KC Fringe Festival

Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe

Mary Sue (Kenna Hall) and her mother (Ellen Kirk) rehearse a scene from '(Virgin.)'
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

It can be daunting to wade through the schedule for the KC Fringe Festival.

Founded in 2004, Fringe presents about 130 events this year, including theater, dance, comedy, film, poetry, as well as visual art exhibitions.

There are artists from around the world — St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, the U.K. — and the Kansas City area.

Here are a few homegrown highlights:

Poor Lear

Warning: This content may be unsuitable for children. It contains brief sexual references.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

KC Fringe Encourages Writers To Present New Work

In '(Virgin.),' Ellen Kirk plays an overprotective mother. Here, she holds a chastity belt as Matt Leonard, who plays the father, and Kenna Hall, as Mary Sue, look on.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The KC Fringe Festival, an annual event featuring actors, dancers, poets, storytellers, filmmakers, and visual artists, turns 10 this year. The festival offers about 50 theater performances, from R-rated to puppet shows for kids. And, KC Fringe often provides an opportunity for performers to try out new material.

It seems appropriate that Jesse Ray Metcalf, the writer of a new production called (Virgin.), would say: "This is my first time doing Fringe."

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Where To Fringe - From Traditional To Unexpected Kansas City Venues

The Fishtank, 1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo.
Cara McClain KCUR

For its 10th season, the KC Fringe Festival will take over spaces in Kansas City, Mo., for theater, music, comedy, spoken word, burlesque and more.

KC Fringe is an 11-day festival that provides a platform for often lesser-known performing and visual artists. 

This year's Fringe will have 19 different venues. Most are scattered around the Crossroads Arts District, but some spread out into Westport and the Country Club Plaza.

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Arts & Culture
9:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Your Guide To KC Fringe, By The Numbers

At the red carpet walk in 2013, Emery Woods kept her headdress in place as she waited with other members of the burlesque troupe De Allure.
Credit File: Julie Denesha / KCUR

In 2004, when Kansas City launched its first fringe festival as a showcase for experimental work, the event hosted 30 performances over three days.

KC Fringe is now an 11-day festival, and includes nearly 400 performances by more than 100 artists in venues from downtown Kansas City, Mo., to the Country Club Plaza.

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Arts & Culture
8:26 am
Fri July 11, 2014

New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival

Nathan Granner, as Prince Prospero, invites his friends to his castle to escape the raging plague outside.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 short story "The Masque of the Red Death" serves as the inspiration for a new opera called "Red Death" that premieres next week in Kansas City, Mo.

The opera will be part of the KC Fringe Festival.

With music composed by Daniel Doss and a libretto by Bryan Colley, it follows Prince Prospero (played by Nathan Granner) as he attempts to escape a plague raging outside the castle walls.

Interview highlights:

On a "zany" Prospero

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Performance
9:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Lucky Streak - A Musical'

Bennie (Mandy Mook) receives comfort from close co-workers and dear friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee). With Chad (Tim Braselton) on keyboard.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In Lucky Streak - A Musical, Bennie (Mandy Mook) flees to the women's shelter where she works in NYC after tragedy strikes in her own home. She receives comfort from close co-workers and friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee), who let her know that, to paraphrase Barry Manilow, she can also "make it through the rain."

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Performance
9:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Tormenta Quixotica'

In the dark and curious side of a dream, two children encounter a group of contortionists.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Two children experience many facets of a dream in the mystical tale of Tormenta Quixotica; on the dark and curious side of this dream, they encounter a group of contortionists.

Tormenta Quixotica, the first full-length production by Quixotic School of Performing Art's student company, is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18.

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Performance
9:51 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Best Of The KC Fringe Festival Red Carpet Walk

Feathered headdresses line the sidewalk as a burlesque troupe prepared to walk the red carpet to kick off the ninth annual Annual Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Divas adorned with handmade, feathered headdresses paraded alongside comedy troupes wearing Groucho glasses on Thursday night outside the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. This diverse array of performers walked on a carpet - more pink than red - kicking off KC Fringe Festival's ninth year.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KC Fringe Festival Inspires Creative Challenges

Actors Jake Walker and Diana Watts rehearse their lines, as a husband and wife in a sinking boat, at the Fishtank.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

This year’s KC Fringe Festival includes dance, theater, visual arts, spoken word, fashion, and film; in 11 days, there are just over 360 shows in 19 venues.

Artists often describe Fringe as an opportunity to take on new roles: to direct, to write, to produce. But sometimes, it's also a chance to have some fun.

Connecting to the Kansas City theater community

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Performance
9:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Devoured By Tigers'

Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for the planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from the play Devoured By Tigers, Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for a planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.

Devoured By Tigers is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18, 2013.

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Central Standard
3:57 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight

Credit kcfringe.org

It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it. 

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

KC Fringe Dares Artists To Take A Chance

The title of Katie Kalahurka's production, "Lessons from Marlene," is scrawled in lipstick in the Fishtank window.
Laura Spencer KCUR

KC Fringe has been called a festival of daring – providing an opportunity for artists to take risks and to challenge themselves.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Missouri Tragedy, Kansas Suburbs Get Fringe Festival Focus

Smashing Frames' "Gust", part of the 2012 Fringe Festival
Jeff Paltz

Though the 8th annual Kansas City Fringe Festival is increasingly drawing groups from out of the area, more than half of this year's 87 performance and film offerings originated with Missouri-based artists, while about a quarter hail from Kansas.

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KC Fringe Festival
11:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

6 Tips For KC Fringe

The 8th annual KC Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival of cultural arts, kicks off this week.

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Performance
2:09 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Two Transgendered Performers Find Haven in the Fringe

With a dizzying array of theater, dance, and visual arts - and sometimes in a combination of all of those - the Kansas City Fringe Festival kicks off its seventh year this weekend.

Kansas City, Mo. – With a dizzying array of theater, dance, and visual arts - and sometimes in a combination of all of those - the Kansas City Fringe Festival kicks off its seventh year this weekend.

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Performance
11:55 am
Mon July 21, 2008

KC Fringe Festival Presents Clown Ballet with a Serious Message

THE COPPELIA PROJECT: a clown ballet in three acts. Featuring Kalen Compernolle, Vanessa Severo, Marisa Mackay, and Ric Averill (as Dr. Coppelius)
photo: Charles Stonewall

EXTENDED RUN: August 1 - 3, American Heartland Theatre. At performance spaces throughout the city, over 50 events make up this year's KC Fringe Festival, a celebration of the off-beat, nontraditional, and avant-garde.

When people think of stories about mortal men who create life from inanimate objects, Frankenstein and Pinocchio come immediately to mind. Less well-known is the 1870 ballet, Coppelia, about a creator of dolls who come to life.

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