By Jesús Aguado
The Festival Fringe Theater has already begun and will continue through March 5. It will feature free plays sponsored by the National Council for Arts and Culture an homage to Lorca.
According to director Helena Frigola, the festival, in its third year, will be consolidated as Fringe, an event that looks for unconventional proposals and supports the work of artists on the rise by presenting plays with minimal requirements. Fringe expects to captivate local audiences as well as those from the cities around San Miguel. It is also a platform for actors and dramatists to network and make contact with well-known actors, directors, and producers who could support their works.
Fringe Libre will take place on Sunday, February 28, at the Jardínes of Centro Cultural Allende from 11am–6pm, at no cost. It is a family event where there are funny, colorful, creative, and interesting plays on different stages. Among the dramas are Senderos de Agua Dulce (Path of Sweet Water), based on answers that children from 3 to10 years old gave to a survey. Un minuto y medio (One Minute and a Half) literally lasts one minute and a half, and it is a play for just one spectator and one actor. This play will be presented multiple times in English and Spanish. While attending, don’t be surprised if a ballerina suddenly appears dancing in the middle of the garden to the strains of a violin!
Among the plays with a general cost of 150 pesos will be Los Náufragos (The Shipwrecks), the most recent production of Teatro sin Paredes. It is a reflection of madness and lack of adaptation to the system. Bremmer Duthie from New Orleans will also perform with a cabaret spectacle inspired by the ’30s. In addition, the festival will feature Lorca’s poetry in Frost Lorca, with Janet Prince. Check the program in Qué Pasa.