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The 2017 Rogue Festival is almost here! On this page you will find press releases for some of the many shows that will be performing at this year’s festival and some press releases from the Festival itself as they come up. Watch here for Rogue Performer preview articles again, a Rogue Preview article, and Rogue reviews & video interviews once the Festival begins! You can learn more on their website.


The 16th annual Rogue Festival, Fresno’s most uncontrolled performing arts event, returns March 2-11, 2017

300 performances by 50 performers in 8 Tower District venues over 8 days in Fresno’s biggest festival of cutting edge theater and performance

The Rogue Festival, Fresno’s biggest and quirkiest theater and arts event, will return to the Tower District March 2-11. This year’s 16th annual Rogue Festival will present 300 performances of theater, music, dance, comedy spoken word performances over eight days in eight separate venues, and is expected to attract over 3,000 attendees.

Over its 16 years of operation, the Rogue Festival has steadily grown in size and prominence — most notably, the Rogue Festival was profiled last year in an Atlantic Monthly cover story on the revitalization of American cities. But for this year, the Rogue’s new executive director, Heather Parish, decided on a back-to-basics approach that emphasizes the Rogue’s roots as a scrappy, do-it-yourself festival.

“At a time when our society’s commitment to free speech seems precarious, the Rogue Festival is especially important as a First Amendment zone where artists are able to express themselves in any way they please,” said Parish. “So for this year’s Festival, we’ve cut some secondary events to focus on the Rogue’s core mission, giving artists a space where they can say whatever they want without censorship. The Rogue is the only non-curated, non-adjudicated arts festival in the San Joaquin Valley. We don’t evaluate or select submissions — we just accept whoever applies as long as we have available slots. So if you want to see art that is uncensored and unmediated, the Rogue is the place to be.”

The Rogue is also going back to its roots as a festival created to encourage artists to produce new work. Every show in the 2017 Rogue Festival is an original work, conceived and written by the artist performing it.

The performances in the 2017 Rogue Festival cover a huge range of styles and moods, presenting theater, music, dance, stand-up comedy, spoken word and clown; intense drama, laugh-out-loud comedy and biting satire; performers from across the US, Canada, England and Australia; and shows for every audience from kids-friendly G rated to bawdy Adults Only.

“What I love about the Rogue Festival is that there is something for everybody, but not everything in the Rogue is for everybody. The Rogue demonstrates that art doesn’t have to be nice or make the audience feel comfortable. There will be shows in this Rogue that you will absolutely hate, but there will be shows that you’ll love, too. I encourage everyone to take a chance on seeing shows that are way out of your comfort zone. Nobody decides what’s good or bad at the Rogue except the audience,” said Parish.

Dates to Remember—Rogue Festival 2017:

Rogue Festival Teaser Show at the Tower Theater

Thursday, March 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 at roguefestival.ticketleap.com. Tower Theater, Fresno.

The Rogue Festival Teaser Show presents a sneak peek at upcoming shows in the 2017 Festival, plus a chance to meet and mingle with Rogue performers.

Rogue Festival Performances in Fresno’s Tower District

March 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Full program and information will be available online approximately one month prior to the Festival. www.roguefestival.com

Beatdown Poetry Slam: Rogue Festival v. InnerEar Poets

Monday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. Mia Cuppa Caffe. 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno.

Tickets $10 at the door.

Rogue performers face off against local poets from Fresno’s Inner Ear Poetry Jam in a battle royale of rhythm, rhyme, and improvisation.

Rogue Festival Basics

The Rogue Festival is one of the largest and best respected Fringe Festivals in the western United States and part of a worldwide movement of Fringe theater festivals around the world, celebrating the independent artist rather than established arts institutions.

The Rogue is Fresno’s home for edgy, uncensored, avant-garde performances you won’t see anywhere else. Many of the acts in the Rogue are original works that are written and performed for the first time by the artists performing them, so Rogue audiences enjoy art they’ll never experience anywhere else.

Audiences at the Rogue Festival will have their pick of an incredible variety of entertainment, with shows happening simultaneously at eight different Tower District venues. Rogue Festival performances are presented in rapid rotation — no show is longer than one hour, and intermissions between shows are only a half-hour. Most Rogue shows cost $10 or less, so the ideal way to experience the Rogue is to see multiple shows during every day of the festival.

The mission of the Rogue Festival is to eliminate all barriers between the independent artist and the audience. The Rogue is a non-curated festival, meaning that Rogue Festival staff do not select the acts that perform at the Rogue. All applications to perform in the Rogue Festival are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No one controls what’s in the Rogue, so it is a true First Amendment zone — you can see the greatest show ever, you can see the worst show ever, and you will definitely see shows that will challenge your comfort zone.

The Rogue Festival is also a non-juried festival, meaning that no prizes are given and there is no judging of content. The audience decides for itself what it likes and doesn’t like, so the Rogue Festival encourages word-of-mouth and online reviews from audience members.

The other mission of the Rogue Festival is to eliminate barriers between independent artists and their earnings. One hundred percent of all ticket sales goes directly to performers. The Rogue Festival, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, supports itself through sales of Festival wristbands, individual contributions, and sponsorships.

Tickets to Rogue Festival performances can be purchased online in advance or at the door starting 30 minutes before each performance.

The Rogue Festival draws 3,000 audience members into the Tower District, most of whom combine their Rogueing with dining, drinking and shopping at Tower District businesses, creating a sizable contribution to the local economy.

Facts About the Rogue Festival

Attendance and Participation: The 2016 Rogue Festival issued over 9,800 tickets to 55 acts giving 280 performances. Comparatively, the first year’s festival in 2002 had 12 performers with 48 shows, and in 2005 the Festival had 40 performers with 120 shows and 4,800 tickets sold.

The Box Office goes to performers, not the festival: The festival pays 100% of the ticketed prices to participating artists. In 2016, Rogue Festival performer payouts totaled over $54,600.

Non-Curated, Non-Juried Festival: The Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance festival, which means all performer slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis with no adjudicating of content or style. This year’s applications were booked within 90 minutes. The non-juried rule allows artists to be free with their chosen subjects and allows audiences to decide for themselves what they like and don’t like.

Community Events: The Rogue Festival also holds community events during its run including The Annual Rogue Teaser Show in which a variety of acts from the Festival give a two minute preview of their show and the audience can enjoy a cocktail, get their Rogue Festival swag, bid on silent auction items, and mingle with the artists. Additionally, there is the Beatdown Poetry Slam: Rogue v. InnerEar Poets where Fresno Poet S. Brian Medina’s Inner Ear Poetry team matches their verbal acuity against a team of performers from the Rogue Festival.

Origins: Rogue Festival was the brainchild of Fresno playwright Marcel Nunis. The first festival was located at Fresno’s Sanctuary Youth Center. The festival was so popular, it had to be moved to the Tower District for more performers and a wider variety of audiences.

Venues: The venues at the Rogue Festival are a combination of local clubs and theatres, coffee shops, art galleries, and businesses with a patio that can be converted to a performance area. This year, the Festival will have 8 venues. Venues always start shows on-time.

Supporting Local Business: Local Businesses in Fresno’s Tower District have the option of partnering with the festival for promoting their services, restaurants and shops to the approximately 3,000 attendees expected over 8 days.

Mission: Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance festival held in Fresno’s Historic Tower District and surrounding areas. The Festival aspires to bring emerging and established artists to audiences with works that are imaginative, innovative, and enriching. Rogue Festival strives to foster stronger relationships in the community by joining local businesses, audiences, and performers to share this gift of human creativity.


Last performed in Fresno in 1982 and expects an empty welcome back. ‘The Great Unknown’ promises a great show of comedy and song of socio/politico commentary filtered through his weathered British born brain . Honing his craft through years of appearances in Festivals, Clubs Cruise Ships and Casinos, be prepared for raucous rusticana, and bawdy badinage. Fri. 3, 9.45pm. Sat 4, 3.00 pm. Thu 9, 8.30pm. Sat 11, 5.30pm. All shows at Fulton Street Art Cafe.


“I’m a Musician, Do you want Fries with that?”; Rogue Festival 2017
Narrative and Musical Performance by Tony Imperatrice
What’s it like to be a musician? Especially a classical musician? In this one man show Tony Imperatrice uses humor to explore the ups and downs of life as a classical organist. From church to rock band to pizza parlor finding work is challenging and often hilarious. Musicians like most artists, struggle to make a living through music alone. For Tony this has meant taking a variety of non-music jobs just to get by.
Last year Tony told us the story of Virgil Fox. This year Tony uses the same format to tell His story. For the live music portion, Tony will be playing a top of the line digital organ. The show also includes recorded sound bites.
The struggle of an artist’s life has special importance in today’s world. Tony reveals this struggle with humor and poignant thought. Proceeds from this show will help Tony with his upcoming kidney transplant.
3 Shows $12 each
Saturday March 4 at 3:30 PM
Friday March 10 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 11 at 12:30 PM

Cal Arts Academy
1401 N. Wishon
Fresno, CA 93728


Celebrated Storyteller and Moth Host Peter Aguero Brings ‘Daddy Issues’ to The 2017 Rogue Festival
New York-based storyteller and host of The Moth brings his tales of confronting bullies — the ones at school and the one at home.
Peter Aguero, host of The Moth, pieces together the puzzle of his relationship with his father in “Daddy Issues.” A night of true stories told by one of the most celebrated storytellers in New York, “Daddy Issues” comes to the 2017 Rogue Festival March 3 – 11. Through honesty, humor, and vivid reflection, Peter tackles the universal plight of not being able to choose your own family.
Watch the “Daddy Issues” trailer.
With a bear-like frame and a voice warmed by whiskey and cigarettes, Aguero embraces an audience like nobody else. Giving them danger while making them feel safe. Giving them heartbreak while making them overflow with laughter and joy.
Bred in New Jersey, based in New York, Aguero has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe, from Milwaukee to Monaco. He received rave reviews for “Daddy Issues” at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Orlando Fringe Festivals. He produced the “True Tales” storytelling series with Grant’s Whiskey at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was host and featured raconteur with the Unchained Tour, traveling around the American South in an old technicolor school bus, telling stories in small towns with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Edgar Oliver.
Aguero is also a burlesque host and performer. He’s done a fan dance with pizza boxes and a tap dance slash strip tease as Frankenstein’s monster. He also is the creator, producer, and host of “Bare,” a series that uses storytelling and burlesque to relate the deepest, most personal tales that are the hardest to tell and most rewarding to hear.

“Daddy Issues”:
Vista Theater
1296 North Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

Friday, 3/3, 8pm
Saturday, 3/4, 5pm
Sunday, 3/5, 9:30pm
Thursday, 3/9, 8pm
Saturday, 3/11, 5pm

Praise for Peter Aguero and Daddy Issues:

“He was the big one you probably fell in love with because he has a heart the size of the world.” — Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Sandman

“4 1/2 STARS. Simply, perfectly moving. … No one did it better this year than Peter Aguero in ‘Daddy Issues.'” –Edmonton Journal

“Then there was our M.C., Peter Aguero, a Moth star: 35 years old, six foot three, some 400 pounds of wit and anger and repartee and a voice like velvet and beer.” — Joan Juliet Buck, writer, actress, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue
“Peter Aguero, a big man with an even bigger heart, is a master storyteller and wordsmith. This well-crafted hour of stories of a son’s volatile relationship with his father holds the audience in absorbed attention with surprise, invention, detail, heartbreaking pathos and breathtaking confession, every word informed by Aguero’s wry wit and compassionate outlook.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“FOUR STARS. Aguero conquers the topic with … humor and compassion. Alone at the mic, he paints a fascinating picture of rejection and personal growth.” — Vue Weekly
“How the hell does Peter Aguero do what he does? …He has the presence of a grizzly bear, but his mental agility reminds me of a spider monkey, launching from branch to branch. God bless this man.” —George Dawes Green, Founder of The Moth
“Gritty, gifted storyteller.” — The Brattleboro Reformer

Media Contact:
Sara Peters
sarapeters.editor@gmail.com
609.213.9361

Follow:
Like Daddy Issues on Facebook
Follow Peter Aguero on Twitter @peter_v_aguero
peteraguero.com


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“Me, My Song & I” is Grissom’s personal narrative about finding freedom, identity, and inspiration. The show has been awarded both producer’s and critic’s choice in the Atlanta Fringe Festival and hailed as “one of the best shows” in the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Grissom has been called a “risk taker” who gives “a hometown tale worthy of Garrison Keillor — with Bobcat Goldthwait intensity.” You’ll laugh, cry and may even leave the theater with hope and inspiration.

The show plays at Mia Cuppa Cafe, 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

Fri March 3rd @ 6:30 pm

Sat March 4th @ 2 pm

Sun March 5th @ 6:30 pm

Fri March 10th @ 6:30 pm
Sat March 11th @ 8 pm

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This year’;s performances are again at Fresno Soap Co. Stage, 1470 North Van Ness Avenue, in Fresno’s Tower District: Friday, March 3 @6:30pm, Saturday, March 4 @2:00pm, Wednesday, March 8 @6:30pm, Thursday, March 9 @8:00pm and Saturday, March 11 @2:00 pm.

CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP proudly presents the company’s third Rogue Festival entry with its invitation to an evening of insane pandemonium, kidnapping, cannibalism, dementia, self-loathing and overt sexuality co-directed by Artistic Director, Jerry Palladino, and playwright, Cyrus Kinzel.
A sinister maniac throws a pillow case over Mike’s head and drags him screaming into a dark basement. He is the latest kidnap victim of Chop-Chop-Charlie, the notorious serial killer who butchers and eats his victims. Mike soon learns his kidnapper’s name is Gregory, that he is very sensitive about being big and fat and lives alone with his senile mother. Mother is almost blind, nearly deaf, struggles with dementia and thinks her son’s victims are all friends. Mike is then surprised by Steve, an awkward, contented squatter, who has been living in the cellar for five years and has no plans to leave. If that isn’t bad enough, Mike is joined by the next victim, Sabrina, a sensuous femme fatale who is obsessed with serial killers and falls madly in love Chop-Chop-Charlie.
The madcap mayhem is CHOP! CHOP! CHARLIE’S BASEMENT PARTY by Fresno City College student, Cyrus Kinzel, hosted by CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP at Fresno Soap Co. Stage, Gallery & Studio, 1470 North Van Ness Avenue, in Fresno’s Tower District. Kinzel’s off the wall SPIRITUAL HEALING, was last year’s Rogue Festival offering. Welcome to even more fun and chaos. All seats are $10.00. The party begins at 6:30 pm on March 3, 2:00 pm on March 4, 6:30 pm on March 8, 8:00 pm on March 9 and 2:00 pm on MARCH 11. Guarantee your attendance and RSVP now!


Celebrated Storyteller and Moth Host Peter Aguero Brings ‘Daddy Issues’ to The 2017 Rogue Festival
New York-based storyteller and host of The Moth brings his tales of confronting bullies — the ones at school and the one at home.
Peter Aguero, host of The Moth, pieces together the puzzle of his relationship with his father in “Daddy Issues.” A night of true stories told by one of the most celebrated storytellers in New York, “Daddy Issues” comes to the 2017 Rogue Festival March 3 – 11. Through honesty, humor, and vivid reflection, Peter tackles the universal plight of not being able to choose your own family.
Watch the “Daddy Issues” trailer.
With a bear-like frame and a voice warmed by whiskey and cigarettes, Aguero embraces an audience like nobody else. Giving them danger while making them feel safe. Giving them heartbreak while making them overflow with laughter and joy.
Bred in New Jersey, based in New York, Aguero has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe, from Milwaukee to Monaco. He received rave reviews for “Daddy Issues” at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Orlando Fringe Festivals. He produced the “True Tales” storytelling series with Grant’s Whiskey at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was host and featured raconteur with the Unchained Tour, traveling around the American South in an old technicolor school bus, telling stories in small towns with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Edgar Oliver.
Aguero is also a burlesque host and performer. He’s done a fan dance with pizza boxes and a tap dance slash strip tease as Frankenstein’s monster. He also is the creator, producer, and host of “Bare,” a series that uses storytelling and burlesque to relate the deepest, most personal tales that are the hardest to tell and most rewarding to hear.

“Daddy Issues”:
Vista Theater
1296 North Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

Friday, 3/3, 8pm
Saturday, 3/4, 5pm
Sunday, 3/5, 9:30pm
Thursday, 3/9, 8pm
Saturday, 3/11, 5pm

Praise for Peter Aguero and Daddy Issues:

“He was the big one you probably fell in love with because he has a heart the size of the world.” — Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Sandman

“4 1/2 STARS. Simply, perfectly moving. … No one did it better this year than Peter Aguero in ‘Daddy Issues.'” –Edmonton Journal

“Then there was our M.C., Peter Aguero, a Moth star: 35 years old, six foot three, some 400 pounds of wit and anger and repartee and a voice like velvet and beer.” — Joan Juliet Buck, writer, actress, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue
“Peter Aguero, a big man with an even bigger heart, is a master storyteller and wordsmith. This well-crafted hour of stories of a son’s volatile relationship with his father holds the audience in absorbed attention with surprise, invention, detail, heartbreaking pathos and breathtaking confession, every word informed by Aguero’s wry wit and compassionate outlook.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“FOUR STARS. Aguero conquers the topic with … humor and compassion. Alone at the mic, he paints a fascinating picture of rejection and personal growth.” — Vue Weekly
“How the hell does Peter Aguero do what he does? …He has the presence of a grizzly bear, but his mental agility reminds me of a spider monkey, launching from branch to branch. God bless this man.” —George Dawes Green, Founder of The Moth
“Gritty, gifted storyteller.” — The Brattleboro Reformer

Media Contact:
Sara Peters
sarapeters.editor@gmail.com
609.213.9361

Follow:
Like Daddy Issues on Facebook
Follow Peter Aguero on Twitter @peter_v_aguero
peteraguero.com


Last performed in Fresno in 1982 and expects an empty welcome back. ‘The Great Unknown’ promises a great show of comedy and song of socio/politico commentary filtered through his weathered British born brain . Honing his craft through years of appearances in Festivals, Clubs Cruise Ships and Casinos, be prepared for raucous rusticana, and bawdy badinage. Fri. 3, 9.45pm. Sat 4, 3.00 pm. Thu 9, 8.30pm. Sat 11, 5.30pm. All shows at Fulton Street Art Cafe.


Tell Me Your Name Debuts at Rogue Festival 2017

Tell Me Your Name at Rogue Festival 2017
Written and performed by Irma Herrera
Performances:
Friday, March 3 @5pm
Saturday March 4 @6:30pm
Sunday March 5 @3:30pm
Friday March 10 @8pm
Saturday March 11 @3:30pm

Dianna’s
826 N. Fulton St., Fresno
Tickets $10, plus $3 for Rogue wristband, one time purchase, buy at any show

Tickets available at http://www.roguefestival.com or irmaherrera.com

What’s in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions – comical, sad, and demeaning. Irma’s observations from the frontlines, notes from American history, and laugh-out-loud humor, allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along.

Tell me Your Name is one woman’s journey from a small segregated South Texas town to California’s multicultural mecca. What part of Irma’s identity is she asked to give up for the sake of fitting in and getting along? How can a simple introduction turn into a potential battle to be heard and seen?

“Irma takes us on a gripping journey across the USA to unravel the multi-layered significance of how names are treated with privilege or disrespect. She is equally hilarious and heartbreaking in bravely sharing stories and intertwining compelling tidbits of history. Her engaging performance invites us to ponder our own relationship with names, cultural heritage, and our opportunity to take a stand for equity on a daily basis.” Linda González, Writer


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Meet five homeless teenagers who live with their families under horrific conditions at El Dorado, a rundown motel, like many others in this area of Anaheim, California. These families must deal with gang violence, drugs and prostitution, while city officials do little to rectify the situation. Their lives are a heart-wrenching challenge, where home is only a temporary reality. These youth tell us their stories in a series of vignettes, painting a picture of life, struggle and the cruel reality they must endure to survive, and while living in the shadow of Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth. Yet, they take time to share their dreams, a reminder to us that hope can still exist even under the harshest conditions.

Don’t miss this unforgettable drama from Shine! Theatre, with a cast of five extraordinary young actors, directed by Artistic Director, tony sanders.

Where: ViSTA Theatre on 1296 N. Wishon Ave. When: March 4 at 3:30pm, March 5, 9, 10 at 6:30pm, and March 11 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 at the door or at www.roguefestival.com


“Tidal Surge”
L. Nicol Cabe

Seattle-based director, dramaturg, writer, and actor L. Nicol Cabe will premiere her second science fiction solo performance, “Tidal Surge,” at the 16th year of the Rogue Festival in Fresno, California.

(BODY – 1) The tides will rise as the ice caps melt. Storms will become stronger, and the land will change. At the end of the world, three women fight to survive as their lives rapidly change. One is a hacker after the internet is shut down; one is an entrepreneur, labeled criminal for trying to rise above her station; and one is a warrior at heart, protecting the emerald city that she loves. Inspired by ancient myths and modern shifts, this show considers the course of our world over 100 years of human-driven climate change.

(BODY – 2) This new solo performance is created by L. Nicol Cabe, a theatre artist and science fiction writer, who toured her first science fiction solo performance, “Infinite Expectation of the Dawn,” around the country last year, including to Rogue Fest 2016. Her home-base is Seattle, Washington, where she directs, dramaturgs, and occasionally acts.

“Tidal Surge” is her second solo show using science fiction and live, in-person storytelling to create dialogue about the future with her audience. This new work premiered at O’ahu Fringe Festival in January 2017, receiving both rave reviews, and gratitude for asking tough questions.

(ABOUT SECTION) About L. Nicol Cabe:

L. Nicol Cabe focuses on new, locally-written theatre in Seattle, but believes in producing important, immediate work for the world. She is an alumnus of Director’s Lab West 2014, and has worked with such wonderful Seattle theatre companies as Copious Love Productions, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, Taproot Theatre Company, and Ear to the Ground. She has also been published in Fiction Vortex online magazine. Her first full-length solo performance, “Infinite Expectation of the Dawn,” premiered at Seattle Fringe Festival in 2014, then toured Rogue, Atlanta Fringe, and Hollywood Fringe in 2016. She wrote and directed a solo show, “best-of-craigslist: live!” which premiered at Portland Mini-Fringe in 2011, and her very first solo work was “Sockpuppet MacBeth.”


Sh*t Show: An Invisible Story of Illness WORLD DEBUT AT FRESNO ROGUE FESTIVAL

One woman bravely performs a magic act in reverse: making invisible illness visible. Anna Sell, a gifted clown, storyteller, and songwriter, presents Sh*t Show: An Invisible Story of Illness at the Fresno Rogue Festival, March 3rd-11th at the Fresno Soap Co., 1470 N Van Ness Ave. When she was diagnosed with a chronic illness, Sell fought inner demons and social stigmas with the same courage, vulnerability, and charisma that makes her a world-class clown.

A founding member of Box of Clowns theatre company, Sell was last seen at the Rogue Mini Festival last September with “Mustache Party: The Salvador Dali Show.” Trained at the Dell’arte International School of Physical Theatre, she is now a touring artist based out of Portland, OR.

When it comes to invisible illness, Sell makes one thing clear: laughter is the best medicine.

Sh*t Show: An Invisible Story of Illness show times:

3/3: 8:00 pm
3/4: 5:00 pm
3/8: 8:00 pm
3/10: 6:30 pm
3/11: 3:30 pm
at the Fresno Soap Co., 1470 N Van Ness Ave.


NOCO Rogue Show:
We’re back with a dance-only show by Elijah Muñoz:

what the body remembers

‘what the body remembers’ is a 50 min non-narrative exploration of the body; the perceptions, value systems, biases, and inclinations both viewers and performers have on the body; and the relationship the body has with the mind, the self, other bodies, other minds, and other selves.

The show features a cast of 8 dancers as movement-researchers. The dissonance and resolve are palpable as the dancers move in syncopated rhythms with each other. Elijah is fascinated with form, memory, and creating complexity through the most simple of movements. In this piece, the cast explores how units of movement can be lost and found by using choreographic structures, namely counter point, syncopation, and an incredibly detailed and mathematical rearrangement of the dance moves that drive our dancers crazy. Elijah makes his dancers live in a Rubik’s cube. #whatthebodyremembers #whatthebodyforgets

“A brilliant young virtuoso, Elijah Muñoz is one of Fresno’s rare unicorns and emerging dance professionals, dripping with ideas, ingenuity and talent. His work is polished and edited, it is as oozy, luscious, tender and human as it is athletic, syncopated, and complex. He’s a perfect paradox, and it makes me feel alive to see dance expressed this way. The craft of dance making is strong with him, and that is refreshing.”
-Amy Querin, NOCO founder & artistic director

2 SHOWS ONLY:

Friday March 10th 9:30-10:30pm

Saturday March 11th 9:30-10:30pm

CAST:

Elijah Muñoz

Jessie Santos

Alexandra Tiscareno

Angel Flores

Gilberto Martinez

Sahar Shahnematollahi

Nathalie Quiros


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Grand Salto Theatre Presents
A Hyperbolic History of a Country Mouse Learning how to Live in the City.
My Cat Thinks it’s a Pig…
And Other Farm Stories
Written and Performed by Myque Franz
Directed by Zita Nyarady
At the
Rogue Festival
March 2-11, 2016
Performances at the VISTA THEATRE:
Friday, March 3rd, 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 4th 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 5th 3:30 pm
Friday, March 10th 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 11th 8:00 pm
“I didn’t learn about people by watching people. I learned about
people by watching pigs”
Myque Franz’s farm boy past catches up with him in unexpected ways
and often at inopportune moments. “My Cat Thinks it’s a Pig…and Other
Farm Stories” introduces the audience to the animals, living and
deceased, that shaped Myque’s views on humanity. While exaggeration
may occur, these hilarious and heart warming stories are 100% true.
Myque Franz holds a BA from University of Northern Iowa and MFA from
Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He comes to
storytelling honestly; his father can make growing corn a fascinating
listen. Even though he has been to 42 of the United States, Myque has
never ventured south of San Francisco. He’s looking forward to his first
Rogue Festival.
Media Contact: Myque Franz
(647)778-4692 thegrandsalto@gmail.com
www.thegrandsaltotheatre.com


“BEST OF FEST” winner JILL VICE debuts
A Fatal Step
at the Rogue Festival

Written & Performed by Jill Vice, Directed by David Ford

“An impressive array of body language and vocal talent” –Huff Post
“A protean physical performer” -Bay Guardian

Fresno, CA (January 15, 2016) – “Best of Fringe” winning solo performer Jill Vice presents her new one-woman show at the 2017 Rogue Festival. The hilarious and spell binding one woman noir, A Fatal Step plays at Mia Cuppa Caffe, 620 East Olive Ave., Fresno, CA 93728.

A Fatal Step blends a 1940’s aesthetic with a modern twist to create a noir that ain’t just black & white. Sex, Lies, & Podiatry. Tonight, Sarah’s got it all figured out. A silk nighty, a couple of candles, and that perfume that drives him absolutely wild. Our femme fatale is poised on her velvet chaise lounge primed for seduction, but Frank… he just walks on by. Something is terribly wrong. Has his career in podiatry lost it’s footing? Sometimes a dame has to take matters into her own hands, but good intentions can lead to…MURDER.

A Fatal Step comes on the heels of Vice’s award winning one woman show, Tipped & Tipsy. Praised by critics and audiences alike for its sold out performances at the 2013 SF Fringe Festival, Tipped & Tipsy went on to have an extended run at the Marsh in San Francisco, the premier solo performance space in San Francisco.

After three yearts of touring Tipped & Tipsy throughout the US and Canada, Vice was ready to start a new show. She met with her director, David Ford, and told him she was thinking of writing a one-woman film noir… minus the film. “That’s all I got.” she told him. He replied, “So, who do you feel like killing? There must be someone in your life that it might be nice to…ya know…kill?”
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS

WHAT: “Best of Fringe” winning solo performer Jill Vice presents A Fatal Step as part of the Rogue Festival at Mia Cuppa Caffe, 620 East Olive Ave., Fresno, CA 93728.

A Fatal Step, the hilarious and spell binding one woman noir transports us to another era, where Jill Vice’s deft physical comedy skills bring to life 8 characters. A Fatal Step follows Sarah the quintessential though slightly neurotic femme fatale as she does everything in her power to keep the romance alive in her long term relationship with Frank, the sexiest podiatrist in town. When a dame takes matters into her own hands however, good intentions can lead to…MURDER.

WHEN: MAR 4 3:30PM
MAR 5 3:30PM
MAR 9 6:30PM
MAR 10 8PM
MAR 11 2PM

WHERE: Mia Cuppa Caffe
620 East Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

TICKETS: $10 general
roguefestival.ticketleap.com

PRESS: vannaweiss@gmail.com

PHOTOS: Downloadable high-res photos are available here: http://www.jillvice.com/photos/


BEERS ABOUT SONGS – RYAN ADAM WELLS
BEERS ABOUT SONGS
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adam Wells is touring his 5-star solo show from
Texas.
Original songs outline a tale of love, danger and drunkenness. Join singer-songwriter Ryan Adam Wells for
some sad, funny and poignant true stories about alcohol and relationships. Offer up a prayer to the Beer
Gods and enjoy the tunes. (non-drinkers welcome!)
Ryan has been a key member of vaudeville comedy trio ‘Sound &
Fury’ for 7 years. The group has enjoyed much success over this time
whilst touring their award-winning (including 3x winner Adelaide Fringe
People’s Choice Award) shows throughout the U.S, Australia, Canada
and the United Kingdom. Ryan, whist performing with Sound & Fury in
both Perth and Adelaide this year, stepped out to perform his solo
show ‘Beers About Songs’. Having enjoyed great success with the
show in Australia, the U.S and Canada, Ryan will now continue touring
his show both nationally and internationally in 2017.
Ryan Adam Wells describes his show as “A personal story of my life
that shares funny and thoughtful stories of drinking and relationships. I
am playing my guitar for the entirety of the show whilst sharing stories and performing an array of original songs.”
Although thoroughly entertaining, ‘Beers About Songs’ communicates an underlying theme that will make you
both laugh and cry. With personal stories and touching songs, it is guaranteed to make you open your eyes to the
world of relationships.
“Ryan Adam Wells is a master storyteller.” – The Clothesline 5 Stars
“Part song cycle, part stand up routine, it holds your attention all the way.” – The Advertiser 4 Stars
“Wells is a Punk-Rock Johnny Cash” – Rated A2A
Duration 1 hour.
Suitable for 15+


Bravo 25
Your A.I. therapist will see you now.
Written & Performed by Eliza Gibson
Directed by David Ford
The Rogue Festival 2017 | March 2 – 11 | Tower District, Fresno
Can we forgive someone who is dead? What about someone who isn’t dead? Can we forgive
an avatar? Eliza Gibson returns to Fresno to premiere her new solo show, Bravo 25, starring
Amber, an A.I. avatar therapist and six humans. An excerpt of Bravo 25 was selected to
compete in PianoFight’s ShortLived competition in San Francisco in March 2016. The show has
since been developed in San Francisco at The Marsh, Solo Sundays, Tell It On Tuesdays, The
Octopus Literary Salon, and Red Poppy Art House.
WHERE: Mia Cuppa Caffe
620 East Olive Avenue
WHEN: Friday, 3/3 5 p.m.
Saturday, 3/4 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 5 p.m.
Thursday, 3/9 8 p.m.
Saturday, 3/11 6:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 roguefestival.ticketleap.com
“Gibson’s characters are well articulated and her
stage presence is stellar.”
– Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
Performer Bio: Eliza Gibson is a writer and solo
performer based in San Francisco. Trained as a
classical pianist and drummer, she wrote her first
show – Dialogues with Madwomen – in 1995 after
returning to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia,
where she had been a humanitarian aid worker. And
Now, No Flip Flops?! premiered at the Rogue
Festival 2015, and went on to productions at the LGBT Center in San Francisco, and festivals in
New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. A clinical social worker, Eliza currently works at a
health technology company which may or may not have provided inspiration for Bravo 25.
Director Bio: David Ford was named SF Chronicle’s Theater MVP of the year in 2013. He has
been collaborating on new and unusual theater for three decades and has, himself, written
several plays. Mr. Ford is a Resident Artist at The Marsh in San Francisco, CA.


Celebrated Storyteller and Moth Host Peter Aguero Brings ‘Daddy Issues’ to The 2017 Rogue Festival
New York-based storyteller and host of The Moth brings his tales of confronting bullies — the ones at school and the one at home.
Peter Aguero, host of The Moth, pieces together the puzzle of his relationship with his father in “Daddy Issues.” A night of true stories told by one of the most celebrated storytellers in New York, “Daddy Issues” comes to the 2017 Rogue Festival March 3 – 11. Through honesty, humor, and vivid reflection, Peter tackles the universal plight of not being able to choose your own family.
Watch the “Daddy Issues” trailer.
With a bear-like frame and a voice warmed by whiskey and cigarettes, Aguero embraces an audience like nobody else. Giving them danger while making them feel safe. Giving them heartbreak while making them overflow with laughter and joy.
Bred in New Jersey, based in New York, Aguero has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe, from Milwaukee to Monaco. He received rave reviews for “Daddy Issues” at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Orlando Fringe Festivals. He produced the “True Tales” storytelling series with Grant’s Whiskey at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was host and featured raconteur with the Unchained Tour, traveling around the American South in an old technicolor school bus, telling stories in small towns with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Edgar Oliver.
Aguero is also a burlesque host and performer. He’s done a fan dance with pizza boxes and a tap dance slash strip tease as Frankenstein’s monster. He also is the creator, producer, and host of “Bare,” a series that uses storytelling and burlesque to relate the deepest, most personal tales that are the hardest to tell and most rewarding to hear.

“Daddy Issues”:
Vista Theater
1296 North Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

Friday, 3/3, 8pm
Saturday, 3/4, 5pm
Sunday, 3/5, 9:30pm
Thursday, 3/9, 8pm
Saturday, 3/11, 5pm

Praise for Peter Aguero and Daddy Issues:

“He was the big one you probably fell in love with because he has a heart the size of the world.” — Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Sandman

“4 1/2 STARS. Simply, perfectly moving. … No one did it better this year than Peter Aguero in ‘Daddy Issues.'” –Edmonton Journal

“Then there was our M.C., Peter Aguero, a Moth star: 35 years old, six foot three, some 400 pounds of wit and anger and repartee and a voice like velvet and beer.” — Joan Juliet Buck, writer, actress, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue
“Peter Aguero, a big man with an even bigger heart, is a master storyteller and wordsmith. This well-crafted hour of stories of a son’s volatile relationship with his father holds the audience in absorbed attention with surprise, invention, detail, heartbreaking pathos and breathtaking confession, every word informed by Aguero’s wry wit and compassionate outlook.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“FOUR STARS. Aguero conquers the topic with … humor and compassion. Alone at the mic, he paints a fascinating picture of rejection and personal growth.” — Vue Weekly
“How the hell does Peter Aguero do what he does? …He has the presence of a grizzly bear, but his mental agility reminds me of a spider monkey, launching from branch to branch. God bless this man.” —George Dawes Green, Founder of The Moth
“Gritty, gifted storyteller.” — The Brattleboro Reformer


January 16, 2016
For immediate release:
Australian Comic & Award Winning Rogue Fest Alumna partner
for World Premiere of Entertain Me! (An Adult Children’s Party)
Contact: Windy Wynazz.
Windy@windywynazz.com
410-662-2757
2016 Rogue Sellout
Performer Windy Wynazz (Rich & Famous) is back… and this time she’s
brought Australian comic Michele Machete. The dynamic duo host an interactive Birthday
Party Extravaganza complete with puppets, Magic, and revelry… yea revelry. Adults Only!
Entertain me! is:
Part
birthday party , variety show and Fosse flair.
Based
on Machete and Wynazz’s real life experiences working in the entertainment
industry in the Silicon Valley. Windy Wynazz entertaining children as a professional
princess and Michele Machete entertaining adults in corporate events.
The
international duo’s third project together; following the success of their Fantasy
Home Sweepstakes: Malibu , which critics hailed “ Humorous… delightful… A fantastical
cartoon world that is both hilarious and somehow fraught with tension.” – East
Bay Express

We were looking over Windy’s online promotional materials and I found it really funny
how children will sit with their parents and select which ‘princess’ they want for their
party, right down to her outfit, and the tricks she will perform for them. It didn’t seem
much different than an adult choosing a callgirl. We then started exploring the
overlaps of children and adult entertainment” . Machete
Machete and Wynazz:
First
collaborated together in 2012 with the Tony Award Winning San Francisco Mime
Troupe. They have been inseparable since, both onstage and off.
– Grew up on near polar opposite sides of the world: Melbourne, Australia (Machete) &
Baltimore, Maryland (Wynazz)
Played
the game where they would tunnel to the other side of the world to find their sister,
Parent Trap style. “I guess we don’t really look like twins, but it sure feels like it
sometimes” – Machete
Both
are only children
Entertain Me! opens under the umbrella of the Rogue Festival at Fresno Soap Company Saturday
March 4, 3:30 & 8pm, Wednesday March 8th 9:30, Thursday March 9 6:30 , Saturday March 11 6:30.
Tickets are $10 with a purchase of a Fringe Button (RogueFestival.com)


Experts, Assholes and True Believers
Written and Performed by Ronen Sberlo
at the
Rogue Fringe Festival
March 3 – 11, 2017
Performances at Vista Theater: Friday, March 3 @ 6:30 PM; Saturday,
March 4 @ 2:00 PM; Sunday, March 5 @ 8:00 PM; Thursday March 9 @
9:30 PM, Saturday, March 11 @ 6:30 PM
Tickets: $8
When life became too absurd, Ronen Sberlo finally found solace by joining
a cult and moving to a mountain top compound. After living there for
almost three years, he started having doubts that he had chosen the right
path. Now, years later, he has something to say about society, and about
life, that may surprise you.
Experts, Assholes and True Believers is an explosion of characters – from
the past, from the present, and from Ronen’s inner world, as he tries to
make sense of a life that seems to make no sense at all. “After years of
listening to other people, I found myself with too many voices in my head
to make sense of anything.” says Ronen. “And when I listening to the
voices, I realized that some of them are real assholes.”
Often hilarious, at times thought-provoking, Experts, Assholes and True
Believers takes us on a journey of spiritual self-discovery. With humor,
honesty, and always at his own expense, Ronen shows us the inner world
of a spiritual seeker trying to make sense of an ever changing world.
“People often ask me ‘how did you get into my head?’ says Ronen. “We all
hear the same voices. We go through life feeling like we’re the only ones
who didn’t get the instruction manual. But the truth is, nobody knows what
the hell is going on. That’s something I wanted to explore.”
Tickets: https://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/ronen-sberlo/


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Rogue Romantic Mystery
Moonlight
After
Midnight
“A must for theatre buffs.”
–The Advertiser, Adelaide, Australia
Awarded OVERALL BEST SHOW at theater festivals in Orlando, Ottawa, Cincinnati, &
Vancouver, Moonlight After Midnight is a cross between the play Venus In Fur and the
movie Inception. When a man and woman mistakenly meet in a hotel room, their flirtation
becomes a role-playing game that spins out of their control, leading to a thrilling and
heartbreaking finale that neither they nor the audience see coming.
The weekly winner of the prestigious BEST THEATRE AWARD at the world’s second largest
fringe festival in Adelaide, Australia, Moonlight After Midnight is the third original play
from real-life husband and wife Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle. As Concrete Drops,
they’re based in Brooklyn, NY, but spend the majority of the year touring their work to theater
festivals across the world. But their very first production – ever! – was right here at the Rogue
Festival in Fresno, CA, in 2011 when they performed Oh, That Wily Snake! Since then, they’ve
been touring almost non-stop, and are excited to be returning to the very place they first
performed together.
WHAT: Moonlight After Midnight by Martin Dockery @ The 2017 Rogue Festival.
Dramaturgy by Vanessa Quesnelle. Starring Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery.
WHERE: Dianna’s Studio of Dance, 826 N. Fulton
WHEN: Fri, March 3 @ 8:00pm; Sat, March 4 @ 3:30pm; Sun, March 5 @ 5:00pm; Fri, March
10 @ 9:30; Sat, March 11 @ 5:00


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Healthcare Professionals Share Tales of Restoration and Hidden Talents in Healing Stories

Healing Stories at Rogue Fest 2017
Fresno, CA
FRI MAR 3, 6:00 PM
SAT MAR 4, 8:00 PM
SAT MAR 11, 6:45 PM

Spectrum Gallery
608 E. Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
Tickets:$ 5
Tickets available at www.roguefestival.com

Home


Healthcare attract a diverse crowd- high achievers, bleeding hearts, control freaks, healers, dark humorists, renaissance men and women. We bear witness to some of the most intimate moments in the lives of our patients- birth, death and illness, and we are changed by those experiences. Likewise, our individual stories influence our practice of medicine. Healing Stories showcases a group of smart and funny folks including chaplains, doctors, and nurses telling anecdotes around the theme of healing- think Moth Radio Hour meets Gray’s Anatomy. We will share from our past lives as hippie backpackers, surfers, church pianists, and rasta drummers, and book-end these tales with live music. According to Emily Bahne, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, “I had thought about submitting an application to the Rogue for the past two years, but I never did it. I love listening to personal stories, and I wanted an opportunity to hear from the amazing and creative healthcare providers who serve families in our community. ”


Creative Writing Program
California State University, Fresno • Department of English
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98 • Fresno, CA 93740-8001
P 559.278.1569 F 559.278.7143 www.fresnostate.edu/creativewriting THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Poetry and Prose from Fresno State
At the 2017 Rogue Festival
Current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera says that Fresno is the “Capital of Poetry in the
World” and the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing takes that literary
legacy seriously.
Hear the latest poetry and prose from emerging #FresnoWriters in four storytelling and
spoken-word shows at the 16th annual Rogue Performance Festival, which takes place
March 2-11 in Fresno’s historic Tower District.
All of the Poetry and Prose from Fresno State shows will be held at Spectrum Art Gallery,
608 E. Olive Ave. Tickets cost $5 per show and no latecomers will be admitted.
Friday, March 3 at 7:15 p.m. — Featuring Eddie P. Gomez, Gilliann Hensley, Matthew Kenerly,
and Mary Pickett. Lineup curated by the San Joaquin Literary Association.
Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. — Jack Chavoor, Erica Hughes, Gloria Montez, and Tara Williams.
Friday, March 10 at 7:15 p.m. — Sam Cosby, J.J. Hernandez, Arielle Jones, and Arthur Morales.
Lineup curated by the Diverse Arts Collective.
Saturday, March 11 at 1:45 p.m. — Linnea Alexander, Rebecca Flores, Beth Linder Carr, and
Dani Potter. Lineup curated by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association.
Located in the heart of California, the Fresno State Creative Writing Program enjoys a long
history of literary excellence. The program features graduate training in the advanced study of
poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Visit www.fresnostate.edu/creativewriting for details.
The Rogue Festival is an annual non-juried fringe festival that celebrates independent artists in
theatre, music, dance, film, spoken word, performance art, puppetry, and magic. The event is
among the largest cultural arts events in California. Visit www.roguefestival.com for details.


For Immediate Release: January 15, 2017 | Entertainment/Theatre | Bárbara Selfridge announces Stalking Grace at Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E Olive Av, The Tower District, March 4-11, as part of the Fresno Rogue Festival | Opening Show Sat March 4 at 1:45p, also Sun Mar 5 at 4:15p, Fri Mar 10 at 6p, and Sat Mar 11 at 4:15p | Tickets: $5 (w/ festival wristband) | Wheelchair Accessible | Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283 or banterw8@aol.com | www.roguefestival.com | Festival box office: roguefestival.ticketleap.com | More information at BarbaraSelfridge.com

Bárbara Selfridge (note accent!) presents:
Stalking Grace Stalks Rogue-Goers
Bárbara Selfridge is a stalker. In her 45-minute show Stalking Grace, she stalks her mentor, the writer/activist Grace Paley. Creepy! As they say, “Be grateful she’s not stalking YOU!” Eventually, though, there’s a case to be made for the meaning that a passion like Selfridge’s brings into your life.
Or maybe not.
Audiences at the Fresno Rogue Festival, March 2-11, are invited to decide for themselves. Selfridge’s solo performance — called “A great story,” by the Chicago Reader — appears at the Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Av, in the tower district.
Selfridge portrays her mentor Paley as both a poetry-slinger, and a truth-to-power fighter, with book deals, desegregation, global warming, Vietnam, and casual sexism as the backdrop to her life. In one scene, writer Norman Mailer accuses Paley of trying to “pussy-whip” then-Secretary of State George Schultz, a story that thrills her fiercely leftist mentee.
This is Selfridge’s second solo performance piece written for the Fringe circuit. Her previous show, “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures,” depicted mathematicians, sex-addicts, and epileptics (ie Selfridge’s immediate family), and was called, “…funny, sad, thoughtful stuff that cuts to the chase of the human condition.”
Selfridge is a writer based in Oakland, California. She worked as a literary escort (“not as lurid as it sounds”) and as personal assistant to Grace Paley and Alice Walker. She works with three theatres: Theatre Unlimited, for developmentally-disabled playwrights and actors, The Marsh, for solo performers, and Stagebridge, for seniors.
Selfridge created this piece with help from solo performance heavyweights David Ford, Julia McNeal, and Rebecca Fisher. She also credits her sister Margaret, who shines in the Kickstarter movie that the sisters used to raise funds (“Take Me to the Fringe”). Margaret Selfridge sings backup in the New Hope Band, a rock band for people with special needs. That’s sets the bar pretty high, doesn’t it?

Stalking Grace at Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Av, March 4-11, as part of the Fresno Rogue Festival: 3/4 at 1:45p, 3/5 at 4:15p, 3/10 at 7:15p, and 3/11 at 4:15p | Tickets: $5 (w/ festival wristband) | Wheelchair Accessible | Box office: www.roguefestival.ticketleap.com/ | Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283, banterw8@aol.com, http://www.barbaraselfridge.com/ and http://www.roguefestival.com


Strangely A One-Man Folk-Punk Cabaret Riot
After a sellout run at the 2016 Rogue Festival Strangely
is once again riding his bicycle south with a brand new
show. Joy Compactor is a rambunctious collection of
drinking songs, circus antics and saucy stories. This
one-man-extravaganza is sure to amuse, illuminate and
perhaps even move.
Rogue 2017
Joy Compactor performances at Fulton St. Art
(1118 North Fulton Street, Fresno, CA)
Fri Mar 3, 6:00PM
Sun Mar 5, 4:15PM
Thu Mar 9, 7:15PM
Fri Mar 10, 8:30PM
Strangely has thrice circled the globe with his
multi-award winning, “rollicking, sing-along, one-man,
cabaret riot” [Broadway Baby, Edinburgh] Roaring
Accordion . Never failing to impress, Strangely draws
audiences into an epic world where anything can – and
often does – happen.
“The accordion is back and it’s great,
strangely great!”
– Rip-It-Up.com [Adelaide, Australia]
“… Strangely was king at audience interaction,
endearing himself to all and creating an environment to
make even the most uncomfortable sing along. It’s hard to
wipe a grin off the face throughout the performance.”
— The Advertiser [Adelaide, Australia]
“hilariously-personable and entertaining”
– Fringe Factor (Rogue Edition)
Website: www.strangelyandfriends.com


The Wallaby Way
*** Returns to Rogue Festival – Back by Popular Demand! ***
written and performed by Gemma Wilcox (London, UK )
direction and dramaturgy by Elizabeth Baron
@ Cal Arts Academy – Severence
March 4 – 11, 2017

19 TIME BEST-OF-FEST PERFORMER!
A raw and wild labyrinthine exploration of untangling lineage, unearthing bones, weaving pathways, following threads…and wallabies…

Award-Winning Gemma Wilcox returns for her 8th Rogue Festival with her magical and mesmerizing show from 2016.

The Wallaby Way is a passionate, intimate, and emotionally-charged show that takes the audience on Wilcox’s most recent journey to a remote, rugged island off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. Along the way it explores her last relationship, her maternal lineage, and what fleeing the North American distractions resulted for her. All this culminates in one of Wilcox’s riskiest performances and is an exciting quantum leap from her usual performance style of a bare stage and 20 characters. This time Wilcox delves into a more personal, revealing and vulnerable delivery with the guiding force support of a mysterious marsupial, magical puppets, a mesmerizing mask, a labyrinth, and an enormous amount of red yarn, as she ventures through thick and thin to find clarity, closure, and peace with the tragedy that has clouded her mind and life.

“An incredibly gifted performer” – Fresno Beehive

“Wilcox is a master of the theatre” – The Victoria Times Colonist
“She shows you what theater can be” – Orlando Sentinel

Showtimes

Sat, March 4 @ 8:00 PM
Sun, March 5 @ 5:00 PM
Thurs, March 9 @ 9:30 PM
Fri, March 10 @ 6:30 PM
Sat, March 11 @ 3:30 PM

Venue: Arts Academy- Severance, 1401 N Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA

Tickets: $12 – Buy at: https://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/gemma-wilcox–the-wallaby-way/ or at the door (starting 1 hour b4 show).


Songs + guitars + a piece by Chopin that mixes Caribbean-style steel drums with the always-odd, antique electronic instrument: the theremin—-These are the elements of a musical variety show being put on by Rogue Fest veteran Blake Jones and his partners for this event: Jeff Bowman (ex-of The Wild Blue Yonder), Terry Barnes, and Blake’s daughter Chelsea Jones.

“Chelsea > Blake” will play at Veni Vidi Vici as part of the 16th annual Rogue Performance Festival.

In the words of Fresno Bee music writer Joshua Tehee: “It won’t be terrible.”

Show times and dates:

FRI MAR 3, 8:30 PM

SAT MAR 4, 4:15 PM

SUN MAR 5, 6:45 PM

SAT MAR 11, 3:00 PM

Veni Vidi Vici is located at 1116 N. Fulton Street in Fresno’s Tower District.

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