Created as a way to help shows get on their feet before flying off to Scotland, EAST TO EDINBURGH simulates the same production constraints that all shows experience during the Festival, while giving them a clean, comfortable and nurturing space to fine-tune their productions. This whirlwind three-week festival reflects some of the most adventurous theater from artists across the United States and gives New York audiences a small sampling of the cultural extravaganza that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
2009 East to Edinburgh Lineup:
July 14 - July 22
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A ROCK MUSICAL
by George Griggs.
directed by Paul Andrew Perez.
With Maxine Builder, Erin Nelligan, Christine Barnwell, Conner Ives, Natalie Tiffany, Carlie Yaroscak, Rachel Farmer, Elizabeth Campolongo, Matt Rodriguez, Christopher Goodwin.
The Mayor's re-election, Hermia loves Lysander, Dmitri loves Hermia, Helena loves Dmitri, Bottom and The Crew search for the lost Hermia, Tytania and Oberon battle, Puck plies her mischief, Bottom with a donkey head, will anything ever be the same? Madcap adventure and magic, underscored by a rock and roll theme.
July 14 - 19
written and performed by Carlo D'Amore
directed by Margarett Perry.
NO PAROLE takes you on a wild, hilarious and gut-wrenching journey through the real life of a flamboyant con artist mother. From Peru to New York, NO PAROLE provides a look into the life of an extraordinary woman, and the son who must save her from herself. The San Francisco Bay Guardian praised it as "a black-box blend of Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodóvar."
July 16 - July 18
MILES & COLTRANE: BLUE (.)
by Concrete Generation
directed by Quentin "Q" Talley
With Sultan Omar El-Amin, Randolph Ward, Quentin "Q" Talley, Chris Pennix, Charles "CP Maze" Perry, Filmore Johnson, Boris "Bluz" Rogers, Kendrea "Mekkah" Griffith, Carlos Robson, Sherry "Swan" Cole, Stephen Gordon Quintet.
Concrete Generation and the Stephen Gordon Quintet, award-winning poets and musicians, explore the genius, experiences and differences of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, two of jazz's most influential figures, using theatre and music.
July 16 - July 30
JEFF KREISLER'S GET RICH CHEATING
written and performed by Jeff Kreisler
directed by Jeff Kreisler and Anne Teutschel
Bill Hicks Spirit Award winner reveals proven schemes to make you filthy rich and ruin the world. Everyone's cheating: Why not you? GET RICH CHEATING was published as a book by Harper Collins, which was called "very funny, very timely" by Terry Jones (Monty Python). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said, "You'll be laughing all the way to the bank!"
July 16 - July 18
52 MAN PICKUP
written and performed by Desiree Burch
directed by Isaac Byrne with Jessica McVea
A salacious evening of storytelling and stand-up created by acclaimed performer Desiree Burch. The alt-comedy diva deals out card games and dirty stories with her deck of experience from the city that never sleeps with the same person twice.
July 17 - July 25
written and directed by Steven Kaliski
with Joie Bauer, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Jeffrey Feola, Graham Halstead, Suzanne Lenz
This comic take on American pioneers follows two couples who have stalled on their Westward journeys.
July 18 - July 26
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S JONATHAN PRAGER!
written and performed by Jonathan Prager
New York Times featured comedian Jonathan Prager's insight into families, relationships, politics and life's incongruities is both touching and hilarious.
July 19 - July 22
written and performed by Carolyn Castiglia
directed by Baron Vaughn
A mix of stand-up, characters and hip-hop, BROWN AMBITION chronicles the life of Carolyn Castiglia (Miss CKC from MTV, VH1) as she moves from her small town in Upstate NY to the streets of Harlem and back again. A black comedy about a white girl you won't soon forget.
July 23- July 26
written and performed by Susan Stein
directed by Austin Pendleton
Etty Hillesum, seen by many as an adult counterpart to Anne Frank, asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz, but to let her have a say in what she hopes will be a new world.
July 23 - August 1
written and performed by Vicki Ferentinos
Vicki Ferentinos takes audiences on a journey to find her inner superhero.
July 28 - August 2
THE MONTANA RANCH
written by Dylan Dougherty
Saving the planet has never been so wrong. Two eco-scam artists turn Obama's Green idealism into a money machine. But a darkly comical change of heart could ruin everything. Greed, betrayal and a dead tortoise.
July 29 - August 2
A LONGHARDT LOOK AT LOVE WITH CHAD LONGHARDT
written and performed by Brianne Berkson
directed by Daniel Kutner
Before "Flavor Flav" or "Rock of Love," there was Chad Longhardt: the first Rock-Superstar to seek love on a televised dating-love-competition-show... and there's a reason this show never aired.
July 31 - August 1
by Carey Lovelace
directed by Judith Stevens-Ly
with Kyle Fabel, James Kennedy and Anna Margaret Hollyman
Boy loves girl, boy gets therapist, therapist gets girl...and then? This quirky comedy explores psychotherapy, New York-style. A fast-paced, language-driven journey into relationships, love triangles and Freud.