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

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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.

More info: www.facebook.com/atlantafringe. HOWARD POUSNER

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, www.nextstagetheatrecompany.com. HOWARD POUSNER

 

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