Baruch Performing Arts Center and SoHo Playhouse Host FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES, Sept. 4 – Oct. 5

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NEW YORK, NY- August 27, 2014 – Now in its 10th year, the official 2014 FringeNYC Encore Series is offering theatre lovers another chance at seeing some of the most critically acclaimed and most crowd-pleasing shows from the New York International Fringe Festival.

This year, the FringeNYC Encore Series will be divided into two separate mini festivals. Baruch Performing Arts Center will present exclusively solo performances as part of its ongoing “Solo In The City” performance series (which has previously presented works by Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Hoffman and Tovah Feldshuh), while SoHo Playhouse will host an array of drama, comedies and musicals. FringeNYC and The FringeNYC Encore Series are servicemarks and/or trademarks of The Present Theatre, Inc. and are used with permission.
SOLO IN THE CITY: THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 4 – 27 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Baruch College in Manhattan on East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Tickets are $18 – $20, available online at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac, by phone at (646) 312-5073, or at the box office at 55 Lexington Ave. (enter E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.) Performances will include:

  •  Confessions of Old Lady #2

Joan Shepard’s sparkling account of 74 years on Broadway and on TV. Laced with side-splitting stories & witty songs, this musical memoir won four stars from the London Times.

  • Fearless

The story of one man’s broken engagement (not his fault), failed suicide attempt (definitely his fault), the relationships that followed (probably his fault) and the misguided attempts to teach his students how to take risks and become fearless.

  •  Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet (As Performed by David Carl)

In this absurdist romp through Shakespeare, pop culture, and life in the theatre, iconic actor Gary Busey (played by comedian David Carl) will perform all the parts in “Hamlet”, using homemade puppets, videos, live music, and poetry.

  • Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey, with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran                                                                       

Ever wish the Holocaust hadn’t happened? Some say it didn’t! Join Barry’s journey to find deniers from Illinois to Iran, meeting engineers and ex-presidents, dodging a brother in Hungary and a boyfriend back home to discover the truth.

  •  Magical Negro Speaks

Jamil Ellis gives voice to the Magical Negro — one of Hollywood’s favorite tropes — and examines what images in entertainment mean for future     generations.

  • Murder Margaret and Me

Margaret Rutherford became a global legend playing Miss Marple. Originally she didn’t want the part, and Agatha Christie didn’t want Marple          played by “the funniest woman alive.” This British sell-out sensation sees Christie playing detective, unearthing Rutherford’s terrible secrets.

  • The Pawnbroker: Lies, Lovers, and Bertolt Brecht
    What price would you pay for love — your dignity, your sanity, your place in history? Discover the lies behind Brecht’s legend – and what five women lost to create it.
  • Sex, Lies & Earl Grey

How do you take your tea? Georgina likes it hot with good manners, bad behavior and a pianist. Her crash course in etiquette reveals more than she, or you might expect.

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THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 4 – October 5 at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street between Varick and Avenue of the Americas). Tickets are $18, available at (212) 352-3101 or online at OvationTix at www.fringenyc-encoreseries.com. Performances will include:

  • Chemistry

Steph is a recovering depressive. Jamie overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist’s office, they can’t deny their    chemistry, but can they survive it? A pitch black and piercingly insightful comedy about being crazy in love

  •  Fatty Fatty No Friends

As the fattest kid in school, Tommy lives a lonely, living nightmare. When the skinny kids’ taunting goes too far, Tommy takes revenge without amends. A dark spoken-word Tim Burton-esque musical diving into the lunchtime of life, where bullies are delicious.

  •  The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale (Art of the Drink TV) for a boozy romp through the history of alcohol. Cocktails and comedy combine for an utterly unique musical theatre experience! “An absolute must-see!” raves The Huffington Post. 21+ only

  • Jump Man

A musical parody of the Mario Brothers world. When a crime wave hits their Brooklyn neighborhood, Mario and Luigi have their heroism tested. Jump Man addresses age-old questions like “What defines a hero?” and “Do plumbers love to sing?”

  •  No One Asked Me

Illegal. No papers. They are not supposed to be here, yet for thousands of undocumented children, the U.S. is the only home they know. They face an uncertain future, fearing deportation. Based upon stories of “illegal” NYC students.

  • Smashed: The Carrie Nation Story

A beer-soaked, absurdly comic opera loosely based on the hatchet-wielding temperance leader Carrie Nation. Raise your frothy brew high!

  • This is Where We Live

Two teenagers collide like a modern day Orpheus and Eurydice in a dead-end Australian town. A dark, moving comedy infused with the rhythm of beat poetry. Australia’s Paperbark Theatre Company presents this US premiere, which won the 2012 Griffin AwardUrban Momfare

  • Why don’t we ever hear songs about moms not actually liking their kids? This romp through motherhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side spans 17 years: “Music For Gifted and Talented Babies” to bra straps and Bellinis. Sling on your stilettos!

Past FringeNYC Encore Series have served as a launching platform for many commercial and regional runs including Silence! The Musical, Krapp 39, Triassic Parq, 5 Lesbian Eating A Quiche, Jamaica Farewell, The Complete Performer and Piaf, among others.

For information contact Ron Lasko at ron@spincyclenyc.com or (212) 505-1700 Ext. 11

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

 

 

 

 

 

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu