February 11, @8:00 pm, Tuesday
Fictional Friends Improv presents: Throw $ at LEFF: A fundraising event in support of the 8th Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival. We are honored to kick off this year’s LEFF with a show that both lives up to the notion of "fringe" and allows you to throw money at us, so that we may hand it over to LEFF. We've got a lineup of fan favorite games, some classics from the vault that haven't been performed in years, and of course a few things that have never been performed for an audience, or performed at all for that matter.
February 13 - 15; Thursday - Saturday, @ 8:00 pm; February 16, Sunday @3:00pm
The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co. presents Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. This comedic farce follows the exploits of the Hardcastle family. Mr. Hardcastle wants his daughter Kate to marry eligible bachelor Charles Marlow. The problem is that Marlow is hopelessly intimidated by women. Mr. Hardcastle and Marlow’s father plan for the younger Marlow to visit the Hardcastle home, but because of the tricks of Hardcastle’s stepson Tony Lumpkin, young Marlow and his friend Hastings believe that Hardcastle’s house is an inn. Kate takes advantage of this deception to pose as a maid in the “inn” so that she can observe her potential mate without him knowing. This production features actors Chaz Albright, Jose Amoros-Alicea, Kate Bode, Michael Dodge, Nancy Dodge, Kat Hermes, Scott Lange, Ashley Normand, and Alex Weiss. Thursday’s performance is a fundraising event for the LEFF and is pay-what-you-can! Tickets are only available at the door on Thursday, Feb. 13, in $5 increments. Pigeon Creek is Michigan’s only year-round touring Shakespeare Company.
February 20 - 22 @ 8pm; 22 & 23 @ 3pm
The Brutal Sea
The Brutal Sea is proud to present their new full-length original play: MANGOYLE!
Enter the crime-spattered Urchin District of Sinneapolis, where Mayor Sparromarten has created a living gargoyle to solve the critical mystery of his missing vacation photos. Meanwhile, a coven of punk-rock witches trade their protest signs for direct magical action, and lurking deep in the shadows -- are those...gnomes?
You won't want to miss this wickedly hilarious show! Thursday’s performance is a fundraising event for the LEFF and is pay-what-you-can! Tickets are only available at the door on Thursday, Feb. 20, in $5 increments. This show contains mature themes and language.
February 27 – 29, Thursday – Saturday @8:00pm and February 29 & March 1, Saturday & Sunday
Hole in the Wall Theatre Company Grand Rapids' only Commedia Troupe presents NAPLES’ STORY
Welcome to the Neighborhood! Inspired by a collection of Italian scenarios from the 1500’s, Naples Story shows us how life’s little adventures take hold as we meet the residents of a small neighborhood in Naples.
Join our small cast as we portray the entire neighborhood in 90 minutes of sketch-improv! Thursday’s performance is a fundraising event for the LEFF and is pay-what-you-can! Tickets are only available at the door on Thursday, Feb. 27, in $5 increments.
March 3 at 6:00 pm
Grand Rapids' Maggot Baby will screen their horrific movie White Girl Wasted along with the terrible Lobster Cabin and a few of their repugnant short film as a fundraising event for the Lake Effect Fringe Festival. White Girl Wasted began filming seven years ago, briefly appeared on YouTube, and then disappeared into Maggot Baby's Box of Embarrassments. Have a laugh at this no-budget horror/comedy's first public screening ever, featuring new footage and filmmakers in attendance. WARNING: This event is 18+ only.
March 5 & 6, Thursday & Friday @ 8:00pm
Pyrus Calleryana presents TV Program. It's late. A frightful howl pierces the silence of the night. Sleep escapes you. You have nowhere to turn. Nowhere... except the channels.
Join Pyrus Calleryana on a delightfully disturbing journey into the depths of a late night TV wormhole. Bizarre burlesque from beyond basic cable and more as-seen-on-TV weirdness than your remote control can handle. Don't touch that dial! Mature Audiences. Burlesque Performance Art
The Lake Effect Fringe Festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences who can expect different seating configurations and differing levels of interaction with the performers at any given performance. All performances take place in the black box performance space of the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets for all events can be purchased in advance on the Dog Story Theater’s website: www.dogstorytheater.com.