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News: “Story Time with Joey Rinaldi” Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Story Time with Joey Rinaldi.

Where: UNDER St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC

When: 10:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28
5:10 p.m. on Sunday, March 1
5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3
10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5
3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8

What: 1 Comedian. 5 Shows. 24 years of stories. FRIGID Festival presents Story Time with Joey Rinaldi, written and performed by Connecticut native Joey Rinaldi. Known for his long-form comedic narratives, Rinaldi offers in his new one-man show a glimpse into his endearingly cringey adolescence. From accidental incest to a brief period of illiteracy, each story captures the difficulty of growing up and that for some, it’s worse than others.

Says Rinaldi, “I …

Review: "Laser Comedy Show" Turns Light into Laughs

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Laser Comedy Show Performed by Chris Fair Presented at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30pm; Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30pm; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:50pm; Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:10pm; Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 7:10pm; Sunday, Mar. 8 at 1:50pm

Tickets available here. Many of you have probably been to an improv show before. But did that improv show involve... lasers? In Laser Comedy Show, Chicago-based comedian and artist Chris Fair ambidextrously wields a pair of lasers to illustrate the stories that he invents in real time, with a large fabric screen that reacts to lasers as his literal and comedic canvas (you can also buy a Laser Comedy Show t-shirt with this same fabric on the front, bundled with your own laser). The effect is something like a living comic book or, at times, almost approaching the kind of animation that you might see on Adult Swim.

Fair is an amiable presence in front of the screen and an imaginative voice behind it. He draws from behin…

News: "Delirium" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Delirium.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 E 4th St., Manhattan, NYC

When: Thursday, Feb 27th @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, Feb 29th @ 1:40 pm
Sunday, March 1st @ 3:30 pm
Thursday March 5th @ 7:10 pm
Saturday, March 7th @ 8:20 pm

What: Renowned storyteller Martin Dockery will perform his raucous and cathartic one-man show Delirium at the Kraine Theater as part of the 2020 Frigid Festival in his hometown of New York City.

Inspired by his grandfather’s book on the epic migration of the monarch butterfly, Dockery weaves a tale about the intersection of love and death. Traveling from Canada to Mexico, Dockery tackles the question of whether there is meaning and significance in an otherwise indifferent universe. Told in his un…

Review: "Cetology" Travels the Waves of One Woman's Psyche

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Cetology Written and performed by Nelia Miller Directed by Michele Stine Presented at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5:30pm; Monday, Feb. 24 at 5:30pm; Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:10pm; Monday, Mar. 2 at 5:30pm; Thursday, Mar. 5 at 8:50pm; Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:30pm

Tickets available here When the audience enters the theater for Cetology, a solo show written and performed by Nelia Miller, drifts of discarded pages, many crumpled, already adorn the stage space. When Miller's unnamed protagonist enters barefoot in a paneled dress to the strains of gentle music, she is tranquilly paging through a journal or notebook, which, it transpires, contains the letters that she has written that day. She reads us each one, tears it out, and buries—or, in one case, seems to plant—it. As the reasons for this habit and the import of the epistolary burial site at the seashore come into focus, Miller explores the woman's loves, loss, desires, and frustrations …

Review: Magnificent "And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet" Washes Ashore at NYC's FRIGID Festival

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And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet Written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke Directed by Colin Watkeys Presented at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30pm; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:10pm; Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:50pm; Monday, Feb. 24 at 7:10pm; Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30pm; Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30pm

Tickets available here.And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet, the award-winning, incandescent solo show from U.K. artist Caroline Burns Cooke, begins with peals of thunder and Cooke falling flat amidst prayers in a storm. This moment will appear again near the end of the play, heartrendingly recontextualized. What we have seen in the meantime is one of the stand-out productions of the 2020 FRIGID Festival and a sobering yet hopeful reminder of what happens when women and their bodies are subjected to the control of institutionalized patriarchy. 
When Cooke enters in the storm, she is playing Lianne Gray, who is a fictionalized version of the woman at t…

Review: You Can't See "Mother Leeds," But Don't Miss It

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Mother Leeds Presented by No Peeking Theatre at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC Fri, Feb 21 at 8:50PM; Sun, Feb 23 at 6:50PM; Wed, Feb 26 at 5:30PM; Sun, March 1 at 1:50PM; Fri, March 6 at 8:50PM

Tickets available here It might sound like a cliché to say that what you can't see is more frightening than what you can, but Mother Leeds, from innovative artists No Peeking Theatre, demonstrates the truth in the truism. Audiences experience the play blindfolded, immersing them in the world of a very religious family in early 1900s New Jersey. That family is, of course, the family of folklore figure Jane Leeds, whose thirteenth child, local mythology holds, transmogrified into the monstrous creature known as the Jersey Devil and roamed the Pine Barrens. The resulting experience is a creepy and memorable highlight of this year's annual FRIGID Festival.

Before the show proper begins, audience members are Invited to examine the "exhibit" on stage: a table boa…

Review: Press Play on "Blockbuster Guy" (and Be Kind—Rewind!)

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Blockbuster Guy Written and performed by Mark Levy Directed by Kristen Keim Presented at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC February 21st at 5:30 pm; February 28th at 8:50pm; March 1st at 3:30pm; March 4th at 10:30pm; March 7th at 2:10pm (click here for tickets) Right at the start of Mark Levy's solo show Blockbuster Guy, he announces that he always has been and always will be a movie nerd. Blockbuster Guy offers a humorous paean not only to how film can shape our lives but also to finding a sense of discovery and even community in the unlikely location of a now-defunct corporate retail chain. The show arrives in revised form at the 2020 annual FRIGID Festival after a 2019 run at SOLOCOM at the PIT Loft. Levy is no stranger to the festival, with All is Fine in Sunny Florida! (2016), Lenny Bruce is Not Afraid (2018), and CC: You in Hell! (2019; reviewed by us here) on his FRIGID resumé, and Blockbuster Guy sees him collaborating for a fifth time with director Kriste…

News: "Cemetery Golf" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Cemetery Golf.

Where: UNDER St. Marks
94 St Marks Place New York, NY 10009

When: 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 29 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7


What: Solo performer and playwright Jim Loucks brings his Southern storytelling style to the 2020 FRIGID Festival with his one-man show Cemetery Golf , directed by Lisa Chess.

After playing to critical acclaim around the country, Loucks is bringing his rollicking, heartfelt solo performance to New York in a way that only he can, through the eyes of a little boy growing up surrounded by baptisms (dunk, not sprinkle), the constant worry of the Rapture coming when you a…

News: "Artisanal Intelligence" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Artisanal Intelligence.
Where: Kraine Theater
85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

When: Monday, February 24th @ 10:30 pm
Wednesday, February 26th @ 8:50 pm
Saturday, February 29th @ 6:40 pm
Monday, March 2nd @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 3rd @ 10:30 pm
Sunday, March 8th @ 5:10 pm

What: Can you tell the difference between three types of beer from a smell test? Do you type your university essays out on a typewriter? Have you ever claimed that you are a ninth-generation direct descendant of the inventor of the bicycle? Barry can. Barry would. Barry has.
Artisanal Intelligence is proud to introduce the next wave in A.I. customer service: Barry - the perfect fit for all your too-cool for school business needs! 

Written by i…

News: "The 500 List" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is The 500 List.

Where: Kraine Theater
85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

When: 2/23 @ 6:50 pm
2/25 @ 10:30 pm
2/29 @ 8:20 pm
3/1 @ 6:50 pm
3/3 @ 5:30 pm
3/8 @ 3:30 pm

What: Ryan Adam Wells, who was at FRIGID Festival two years ago with his show Beers About Songs, winner of both the Patrons' Choice and Performers' Choice Awards, returns this year with his new show The 500 List.

The 500 List is a new musical storytelling show about a road trip that Wells took with his best friend back in 2008. They spent two years compiling our 500 favorite songs of all time and then took a week -ong drive across the USA while listening to all 1,000 songs.

Wells describes the trip a life-changing, beautiful journey filled wi…

Review: "Birthday in the Bronx" Charts a Rocky Road

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Birthday in the Bronx Written by Paul Hufker Directed by Michaela Escarcega Presented by and at The Tank 312 W. 36th. St., 1st Floor, Manhattan, NYC February 20-March 18, 2020 Although the title of Birthday in the Bronx is singular, it actually covers two birthdays in the life of Nuyorican protagonist Raquel (Suzelle Palacios), opening at her fourteenth birthday and following her through turning fifteen. Inspired by playwright Paul Hufker's partner, with whom she shares a name, Raquel attempts to navigate the conflicting intersections of who she is, who she wants to be, and whom others perceive her to be. In telling her story, Birthday in the Bronx offers a self-aware, multi-modal consideration of race and identity.

Raquel's nickname, Rocky, is tied up in her athletic performance as her school's star field hockey player, a role that she looks to as her only way out of her neighborhood: Rocky wants to be a politician, but, as she says, no one sends scouts to look for future …

News: "Closed Circuit" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Closed Circuit.

Where: Kraine Theater
85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

When: Wednesday, Feb 19 @ 8:50 pm
Saturday, Feb 22 @ 1:40 pm
Wednesday, Feb 26 @ 10:30 pm
Tuesday, March 3 @ 8:50 pm
Saturday, March 7 @ 5:00 pm

What: Told in interlocking monologues, three individuals recount the mysterious death of a family member. Two brothers and their widowed sister-in-law examine their past in this dark comedy which explores the opioid crisis in middle America and its effect on the family, their business, and the future. By the end, all three are left with the explosive idea that maybe people can choose their family after all.

Remington Moses plays Shannon: a recently widowed recovering addict and mother of one …

News: "Magnetic Dragons" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Magnetic Dragons.

Where: UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Manhattan, NYC

When: Thursday, February 20th from 7:10 pm - 8:10 pm
Sunday, February 23rd from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday, February 28th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 4th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 7th from 8:50 pm - 9:50 pm

What: Gunfire. Explosions. Heartbreak. These are the things that happened not in front of the camera, but behind the scenes of the film with the worst production day ever: Magnetic Dragons. This one-man show revisits the disasters that happened 25 years ago.

Writer and performer Chris Chan Roberson was in a comedy troupe for 15 years and performed from 1994 to 2009 and is currently a professional filmmaker who …

News: "Artaud Marat" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Artaud Marat.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

When: Fri, Feb 21 @ 6:50 PM
Thu, Feb 27 @ 10:30 PM
Sat, Feb 29 @ 3:20 PM
Wed, Mar 4 @ 8:50 PM
Sat, Mar 7 @ 1:40 PM

What: In playwright/director/production designer Roi Escudero's Artaud Marat. Mardi Gras is happening outside, and the audience is brought inside Antonin Artaud's mind, where the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real manifest themselves.

In the final period of Artaud's life, he is living in an abandoned pavilion in a park convalescence clinic at Ivry-sur-Seine, surrounded by 406 school children's notebooks. The pages are covered with drawings and cutting-edge text - "a body without org…

News: "The Stands" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is now underway, with performances at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In our coverage of this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is The Stands.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

When: Feb 20th@ 8:50pm
Feb 23rd@ 12:10pm
Feb 27th@ 7:10pm,
Mar 4th@ 5:30pm
Mar 6th @ 6:50pm.

What: The Stands, written by award-winning playwright and performer Eric Thomas and directed by Frankie Delessio, centers on two sets of parents who meet in the stands of their sons’ first high school baseball game. Each parent has different expectations for the day and for what the game will mean to their son. Marcus wants his son to love baseball as much as he did. Alex wants her son to be on track toward a scholarship. Pamela wants to protect her son from ridicule. Blair wants to make a friend. All relationships and expectatio…