Gannon Theatre Program Holds Seventh Annual ‘Fringe Fest Erie’

Posted: February 20, 2017

Gannon University's theatre program is presenting the seventh annual Fringe Fest Erie at various locations on or near campus. The festival incorporates theater and dance produced by companies on campus and in the community.

Fringe Fest Erie, was inspired by the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the world's largest performing arts festival. Gannon University theatre students and faculty will also be traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August. The ICTF is a 12-day event that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A portion of the receipts from all ticketed presentations of Fringe Fest Erie will support the students' trip. This year marks the third time that Gannon has traveled to Scotland to participate in the festival since 2011.

Fringe Fest Erie began in 2010, under the name "The Mini Fringe," but over the years has changed its format and leadership. Now produced by Jax Vadney, lecturer in theatre with guidance from the Rev. Shawn Clerkin, director of Gannon's theatre program.

Clerkin will be represented in this year's festival with a production of "Ape/Essence," which he adapted from Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence." It will be performed April 21-23, 28-30 at the Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St., and at the ICTF in August.

Fringe Fest Erie began Jan. 27 with a production of "King Charles III," which was produced by Dramashop, a contemporary theater company founded by Gannon University graduate Zach Flock and directed by Gannon theatre major Michael Haas.

For a full schedule of Fringe Fest Erie productions, click here