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Maui Fringe Theater Festival to feature a variety of performing arts

By Staff | Jan 22, 2015

“Hard Travelin’ with Woody” by Randy Noojin features Woody Guthrie’s music and artwork.

WAILUKU – Maui OnStage will present the Maui Fringe Theater Festival 2015, a weekend marathon of the performing arts, from Jan. 23 through 25 at the Historic Iao Theater.

From New York comes “Hard Travelin’ with Woody” by Randy Noojin. Hop a box car through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s iconic folksinger, saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people in this critically acclaimed multimedia one-man play with Woody’s music and artwork. Woody plays for a union meeting of striking mineworkers who are on the verge of breaking due to vigilante violence.

Fresh off the 2014 San Francisco Fringe and the Capitol Fringe in Washington, D.C., is “Mandarin Orange,” featured by the Washington Post as a Fringe “highlight.” Join writer/performer Kate Robards on a journey from Orange, Texas, to Shanghai, China. This culture clash, one-woman play raises questions on identity, home and globalization. The play and its characters are based on Robards’ experiences from her tiny home town to the bright lights of China’s largest city.

You’ve heard his music regularly in restaurants and TV commercials, but how much do you really know about the man who composed it? What role did an orchestra of virgins play in his life? Why was he buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave? “Vivaldi’s Virgins” illuminates the captivating story behind his musical genius. You’ll never hear his music again in the same way.

Adaptations Dance Theater and Darshan Dance Project collaborate at this year’s Fringe to combine vastly different “languages” of the body to create a cohesive narrative. Exploring the body’s “sacred geometry,” as well as the stark differences between the two dance methods of contemporary ballet and Odissi dance from India, shapes this original work that strives to follow the questions rather than answer them. The dancers take the audience through a truly original journey of “Stepping forward, stepping inward.”

Kate Robards and “Mandarin Orange” have been profiled at Broadwayworld.com as “An engaging performer with an easy natural presence.”

“Improvocation,” created by members of Maui Improv, is an exploration of spontaneous creativity and how it creates comedy. With six humans as a conduit, comedy flows through and out to the world. First, a particle is introduced to the humans – a random place, object, color or phrase. This sparks a thought. Once sparked, the humans interact, creating a situation enjoyable to witness. If the situation is exceptional, it is refined to create a sketch. The cast present sketches created and the process used to create.

Closing the festival is noted political satirist Will Durst with “BOOMERAGING: From LSD to OMG,” an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. Durst describes his comedic play as: “It’s what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia.” Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, Durst presents a unique theatrical event delivered with stand-up timing and no less than a modicum of poetry.

Tickets per show are $10 plus applicable fees. To purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event, call 242-6969 or order online at mauionstage.com.