Fledgling Festival V

fledgling v Peter Deffet and Perishable Theatre present the Fledgling Festival V — short performances for live audiences.

Get out of the summer heat and check out The Fledgling Festival as it enters its fifth season, its fourth at Perishable Theatre. Festival founder and curator Peter Deffet presents new works of dance, theater, puppetry, music and mania from local and not-so-local artists.

$10 general admission. Come once, get a return ticket for $5! Order tickets through ArtTix or at 401.621.6123

Showtimes 8pm, August 20-30, Thursdays through Sundays, Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street

Conceived at first as a venue for short plays, dances and musical sets, The Fledgling Festival has established itself as an important and illuminating step in the life of new performance works in the region. “In general, performing artists who are developing their own work find it very helpful to workshop in front of a live audience, and having a two-week run gives the performers an opportunity to develop the piece from performance to performance,” observes Curator Peter Deffet, himself a multi-disciplinary performance artist. “Many of the pieces in the Festival are in process of being developed into longer evening-length performances, so many artists find interesting what offshoots come from an individual piece through the festival.

With its mission of connecting RI audiences to groundbreaking works of theatre, Perishable Theatre is proud to partner with Peter Deffet in the presentation of The Fledgling Festival. “The Fledgling Festival creates opportunities for established and emerging performers to truly take flight on the winds of their creativity,” notes Perishable Theatre Artistic Director Vanessa Gilbert.

This year’s offerings include work from the following artists:

Moira Brady is a performance artist who resides within AS220. Her last piece for Fledgling (Mike Eng’s Cat Bang) was an exploration of the mating rituals of feral cats in Providence. Look forward to her love of mayonnaise in Fledgling #5.

Rachel Teumim is a choreographer based in western MA. This will be her first time performing in the Fledgling Festival, although she is a close friend of the Fledgling Family.

Lise Brody is a choreographer based in Providence whose work has been seen throughout New England, most recently at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. This is Lise’s first presentation with The Fledgling Festival.

Jose Docen is a song writer, musician and actor currently based in RI. His work has been seen in New England and in NYC.

Melissa Bowler is an actor and comedian based in RI. She can be seen regularly with her tag team TITS, and as a member of Improv Jones as well as several other improv companies in RI.

Angela Conte, choreographer and performer, returns to the Fledgling stage after an appearance in last year’s Fledgling Festival. She is a student at RWU under Gary Shore and Melody Ruffin-Ward.

Nicole Maynard is a writer , performer and puppeteer based in RI. She has graced the Fledgling stage with The Adventures of Fat Nancy & Crisco, as well as with other comedies such as Tough Titty Said the Kitty.

Kevin Broccoli is a playwright and actor based in RI. His work has been seen on the Fledgling stage in the past. This year’s play presents the audience with a conundrum: to watch the kiss or not watch the kiss?

Don’t miss what Bill Rodriguez of The Providence Phoenix called “…a carnival of diversity and humor.

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