Fringe San Miguel Announces Upcoming Activitiess

By Sandra Ríos

The Fringe Festival has announced the activities for its 2015 edition. Kate Lowenstein, director of the festival, said that it will take place from February 20 to 28, 2015, and will have a more Latin American approach, with artists from Argentina, Chile, and Spain. The call for artists, companies, and workshops closes on September 1. Lowenstein said that the idea is for the festival to last all year long, offering activities and new productions.

Lowenstein also announced that in co-production with Alonso Barrera and La Fabrica, the festival will present the play El año de Ricardo (The Year of Ricardo), a  modern, freestyle version of Shakespeare’s Richard III, by Spanish playwright Angélica Liddell, directed by Alonso Barrera and starring Maria Aura, on October 24 and 25 this year. This play will return to San Miguel with two shows within Fringe Festival 2015.

Currently this festival operates under the management of The Center for Contemporary Arts in San Miguel (CACSM), a civil association created  to promote the arts and culture of the region, supporting independent artists, promoters, and culture groups looking for fiscal sponsorship, administrative, legal, marketing, and professional development. So far they have made institutional calls to IBERESCENA (Aid Fund for Iberoamerican Performing Arts) and CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and the Arts) and are awaiting response from both. As for guest artists, Lowenstein gave advance notice of some who are already confirmed. Zaida Rico, a Spanish actress, director, and playwright based in Argentina, will present two works from a trilogy. Representing Chile will be the stage production, La Grabacion, with two actors, directed by Alvaro Viguera. With regard to the Spanish scene, the theater group Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) will present the thriller La Maleta (The Suitcase) with six actors, directed by Isidro Rodriguez Gallardo.

Lowenstein announced that on Saturday, August 30, Fringe San Miguel kicks off its membership drive with a special event at The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in La Cieneguita, co-hosted with artist Anado McLauchlin. The highlight of the day will be a staged reading of a play in development for the Fringe San Miguel 2015, Ghosts of the Chicago 7. Based on the electrifying transcripts from the Chicago conspiracy trial of 1970, the play features a dazzling cast of the era’s radicals, including Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, Jerry Rubin, and others. In Ghosts of the Chicago Seven, we will witness a reliving of the trial through the voices of its protagonists as if they found themselves together again four decades later. The event will take place from 3-7pm, and the reading will begin at 5pm. A 50 pesos donation at the door includes one drink. There will also be a taco stand and a cash bar. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about the membership program for Fringe San Miguel and how to join. It’s a great way to support innovative performing arts year-round in our city and to become involved in the only bilingual fringe festival in Latin America.


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