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Left of Center: A Glimpse at IndyFringe

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In the mood for something a little wacky and weird? Looking to stretch beyond your normal entertainment expectations? IndyFringe might be for you.

Taking place Aug. 14 - 24, IndyFringe includes one-person plays, comedy, drama and storytelling. Though some shows are intended for mature audiences, many are family-friendly and excel at pushing boundaries and expanding the audience's consciousness, all in an hour or less.

In advance of the tenth annual IndyFringe, WFYI will debut The Fringe Factor this Thursday night at IMAX, featuring the characters -- on and off stage -- who make the theatrical whirlwind possible. - DAN AXLER
  • Dan Axler
  • In advance of the tenth annual IndyFringe, WFYI will debut The Fringe Factor this Thursday night at IMAX, featuring the characters -- on and off stage -- who make the theatrical whirlwind possible.

The shows are staged at a number of different downtown venues. They include: Comedy Sportz, Cook Theatre, the IndyFringe Basile Theatre, the Phoenix Basile Theatre, the Phoenix Russell Theatre, the 800 BLOC Theatre, TOTS and TOTS II.

Here's a sampling of this year's lineup:

· Shattered, a pared-down performance featuring professional dancers from the Motus Dance Theatre and participants from Kids Dance Outreach;
· Petunia and Chicken, a frontier love story based on work by novelist Willa Cather.
· Fat Kid Chronicles: Growing Up on the "PLUS" Side of Cute, a one-woman show by Eryn Bowser.
· Star Luck Cafe, a look at the 1960s beatnik poetry scene in New York.

As special treat to commemorate the decade of performing arts IndyFringe has served our city and to whet your appetite for this season's stage events, WFYI will premiere an entertaining documentary, The Fringe Factor: Ten Years Onstage with IndyFringe, tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.) at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum (650 W. Washington St.). IndyFringe Executive Director Pauline Moffat says the film "really takes a look at where we started and the performers who have grown up with Fringe."

Can't make the premiere? Check out this short teaser of the documentary.

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