2017 Schedule



The 2017 Detroit Fringe Forward Festival is close at hand! Shows will run from Thursday September 28 – Sunday October 1. You can get tickets to individual performances or a full festival pass at http://2017detroitfringe.bpt.me. Check out our line up of fantastic artists below – we look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday September 28:
7pm – The Puppetopian Revolution: A Wedding
By Madelyn Etzcorn & Scott Crandall (Hamtramck)
An exploration of weddings as a social ritual and ceremony, a unique intersection of cultural institutions, expressed through the use of puppets. How are we critical about the political, religious/spiritual/philosophical, communal, economic, familial, gendered, nationality intersections that weddings exhibit – and how we might want to reimagine them?

8pm – Pearls of Wisdom (30 min)
By Oliver Pookrum (Detroit), adapted for the stage from the essays of Pearl Cleage
A search for truth, understanding, and inner peace through the stories of four women.

9pm – DFFF opening night party


Friday September 29:
8pm – Alvin Hill Media Ensemble (30 min)
By Alvin Hill (Ann Arbor)
Pulling subject matter from our current social political climate and tailoring each performance to the individual performance spaces, the ensemble will create a uniquely site-specific interactive performance, investigating the nature of improvisation and interactivity in cross-media.

8:45pm – In the Shadows (50 minutes)
By Sasha Vulovic (Detroit)
An experimental theater work that employs dance, shadow theater, and audio excerpts from interviews to construct a series of glimpses into the stories of undocumented migrants.


Saturday September 30:
2pm – The Underground Library (1 hour, for ages 8-18)
Performed by the Spinning Dot Theatre Teen Apprentice Company (Ypsilanti), script by playwright Jon Keevy (South Africa)
The fast paced action based play details the world void of libraries, with full state controlled knowledge, where the terrorists at large are actually those out to free information and knowledge to the people.

8pm – No Contest (LightBox, 8641 Linwood Street, Detroit) (1 hour)
By Marcela Torres in collaboration with Chase Challoway (Chicago)
No Contest uses the structure of an MMA championship match to perform, comprehend and unhinge the social and physical stresses that people of color in the US are raised with as psychological trauma – focusing on the archetypes of the celebrated yet continually antagonized athletes of color.


Sunday October 1:
2pm – A Mouth With Flame (1 hour, by the Spinning Dot Theatre Company – for ages 7-12)
Written and performed by Tae Hoon Yoo
Original music, digital media, cultural tales, and personal stories combine in this original one-man show exploring history, reliving personal experiences and finding identity. Nominated for a 2017 Wilde Award for “Best Theater for Young Audiences”.

4pm – Performative Shorts
* Mykitas Epoch – Acclimation (durational)
By CV Peterson (Wisconsin)
A performance art piece embodying, a futuristic fungal creature that has evolved from Michigan’s 40 acre large fungi, Armillaria, as it slowly moves through public spaces in Detroit collecting plastic for food. Part of the artist’s “Mykitas Epoch” series, a dark, whimsical portrayal of the era after humanity is extinct and all that is left is humanity’s legacy — plastic.

* (Delta) (20 min)
By Thank You So Much For Coming (Hamtramck)
How do we observe and describe change from a scientific perspective? Are there useful models/terms from those fields for artists/citizens to consider change as a social/personal/political force? How can we understand and communicate complex scientific concepts not only as metaphor, but as relevant, engaging, and foundational truths? These are the questions that △ seeks to answer.

*Reality Flux (10 min)
By Cathy Taister/ Cathy and Company
Reality Flux explores the wildly unfamiliar culture of America in the year 2100. The piece presents both a dark, dystopian and an optimistic, utopian view of our country. You, the audience will be invited to band together to do a movement ritual to empower us as a community to take charge of our future.

*The Armadillo (7 min)
By Alexander Trice/Portable Folio Productions
Two lonely people find exactly what they need: each other.

*The Creative Body (7 min)
By Camille Johnson
“The Creative Body” combines puppetry, projection, sound and spoken word to ask the question what makes up the creative body? A 9 foot paper mache puppet face hangs suspended on a stage, serving as a screen for projections. A sound piece accompanies the projections using both spoken word and a soundscape sourced from a car wash.