JUVENILIA’s MINI FRINGE Lineup Announced at Suffolk University’s Modern Theater
1942 US government propaganda set to music! Family angst, parental abandonment and near-death experiences! Adoption issues and laughs, recovering from a devastating penis injury, overcoming writer’s block, and a personal look at Vietnam through photographs as well as an intimate Ford Hall forum! Welcome to JUVENILIA’s Mini Fringe: A taste of Edinburgh! Sample a bite of some of the local offerings that performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Mini Fringe Festival has announced the full line-up for Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre.
JUVENILIA and the University of Suffolk Theater Department will host the following shows:
Civil Defense Handbook (What Every Loyal American Can Do to Help America Win the War) [JUVENILIA] A word-for-word theatrical adaptation (with original music) of the 1942 government manual published to prepare families for uncertainty and violence, then and now written by Wesley Savick. The manual summons the anxiety, ignorance and hope of an eighty-year-old public service announcement to awaken 21st century global citizenship. The cast is made up of six Suffolk alumni: Adriana Alvarez [SU ’19]Anastasia Taso Bolkwadze [SU ’21]andrew bourque [SU ’17]Liam Grimaldi [SU ’20]Emma Hudd [SU ’22]and Alex Pollock [SU ’06] and includes fellow Suffolk alumni Kevin JP Hanley [SU ’17] (Production Supervisor), Kendyl Trott [SU ’22] (Director) and Aisling Mehigan [SU ’18] (Marketing/Promotions). Suffolk professor Wesley Savick (playwright, music and lyrics) will lead with MIT assistant professor Sara Brown as design collaborator: costume/set and Bozkurt Karasu, design collaborator: sound/lights.
Too big for China [Pheobe Potts] Pheobe returns to modernity with her comedic theatrical performance chronicling her struggles with infertility and the endless series of treatments and miscarriages she and her husband endured. Potts picks up the narrative with his quest for international adoption. The story has a happy ending, but it twists and turns through tense questions about family and racial topics that feel particularly relevant in our current political climate. Potts approaches all of this, as she approaches life, with humor and irreverence.
Problem out of six [Piece of Tish Work] If you were born to fix your parents’ marriage, if you’re obsessed with people who love you, and if you visited your father in prison, then this show is for you! Left to rise by his felonious, fun-loving, twirling parents, Larry has disappeared. Finding your way back meant knowing when to let go and when to say no! Larry’s journey includes a conversation with Captain Crunch, chased off a golf course by the Nazis, and a guide to when to travel to Garfunkel. “Tish makes a career out of wielding the mind to battle the dark side of humanity” (Boston Globe) “Both funny and disturbing!” Mirror Theater ***** Five Stars
A thousand words [C. Neil Parsons] In 1969, Chris Parsons served as a combat photographer in Vietnam. Combining his images with original music and dance, trombonist C. Neil Parsons tells stories of danger, resilience and the thousand natural shocks to which the flesh is heir.
Hemmingway Brain [Erin Murray Quinlan & Evan Quinlan] A songwriter with severe writer’s block and an impending deadline battles the version of Ernest Hemingway that lives in her head.
Potty training with Joey Rinaldi [Joey Rinaldi] When comedian Joey Rinaldi was fourteen, he never expected to be in a hospital bed from a near-death penis injury with three traumatic surgeries, two clumsy catheters, and an overwhelming desire to do sex. hormonal havoc. More than a decade later, Joey lives to share the outrageous and humiliating details of being the only kid at school who peed in a urine bag while battling the church, chasing the love of his life and mending the relationship with his tormented mother. 2021 Winner for Best Comedian (Canadian International Comedy Film Festival). 2020 winner for Best Comedy (Frigid New York Festival).
· Ford Hall Forum – An intimate conversation with playwrights and creators of the Edinburgh Fringe from the Boston area.
Tickets are available online in advance at tinyurl.com/MiniFringeSuffolk and at the box office on the day. $10 general admission per day/block. 2 shows Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. block & *6 p.m. block | $5 Suffolk Community (request Suffolk ID at door) per day/block.
* The Saturday Night Block is sponsored by Suffolk University’s Ford Hall Forum and Suffolk University’s Department of Drama; tickets are free. Reservations are encouraged.
Show dates are September 14-18. All performances will take place at the Modern Theater, 525 Washington St., Boston. Tickets are $10 per day/block of shows. $5 per day/block of shows for members of the Suffolk Community and StageSource.
(Suffolk ID or membership card required at the door) and can be purchased here: tinyurl.com/MiniFringeSuffolk
* Saturday night is sponsored by the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University and the Suffolk University Department of Drama; Admission is free, reservations are required.
Mini Fringe: A Taste of Edinburgh is presented and produced by JUVENILIA and the Department of Theater at Suffolk University.