FringeNYC 2016 on Indie Theater Now

Today I am proud and honored to share with all of you the names of the 30 plays that will be part of our 2016 collection of new plays from the New York International Fringe Festival!

ITN’s annual FringeNYC collection is kind of a big deal, because the festival is a big deal. Nearly 200 shows from around the world are presented during 17 days in August in downtown Manhattan. This year, I had the privilege of reviewing the scripts of all of the accepted plays. Along with that, I made use of ITN’s network of playwrights and contributors to try to figure out which of this year’s plays belong on our site — and which of the playwrights should be invited to join our program.

So here are the choices (alphabetically):

  • A MICROWAVED BURRITO FILLED WITH E. COLI by Andrea Alton and Allen Warnock
  • ARIADNE ON THE ISLAND by Isaac Allen Miller
  • AT THE FLASH by Sean Chandler and David Leeper
  • COLORBLIND’D by Kirk White
  • DEBRIEFING by Max Gill
  • DIE FOR ME by Ethan Ness
  • FIRST TIME, LAST TIME by Jeremy Stuart
  • IS THAT DANNY DEVITO? AND OTHER QUESTIONS FROM WEST OF THE HUDSON by Alexander Janosek Doyle
  • KERRMOOR by Susan McCully
  • LOVE ME FOREVER BILLY H. TENDER by Jesse LaVercombe
  • MEMORIAM: AFTER EURIPIDES’ ALCESTIS by Stephen Kaliski
  • MISS by Michael Ross Albert
  • MURMURS AND INCANTATIONS by Dahn Hiuni
  • MY WHITE WIFE, OR SO I MARRIED A BLACK MAN by Vanessa Shealy and Rick Younger
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! by Kevin R. Free
  • OFF TRACK by James Comtois
  • PUCKER UP AND BLOW by Daniel Reitz
  • SCRATCHING by Britton Buttrill
  • SINNERS ON A SOUTHBOUND BUS by Ben Holbrook
  • STILL NOT by Harrison Bryan
  • SVETLYACHKI by Alla Ilyasova
  • THE BRAGGART OF BOURBON ST. by Kevin P. Joyce
  • THE CLEANING GUY by Paul Adams
  • THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF… by Kathleen Warnock
  • THE ILLUSORY ADVENTURES OF A DREAMER by Michael Bradley
  • THE PRINCEMAKER by Robert Gelberg
  • THE THEATRE MADE IN PARADISE by Jonathon Ward
  • THE TROUBADOUR STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Ed Malin
  • THREAD by Elena Zucker
  • WHALES & SOULS by Andrew Kramer

These plays truly resonate in this political year, touching on everything from racial identity to homophobia to money in politics to the religious conflicts that are so incendiary right now. You can read descriptions of all of them here (and you’ll also find links to interviews we’ve done with the playwrights about their work).

There may be a few additions to the list later this week. And I’ll have much more to share with you about these plays and playwrights as we head toward the 20th annual FringeNYC festival, which starts a week from Friday!

One comment

  • “Let The Devil Take The Hindmost” by Maya Contreras should be added to your list for FringeNYC. “Set in Washington D.C. 1969, the production eerily echoes our current U.S. cultural and political climate. It delves deep into stereotypes about the “angry black woman” and how anger is evaluated through the lens of privilege, devaluing individuals’ purpose of anger.”