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UNFringed Presents: Ice Cream Man, Blue Balls, and The Funny Thing
Aug 11, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
The 2016 UNFringed Festival opens August 11 with a trilogy of short plays that tackle some of today’s hottest social issues. Written by Willie Johnson and directed by Sarah Stites, the trilogy, ICE CREAM MAN, BLUE BALLS, AND THE FUNNY THING, promises to kick the festival off with a bang. It will play at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens August 11 at 6:00, August 13 at 8:30, and August 16 at 7:00.
The trilogy opens with ICE CREAM MAN, a play written in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. ICE CREAM MAN won the “Audience Favorite” award at the 2015 Unchained Festival in Queens, New York and was a festival favorite at the Renaissance Guild’s ActOne Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Part two of the trilogy is BLUE BALLS, a comedy of errors that focuses on physical disability and the mating rituals of American suburbia. BLUE BALLS had its world premiere earlier this summer at the Labute New Theatre Festival in St. Louis; this will be its New York premiere. The trilogy closes with THE FUNNY THING, a meditation on queer romance and the nature of intimacy. THE FUNNY THING, enjoying its world premiere at UNFringed, alternates between romantic comedy and heartbreaking romantic drama. Taken as a whole, the trilogy becomes a kaleidoscopic exploration of masculinity and violence.
ICE CREAM MAN, BLUE BALLS, AND THE FUNNY THING features a stellar two-man cast of Benoit Johnson and Francis Kelly, playing three roles apiece. The dynamic creative team, assembled by producer Amy Rafa, includes Sheryl Liu (set design), Emily Auciello (sound), and Adriene Brathwaite (costumes). Veering from political drama to romantic comedy, this three-part play promises a funny, powerful, unforgettable night of theatre. Tickets are $18 and are available at the door, as well as online at www.sarahstites.com/threeplaysonmasculinity. Presales are highly recommended.