19th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL – Begins September 8th

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The San Francisco Fringe Festival is back, bringing theatre performances that are rare, raw, raucous, and remarkable. A theatre troupe from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with a show about forced migration. Got it. A sexologist offering an evening of onstage phone sex. Check. Walt Whitman’s erotic writings at the F-Market Muni Turnaround. omigod.

The 19th Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival will run for twelve days, September 8th–19th, in downtown San Francisco.  Forty of the shows, numbering over 250 performances, will be at the EXIT Theatreplex, 156 Eddy Street and around the corner at 277 Taylor Street, all in downtown San Francisco. Three others will be presented in “Non-Traditional Fringe Venues” – the Four Star cinema on Clement Street, Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, and, yes, the F-Market Muni Turnaround in the Castro.

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THE BURNINGS – Carla Pauli, Lili Weckler and Lara Mehling
Photo, Joe McGovern

THE BURNINGS
Lili Weckler (Playwright and Director)
Three women in an asylum face accusation. The patients defend their lives by performing the stories of their imposed isolation. Forced to turn their personal narratives into a profit-making scheme for the institution’s head doctor, the women grasp at control over their own stories. The piece uses movement, verse, and song to explore the way elements of every human being are marginalized by a culture built around money and power.
EXIT Stage Left: Thursday, 9/9, 7:00 pm; Sunday, 9/12, 3:00 pm; Friday, 9/17, 7:00 pm; and Sunday, 9/19, 9:00.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: THE BURNINGS

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GREEN TEA PARTY. Caroline Pho, Peter Jae, Charles Kim, Ewan Chung, John Lopez, Julia Cho, Elaine Kao
Photo, Ewan Chung

OPM’s Green Tea Party It comes with MATURE CONTENT and COARSE LANGUAGE. It’s also for people OVER 16! L.A.’s award-winning sketch comedy troupe OPM is back with a new show. If you’re tired of sketch comedy “as usual”… If you’re weary of Big Network misspending your prime-time hours… If you like Asian people in general… then come out and support the GREEN TEA PARTY!
Winner of “Best Sketch Comedy” at last year’s Fringe.
Friday, 9/10, 10:30 pm; Saturday, 9/11, 6:00 pm; Sunday, 9/12, 4:30 pm; Friday, 9/17, 10:00 pm; Saturay, 9/8, 7:00 pm; Sunday, 9/19, 1:00 pm.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: OPM’s Green Tea Party

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INVISIBLE. Anya Warburg.
Photo, Debra De Liso

INVISIBLE is a unique solo performance in which young artist, Anya Warburg, reveals her inner most conflict of feeling invisible. Through humor, cynicism, courage and deep emotional vulnerability, Anya explores her unnervingly normal life while simultaneously undergoing a bit of her own psychotherapy. She reflects on her past, searching for something interesting to say, and ironically her lack of a story is exactly why the piece is so interesting and relatable. “Invisible” turns several boring devices inside out and approaches them from a completely new angle, bringing a fresh voice to the world of solo performance.
EXIT Stage Left: Friday, 9/10, 7:00 pm; Saturday, 9/18, 4:00 pm.
Click here to purchase ticket on-line: INVISIBLE

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PAPER ANGELS – Jojo Gonzalez and Wai Ching Ho
Photo, Damian Wampler

A FREE EVENT – At Portsmouth Square
Beginning at Dusk, about 7:30 pm
Three performances: Wednesday, 9/15; Thursday, 9/16; and Friday, 9/17

Set in 1915, PAPER ANGELS tackles immigration politics through a group of Chinese detained on Angel Island during the Chinese Exclusion Act. Direct Arts’ new production of this seminal 1982 play by San Francisco native Genny Lim incorporates archival footage of Angel Island, a 2-piece traditional Chinese music ensemble, Chinese Opera, and an ensemble of 12 multi-ethnic actors including Obie Award winner Jojo Gonzalez (The Romance of Magno Rubio) as a long-time Californ’ caught in the net of the Chinese Exclusion Act. The production will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the immigration station on Angel Island.

The unjuried format of the Fringe Festival allows the artists to have total creative freedom when producing their work and provides for a unique theatre going experience. As a result of this boundary-free approach to creating theatre, the Fringe has become a popular development tool; encouraging artists to take risks, explore ideas, pose questions and tell their stories in new and exciting ways.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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