FRIGID Festival

 FRIGID is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene's ideas of what a theatre festival can be!

Upcoming Events
 
  • Wednesday February 19th 5:30PM
  • Nancy Drewinsky and the Search for the Missing Letter
  • The Red Scare! In 1953, 41 Jewish scientists were named as Communist spies by Senator Joe McCarthy. Robin’s father was one of them. In this intensely personal and timely show, Robin puts on her detective hat to investigate what happened back then, and how this long ago event still reverberates today.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 5:30PM
  • The Laser Comedy Show
  • Chris Fair draws with lasers combining his talents of art and performing long-form improv to construct an improvised, live-drawn comic book/puppet show before your very eyes. It's an exhilarating, often gut-busting experience as Fair sketches and voice acts a multi-faceted story, scene-by-scene and character-by-character, all from behind a light-reactive screen.Bio:Chris Fair has been performing for over 15 years from standup to improv and sketch comedy. He grew up in St Charles, Illinois. with a speech impediment and a fear of public speaking so he's come a daunting way to have studied at the World Famous Second City Theater, Improv Olympics, comedysportz and multiple independent theaters throughout Chicago. In early 2011 Fair, who is also a talented illustrator, invented the concept of The Laser Comedy Show that combines drawing and improv which he has performed at comedy festivals and shows all across the USA and Western Europe.  Fair also performs his signature Laser Comedy Show for children and families at libraries, schools and private events.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 7:10PM
  • A Southern Fairytale
  • Based on true events, A Southern Fairytale artfully illuminates the challenges facing a young, gay Christian growing up in the Deep South. As we accompany the protagonist through multiple journeys into and out of the closet, the audience emotionally connects with the very real impacts of conversion therapy, excommunication, and a father who believes that a demon has possessed his son.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 7:10PM
  • This Feeling
  • A hallway at midnight. Cassie is locked out. Jane is not lonely, not even a little. Coincidence leads to blossoming friendship, to escaping the intruding isolation of life in the city. They grow closer. A doctor’s office. Jane has trouble navigating their new friendship with her own unpredictable feelings.
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  • Wednesday February 19th 8:50PM
  • Closed Circuit
  • “Two brothers and their sister-in-law recount the loss of a family member, the week after an accident. Told in interlocking monologues, this dark comedy explores local business, the opioid crisis, and the idea that sometimes you can choose your family.”
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  • Wednesday February 19th 8:50PM
  • Big Tits Energy
  • A show about a woman with big breasts and her obsession with Dolly Parton. "A deeply personal and intellectual mediation on celebrity, idolization, persona, and having breasts bigger than your face that is both high-brow and high-lash."
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  • Wednesday February 19th 10:30PM
  • Double Dazed Comedy: Professors in Mind
  • Are you ready to laugh?  In this comedy double header, veteran hypnotists Howie and Mark team up to take you on a journey of the subconscious mind.  This is your chance to see and experience hypnosis firsthand.  Who knows, maybe you'll even be the star of the show!
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  • Wednesday February 19th 10:30PM
  • Fish Food For Feelings
  • 4 siblings meet at an abandoned cabin on the 2nd anniversary of their parents' death. The middle child has recently undergone a procedure to have his feelings removed. His therapist arrives along with an eccentric singer who claims to be the physical manifestation of that man's feelings. A surrealist dueling sibling dramedy based on the four elements, forty eight hours before the apocalypse.
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  • Thursday February 20th 5:30PM
  • And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet
  • Inspired by the 1984 Kerry Babies scandal, Caroline Burns Cooke takes on the roles of mother, jury, judge, and conscience in the heartbreaking yet darkly funny tale of a unmarried young Irish woman, twice pregnant by a married man, accused of being a home-wrecker, awful skit of a girl and child killer-worryingly in that order! In a time of extreme political turmoil this tragic story is as shocking as it is true.
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  • Thursday February 20th 7:10PM
  • Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid
  • It was a day like any other, except different. It was different. The air was a little bit too still and the trees were a bit too tall. That day. The day Jimmy Jones' little boy disappeared. Follow Private Eye Mahogany Brown as she searches for the child supposedly taken by 'The Nameless'. As the case progresses, clues appear to reveal more about Mahogany Brown than she is ready to handle.
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  • Thursday February 20th 7:10PM
  • Magnetic Dragons
  • Gunfire. Explosions. Heartbreak. These are the things that happened not in front of the camera, but behind the scenes of the film with the worst production day ever: Magnetic Dragons. This comedic one-man show revisits all the disasters that happened for the 25th anniversary of the movie.
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  • Thursday February 20th 8:50PM
  • The Stands
  • Two sets of parents meet in the stands of their sons’ first high school baseball game. Each parent has different expectations for the day, and for what the game will mean to their son. The parents’ relationships to each other and to their sons are challenged by events on the field and in the stands.
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  • Thursday February 20th 8:50PM
  • Awkward Teenage Years
  • Awkward Teenage Years is a storytelling show about the most gloriously weird times in our lives. We share true stories about school, crushes, broken bones, betrayal, embarrassment, alcohol, and ultimately, coming of age.
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  • Thursday February 20th 10:30PM
  • SEXPERT - Madame K
  • Treat yourself to a one-night stand with SEXpert Madame K! She’s here “For the Men,” but is she here to help, rehabilitate or exploit them? ClownGuru Ed Malone directs this deep dive into a woman’s psyche...and her knickers. (FIVE STARS EdFringe Review) “Madame Komondor is doing God’s Work.
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  • Friday February 21st 5:10PM
  • Finding Fellini
  • A woman's journey to find Federico Fellini and the creativity, freedom and vibrancy he represented in order to escape the brutal reality of apartheid South Africa. The play takes us to Rome on a glorious adventure through Fellini's  cinematic landscape.
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  • Friday February 21st 5:30PM
  • Blockbuster Guy
  • Mark Levy grew up as an outcast and became a movie nerd. So much so, that he worked at Blockbuster Video in college in small town Florida. Experience the highs and lows of choosing escapism and DVDs and what movies can do to someone in this hilarious new storytelling show.
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  • Friday February 21st 6:50PM
  • ARTAUD MARAT
  • Mardi Gras is happening outside and the audience is brought inside Antonin Artaud's mind, where the imaginary, the symbolic and the real manifest themselves. A post-modern installation of performance-art, music, movement and film, which evokes the full force of the life, work and lucid madness of the beloved visionary genius.
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  • Friday February 21st 7:10PM
  • CANVASS
  • A torrential monologue about the canvas of our country inspired by big-city liberals who go to the rural south to canvass. But what’s really behind those doors? Knock-knock? Who's there? Liberals, conservatives, people who can’t be bothered, and people who want to save the country one door at a time.
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  • Friday February 21st 8:30PM
  • Cooking with Kathryn
  • Kate Owens’ critically acclaimed comedy follows a down-home, liquored up, southern belle as she stumbles her way to her own birthday party with more wine in her veins than Jesus
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  • Friday February 21st 8:50PM
  • Mother Leeds
  • MOTHER LEEDS immerses the audience in the role of Sam, 12th child of Jane Leeds. Sam discovers the youngest sibling; a brother, locked away in a room. Set in the early 1900’s Pine Barrens, we are in the shoes of a curious & fearful child of a religious single mother.
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  • Saturday February 22nd 3:20PM
  • 5-Step Guide to Being German
  • Wanna be German? Of course you do. And now you can, as German comedian Paco Erhard teaches you how. Sold out worldwide, this multi-award winning show finally hits NYC. You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order. ????? “stand-up genius” Edinburgh Guide. ????? Broadway Baby. 
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  • Saturday February 22nd 5:30PM
  • Cetology
  • Cetology (n.): The study of whales.  One woman warps the destructive story of Moby Dick and the selfless story of Jonah’s whale into a blistering confrontation of unequal relationships. As Ahab’s wife and Jonah’s mother, she harnesses the power of women’s anger and the delicacy of exercising that rage in this powerful story of love, loss, and...whales.
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  • Saturday February 22nd 8:20PM
  • Jaxx & Lolo
  • Jaxx & Lolo explores the redemptive power of an unusual friendship as Lolo battles the threat of Jaxx's suicide.
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  • Sunday February 23rd 10:00AM
  • SPECIAL EVENT: 90-minute Storytelling Master Class
  • FRIGID New York and The Story Studio present Two Storytelling Master Classeswith Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman as part of the FRIGID Festival 90-minute Storytelling Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioSunday, 2/23/19, 10:00AM – 11:30 AM 90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioSunday, 2/23/19, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM$15 per class  @ The Kraine Theater85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003www.frigid.nycThis class covers the basics of storytelling for performance. It is perfect for dipping your toes into storytelling waters for the first time, or a quick brush up on your skills if you’re a seasoned pro.The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story. Everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner, and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.10:00AM – 11:30 AM – 90 minutes  90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioThis class covers how and why storytelling is an invaluable tool for communication in business settings. Participants will be guided in applying the principles of compelling storytelling to communicate more effectively on the job. Brief lectures and hands-on exercises focus on bringing an emotionally resonant arc to brand biographies, personal anecdotes for professional networking, and vision-into-action stories. Whether it is used for talking about important projects, selling a product, selling oneself to a client or hiring manager, crafting stories for grant proposals, or talking to the press, storytelling is a tool that helps people deliver important messages in a way that is clear, compelling and memorable.The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story. Everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner, and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.11:30 AM – 1:00 PM -  90 MinutesAbout the Instructor Cyndi Freeman has over 20 years of experience as a storyteller and 10 years of experience as a storytelling instructor, leading classes in storytelling for business, performance and personal growth.An expert teacher of storytelling for business, she has presented storytelling workshops for a range of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit groups around the world. Past clients include GE, ZenDesk, Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF – USA, The 9/11 Tribute Museum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The New York Public Library.In addition to her work with The Story Studio, Ms. Freeman has won numerous grants, which have allowed her to work with the elderly, teaching them to craft stories as a way of encouraging them to share their life experiences with others. Her performing credits include performing solo shows at festivals around the world and telling stories at live shows like RISK!, The Moth and The Liar Show. Her television credits include Stories from The Stage (PBS) and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central).About The Story StudioThe Story Studio is an organization that teaches the art of storytelling, with help from some of the most accomplished storytellers across the country. We provide friendly, expert training to help you turn the most meaningful events of your life into unforgettable narratives. We hold regularly scheduled classes in New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and online. Corporate workshops and other specialty classes are held throughout the world. Founded in 2011 by Kevin Allison, the host and creator of the critically acclaimed RISK! podcast, The Story Studio believes that the stories we tell not only define us, but also define our world. For more info, please visit www.thestorystudio.org.
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  • Sunday February 23rd 6:50PM
  • The 500 List
  • In 2008, two best friends took a road trip across the United States after spending two years compiling their 500 favorite songs of all time. While listening to each others lists, Adventure, Danger, Laughter and tears ensue, as the learn to find beauty in the world, and hope for a freedom from cycles of pain. Don't miss this new work from 2017  Frigid Audience Pick "Beers About Songs" creator Ryan Adam Wells. A tale of Friendship, Music, and above all the power of Love.
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  • Monday February 24th 8:50PM
  • Beneath the Bikini
  • In 2013 "Bikini" Katie Thayer started a performance art piece in which she walked around in a bikini and sold ad space on her body. This award-winning cabaret is her story of growing up not-so-skinny, her love of food, and finding the confidence to do that.
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  • Monday February 24th 10:30PM
  • Artisanal Intelligence
  • Artisanal Intelligence introduces Barry, the next innovation in customer service A.I. Barry - for all your too-cool-for-school business needs.
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  • Wednesday February 26th 5:30PM
  • Off Island
  • A tragicomic solo show of a few not-so-tall tales: one is the story of two spunky tweens' sexual awakening in the 1960's on Nantucket followed by their revealing modern day Manhattan reunion; the other is about a wacky family's gathering at their father's very weird 11th hour.  
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  • Thursday February 27th 5:30PM
  • Martin Dockery: Delirium
  • World traveling storyteller Martin Dockery takes us on an epically joyous and tragic journey in this true tale about love, loss, and monarch butterflies. “The best storyteller in the US.” -Orlando Sentinel. “Hilarious, life-affirming, poignant and ridiculous." - Charleston City Paper.
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  • Thursday February 27th 10:30PM
  • Cemetery Golf
  • Jim Loucks’ live-wire solo performance takes you to the Deep South with preachers shoutin’ from the mountaintops, mamas pickin’ switches, and Hellfire just a heartbeat away. Witty and insightful storytelling, quirky characters and Gospel music. Jim Loucks brought you last year’s “Booger Red” (winner, Best Solo Show- Houston Fringe 2019).
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  • Friday February 28th 10:30PM
  • Story Time with Joey Rinaldi
  • Relive Joey Rinaldi’s most embarrassing moments with him in his solo show Story Time with Joey Rinaldi. This hilarious autobiographical show is a collection of stories that have been featured in Joey’s previous one man shows’ Potty Training and Picture Everybody Naked, with a few new additional stories as well.
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