Aspen Fringe Festival announces lineup
The Aspen Fringe Festival will bring four nights of dance and theater to Aspen in mid-June, including a modern dance piece, a heralded Broadway drama, and a workshop of a new play.
The sixth annual Fringe Festival opens Friday, June 13, with a performance of “MoralesDance,” a modern dance composition that was staged recently at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York. The cast includes Cassie Lewis, a former student of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet school who is currently studying dance at Fordham University. She’s joined by dancers from companies including American Ballet Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will stage “Venus in Fur,” a 2012 Tony nominee for Best Play. Starring Nikki Boxer and Fringe Fest co-founder David Ledingham, it tells a story of a director attempting to stage an adaptation of the erotic 19th century novel “Venus in Furs.” The production is directed by local theater veteran Mike Monroney.
The festival closes Monday, June 16, with a workshop of Donald Sage Mackay’s new play, “The Last Outlaw,” including a staged reading and post-show discussion with Mackay and the cast.
The festival runs June 13-16 at the Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School. Tickets went on sale Monday at the Wheeler Opera House. More information at http://www.aspenfringefestival.org
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