I know. “Setting the Stage” is an extremely lame title. I’ll just put out the disclaimer now that this title will most likely be subject to change within the next week. But, that’s not why you’re reading this post. It’s the second part of the title hopefully that has intrigued your hopefully passionate, theater-loving hearts. That’s right. It’s the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Typically, these blog posts will contain a more reflective, deeper exploration of local theatrical flair (actors, theaters, playwrights, etc.), but there was no “This Week in Arts” this week (how’s that for redundant) to enlighten us Berkeleyans of theatrical events this week and the Fringe Festival is upon us!
For 21 years, San Francisco has hosted a wealth of the diverse, off-the-wall and innovative acts that fall under the wide umbrella of “fringe theatre” — a term broadly used for any performance not considered to be mainstream (which I think, technically, includes my one-woman show wherein I manage, with the delicate balance of a Trapeze artist, the difficult balance of eating Hot Pockets without spilling hot cheese on my shirt). Sadly, my show will not be featured in this year’s Fringe Festival offerings. But, there is a show called “Stalking Christopher Walken,” an educational solo performance focused on foreskin awareness and an intriguing act entitled “Cheesecake and Demerol.” The event is ongoing until September 16, with multiple performances of the same acts at the EXIT Theatre (near the Powell BART station) and tickets costing around $10.
Check out the site for the official show schedule.
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