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First lineup of KC Fringe festival shows announced

May 15, 2013

YellowBrix

May 15--Producer Bob Paisley, through his Central Standard Theatre, is hosting an eclectic lineup of international performers at this year's KC Fringe.

A full schedule for the 10-day festival of theater and music, scheduled to begin July 18, has not been announced. Paisley is the first presenter to unveil a lineup of shows. The CST performances will be at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main St.

Paisley has seen most of the performers he's presenting at international fringe festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Adelaide, Australia. He has attended each festival for several years. At one point he took "Driving Miss Daisy," in which he performed alongside Harvey Williams and Marilyn Lynch, to the Adelaide festival.

His visits to the Edinburgh festival planted the seed for the annual British Invasion, in which solo productions and small-cast shows from the UK perform in Kansas City over two weeks. The invasion is held each December.

The KC Fringe offerings, Paisley said, will be like "the British Invasion but with better weather."

The lineup:

-- "The Submarine Show," created by the Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, Calif. Performed by Jaron Aviv Hollander and Slater Brooks Penney, the family-friendly show depicts the adventures of two characters who crash their submarine at the bottom of the ocean. The performance incorporates vocal sound effects, mime and improvised interaction with the audience. Read more at submarineshow.com.

-- "A Solitary Choice" by Sheila Duncan. This award-winning piece features Tamara Lee and is directed by Michael Allen (both based in Adelaide). The play depicts a woman who has an affair, becomes pregnant and then faces the life-altering decision of what to do about it.

-- "Long Live the King," written and performed by Ansuya Nathan. This tells the story of her parents, immigrants from India, who arrived in Australia the day Elvis died. Paisley called it a "very strange cultural mashup." Nathan plays her parents as well as Elvis in a white jumpsuit. Find out more at ansuyanathan.com.

--" Just So Stories," based the Rudyard Kipling tales. Kansas City-based writer and sound designer John Story and Kansas City singer/songwriter Barclay Martin collaborate on this family-friendly production.

-- "Bedtime Solos" by Jakob Holder. Paisley directs Amy Kelly and Jordan Fox in a piece that explores the physical and emotional relationship between two lovers. After the KC Fringe performance, Paisley and the actors will take the piece to the international fringe festival in Edinburgh.

To reach Robert Trussell, call 816-234-4765 or send email to rtrussell@kcstar.com.

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