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Culture notes: Atlanta Fringe Festival announces 2013 lineup; what’s next for Marietta’s Next Stage

Atlanta Fringe Festival announces 2013 lineup
The Atlanta Fringe Festival took a rather casual approach to programming its second edition, planned June 5-9, literally pulling the names of participants out of a hat. Here’s the list of 24 artists/production companies from 10 states that made the cut:

  • Bent Frequency and Craig Dongoski (Georgia)
  • DaVida Chanel Productions (Louisiana)
  • Doctor Pete Productions (Georgia)
  • Ellisorous and the Dance Machine (Georgia)
  • Horizons School (Georgia)
  • Jamie Black (Illinois)
  • KLMD Production/ Morgan DDG (Indiana)
  • Leave Your Mark Productions (Georgia)
  • Love, Peace and Joy Productions (Alabama)
  • M.O.P.O. (Georgia)
  • Marble City Opera (Tennessee)
  • Minion Productions (Washington)
  • Mixed Revues (Georgia)
  • Nu Visions of Excellence Theatre (Georgia)
  • OnStage Atlanta (Georgia)
  • Robin & Goodfellow Players (Georgia)
  • 7 Stages (Georgia)
  • Sob Songs for the Gilded Age (Georgia)
  • The Rachel Teagle Effect (Connecticut)
  • The Ws Projects (North Carolina)
  • Thimblerig Circus (Georgia)
  • Tickles. TV (Georgia)
  • Twinhead Theatre (Georgia)
  • Yes/And Theatre Company (Florida)

The festival’s mission is to showcase “original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression and that pushes audiences to consider new perspectives” Produced by Twinhead Theatre, it will add three new venues, 7 Stages, the Village Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, to go along with venues used last year: Horizons School Theatre and the Mask Center.


What’s next for Next Stage
Next Stage Theatre Company, which last summer took over the Alley Stage, the smaller space in the Marietta building that housed the now-defunct Theatre in the Square, has announced its 2013-14 season. The troupe under the artistic director of Rob Hardie plans, ambitiously, to stage the two-part “Angels in America” and is expanding its schedule to include a performance by a Youth Actors Company to be comprised of local high school students, a classical series and a family series.

The lineup:

  • July 12-14: Youth Actors Company performs “West Side Story”
  • Aug. 9-25: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
  • Oct. 18-Nov. 10: “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches”
  • Oct. 25-Nov. 10: “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika”
  • Dec. 6-22: “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration”
  • Feb. 21-March 9, 2014: “The Lion in Winter” (classical series)
  • March 28-April 13, 2014: “The Boy Who Fell Into a Book” (family series)
  • June 6-22, 2014: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Next Stage, which continues its current season with the Neil Simon comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” (Feb. 8-23), is at 11 Anderson St., Marietta. 678-744-6398, HOWARD POUSNER


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