Mentalist Grant Price 

Fort Worth Fringe Announced

Here's the lineup for the second annual Fort Worth Fringe Festival, happening Labor Day weekend at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

published Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Fort WorthTexas Nonprofit Theatres, Inc. and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center have scheduled the second annual Fort Worth Fringe Festival for Labor Day weekend, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. All events are at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, co-produced with TNT, with shows at the Scott Theatre and the Sanders Theatre and one immersive piece in “the Vault,” a basement space.

The event includes various disciplines of performing arts, from across the state of Texas. Performances include Upstart Productions’ staging of the play Lenny Bruce is Back starring Joey Folsom as the legendary comedian; dance from American Classical Ballet Company and Jude McCoy; improv from the JIM Experiment and Frisco Improv Players; the Fort Worth Poetry Society; Lisa Loving Dalton’s new one-woman show Big Bumps....A Stunt Gal's Voluptuous Rollercoaster Life; EllaBeth Bondo in Act-o-philous or Vinegar Love; a mentalist/illusion show from Grant Price; and Brainstorm Productions doing Sam Shepard’s 1975 one-act Killer’s Head in an immersive experience in the basement, starring Chuck Huber. Musician Deanna Valone (see video above) plays Friday night.

Festival passes, which are $105 for all access, $85 for a 10-show pass and $50 for a five-show pass, are available here.


Here is a list of the performing companies and their shows:


American Classical Ballet Company


Scott Theatre

4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

11:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 55 minutes

Ballet performance.


Frieda Austin


9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 10 minutes

Frieda Austin performs on aerial silks.


EllaBeth Bondo

Act-o-philous or Vinegar Love

Sanders Theatre

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

5 p.m Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 55 minutes

A journey into stories, words and sounds that hold within them the potential for transformation. In an additional segment, the audience is given a treat with what might be called a Sound Bath, as EllaBeth walks through the assembled folks with various gongs and tonal devices exploring if sound has the potential to uplift.

Photo: Brainstorm Productions
Poster for Killer's Head from Brainstorm Productions


Brainstorm Productions 

Sam Shepard’s Killer's Head

The Vault

4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

2:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

9:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 30 minutes

Experience the final thoughts of a condemned man before his execution, as imagined by late playwright Sam Shepard. As you enter the prison, to be witness, you will be given instructions by the guard as to how best to respond to the prisoner and tips of being safe. After you have checked in you will be escorted to the execution room. He sits in an electric chair, blindfolded, his hands and torso tied to the chair. Hear his final thoughts before electrocution. Directed by Theresa Furphy and starring Chuck Huber.


Lisa Loving Dalton

Big Bumps....A Stunt Gal's Voluptuous Rollercoaster Life

Sanders Theatre

4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 80 minutes

Lisa Loving Dalton brings a fun and fully uncensored peek behind-the-scenes, revealing even more of the nitty gritty events shared in her Bestsellers: Falling for The Stars: A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales and Murder Of Talent and How Pop Culture Is Killing "IT". Big Bumps traces the arc of Lisa's blockbuster-filled stunt résumé (Ghostbusters, Splash, Highlander, Money Pit, Saturday Night Live) flashing back to her bumpy childhood ridden with klutzy confusion, bullying, bad behavior, an abuse-filled college life and finding her way to love, teaching and performing across continents as her supreme antidote. Costume transformations and graceful movements contrast Dalton’s accident-prone history. By the end, you will have discovered the title is wittily well beyond a simple double entendre. It might be fun to count the bumps along the way! A multi-media presentation designed by producer Charles Bowles, heightens our experience with images/video clips from various films and life moments, supporting Dalton's magical storytelling.


Frisco Improv Players 

Improv Fun for Everyone!

Sanders Theatre

11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 50 minutes

The Frisco Improv Players will perform a series of clean, short-form interactive improvisational comedy/scenes/games, each lasting 3-7 minutes in length. The audience is engaged from start to finish, as all our scenes/games require audience participation, either in the form of shout-out suggestions or by taking the stage alongside the performers.


Fort Worth Poetry Society

The 2 Lilies

Sanders Theatre

4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

Noon, Saturday, Sept. 2

4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 30 minutes

This work presents the future of poetry performances today. Live poetry recitals generally feature only the spoken word of the poet. This performance will combine the live poetry recitals with audio effects and original music. The desire is to make the poem a performance piece.


The JIM Experiment

JIM Experiment

Sanders Theatre

8:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 50 minutes

Taking improv to the next level, The JIM Experiment troupe members will perform a unique set of short-form improv games for each show throughout the weekend. The host will draw games and players at random throughout so that even the performers won’t know which games they’ll be playing. This high-energy and fast-paced improv extravaganza is sure to entertain and delight!


LoneStar Film Society

2-Minute Shorts

Scott Theatre

11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2

3:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 30 minutes


Jude McCoy

Abstract Dance in One Part

Scott Theatre

6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 20 minutes

This work seeks to explore the limitations of chance dance procedure in creating works of choreography. It will be based in improvisation, and the dance itself will be created in the moment through chance procedure. Rather than having a set performance structure, where the dancers are led by the structure, this work will attempt to create a structure of choreography through randomly generated movements and positions.


Grant Price 


Sanders Theatre

6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 30 minutes

Walk into MENTAL prepared for a world of mind-numbing feats. Grant approaches the stage armed with nothing but his mind and a notepad- even so, you will be in suspense until the curtains close. Exploring the possibilities of the human brain, Grant will read your thoughts and predict your behavior. He knows your phone number, bank account, what you ate for breakfast. You think it, he knows it. This is MENTAL.


Ritz Community Theatre 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Scott Theatre

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
Joey Folsom in Lenny Bruce is Back

5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 55 minutes

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s funny play in which all of William Shakespeare’s works are presented in an hour.


Upstart Productions

Lenny Bruce is Back

Scott Theatre

7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Runtime: 55 minutes

Julie Stein and Sam Bobrick's Lenny Bruce Is Back is a one-man piece of scripted theatre, primarily comedic in design, that through the format and feel of stand-up comedy takes a look at one of the art form's most controversial figures. Through the premise of Bruce coming back from the dead to deliver the set he never had the opportunity to deliver in life, this biographical as well as culturally insightful show profiles stand-up comedy's most infamous figure who challenged the perceptions of the purpose of comedy and is thought of by many as the satirical equivalent of a martyr, vilified in life and sainted in death for the path he paved for comedians and individuals alike regarding the freedom of speech.

These performances will also feature burlesque from Vivienne Vermuth and Scarlet Peach, as well as comedian Paul Varghese and host James Chandler.


Deanna Valone

Musician Deanna Valone performs (see video at top of story)

Sanders Theatre

10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

Runtime: 30 minutes Thanks For Reading

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