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Marlena Mack, Maribel Martinez, Genevieve Simon & Zak Houston. Photo by Claire Edmonds.

Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
Art Academy of Cincinnati Commons

Plastic animals come to life. Teenagers get left out of history books. And we’re gonna find that yellow Frisbee if it kills us. From the minds behind 2017’s Producer’s Pick comes a glimpse into three different worlds and the loose threads that bind them. There’s no time. Stop making sense. Join the party.

  • Tue, June 5 at 6:30pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 9pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 9pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 6:30pm

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2017 Producer’s Pick Returns to Cincinnati Fringe Festival From NYC With Surreal Musical Comedy

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Marlena Mack, Maribel Martinez, Genevieve Simon & Zak Houston. Photo by Claire Edmonds.

The Functional Shoes, winners of 2017’s Producer’s Pick of the Fringe Award, return to Cincinnati Fringe June 5-9th with their original surreal comedy DELIVERY. Three women fail to get the message across, plastic animals come to life, teenagers get left out of history books, and fresh new, original music is created and distorted in this funny, hyper-aware, and delightfully abstract hour-long triptych.

DELIVERY serves up three strange worlds and asks you to find the connections between them.  DELIVERY received a workshop production at The Tank in New York City in May. This three-part, 60-minute adventure is one show you won’t want to miss. Fun fact: both the playwright and the co-composer are native Ohioans!

The Functional Shoes is an award-winning pop-up theatre company based in New York City. Using live music and original plays, we bring people from the sidelines into the spotlight. 2017 Producer’s Pick of the Fringe & CityBeat Critic’s Pick: Romeo + Juliet + Anybodys www.thefunctionalshoes.com.

DELIVERY is performing in A103 Arts Academy Commons for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival on June 5th at 6:30pm, June 6th at 9:00pm, June 8th at 9:00pm, and June 9th at 6:30pm.

Tickets are available at www.cincyfringe.com

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CFF17: Pick of the Fringe Winners


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CFF17: The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Announces our 2017 FRINGE ENCORE Performances!

CFF17 logoThe 14th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival concludes today with special Encore Performances of select Pick of the Fringe winning shows! Votes were tallied late Saturday night from Cincy Fringe audiences, artists, critics, and staff – and from that slate of fan-favorite shows, we are proud to announce our Encore Performances for 2017!


  • 1:00-2:00 LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL MEGAN by Cornfed Productions of Iowa City, IA at Art Academy Auditorium
  • 2:15-3:15 ROMEO + JULIET + ANYBODYS from The Function Shoes of New York, NY at Know Theatre of Cincinnati
  • 5:00-6:00 BALLS OF YARNS from Paul Strickland of Cincinnati, OH at Art Academy Commons
  • 6:30-7:30 THE GREAT INVENION from Panda Head Theatre Co. of Cashiers, NC at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Tickets are now ON SALE at cincyfringe.com!

Admission to Cincy Fringe Encores can only be guaranteed by purchasing a $15 regular
admission ticket at cincyfringe.com or in person at each venue’s box office, if available.

Existing passes cannot be used for advance booking (this includes Full Frontal All Access, Voyeur, Artist, Volunteer, and Staff passes), and will only be honored once all regular-priced ticketholders have been seated and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is proud to offer these Encore Performances as a special honor for our most highly acclaimed artists of the Festival. All ticket sales are split 50/50 after ticketing fees with artists, so every ticket purchase directly supports the creators of these innovative new works of live performing arts.

After the night’s final Encore performance, the Know Theatre welcomes you to one more night of revelry in our Underground Bar as we bid farewell to this year’s Festival that’s Kinda Weird, Like YOU.

Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Tickets: $15 per person, available in advance at cincyfringe.com or at each performance’s venue starting 30 minutes before showtime. PLEASE BE ADVISED there is no late seating to any Cincinnati Fringe Festival Performance!

Since 1997, Know Theatre has been dedicated to creating explosive and evocative live entertainment. We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate member of the National New Play Network.

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CFF17: My Fringe Schedule: Day 9

Back to the three show track tonight. On the agenda are:

CFF_Romeo + Juliet + AnybodysFrom New York City, new participant The Functional Shoes brings their rock musical ROMEO + JULIET + ANYBODYS to Know Theatre.

She’s a loudmouth rascal with a wicked roundhouse kick. She puts the POW in Girl Power. And she could save those two dumb lovebirds—if somebody would just listen! Ladies and Gentlemen, the musical character you love to forget: Anybodys! Featuring original grunge folk music, this play will make you wanna laugh, squirm, dance, and burn the patriarchy to the ground.

CFF_Zelda and Haldey_1x1Next it’s local new participant E Cubed Productions with ZELDA AND HADLEY: TOGETHER AT LAST,

ZELDA AND HADLEY: TOGETHER AT LAST – the entirely fictional, absolutely true story of what happens when F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway’s wives have had enough of their husbands’ philandering ways and get even using a radio drama. To begin, the audience decides which literary masterpiece to tackle. The ladies then improve that story by playing all the characters, creating all the sound effects, and reminding the audience that “hell hath no fury…” Also, there’s gin.

Written and directed by Eileen Elizabeth Earnest, the cast features Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Hadley Richardson & Alison Rampa as Zelda Fitzgerald.

CFF_vapers at the GateReturning for their fifth Fringe appearance, local group Burying Beetles closes out my night with VAPERS AT THE GATE:

Three people: a survivalist, an artist and a Silicon Valley bro – hunted refugees blown out of their comfortable lives by a universal catastophe. Hopeless, exhausted, they meet a “coyote” – a guerilla fighter with fashion sense who will take them to the New World only if they expose their true selves through Native ritual and Hollywood trivia: Ultimate Vetting at the end of the world.

Written by John Ray and directed by Daniel Winters, the cast includes Mafer Del Real, Daniel Britt, Kearston Hawkins-Johnson, Olaf Eide, Gabriela Medina, Aiden Dalton, Zoe Cotzias & John Ray.

Shows 22-24 here I come…

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