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fringe image fullFor the fifth straight year, Bazaar Productions will present the celebrated Berkshire Fringe Festival. The Festival will feature six groundbreaking original works of theater, dance, and music by emerging artists from across the United States. All performances, workshops, and events will take place in the College’s Daniel Arts Center beginning Monday, July 27, and concluding on Monday, August 17.

Since 2005, Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe has hosted more than 150 emerging artists including theater companies, dance ensembles, and music groups from across the country and around the corner. Hailed as the “enfant terrible” of Berkshire theater by The New York Times, this unconventional, Bard College at Simon’s Rock alumni-led organization will once again present a diverse cross-section of original, high-quality interdisciplinary theater, dance, and music—all at affordable prices.

Tickets for opening nights are "pick your own price"; tickets to subsequent shows are $15. A $69 season's pass is available for all six shows. For more information contact 413-320-4175 or visit www.berkshirefringe.org.

The 2009 Season

Monday, July 27: "Scored!" 2009 gala, a mini-marathon of dance, animation, film, and visual art presentations inspired by an identical, six-minute soundscape composed by Fringe co-artistic director Peter Wise. Also featuring live video mixing, DJ and dance party, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, paparazzi photo booth, and "not-so-silent auction." 7 p.m. performance, 8 p.m. dance party. $100/performance and dance party access, $50 or pay your age for dance party/auction access only.

July 29–Aug. 2: The Gay Agenda's Great Big Broadway Show, written and performed by Micah Bucey and Nicolas Williams, whose mission is simple: Complete and utter world domination through show tunes. 8 p.m. July 29; 9 p.m. July 30; 7 p.m. July 31; 9 p.m. Aug. 1; and 6 p.m. Aug. 2.

July 29–Aug. 3: The Disappearing Woman, created and choreographed by media artist Nell Bryer and dancers Alissa Cardone, Lorraine Chapman and Bronwen MacArthur. An exploration of how technology folds around us, squeezing our interactions into new kinds of abbreviated exchanges. 7 p.m. July 30; 9 p.m. July 31; 7 p.m. Aug. 1; 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3.

Aug. 5–9: Circumference, written and performed by Amy Salloway. Largely based on the year Salloway spent trying to get insurance approval for gastric bypass surgery. 8 p.m. Aug. 5; 9 p.m. Aug. 6; 7 p.m. Aug. 7; 9 p.m. Aug. 8; 6 p.m. Aug. 9.

Aug. 6–10: Elephants and Gold, created by Eliza Ladd and Little Big Tree Productions. An ensemble-driven physical theater piece that drags, digs, buries, crawls, and plunges into an archeological excavation of human identity. 7 p.m. Aug. 6; 9 p.m. Aug. 7; 7 p.m. Aug. 8; 8 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10.

Aug. 9: Hurricane Hotel, by John Lawson, directed by Aimee Michel. A world-premiere staged reading event of a play that grabs a hold and takes the audience on a ride into the underbelly of New Orleans, a drowned city destined to be reborn. 2 p.m.

Aug. 12–16: Phi Alpha Gamma, written and performed by Dan Bernitt. A haunting portrait of brotherhood, masculinity, love, and fear embedded in American culture that focuses a compassionate eye on young men searching for a deeper connection with each other. 8 p.m. Aug. 12; 9 p.m. Aug. 13; 7 p.m. Aug. 14; 9 p.m. Aug. 15; 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Aug. 13–17: Graveyard Shift, written by Gabriel Patel, directed by John Hadden. Paints an unflinching picture of young, lower-middle class life in rural America in which Alice, a tumultuous, fast talking heroine, and Murdoch, a troubled late night convenience store clerk, strike up an unlikely friendship that awakens a deep current of love and mutual respect. 7 p.m. Aug. 13; 9 p.m. Aug. 14; 7 p.m. Aug. 15; 9 p.m. Aug. 16; 8 p.m. Aug. 17.

Sunday, Aug. 16: Participants in the EarlyStages playwright mentorship program will present staged readings of new works, noon and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: ":30 Live," a music series featuring an eclectic mix of new music, emerging composers, and sonic innovators from throughout the Northeast. 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Free.

Ongoing: Community workshops taught by Berkshire Fringe artists and open to participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free; registration recommended.