration and Exploration
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timon-52WTimon of Athes
One of Shakepeare’s neglected classics.
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