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Bringing Fringe to Spartanburg County

June 13, 2019 | Features

Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival is a debut summer festival that celebrates new works by emerging and established performing artists in Spartanburg, Upstate South Carolina, and Western North Carolina, including theatre, music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film, and more. Over 100 artists are being represented at the festival through 30+ events during the month of June. 

Part-Fringe and part-Spoleto, Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival runs June 1-June 29 at West Main Artists Co-Operative (WMAC). The Festival is headlined by a number of WMAC members and other guest artists/groups and will showcase the incredible art – the original, the outlandish, the innovative, and the provocative –  being produced in the Hub City and surrounding communities.

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Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival’s mission is to create an open and accessible platform for artistic expression of all kinds. The festival is uncensored – content is entirely up to the artist, experimentation is encouraged. The festival is inclusive – artists from a variety of cultural perspectives, artists from underrepresented communities, and artists presenting work that is culturally specific and geographically diverse.

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Spartanburg Fringe Festival received a Community Grant from Chapman Cultural Center to create a celebration of the performing artists in Upstate featuring new and emerging artists in all mediums.

See the full schedule of events here!

June 13 - 16.…
            Fun Home

Sunday, June 16 @ 7 p.m.…
Theatre Intimacy Workshop by Laura Rikard

Monday, June 17…
            • 7 p.m. Sparkle City Improv
            • 8 p.m. Alchemy Comedy Theater

Wednesday, June 19…

• 7 p.m.  The Riedys: Broadway Genderbent A unique twist on Broadway show tunes with Kate and James Riedy. The siblings will perform classic songs typically sung by the opposite gender from blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Dear Evan Hansen, Shrek, and more!

Thursday, June 20…
            5-9 p.m.  ArtWalk
            • Lady Pluuto Live Demonstrations
            • Entertainment by Proud Mary
            • Music by Sydney McMath & Mike “Firebox Johnson

Friday, June 21

• 7:30 p.m.  USC Upstate’s Shoestring Players present Keep This for Your Records, a new play by Anna Elliott

Saturday, June 22…

• 8 p.m. Erika Phoenix’s Fragments, a solo show and a fusion of autobiographical writing, fantasy, dreams, and nightmares that push the boundaries of the perception of mental health with regards to gun violence. Somewhere between chaos and humanity lies the protagonist’s quickly deteriorating reality. Fragments is a story of dissociation and trying to make sense of nonsense. Relying on the sounds of words rather than only meaning, this performance is experiential rather than story-driven.

Sunday, June 23…

• 3 p.m. Play Reading of All That Shines is Not Silver, an original comedy-drama by Zachary Urban. On a stormy winter’s night, the deranged Sir Langley and his motley four minions stage an elaborate scheme to overthrow and take over the Royal Castle. This farcical comedy-drama entails a missing leg, mischief, ghosts, and graceless fights.

• 7 p.m. The S– Stirrer, acomedy show by Sordid Lives creator Del Shores
• 8:30 p.m. A Sordid Evening with Del Shores, on-stage interview, retrospective & Q&A

Monday, June 24…
            • 7 p.m. New play reading by Robert Fuson Barbie Liberation Organization

Tuesday, June 25…
            • 7 p.m. Film screening by Steven Adam Renkovish of Fugue, followed by a Q&A with the writer/director and actress Brittany Renee Smith. Bonus: A sneak peek of the upcoming feature film The Awakening Of Lilith.

Wednesday, June 26…

• 7 p.m. Intimate Dinner or Tap Water Is Fine, a solo show written and performed by Lauren French and directed by Prentiss Standridge. It invites the audience to a food and wine festival event hosted at an upscale, exclusive, and fictional fine dining eatery in downtown Spartanburg. The audience follows a server named Lauren — as 18 characters — as she waits on various customers and navigates surprise guest appearances by celebrity chefs. It is a comedic and loving look at our absurd relationships with food and fine dining.

Thursday, June 27…

• 7 p.m. Fragments by Erika Phoenix is a solo show and a fusion of autobiographical writing, fantasy, dreams, and nightmares that push the boundaries of the perception of mental health with regards to gun violence. Somewhere between chaos and humanity lies the protagonist’s quickly deteriorating reality. Fragments is a story of dissociation and trying to make sense of nonsense. Relying on the sounds of words rather than only meaning, this performance is experiential rather than story-driven.

Friday, June 28…

            • 7 p.m. Play Reading by Brook Nelson: White Picket Wives
               by D. Zelda Stron
            • 8 p.m. Stonewall 50th Anniversary w/ Patti O’Furniture as Emcee
            • Encore presentation of Movement by Proud Mary Theatre    
              Company
            • Gay History Trivia Contest, Bedtime Story Reading and more! 
            • Betty Pearl & Friends
            • Gay History Trivia Contest, Bedtime Story Reading and more!

Saturday, June 29… 
            • 2-11 p.m. Fringe Rockin’ Finale
            • 
2 p.m., Brandy Lindsey and the Punch
            • 3:15 p.m. Satori Tree
            • 4:30 p.m. DysFUNKshun
            • 5:45 p.m. Wounded Hollow
            • 7 p.m. Josh Tennant & Friends
            • 8:15 p.m. Irises
            • 9:30 p.m. Volicle (A. Duncan)

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