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Boston University 13th Annual Fall Fringe Festival October 9 – November 1


The thirteenth annual Fall Fringe Festival, presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts, begins October 9 and continues through November 1. This year’s festival features the BU Schools of Music and Theatre with the BU Opera Institute, and will include two one-act operas, two full-length plays, and a staged vocal recital. All performances will take place at the Lane-Comley Studio 210 at the Boston University Theatre and the TheatreLab at the College of Fine Arts.

A celebration of unconventional opera and theatre repertoire, the Boston University Fringe Festival brings together artists and audiences for a unique performance experience. Sharon Daniels, Director of Opera Programs at Boston University, founded the BU Fringe Festivalwith the goal of cultivating a broader audience for opera. By presenting operas with minimal sets and costumes, bringing artists and audience members together in an intimate performance space, and setting ticket prices at just $7, the Fringe Festival has attracted ever-larger audiences over the last thirteen years.

Festival Schedule

The Good Person of Szechwan
October 9-24
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willett
Directed by David Gram

Three Gods come to Earth in search of a ‘good’ person. They discover the good-hearted but penniless prostitute Shen Teh, who finds that being good comes with a price. When the townspeople begin taking advantage of Shen Teh’s goodness, she is forced to develop an alter ego, Shui Ta, to deal ruthlessly with the business of living in an evil world.

Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

diventare
October 14-18
By Jenny Rachel Weiner
Directed by Ellie Heyman

When Linda’s life fractures, she escapes to an imaginary underwater kingdom. As a hurricane once again approaches, Linda must choose to retreat further or face the storm. The College’s 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival entry, Diventare will be featured in this spring’s InCite Arts Festival in New York City. A production of the BU New Play Initiative

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Antigone
October 17-25
Marjorie Merryman, composer and librettist
William Lumpkin, music director
Jim Petosa, stage director

In this one-act opera based on Sophocles’ play and featuring an original libretto by former BU faculty member Marjorie Merryman, Antigone faces the deaths of her two brothers, who have killed each other in battle. This production will also be featured in this spring’s InCite Arts Festival in New York City.

Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Lucrezia
October 24-31
William Bolcom, composer
Mark Campbell, librettist
Allison Voth, music director
E. Loren Meeker, guest stage director

Commissioned and written for the New York Festival of Song in 2007, this one-act comedic opera is a “riff on Machiavelli’s La Mandragola, and on the zarzuela style,” in which a young man will resort to any means as he desperately seeks the love of a seemingly virtuous young married woman.

Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

Recital Meets Theatre
November 1

An exciting, fresh look at traditional song literature, lifting songs out of the formal recital format and bringing them onto the stage. Performed by second year Opera Institute singers.

Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210

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