SF FRINGE FESTIVAL – Preview Coming Attractions

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Now in its 19th year, the San Francisco Fringe Festival brings fresh, daring, exciting theatre of all varieties to open-minded audiences of all persuasions. Often over-the-top and under-the-radar of traditional theatre, “The Fringe” has its rabid devotees – and wins more fans every year. Since most performances run under an hour, Fringe Fans have fun trooping from venue to venue, seeing as many shows as they can in one day. The original Fringe Festival began in Edinburgh, Scotland, nearly 60 years ago, and has since become an international phenomenon. Fringe Festivals currently bring cutting-edge theatre to more than twenty cities across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe and Asia. San Francisco’s is the second oldest in the U.S. Traditionally, international performers appear at the San Francisco festival, many of them having appeared at other Fringes, such as Toronto, Edinburgh, and Prague.

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SALLY DANA

AROUSAL is a comedy about connections, lost and found. A sudden death in the family leaves Clifford, who has Asperger’s and has never been with a woman, all alone for the first time in his life. Driven to desperate measures he responds to an ad online for a “special friend”. Albena, a immigrant from the Ukraine who runs a one woman prostitution business out of her studio apt. and who is running from her own troubles, is the one who placed the ad. What happens when they meet? Sex? Absurdities? Orgasms? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Sally Dana is playing the role of “Albena” in the comedy AROUSAL which opens on September 8th as part of the SF Fringe. She brings her comedic and dramatic chops to a challenging role, playing the part of a Ukrainian immigrant who runs a one woman prostitution business out of her studio apartment and who holds up there turning tricks, making a living, and playing Scrabble.

Sally Dana has been performing in the Bay Area for 20 years as an actor, singer, drummer and voiceover artist. Last year’s Fringe saw her in Pulp Scripture. The production took eight SF Fringe awards including Best New Comedy. She has performed at the Magic Theatre, Campo Santo, The B Street, Mettle Theatre, American Citizens Theatre and as an ensemble member in Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal’s critically acclaimed Juan Darien.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: AROUSAL

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CAFÉ LORRAINE plays September 10th at 8:30pm, September 11th at 1pm, September 16th at 10:30pm, September 19th at 7:30pm at EXIT Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor Street. Café Lorraine exposes the inner landscapes of need, control and the desire to be needed. The multi-ethnic cast demonstrates strength and vulnerability through quick glimpses of diverse emotional states- raw sensuality, both visceral and joyfully kinetic, collide through tangible partnering and spontaneous physicality. With text by fiction writer Doug Rice, video projections by filmmaker Brandon Van Meter, lighting design by Zac Cahoon and original score/compiled music collages by Christian Cherry, the work for 10 performers is constructed in the spirit and memory of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch whose revolutionary choreographic works have greatly influenced both choreographers throughout their careers.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: CAFÉ LORRAINE

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Rotimi Agbabiaka’s HOMELESS asks some heartfelt questions. What does home look like when you are a black, gay immigrant? And where do you find it? The show is a sometimes funny, always poignant trek from Bulgaria to Nigeria to the United States of America. On his journey to find home our protagonist encounters past loves, present obligations and future fantasies. In this piece, Rotimi uses music, dance, storytelling, and shapeshifting to examine the meaning of identity in our global village. Rotimi Agbabiaka’s Homeless plays Monday, September 13th, at 10:00 pm; Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, September 18th, at 5:30 pm.
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ROTIMI AGBABIAKA

Rotimi Agbabiaka comes to the Bay Area from Dekalb, Illinois where he just received an MFA degree in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Before braving the midwestern cold Rotimi lived in Texas and grew up in Nigeria. He’s also spent a summer studying at the Moscow Art Theatre, two summers studying and performing at The Leon Katz Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory in Bulgaria, and two summers performing with Shakespeare at Winedale in Round Top, Texas. Rotimi is currently performing with the San Francisco Mime Troupe in “Possibilidad, or Death of the Worker.”

MAN ON SEX is a show-within-a-show set in a radio station studio, hosted by one Dick Schmuckley. Between his gentle musings on the modern male experience, the evening comes alive with such feisty and diverse characters as a Shakespearean penis; a transsexual stuck in a tree, and a lonesome trucker. ‘Special musical guest’ Ice Berg Jr. leavens the mood as he accompanies himself on piano with original songs in the styles of Joe Jackson, Ben Folds and Randy Newman. Ice Berg Jr. offers up plenty of humor and pathos with songs like: If Only I Liked Strippers, The Best Sex, and Love Chiropractor. James Schneider’s MAN on SEX plays September 8, 9, 11, 18 (two shows), and on the 19th; all at the brand new Exit Studio. Click here to purchase tickets on-line: MAN ON SEX.

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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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