Fringe Encore Series 2017


Soho Playhouse features the best of international fringe fests!

Even though FringeNYC took a hiatus in 2017, Soho Playhouse is still mounting its Fringe Encore Series. This 12th annual event features productions from various international theater fests, including the Adelaide, Brighton, Edinburgh, Hollywood, San Diego, and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. 

Shows are listed in opening date order.

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: British-born Irish stand-up comedian and actor Jimeoin comes to New York with his latest stand-up show, straight from the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Jimeoin's ever-evolving stand-up has earned him appearances on TV shows including 'Live at the Apollo,' 'The Royal Variety Performance,' CH4's 'O2 Gala,' and 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium.' Grab yourself a ring-aide seat for a performance of this internationally recognized comedian.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This drama centers around Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, a charming manipulator and sociopathic narcissist.

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1979, a beach in Brazil. An elderly man takes his routine morning swim. Out at sea he has a seizure and is washed ashore where he is confronted by a local woman, who he assumes has saved him. Flattered and entranced by this enigmatic presence, he is seduced into revealing himself. As he seeks to justify his life, he ultimately only succeeds in damning himself.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This darkly comic play centers around a lost weekend warrior whose life takes a radical turn when he experiences a strange new drug.

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A nine-to-fiver named 'Dennis' stumbles into the trip of a lifetime when he consumes '2CR-100', a mysterious new research chemical fresh in the area. Magic and adventure quickly ensue with sexy creatures of the wood, angry old bug ladies, the nation's favorite TV game show 'Crimebang' and the big man Satan himself. Based on the novel 'Shell Shock the Diary of Tommy Atkins.'


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This new drama explores one ex-soldier’s moving and poignant struggle to adjust to life as a civilian following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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This intensely personal story written by Neil Watkins, Iraq war veteran in the form of a diary - ‘Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins’ was adapted for stage by Tim Marriott. It mixes emotionally charged scenes with light-hearted observations of everyday life – a dreaded trip to Ikea, a seemingly mundane post office queue, and more.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This new play combines text with live music and dance to examine the scapegoating of girls and women throughout mythology, history, and literature.

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Each culture seems to have one thing in common: A well-known tale in which a girl does something horrible, or is the victim of something horrible, and she ruins everything and everyone around her. From Eve and Pandora to Lilith and La Llorona, 'Blamed' brings these women to life in and explores their stories.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this solo performance Chase Padgett becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style.

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During this 85 minute show, each of the characters ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that aim to leave the audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This solo piece is an exploration of the story of Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar, through theatre, song and burlesque.

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Written for and performed by Tymisha Harris, 'Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play' was the winner of 'Best Show' and 'Outstanding Solo Performance' at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. 


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This cabaret is a wild emporium that combines vocals with breathtaking movement in burlesque, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and aerial lyra.

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You’re invited to escape into the wonderful world of 'Fafi D’Alour and The Delinquents'; an evening of exquisite performance and sensual titillation. Led only by powerful and influential women in music; from Nina Simone, Etta James and Amy Winehouse to Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, 'Fafi D’Alour and The Delinquents' offers a celebration of female empowerment.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this absurdist piece, Hey-Zeus sits on the toilet as Quote Mamma feeds him jello and wisdom.

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In a whitewashed room with a white fridge, white sink, white porcelain toilet center stage and white everything else; Hey-Zeus frantically scrubs the white tiled floor with his toothbrush as his doting Quote Mamma watches. She tells us, “To live in clean is to live in perpetual orgasms.” Their lives are a cycle of repetitions and restated experience echoing impotent frustration and mindless obliviousness.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This original musical offers a fast and farcical race through space.

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The 4242 Intergalympics are finally here, and it’s up to the crew of the S.S. Albacore to prove that Earth isn’t the shabby dirt turd the Martians think it is. Ready. Set. Space! 'Turbulence' won Best Musical and Best World Premiere in the 2017 Hollywood International Fringe Festival.


Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Working at breakneck speed, the multi-talented performers of the The Fourth Wall combine music, theatre, and dance in this sprint-triathlon variety show.

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'Fruit Flies' returns with a madcap trip around the globe, a high-octane variety hour where each piece is inspired by a different locale, and YOU choose the itinerary! Each night the audience selects the show order by picking cards from a deck, and even determines parameters for some pieces created on the spot. It’s sure to keep your seats in their fully upright and locked positions!


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