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August 11, 2013

Highlights of FringeNYC

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) gives New Yorkers over two weeks of almost non-stop theater, from musicals to dramas to solo performance pieces. Not sure what to see? Culturadar blogger Shoshana Greenberg spotlights three shows worth checking out and talks to each writer about the show and the experience of being a part of FringeNYC.


By Emily Comisar
Director: Josh Penzell

Penn Station can be a nightmare, but imagine being stranded there in a blizzard. Emily Comisar’s play, Track Twelve, based on her own experience being trapped in DC’s Union Station during a blizzard in 2009, finds four passengers stuck in New York City’s major travel hub. The play explores relationships, secrets, and connections as the delays create tension among the characters, two of whom are brother and sister. “There’s a lot about family in this story,” Comisar said in an email. “For me, siblings are some of the most interesting characters to play with.” Track Twelve marks Comisar’s first Fringe experience, and she is loving it. “I’ve loved getting to know the other artists who are doing Fringe,” she said. “The festival is very fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants, so it’s good to commiserate over the shared feelings of excitement and panic.”
Venue: Teatro Circulo
Saturday, August 10 at 1:45
Thursday, August 15 at 8:45
Sunday, August 18 at 8:45
Wednesday, August 21 at 5:00
Friday, August 23 at 2pm

By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman
Director: Nikki Rothenberg
Musical Director: Rich Silverstein
Six years ago, composer, lyricist, and book-writer Gregory Jacobs-Roseman went to a wedding that would inspire a musical. After drinking and partying too much the night before, he and his friend missed their flight. “That set off a chain reaction of horrible experiences with plane, trains, and automobiles,” Jacobs-Roseman said in an email. “But it speaks to the core lesson these characters learn: That being irresponsible can be fun, but it has its consequences, and at a certain point you have to grow up.” Save the Date is about people in their twenties, but Jacobs-Roseman thinks people of all ages will enjoy it. “Anyone who has ever experienced that phase of life when you watch all of your friends get married off will relate,” he said. This is Jacobs-Roseman’s first time in Fringe as a writer (he previously worked as a sound designer in 2009), and finds it to be the right fit. “The audience for this show and the story felt very ‘downtown’ to me,” he said. “And let’s face it; being young means being broke, so the $15 ticket price is great for us.¬†
Venue: Theatre 80
Thursday, August 15 at 10:15
Friday, August 16 at 9:45
Tuesday, August 20 at 2:00
Thursday, August 22 at 5:30
Saturday, August 24 at 7:00

By David Jacobi
Director: Sarah Wansley
Monster Down! Theatre Company and Aporia Theater
Fringe shows come from a variety of places, but few come from as far as China. Playwright David Jacobi’s Ex Machina, set in a smartphone factory, was inspired by a series of suicides in 2009 at the FoxCONN factories in Shenzhen, as well as the subsequent rally at which, Jacobi explained in an email, FoxCONN gave out “I LOVE FOXCONN” shirts, made people scream about how much they love life, and had them sign anti-suicide pacts. “It was pretty absurd,” said Jacobi, who was living in China at the time. Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs featured this incident, but Ex Machina takes it in a different direction. “While researching the play, I learned that the similarities in labor issues in China and the United States are so plentiful,” he said. “It begged discussion.” Jacobi now attends UC San Diego’s MFA program in Playwriting, and is happy to participate in the New York Fringe Festival. “The Fringe is one of those things that as a theater artist, you should do at least once,” he said. “While the process is intense, especially when you’re based on the West Coast, it’s one of the more unique ways to get your work put on in New York.”
Friday, August 9 at 5:30
Thursday, August 15 at 7:00
Saturday, August 17 at 3:30
Wednesday, August 21 at 3:30
Friday, August 23 at 9:30


Shoshana Greenberg¬†writes musicals, plays, and prose. Her musicals include¬†Lightning Man¬†(Ars Nova ANT Fest),¬†Sophia Venetia Voyager, and¬†Soon Never, and her work has been featured in concerts at Lincoln Center, The York Theatre Company, the Duplex Cabaret Theater, the TriArts Sharon Playhouse, the Goodspeed Opera House, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre. She earned her MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program after graduating from Barnard College. She also blogs about theater for¬†The Huffington Post.¬†


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