News: Programming Announced for 17th Fresh Fruit Festival, July 8th to 29th

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The 17th consecutive Fresh Fruit Festival, a festival of LGBTQIA+ Arts, is coming soon to the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B, Manhattan, NYC) and other venues. Produced by All Out Arts, the festival will run from July 8th to July 21, 2019. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at or at the box office, which opens one hour prior to curtain. 

Shows in the Fresh Fruit Festival include the following:

Fresh Fruit Week 1: July 8 – 14

Parlor Tricks, by Charlotte Bush
Monday 7/8 at 8 pm; Wednesday 7/10 at 6:30 pm; Sunday 7/14 at 4:30 pm

A quasi-historical comedy of sex, seances, and sisterhood would quote the universality of femmes+’s need for respect. “The Mystic Thornes” – Margaret, Lillian & Ida – survive as a spiritualist act, but could one of them be the real thing? The final seance is in 1910, and beyond.

Metropolitan, by Thomas Picasso and Mikey Rosenbaum
Tuesday 7/9 at 6:30 pm; Thursday 7/11 at 7:00 pm; Sunday 7/14 at 6:30 pm

A musical Valentine to New York audiences, especially those who have migrated to the Big Apple in search of adventure and the artistic life. A shifting time-line in “the Metropolitan Bar” mirrors the fluidity of sexual orientation so vital to self-image.

Lovebird Jamboree, by Sarah Elisabeth Brown
Tuesday 7/9 at 8:30 pm; Friday 7/12 at 9:00 pm; Saturday 7/13 at 2:00 pm

Based on a series of interviews from people in the LGBTQI community, eight characters present their key love stories. Supported by the Santa Fe Community Foundation as part of their storytelling project, the work premiered in New Mexico in 2000.

All Over the Map, featuring the international mime Bill Bowers
Wednesday 7/10 at 8:30 pm; Sunday 7/14 at 2:30 pm

50 states, 30 years on the road, 25 countries, 2 hookers, 1 bunny, and a mime! Bill Bowers takes you places so unbelievable they could only be true. Bowers has performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, the White House, and the finest grade school cafetoriums around the world. In All Over the Map, he shares stories and characters that will stay with you long after lights up. A special presentation by All Out Arts

LGBTQ Choreographers Showcase, curated by John Zullo
Thursday 7/11 at 9:00 pm; Saturday 7/13 at 3:30 pm

All Out Arts presents its semi-annual review of new LGBTQ choreography.

Bismillah, by Nikita Aschtiani
Friday 7/12 at 7:00 pm; Saturday 7/13 at 8:00 pm; Sunday 7/14 at 4:30 pm

When a bar shooting changes their lives forever, longtime Middle-Eastern friends with varied upbringings question their beliefs and fight for what’s right in a new and troubling world. At what point do we as a society decide there are conditions to welcoming those with differences?

Fresh Fruit Week 2: July 15 – 21

Kid Stuff, by Julia Curtis
Monday 7/15 at 6 pm; Wednesday 7/17 at 6 pm; Saturday 7/20 at 6 pm

Three recent college grads field a mountain climbing trip to kick off their new, adult lives, only to find the path mired in the complex emotions binding them to each other. It sheds light on the often confusing fluidity of sexuality, and how we must show grace and kindness when exploring our ever changing feelings.

Head First, by Dennis Bush
Monday 7/15 at 8:30 pm; Friday 7/19 at  8:30 pm; Saturday 7/20 at 2:00 pm

One young man’s journey of survival and taking control of a life for which much of the control was taken away from him. While celebrating the sexuality of the main character, it shines a light on the perceptions of relationships and illuminates similarities rather than differences, doing so with humor, passion, overt sexual expression . . . and truth.

One-Act Plays, curated by Liz Thaler
Tuesday 7/16 at 6:30 pm; Saturday 7/20 at 4 pm

A collection of new LGBT+ one-act plays

Poolside Glow, by Luis Herrera
Tuesday 7/16 at 8:30 pm; Thursday 7/18 at 6 pm; Friday 7/19 at 6:30 pm

In many worlds, developing feelings means developing fears of those feelings. The relationship between two girls is examined at different points in their lives, showing the consequences of choice.

The Knife Cuts Both Ways, created and performed by Cecilia Gentili, directed by Gene Fischer
Wednesday 7/17 at 8:30 pm

The Knife Cuts Both Ways is a hilarious and raunchy autobiographical take on one trans woman’s queer multicultural experience.

Here to Recruit You - A Musical, written and directed by Michael Boyd
Thursday 7/18 8 pm; Saturday 7/20 8 pm; Sunday 7/21 4 pm

The little-known theatrical career of gay political icon Harvey Milk, from a bohemian life in New York City theatre in the 60s to a celebrated political life cut short by an assassin’s bullet. The All Out Arts special feature for the Stonewall-50 Celebration.

Night Visions, by Johnny B. Dunn
Sunday 7/21 at 2 pm (Reception begins at 1:30 pm)

A troubled gay teen spending a summer at his uncle’s home in rural Louisiana is seduced and terrorized by a spirit in agony. Love, and a voodoo priestess, are his only hope.


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