Fringe Encore Series 2018

Show-Score | Nov 6, 2018

Soho Playhouse features the best of fringe fests!

Fringe Encore Series was created as a learning center and stepping stone for the talented and amazing productions that are a part of The New York International Fringe Festival every August in New York City. Now having expanded to include the largest Fringe Festivals in the world, the Encore Series has achieved global reach. Each fall, Fringe Encore Series presents the “best of” productions from each festival and allows these worthy shows a chance to perform in New York City at the historic SoHo Playhouse.

Shows are listed in chronologically.

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With rapid-fire comedic dialogue and a mind-bending plot, this fast-moving one-act play about two old friends who find themselves trapped at an annual holiday party toys with our sense of time and identity. 

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It soon becomes apparent that everything is not as it seems, as secrets and betrayals are exposed just as quickly as the duo's inability to remember them. To reveal anything more would ruin the fun.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


This comic and moving play about Scotland's radical, lesbian, gay, and feminist bookshop began in the cloakroom of Scotland's first gay nightclub.

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In 1982, two friends Bob and Sigrid opened Lavender Menace on Edinburgh’s Forth Street. On the eve of the shop’s 5th birthday, sales assistants Paul and David take a look back at its origins, its importance, its celebration of queer culture, and how things have changed. An exploration of the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the loss that is felt when you have to let it go.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


WNTMTSUFKO is an irreverent musical comedy about a frustrated therapist who is strong-armed into creating a musical with two of his suicidal patients, Sarah, a struggling singer, and Mitchell, a failing actor.

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Nothing seems to go quite right for them, however, and their aspirations for success must take a backseat to their newfound friendship. Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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In Peter Groom's one-(wo)man cabaret show, it's 1942, on the battlefields of North Africa, where Marlene Dietrich takes the stage to fight the war her way, with a mix of songs, sequins, sex, and sympathy. 

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Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


An autobiographical tale about pouring pints at Butlin's Holiday Camp - the McDonald's of resorts - a British cultural institution - and an absolute shithole.

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Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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"Wounded" tells the story of a woman in the role of caregiver to her husband after he has been severely mentally and physically injured in the Iraq war.

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After five years of full-time caregiving, she's considering for the first time having a romantic relationship with someone new while still taking care of her husband. Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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A bare bones, largely comic staging of Robert Louis Stevenson classic tale of dual identity.

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Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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A musical comedy about ambition, anxiety and avocados that asks, how do you know if you are living your best life?

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'Is it too much to ask for everything?!' she shouted drunkenly at a bin. This was the plan: 1) Find dream job. 2) Change the world. 3) Go for brunch. Now she’s broke, overwhelmed by options and in a complicated relationship with Netflix. Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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Autojeu Theatre presents a comic riff on one of history’s most famous tales. See Beowulf stride, swim, fight, and flounder in this physical, musical performance.

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Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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This two-person shadow-puppet play with songs revolves around a bizarre true story of Midwestern town who blames a spate of nightmares on the unidentified corpse the town displayed for decades.

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In 1929, a dead body is found and placed on display in hopes of identification. That's when "Dead Dreams" began: experience-shared recurring nightmares of that haunted sleepy town of Sabina OH, and the stranger-than-fiction story of Eugene.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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Musician Elias Faingersh plays us through a comedic crash course in finding operatic (and personal) meaning, as he recounts his decision to leave a coveted position at the Metropolitan Opera in this solo show.

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This story is about the choices faced by most people — whether to pursue comfort and security or follow their dreams. Combining music, comedy and candor, this show is a peek into a composer’s mind.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he's "supposed" to be? Hear Posley weigh in on the modern-day conversation about race from a unique perspective.

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Bi-racial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he's half white, he's labeled 100% black.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



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Part of Soho Playhouse's "Fringe Encores" series, this original musical with an all-child cast offers a life-affirming story of acceptance, courage, and friendship.

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Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying. When new girl Flora arrives, is it time for something new?

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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In Brite Theater's new production, Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore.

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Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before. Hamlet has the questions. Do you have the answers?

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.


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Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in an adults-only, film-noir murder mystery.

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Join Butt in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows, and subterfuge as you take the ride of a full-on interactive comedic experience. Kick reality to the curb! Play in a world of dark dreams and bad similes.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.