In 1947 eight theater groups turned up uninvited to the then brand-new Edinburgh International Festival. These pioneering 8 went ahead and staged their shows; in 1959 these “fringe” players were made official by the Festival Fringe Society. The policy The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society established at the start was that “anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them” could present on the annual programs.
59E59 Theaters offers some of those heading out to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe a place to tune up and refresh for the long trip. At “East to Edinburgh 2012,” there are sixteen new shows prepping for the competition at the Festival Fringe to delight and intrigue.
Catch up with some old favorites, or meet up with some completely new productions, as the pre-Festival starts on July 10th and runs through July 29th.
Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” rings in from the 19th to the 21st with a young cast. Teen angst set to 1960’s Brit-pop rocks “MOD” in performances beginning on July 21st.
“Captain Ferguson’s School for Baloon Warfare” makes another appearance at 59E59 before going across the pond to Scotland. (See our review from the eccentric Captain’s earlier visit to 59E59.)
From monologues and standup to serious drama, East to Edinburgh showcases a taste of what the big Festival offers.
To find out more about East to Edinburgh and the other productions at 59E59 Theaters, visit, http://www.59e59.org/.