With more than 30 productions at nine venues in four days, InFringe Fest is building a theater event in the model of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, which became the Faux/Real festival for a couple of years, changed its format and went defunct after last year's run. The Fringe was known for its diverse array of genres and mash-ups, and InFringe presents a similar mix of alternative theater, solo shows, poetry-driven performances, puppetry, sideshow acts, burlesque and more from local and visiting performers.
There's a sense of deja vu to some of the schedule. The Mudlark Public Theatre hosted many puppet shows during Fringe, and it hosts a trio of puppet shows during InFringe, including
Kate Culhane and the Dead Middle Man by the resident Mudlark Puppeteers. The Mudlark also hosts the drama NEC SPE / NEC METU (Latin for "no hope / no fear") by New York's Spit & Vigor, featuring veterans of several Fringe festivals. In NEC SPE / NEC METU, baroque painters Caravaggio (also a murderer) and Artemisia Gentileschi (who when she was young was raped by her tutor) reflect on events that affected their legacies.
In Liberty Is Presumed to be Sunk, Moose Jackson combines poetry, experimental music, loop pedals and other effects in a message transmitted from a lost vessel by a narrator searching for broader perspective. At Happyland Theater.
Is She Dead Yet? is a dark comedy about lack of diversity and the last black person on earth, by Seattle's Brandon J. Simmons. At Valiant Theatre and Lounge.
In the fablelike solo piece Whales and Souls, a village is going through social change when ominous messages are received from a mysterious creature and townspeople must figure out how to adapt. At Mags 940.
There are many shows by local performers about local subjects, including a few related to Storyville. Diana Shortes reprises her show The Baroness Undressed, about Baroness de Pontalba, who was shot and left for dead by her father-in-law. At Tigermen Den.
Visit www.infringefest.org for schedule and information. Tickets are $10 per show. Festival passes cost $100.