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2022 Picks of the Cincy Fringe Awards Announced

CFF2022 logoIf you couldn’t join us for our triumphant celebration at the end of the Festival on Saturday Night, here are your 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Picks of the Fringe!

  • Spirit of the Fringe Award: CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN from Boris Dansbury
  • Pick of the Digital Fringe: THE DEFINITION ASSOCIATION from Maatology Productions
  • Critic’s Pick of the Fringe: WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors from Gregory & McWethy
  • The Linda Bowen All Access Pick of the Fringe: THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES from Martin Dockery
  • The David C. Herriman Artists Pick of the Fringe: ROSEGOLD from Donna Kay Yarborough
  • The Audience Pick of the Fringe: TEXAS ANNIE: Legend of the Moan Ranger from Jennifer Howd and Maggie Perrino
  • The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick of the Fringe: HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF from Your Silent Partner.

A big congratulations to our award winners this year, and all the trailblazing artists who were part of the 2022 Festival. We are so grateful to be a place where your creativity, ingenuity, and joy could shine!

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Performance Options for June 14-17 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

CFF22_messes logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FATHER, DAUGHTER AND HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD

WEDNSDAY, JUNE 15

CFF22_Sexy Sexy Mattress Time logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SEXY SEXY MATRESSS TIME
  • BE MY THIEF
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:30PM, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • DESTINY U.S.A.
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

CFF22_I Confess logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • I CONFESS
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • trueFRINGE
  • BE MY THIEF
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

CFF22_Wuthering logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

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CFF22: My Fringe Show Rankings

CFF22_Rosegold logoUpdated for a little more context: The question I get asked most by people with limited time and resources is, which shows are a “must see.” And I give them my bias answer, based on how I reacted to the shows. That being said, it’s not like I’ve been disappointed by any of the performances I’ve attended this year. Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal. And I guarantee everyone’s list is different and just as valid.

And if you do decide to attend, I highly recommend you look at all the options. Aside from the fact that there are still plenty of shows I just haven’t seen yet. If a show sounds interesting to you, I highly encourage you to see it. Grab a friend, split a flex pass and hit three shows. You never know what you might discover. Happy Fringing.
-Rob

Updated 6/20/22

My Rankings

  1. ROSEGOLD
    Donna Kay Yarborough is all-in emotionally in her intense, extremely well-acted one-woman show.
  2. HEDY: The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
    Heather Massie impresses as Lamarr (and the multiple characters she interacts with) in this engaging show exploring Hedy’s life.
  3. BE MY THIEF
  4. JINKIES!
    Jordan Trovillion & Trey Tatum return as the teen sleuth and her faithful dog companion. Imaginative, clever and funny, JINKIES is an enjoyable sequel completely accessible even if you missed the 2019 original production, ZOINKS!
  5. FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  6. THE SEX LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES
  7. BENT COMPASS
  8. EXPERI-MENTAL
  9. BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  10. SOFT
  11. WHISKEY FLICKS LIVE!
  12. THE BARN IDENTITY
  13. A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  14. SEXY SEXY MATTRESS TIME
  15. TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  16. WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  17. SADEC 1965: A Love Story
  18. UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  19. FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  20. DESTINY U.S.A
  21. MAKE A F*CKIN’ SHOW YOU P.O.S.
  22. MESSES
  23. JUNKMAIL ORACLE

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Performance Options for June 7-10 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block for the opening weekend. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

CFF22_messes logoBlock 1 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • BENT COMPASS
  • DESTINY, U.S.A
  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

Block 2 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • WHISKEY FLICKS LIVE!
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • HEDY! The Live & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
  • ROSEGOLD
  • SOFT
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

CFF22_Mushrooms of Western Kentucky logoBlock 1 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MUSHROOMS OF WESTERN KENTUCKY & FURTHER MEDITATIONS
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • HEDY! The Live & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 2 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SEXY, SEXY MATRESS TIME
  • BENT COMPASS
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

CFF22_messes logoBlock 1 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • HEDY! The Live & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
  • JINKIES!
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

Block 2 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • BENT COMPASS
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • SOFT
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

CFF22_Silver Hammer logoBlock 1 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SILVER HAMMER
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • DESTINY, U.S.A.
  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 2 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • MUSHROOMS OF WESTERN KENTUCKY & FURTHER MEDITATIONS
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • SOFT
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

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Cincy Fringe 2022 Proudly Presents HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

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A True Story of Hollywood Glamour & Scientific Genius

The 22x Award-Winning, Internationally Acclaimed NYC Play
Written & Performed by Heather Massie
Cincy Fringe Festival – Cincinnati, OH – June 5-11, 2022

“Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’. She invented Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!” 

Cincinnati, OH – Cincy Fringe 2022 is proud to present HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr in their Primary Line Up from June 5-11, 2022.

Fulbright Specialist and NYC artist Heather Massie will deliver her Ohio debut of her 22x Award-Winning, Internationally Acclaimed New York City show. The show celebrates the unexpected scientific genius of Viennese-born Hollywood screen siren and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

Known as the ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World’, Lamarr spent her spare time in Hollywood inventing technology for torpedoes during WWII.  Also known as Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

Portraying 30+ characters in this solo play, Massie enchants the audience as Hedy Lamarr, along with Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Louis B Mayer, and more! Hedy is summoned to unearth the truth behind how a glamorous actress could create an invention which launched today’s wireless technology revolution!

Playing at The Art Academy,  Room 204 (A204), at 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday 6/5 @ 5:30 PM; Tuesday 6/7 @ 9:00 PM; Wednesday 6/8 @ 7:15 PM; Thursday 6/9 @ 7:15 PM; and Saturday 6/11 @ 7:15 PM, with a showtime of 60 minutes.

General Admission Tickets are $16, and Love Your Artists Tickets are $20.

Tickets & Information Here: www.CincyFringe.com/Hedy

Show Blurb:
Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’. She invented Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!

The Show:
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr celebrates the unexpected scientific genius of Viennese-born Hollywood screen siren and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as the ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World’, Lamarr spent her spare time in Hollywood inventing technology for torpedoes during WWII.  Also known as Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Portraying 30+ characters in this solo play, Massie enchants the audience as Hedy Lamarr, along with Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Louis B Mayer, and more! Hedy is summoned to unearth the truth behind how a glamorous actress could create an invention which launched today’s wireless technology revolution! The show premiered Off Broadway in 2016 on Theatre Row, and has since toured throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, and Finland garnering 22 awards and critical acclaim. Written and performed by Fulbright Specialist Heather Massie, its mission is to inspire audiences to make the world a better place, especially to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence, ingenuity, and invention.

The Performer:
Having studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut, Heather Massie marries her loves of art and science in the person of Hedy Lamarr. She studied Astrophysics at the University of Virginia with dreams of becoming an astronaut, before studying Theatre Arts in the Virginia Tech School of the Arts and becoming a professional actress in NYC and throughout the US. She has toured the world with her show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr garnering 22 awards and critical acclaim. She brings the show to theatres, arts festivals, science festivals, science centers, technology conferences, museums, universities, schools, Jewish centers, STEM & STEAM Events, and cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world.  In 2019 she served as a Fulbright Specialist with a tour of the show through South Africa sponsored by the US State Department, World Learning, and the US Embassy South Africa.

Full bio here: www.heathermassie.com/heather-massie/

Reviews:

  • “Captivating.”  –  The Huffington Post
  • “Effervescent” – Silicon Republic
  • “Fascinating”  – Belfast Times
  • “Highly inventive”  – The Irish News
  • “Richly realized”  – Blogcritics Magazine
  • “Highly entertaining”  – Splash Magazine
  • “Magnetic performance”  – Theater Scene
  • “Exceptionally talented”  – MD Theatre Guide
  • “Lively & enlightening” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • “Remarkable”  – Theatre in the Now
  • “Gorgeous”  – Total Theater

22 Awards Including:

  • US Embassy Sweden Grant – Sweden
  • Mid Atlantic Arts – Turku, Finland
  • UMEZ – Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Grant – NYC
  • US Embassy Iceland Grant – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • The Maine Award – RVK Fringe, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Audience Choice – IndyFringe, Indiana
  • Sold Out Award – IndyFringe, Indiana
  • Fulbright Specialist – South Africa
  • Best Performance – PRO.ACT Fest, Ukraine
  • Character Actor Award & Maine Award – RVK Fringe, Iceland
  • Best Actress – Galway Fringe, Ireland
  • US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant – Intwasa Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant – Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Outstanding Performance – Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC
  • Best Actress – SaraSolo Festival, Florida
  • Audience Choice – Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia
  • Festival Bestseller – United Solo Festival, NYC

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