The Secret Theatre, a performing arts venue in Long Island City, presents the third annual UnFringed Festival, a collection of seven daring new short plays that runs over two weeks in August.
'The Underpants Godot:' A director is rehearsing an avant-garde production of 'Waiting for Godot' starring boys in their underpants when a representative from the Beckett estate tries to stop him.
'How to Howl': Set in northern New Jersey in 2005, a group of teenage friends relentlessly pursue their goals in the face of expulsion from school.
'An Appetizing Yarn:' Andrew Martin's autobiographical tale, touching on surviving sexual molestation, rubbing shoulders with Andy Warhol superstars, and finding himself somewhat of an overnight sensation in the world of cabaret.
'Inspector Descending:' A detective from Moscow is confronted with a murder case that puts into question everything he's experienced.
'Intolerant Vaudeville:' The show uses the traditional structure of vaudeville to crack open a piñata of bigotry.
'The Toupee:' A prostitute gets out of jail early on the condition that she work with an agency that helps ex-cons. All starts well until she discovers her mentor is the widow of the man she was in bed with at the time of his death.
'Coffeehouse Magik:' Disgruntled professor Howard Suffect plans to stay up all night to work on his new play until he meets the flamboyant Derrick Wyman, who claims to be a dreamweaver. When Wyman offers Howard the chance to see his own future, he completely fractures what Howard once knew as reality.