Infringe Fest and Forge showcase run in mid-April


Vinsantos stars in Harlequeen Nights.
  • Vinsantos stars in Harlequeen Nights.
Two theater festivals are scheduled in mid-April. The New Orleans Infringe Fest features nearly 30 shows, including dramas, burlesque, themed karaoke events, sketch comedy, puppetry and more. Its format is similar to the former New Orleans Fringe Festival, in which many shows filled a nightly schedule of three of four times slots at a cluster of neighboring venues, so eager attendees could binge on offerings. Infringe programming includes off-the-wall and risque productions.

Shows include Vinsantos' drag show Harlequeen Nights, Sheena: An American Tragedy, a rock opera about a serial killer, Insomnia Cafe, a new work by the creator of Terminator: The Musical, and more.

The festival runs April 14-17 at venues including AllWays Lounge, Mudlark Public Theater, Happlyland Theater, The Fortress of Lushington, Cafe Istanbul, PORT and others. Shows cost $7 each.
Diana Shortes will perform at Infringe Festival.
  • Diana Shortes will perform at Infringe Festival.
The Forge showcase occupies The Theater at St. Claude April 13-16. It features three shows, including Goat in the Road Productions' absurd comedy Our Man, which debuted in the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Inspired by Ronald Reagan, two radio show hosts read letters from listeners and fabricate heroic stories about soldiers in World War II. Creep Cuts is a freewheeling drag cabaret, and She Was Born stars Veronica Hunsinger-Loe as a strange insect battling invaders.

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