FringeNYC: Women's Stories

With Hillary Clinton as our country's first female Democratic presidential nominee, and increased awareness and outrage over issues like the gender wage gap and rape on college campuses, 2016 is shaping up to be a game-changing year for us ladies. So it's no wonder that the societal roles we play as women are being explored in a number of FringeNYC productions. Some sound hilarious, like a quartet of female clowns navigating a mysterious universe; others harrowing, including shows about violence against women, prostitution, and the struggles of motherhood. 

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Note: Shows are organized in ShowScore order, and productions are removed once they close.

Part of FringeNYC: A producer’s life goes off-script after one son is diagnosed with autism, another yearns to be a princess, and her hair catches fire! Doreen's funny, heartfelt story about accepting those you love, even when they’re not what you expected.

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Categories: Solo Show, Comedy, Local. From Doreen Oliver. Written by Doreen Oliver. Directed by Janeece Freeman Clark.

EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT is a heartfelt, personal comedy about Doreen, a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script after her son is diagnosed with autism. As she tries everything the experts advise to help her young son become more “normal,” she seeks strength from her mother and aunts, a funny, irrepressible crew of old-school African-American matriarchs born and raised in Newark, NJ. Under the loving yet scrutinizing eye of her mother – who insists she could be a better housewife by ironing her husband’s clothes and feeding her kids things other than quinoa - Doreen feels like she’s failing her child in the one job that matters most.

EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT explores the relationship between parents and their children, and the ability to accept those you love, even if they’re not what you expected.

Part of FringeNYC: Turns out, high school boys aren't the only ones trying to get laid. Filthy, funny, and relentlessly honest, GWBG is a coming of age story about best friends navigating their newfound sexuality in the digital age. World Premiere!

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Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Jolie London Glickman. Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit.

Turns out, high school boys aren't the only ones trying to get laid. Filthy, funny, and relentlessly honest, this provocative new play follows four New York teens as they stumble towards the brink of womanhood. Together they do their best to navigate their newfound sexuality, autonomy, and all that it means to grow up girl in the digital age.

This is unapologetic girlhood... and it isn't always pretty.

Part of FringeNYC: Young love, a professional medical surgeon, whispers, a manic wife, a pool, a baby, Virginia Woolf, sauce, suicide, a psychic, death, a minnow, and one blue night tell the story of how love alters through the course of marriage and loss.

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Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Jenna Langbaum. Directed by Jenna Langbaum.

The Night of Blue and Salt follows WIFE and MAN, a couple who's young love rusts into a seemingly hopeless fate. WIFE, full of magic and manic, longs to be a writer, often speaking in lines of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. MAN, full of knowledge and numbers becomes a surgeon, speaking mostly in medical jargon and statistics. When WIFE and MAN endure the tragedy of losing their baby girl, their lack of communication is ultimately their greatest downfall. Written in the style of Theatre of the Absurd and riddled with dark humor, WIFE gradually dismantles the shackles of domesticity and a loveless marriage to be the dramatic feminist ingenue she always longed to be.

Part of FringeNYC: An immersive experience: Only 20 audience members per show. Lie down for projected videos and uncommon intimacy. Animation plays a dreamscape overhead as this psychologist and Virginia Woolf scholar tells a story of love, betrayal, redemption, and...marrying a man just like Daddy.

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Categories: Solo Show, Multi-Media, Local. Written by Ilana Simons.

An intimate audience of twenty lies down in a handmade tent for highly imaginative storytelling that evokes a proud and fantastical escape. Lying with strangers is electrifying, and recollects sleepovers in the backyard, with the awed stargazing of those nights. The writer and performer of this one-woman show, Ilana Simons, is a psychologist, literature professor, and animator who wrote this psychologically-rich narrative after her divorce, as a way to name childhood longings, or to learn why she married a man just like her father. She stitched the cloth walls of this tent and animated the intricate videos that project onto them. Simons embeds herself in the tent alongside her audience members to deliver an uncommonly evocative and beautiful reverie of love and loss.

Ilana Simons is a clinical psychologist, Virginia Woolf scholar, and animator. She is the founder of Tin House Reels, an online site for short videos at Tin House magazine and a writer for Psychology Today. Her short animations have premiered at Sundance and been featured online at sites like Hyperallergic and Electric Literature, where her short animated film about Haruki Murakami garnered 30,000 views. She is the author of A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (Penguin), and collaborated with Alain de Botton on his Great Writers series. She has performed her work at The Flea, the Nuyorican Poetry Café, and the Moth and lives in Brooklyn.

Features artistic contributions from Eamonn Farrell, director and media designer of Anonymous Ensemble, who has worked extensively with Mabou Mines, Jessica Scott, and with theaters like HERE.

This is an immersive show with a limited number of audience members let in each night. a special storytelling experience.

Part of FringeNYC: Should she flee, or should she stay? Eve faces a dilemma in this biting satire about love and female friendship in the Garden of Eden. You know how it ends, but how did Eve really come to pick the low-hanging fruit?

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Categories: Comedy, Local. Written by Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg. Directed by Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg.

It’s Adam and Eve’s one year anniversary, but it sure doesn’t sound like it. There’s yelling, contempt, belittling,and trouble with an, on second thought, maybe it is a traditional celebration. Eve reaches her breaking point in a fight with Adam and storms off to tend the Garden on her own. Something she’s never done before. Along the way she meets a snake, of course, discovers other women exist, and contemplates eviction from Paradise.

Eve and Her Neighbors uses humor to address serious issues like sexist legislation and entrenched gender hierarchies," said Hunter College in a recent “Headlines” feature about Hutson-Ellenberg, its January 2016 graduate.

Hutson-Ellenberg wrote Eve and Her Neighbors for the Primary Stage’s First Draft playwriting class. She studied humor writing at the 92nd Street Y with Patricia Marx, a New Yorker contributor; interned at the Mint Theater, which finds and produces lost and forgotten but worthwhile plays; and performed in a 2015 production of the Vagina Monologues. At Hunter, this emerging playwright was a Muse Scholar, described by Hunter as having “found her own muse: Adam’s rebellious wife."