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This is your place for news about this year’s Rogue Festival! We will be posting performer press releases and posters, and info about the Festival in general. Watch for more Rogue Preview articles coming up this year and of course more Rogue reviews! You can also learn more on the Rogue Festival website website!

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The 18th annual Rogue Festival, Fresno’s completely uncensored performing arts event, returns March 1-9, 2019

The 2019 Rogue Festival features 250 performances by 53 performing groups in 11 Tower District venues in Fresno’s largest, craziest and most courageous performing arts festival

The Rogue Festival, Fresno’s completely uncensored theater and performing arts festival, will return to the Tower District March 1-9. This year’s 18th annual Rogue Festival will present over 250 separate performances of theater, music, dance, comedy, spoken word and magic from 53 performing groups in 11 different venues.

But the most important thing about the Rogue isn’t its size or variety, but it’s freedom for both performers and audience, says Rogue Festival’s new executive director Amber Strid.

The Rogue Festival is built on a principle that there should be no censor, no curator, no selection committee standing between the artist and the audience. The Festival does not choose who can or cannot participate. There are no restrictions on what performers can say or do, outside of safety codes and legal matters. For the audience, this is the one event in the San Joaquin Valley where they can see raw, uncensored, unmediated performance — and only the audience gets to say what’s good or what’s bad by leaving reviews and spreading word-of-mouth.

While previous Rogue Festivals accepted all applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, this is the now holds a lottery to allocate performing slots randomly and fairly.

Returning to the Rogue this year is the “Artists’ Underground” program, which allows performers who didn’t make it through the lottery to create their own venues in commercial spaces, local businesses and backyards. Five performers took advantage of last year’s Artist Underground. This year that number has expanded to twelve. “We’re very excited that the Artist Underground program is being taken advantage of by artists who are willing to take risks and put up their own shows. That was Marcel Nunis’ original vision for the festival when he founded it in 2002. We glad to see more artists embodying that DIY, punk aesthetic and doing it for themselves,” says Strid.

Nunis is not just the founder of the festival, he is also this year’s Muse. Strid and co-director Vince Warner opted to honor Nunis by making him the face of this year’s festival. The Muse is the image used as the poster and program cover and is chosen each year by the director of the Festival to represent the spirit of creativity throughout our community. Nunis also has a show in this year’s festival called “Lies My Father Told Me.”

In its 18th year, the Rogue Festival is now one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the United States and has built a nationwide reputation for Fresno as a city that celebrates the arts.

Dates to Remember—Rogue Festival 2019:

Rogue Festival Teaser Show at the Tower Theater
Thursday, February 28th. Lobby and Lounge 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 2019 Festival, plus a chance to meet and mingle with Rogue performers. Also features a silent auction to benefit the Festival.

Rogue Festival Performances in Fresno’s Tower District
March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Full program and information will be available online approximately three weeks prior to the Festival. www.fresnoroguefestival.com

Beatdown Poetry Slam: Rogue Festival v. InnerEar Poets
Monday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. The Revue Backroom. 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno. kets $12 at the door. This is 9th annual Battle Royale, featuring Fresno’s finest wordsmiths facing the talented performers from Rogue, in a war of words. Hosted by Fresno’s Poet Laureate, Bryan Medina.

A Selection of Noteworthy Shows at the 2019 Rogue Festival

Visiting Performers
Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show
Nat Vickers: nataliefrijia@gmail.com
It’s 1931. The Klondike gold rush is long over. But don’t worry! Legendary Klondike Kate’s old-timey reunion cabaret will sing you sourdoughs back to the good ole days. Is it everything you remembered? (Theater)

Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!
Pollywood Productions, Polly Esther: pollyspuzzles@gmail.com
Star Trek and AA and Vegas … OH MY! How delving into Gene Rodenberry’s universe for the first time boldly changed one comedienne’s journey as a recovering alcoholic. (Solo spoken word/comedy))

Fictional Love
Sarah Shay: thegirl@sarahshay.com
On her return to Rogue Festival, award-winning Seattle folk musician Sarah Shay brings a new show of story and song, wryly exploring the relationships in her favorite movies, books, comics, and shows, and the ways they’ve affected her real-life romantic entanglements — for better and for worse! (Music/spoken word)

Adventures While Black in Great Britain
Les Kurkendaal: : les.k1976@gmail.com
After promising himself to never write shows about anyone he’s dating again, Les meets a guy from England. When this new guy brings Les home to English countryside to meet his family , Les finds himself to be the only black person for miles . (Spoken word/comedy)
You Belong Here
Martin Dockery: martindockery@gmail.com
A comically neurotic true story about The Forbidden City that’s about everything but The Forbidden City. (Storytelling)

Effing Robots: How I Taught the AI to Stop Worry and Love Humans
L. Nicol Cabe: nicol.the.great@gmail.com
Artificial Intelligence is on the way, and it will be powerful. What happens to us when it arrives? How will it perceive humanity? Can it learn … to love? After getting hit on by a chatbot, one horny science fiction nerd is on a quest to make it with a new AI overlord.
Behind Every Great Mariska Hargitay Is A Great Kurt Fitzpatrick
Kurt Fitzpatrick: kurtfitz@earthlink.net
Go on a journey with Rogue veteran Kurt as he reveals all the secrets of being a New York background actor, and he gets to do something he never gets to do on “Law & Order SVU”: Speak!

Fresno and San Joaquin Valley Performers

Art or Evidence: Tea Liturgy
Victor DesRoches: victor@boxcarfigaro.com
Four artists celebrate simple pleasures, everyday rituals, and living the creative life using original music and spoken word. Collaborative endeavor from the theatrical, literary and musical perspective. Classical marimba meets romantic literature meets ukulele songwriter meets Earl Grey. (Music and spoken word)

Jaguar Saves America
Jaguar Bennett: jaguarbennett@gmail.com
American democracy is broken, and only one man can fix it … Jaguar Bennett. He’s loud. He’s obnoxious. He’s a white man who wears a suit. Of course he’s qualified. (Comedy)

Pop Culture Jihad
Shane “Scurvy” Spears: lordvrull@gmail.com
Rogue sell-out hit Shane “Scurvy” Spears (Wet-wired for Weird) returns with a new dark comedy/epic rant about the dumpster fire that unites all Americans, pop culture. “quick witted and acerbic, filled with verbose bravado” – Fresno Bee (Comedy)

Blood Harmony
Leigh Murray: leigh.ratliff@yahoo.com
The Murray Girls blend their voices in Blood Harmony: singing cheerfully macabre murder ballads, traditional tunes, Celtic songs, and pop. Wistful stories set to heartbreakingly beautiful melodies. (Music)

Boxcar- El Vagon
JP Rapozo: rapozo.jp@gmail.com
Set in Texas, BOXCAR/EL VAGON is based on a true story from the 1980’s. Looking for a life in the United States, FIVE Mexicans and a teen from El Salvador wait for someone, even the border patrol, to open their sealed boxcar in the insufferable heat. (Theater)
S’Will: Romeo and Juliet (Drunk Shakespeare)
Haley White: thefoolscollaborative@gmail.com
S’Will is back and even S’willier! Join The Fools Collaborative for their second venture into acting (and drinking) their way through a “lovingly mangled” Shakespeare play. Yes, beer and wine will be available for purchase! (Theater . . .with a bar)

About the Rogue Festival

The Rogue Festival is one of the oldest 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 $12 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.

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S’Will performances-Sat 3/2 we open at 3:30 pm, Sunday 3/3 we have one at 5 pm, Friday the 8th at 9pm and Saturday the 9th at 5pm and 8 pm.
Tower Lounge, 809 E Olive Ave Fresno, CA United States

DANCE AT ROGUE FESTIVAL 2019

The 2nd Street Dancers are back at Rogue with a high energy show
celebrating female artists: Dancing with Powerful Voices. They will perform twice at Dianna’s Studio
of Dance at 826 N Fulton St. Performances will be on Saturday March 2 nd at 8:00 pm and Sunday
March 3 rd at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door or at the Rogue Festival’s
website: www.roguefestival.com.
When The 2nd Street Dancers’ director, Beth Zobian, traveled through Spain last summer, she visited
many Spanish museums and admired works by Picasso, Dali, and Goya. But one small thought
nagged at her during her trip: where were all the female artists?
This niggling question persisted once she returned home to Fresno. And then, as though in answer to
her thoughts, she heard it: NPR had published a list of the 200 Greatest Songs by 21 st Century
Women. Inspired by this list, and by the idea of illuminating these women’s voices through dance,
Zobian recruited 2 nd Street Jazz, the teen and adult dancers in her company, to help her showcase
these female artists at the 2019 Rogue Festival.
Dancing with Powerful Voices is a celebration of women, dance, and music. This show will take you
on a journey through the great female pop and folk music of the 2000s, interpreted as never before-
through the 2nd Street Dancers’ energetic jazz, tap, and ballet numbers. This is a show that
encourages the audience to leave their worries at the door and prepare to be entertained; even those
who aren’t dance connoisseurs will enjoy the music- some big hits and some music from lesser
known artists- and listen to what these strong women have to say.
The Second Street Dancers are a dance company based out of Selma, California. Originally founded
by former San Francisco Ballet dancer, Deanna Moser Driscoll, in 1984, the company is now directed
by her daughter, Beth Zobian. Dancers in the company range from age 7 to adult and come from
towns all over the Central Valley. The company performs locally as well as internationally. The
Second Street Dancers’ international performances include dancing in China (2001), the
Mediterranean (2003), in Cancun (2005), in Italy (2007), and most recently in Cuba (2017).


5 NEW SONGS. 5 SONGS FROM FRIENDS
Rogue Performance Festival.
@ Tower District Records March 6,7,8,9
All shows at 7pm except Sat., March 9 (2pm)

5 new songs. The challenge for these 2 local songwriters: Write 5 new songs in the month before the festival begins. “These things are fresh off the griddle.”
5 songs from friends. Local-independent musicians have to network. They have to become part of a community in order to thrive. “To round out the gig, we thought it would be fun to pick some of the great songs from our super-talented non-world-famous music colleagues. There’s a lot of good stuff out there to choose from.”
Blake Jones: besides being part of the ‘Founding Family’ of the Rogue Festival, Blake has fielded a show every year since the Rogue Festival’s beginning in 2001. His band, the Trike Shop found time last year to not only release a new album [the critically acclaimed “Make”], but to tour throughout the UK and Germany last June.
Tom Magill: keyboard man and vocalist in local pop-wunderkind band “Poplord”, who compiled the mysterious “Fowltone Sampler” album which lit up the playlists of several playlists and blogs in internet-land. [Blake interrupts here to add: “Tom is one of my favorite songwriters. He’s as good as anyone. Super-big claim, I know, but I stand by it, and I’m lucky to have roped him into doing this show with me!”]
Admission Free.
Tower District Records is at 1930 N. Echo Avenue in Fresno.


WHAT: Art or Evidence? “Tea Liturgy”
WHEN: March 1 at 8 p.m., March 3 at 3 p.m., March 8 at 8:30 p.m., March 9 at 6:45 p.m.
WHERE: Rogue Festival, Tower District, Fresno.
Fulton Street Art, 1118 N Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93728
INFO: www.artorevidence.com or www.fresnoroguefestival.com
TICKETS ONLINE: $7 at www.roguefestival.ticketleap.com or at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

Art or Evidence? offers “Tea Liturgy” an inspiring and original collaboration of music and musings for Rogue Festival audiences.
Four artists bring original songwriting, marimba, literature and tea to folks thirsty for something unique.

[Fresno, CA] – Liturgy: a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activities involving praise, thanksgiving, reflection or repentance.

Tea Liturgy: A communal response to and participation in the creative through activities involving song, spoken word, humor, music, and brewed beverages.

Building a show song by song, word by word, laugh by laugh and bird by bird, Art or Evidence? returns to the Rogue Festival with an exploration of everyday creativity, everyday rituals, and humorous insights to charge up your own creative battery. “Tea Liturgy” invokes the muses of music and spoken word to connect you with ways you can bring life, light, and creativity to your own everyday existence.

Victor DesRoches, Rachel Witort, Charis Calvert and Heather Parish marry their various talents and influences into a show that includes original songs, stories, ukelele, guitar, classical marimba, and an irreverent essay all delving into the creative process from artists who are dedicated to their craft. Don’t miss your chance to be inspired with us!

Performances:
Friday, March 1 — 8 pm, Sunday, March 3 — 3 pm, Friday, March 8 — 8:30 pm, Saturday, March 9 — 6:45 pm (Latecomers welcome. Runtime: 45 min)

Location: Fulton Street Art
1118 N Fulton St, Fresno CA 93728 In the Tower District

Tickets: $7. Tickets online or at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. www.roguefestival.ticketleap.com

More information at our websites: www.artorevidence.com or www.fresnoroguefestival.com
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Behind Every Great Mariska Hargitay Is A Great Kurt Fitzpatrick
A comedy storytelling show at the Rogue Festival
Written and Performed by Kurt Fitzpatrick
FRESNO, CA – Rogue festival perennial Kurt Fitzpatrick returns after a three-year absence from doing a full run to perform a new show in Rogue Godfather Marcel Nunis’ backyard “Tent of Tales,” where shows will also be performed by Donna Kay Yarborough and Marcel himself.
Kurt made his Rogue debut ten years ago with his sold-out show, Hooray for Speech Therapy. He’s also performed in the sold-out hits Bromance (with the Rev. Nuge), Best Picture, and Dancing in the Mist.
Kurt’s new show Behind Every Great Mariska Hargitay is a Great Kurt Fitzpatrick is a ridiculous storytelling show about Kurt’s adventures of working as a background actor in New York on and off for ten years. He’s been on Law & Order SVU, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, and others, but never said a damn word on any of them. Now he finally speaks and he has a lot to say!
The world premiere is at this year’s Rogue Festival.
Playing at Marcel Nunis’ Tent of Tales, 416 E. Brown Ave in the backyard. Rain or shine. MAR 2 5:30PM, MAR 3 8:30PM, MAR 6 8:30PM, MAR 7 7PM, MAR 8 8:30PM, MAR 9 7PM


The Presented

written and performed by Chris Davis

directed by Mary Tuomanen

“…a strikingly original writer and performer.”
– The Scotsman

The Presented explores what it means to be a chosen artist in the world today. In his signature comedic style, Davis examines the issues facing many theater artists today in a fun and hilarious 50-minute show that will make you never want to pursue a career in the arts ever again. Chris Davis is a professional touring solo artist who has performed throughout Europe and the United States. He has participated in the Edinburgh Fringe festival for the last five years and recently was awarded the Special Prize by the Thespis Festival in Kiel, Germany.

“His gritty, endearing monologues ooze with authenticity and represent the essence of the Fringe.”
– Cameron Kelsall, Broad Street Review

“An exuberant and irresistible Rumpelstiltskin who spins his own life’s straw into gold.”
– Kathryn Oselund, Phindie

“Chris reaches into the artists’ soul and says aloud all the things you wanted to but were too afraid. Plus, there was a giant armadillo.”
– Melissa Fendell Moschitto

Mar 2 – Sat – 1:45pm

Mar 3 – Sun – 4:15pm

Mar 7 – Thur – 7:15pm

Mar 8 – Fri – 8:30pm

Spectrum Art Gallery
608 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

Chris Davis (actor/writer) is a writer and performer residing in Philadelphia, PA. Recent projects include solo shows The Last Emperor of Mexico, One-Man Apocalypse Now (????? – “superbly crafted” – Underdog Reviews), Juan-Winfield, Bortle 8 (“…a strikingly original writer and performer.” – The Scotsman), Drunk Lion (“A potent success” ????? – TV Bomb), and Violence of the Lambs (“…absurd comedy at its very best.” ????? – The Student Newspaper ). His solo shows have toured throughout the United States and Europe. He has participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the last 4 years. He is a recipient of the Special Prize from the Thespis Festival in Kiel, Germany.

www.realchrisdavis.com instagram: @1drunklion twitter: @1drunklion
The Presented by Chris Davis
Venue: Spectrum Art Gallery Tickets: $7
Date: Mar 2 – 8th


Tony Imperatrice brings laughter and music to the 2019 Rogue Festival
“Confessions of a Church Organist”

A sordid tale of booze, sex and hymns! Featuring live music and screamingly funny stories, “Confessions of a Church Organist” reveals what really goes on behind the scenes at church — and it’s not all candles and prayers. This is the hilarious true story of how a boy raised atheist became a church organist and plunged into a lurid world of drugs and debauchery, including sex in church, being pimped out by stage parents, and inspiring a priest to yell obscenities during Mass. You’ll never look at church the same way again. This show contains descriptions of sexual activity and drug use and is not recommended for children or easily offended adults.
Tony brings his unique combination of vivid storytelling and stunning live music performances to this hilarious tell-all. Tony has been a stalwart of the Rogue Festival for more than a decade. He is also a fixture in Fresno’s classical music scene and is a regular guest performer with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. Tony worked for the church as a full time music director and organist for nearly 20 years and continues as an organist, performing artist and an organ installation consultant for the Rodgers Organ Co. Tony has a YouTube channel that explores his life and work. He also has a Patreon page to help support his efforts as a musician and public speaker.
All shows; Cal Arts Severance
1401 N. Wishon Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
$12 Adults only, latecomers welcome
SAT MAR 2 6:30 PM
SUN MAR 3 3:30 PM
THU MAR 7 8:30 PM
SAT MAR 9 3:30 PM


Polly Esther, the crowd-pleasing storyteller from Toronto, Canada, is beaming down for her Rogue Festival debut with her award-winning one-woman show, “Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!” about Star Trek and recovery!

These are the voyages of Polly Esther. Her ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds of Star Trek, and show how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

A frenzied whirlwind of hyper-caffeinated exuberance, Polly has taken what she learned as both a Second City Conservatory graduate, and as a middle-aged woman in a state of sobriety trying to get through life, and combined the two to create “Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!” – a show about discovering who you are, facing your fears, and forging your own path as a result of watching Star Trek.

An audience favorite at the 2018 Orlando Fringe Festival, “Dammit, Jim!” is boldly going where no Canadian comedienne has gone before, finding success at home in Toronto, in a run in Denver, CO, and in New York City at the Solocom Festival (where it started off as a half-hour performance piece back in Nov. 2015).

The Orlando Sentinel calls Polly Esther “immensely likable …”, making us “want to cheer for her”, while the Orlando Weekly says “Polly is admirably open and honest on stage … you can’t fake the emotion in her eyes as she describes connecting with fellow fan/addicts.” Solocom NYC founder Peter Michael Marino calls “Dammit, Jim!” “a testament to the power of storytelling, beating the odds, acceptance, and an obsession with Tribbles.”

There are just five chances to catch “Dammit, Jim!” before it flies off to new worlds. Following her run at the Rogue Festival, Polly will be travelling at Warp Factor 10 to performances in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as part of a mini-California tour.

WHAT: “Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!” – a funny and raw one-woman show about Star Trek, recovery, and facing your fears.

WHO: Polly Esther – Comedienne, Raconteur, Canadian, Lover of all things Star Trek

WHERE: Vista Theater – 1296 North Wishon Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728

WHEN: Saturday Mar. 2nd at 6:30pm; Sunday Mar. 3rd at 5:00pm; Thursday Mar. 7th at 7:00pm; Friday Mar. 8th at 8:30pm; and Saturday Mar. 9th at 2:00pm.

PRICE: $12.00

ADVANCE TICKETS:
Visit roguefestival.ticketleap.com

60 minutes, PG-13, Latecomers permitted


DANCING ON MY OWN
Joshua Ryan Taylor returns for his fifth Rogue Festival with his gayest show yet!
When: March 6th – 7:30PM; March 7th – 7:00PM; March 8th – 10:00PM; March 9th – 8:00PM
Where: California Arts Academy Severance – 1401 N. Wishon Ave.
Cost: $12
Who: Joshua Ryan Taylor has been described by critics as “a young man.” His mother once called him “my gay son.” His friends often refer to him as “that one gay friend that mentions being gay, like, every sentence.”
After spending a year living out of a backpack, he returns to his hometown to present his latest, most ambitious project. Dissatisfied with mainstream fiction’s representation of gay love stories as nothing more than opportunities for straight actors to win awards, he set out to write The Ultimate Gay Love Story.
What: At the behest of his dying grandmother, twenty-something Anderson embarks on a challenge to find his true love by having sex with 100 different men. His sexual escapes take him across the country, through a panoply of gay men, and deep into the labyrinth of his own heart.
Along the way, he grapples with what it means to be a gay man at this specific point in history. To be born around the original run of Will & Grace, half a century removed from the first sparks of queer revolution – the riots at Cooper’s Donuts and Stonewall Inn, the sit-ins at Dewey Coffee, ONE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2019
Magazine’s Supreme Court fight to print the word “homosexual” – has afforded a generation never-before-seen freedom to express themselves and live truthfully as queer people. But such freedom comes with responsibility. What do we owe the generations of gay men whose sacrifices allowed us to exist openly?
Aided by the vocal talents of local, formerly-local, and not-at-all-local actors, Joshua Ryan Taylor performs his third solo piece for the Rogue Festival after 2017’s Thanks for Coming and 2016’s Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked. He also wrote and directed ASS or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bong for the 2018 Rogue Festival. Audiences will remember him for his youthful exuberance, raw talent, glorious beard, and, of course, his humility.


Donna Kay Yarborough returns to Rogue Festival 2019 With More Shows Than You Can Shake A Stick At
“It seemed like a good idea at the time….” says Yarborough.

Portland-based Donna Kay Yarborough has been a familiar fixture of Fresno’s Rogue Festival over the past four years. This time, for her fifth year, she’s performing four different shows in the festival: “Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show”, “Query the Crone”, “Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor”, and “Prof. Yarborough’s Lecture Hall.”
“Fresno’s audiences have always been really supportive, “ says Yarborough, “so when circumstances gave me the option of doing so many different styles of performance over the run the festival, I figured I might as well give it a shot.”
Two of the shows will be familiar to Rogue audiences. “Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor”, hilarious true stories of Donna’s work as a standardized patient and medical teaching assistant, was a Rogue favorite of 2018. “I definitely wanted to bring back that show, because I am passionate about continuing the discussion of healthcare in America. I had already made arrangements to perform it at Hart’s Haven, and then, Marcel [Nunis, one of Rogue Festival’s founders] also asked me to bring “Query the Crone” to his Tent Of Tales, and who can say ‘No’ to Marcel?” laughs Yarborough. Thus marks the return of 2017’s “Query The Crone”, an interactive, story-centric gathering in which the audience seeks advice from Yarborough’s backwoods, conjure-woman alter-ego, Rosemary Conlan. “I’m looking forward to having this show out-of-doors, under the night sky.”
Not one to rest on her laurels, Yarborough also has two new shows in the running. “Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show”, written by Natalie Frijia (“Bike Face”) and directed by L. Nicol Cabe (“Effing Robots…”), is premiering at Dianna’s Studio of Dance. This cabaret-style retelling of the legendary times of “Klondike” Kate Rockwell, a Yukon gold-rush showgirl, is a departure for Yarborough. “I actually have to…learn lines for this one,” she jokes.
Lastly is the no-lines-to-learn, completely improvised, one-time-only “Prof. Yarborough’s Lecture Hall”, where the audience provides the facts, and Yarborough provides the cohesive lecture. “It’s great fun!” says Yarborough. “I never know what I’m going to be talking about until I read it straight off the suggestion card. We’re all bound to learn something, and we’ll laugh while doing it.”
Fresno’s Rogue Festival runs March 1st-9th, 2019. “Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show” is being performed at Dianna’s School of Dance (826 N. Fulton St.). “Query The Crone” will gather at the Tent of Tales (416 E. Brown Ave.). “Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor” and “Prof. Yarborough’s Lecture Hall” will take place at Hart’s Haven (950 N. Van Ness Ave.). For showtimes and ticket prices, go to fresnoroguefestival.com. To follow the misadventures of Donna Kay Yarborough on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, go to DonnaKaySpeaks.com.


Effing Robots: How I Taught the A.I. to Stop Worrying and Love Humans Award-winning sci-fi performer meditates on love and intellect in new show
Fresno, California, March 2019: Seattle-based science fiction writer, performer, director, and all-around nerd L. Nicol Cabe returns for her fourth year at the Rogue Festival with her latest sci-fi solo performance, “Effing Robots: How I Taught the A.I. to Stop Worrying and Love Humans.”
Artificial Intelligence is on the way, and it will be powerful. What happens to us when it arrives? How will it perceive humanity? Can it learn … to love? After getting hit on by a chatbot, one horny science fiction nerd is on a quest to make it with a new AI overlord.
The latest from Cabe playfully explores a meeting of minds, one digital, and one organic. The show combines true stories, real conversations, and, of course, nerdy references. When the artificial intelligence rises, how will we greet it?
About the Artist, L. Nicol Cabe:
L. Nicol Cabe is a science fiction writer, performer, and general nerd. She has won awards at PortFringe and Tampa International Fringe Festivals for her work. In her home base of Seattle, Washington, Cabe directs and dramaturgs new shows, primarily sci-fi, but sometimes other works, too!
More Information:
Ticket Site: https://minion-productions.ticketleap.com/effing-robots/
Website: GiantNerdProductions.com


“Fringe Factor: Season 4” is a new & improved version of Rogue Festival’s live game show

A rotating roster of Rogue Festival artists compete in the wildest game show you’ve ever seen!

Venue: Tower Lounge (809 E. Olive Ave)
Tickets: $12
Showtimes: Saturday, March 2 @ 5p.m.? Sunday, March 3 @ 6:30p.m.? Friday, March 8 @ 7:30p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, at 6:30p.m.
Minion Productions brings back their Rogue Festival game show for a fourth year, with some big new changes! Featuring festival performers & staff competing in high-energy party games, all hosted by Minion Productions’ Grant Knutson.
This year marks the 18th annual Rogue Festival, to be held in Fresno’s Tower District from March 1st-9th.

Each performance pits two teams of artists against each other, competing in trivia, drawing, physical challenges, creative challenges and more! But this year the show adds new games, themed teams, a one-man house-band, audience prizes, and a new venue with a full bar.
Knutson developed the idea to showcase Rogue artists in a new setting. Much like playing party games, the audience will leave knowing more about the contestants, and eager to see all of their individual shows at the festival.

Minion Productions is based out of Seattle, Washington. This is their 8th year at Rogue, having previously produced “The Fat Guy Show”, “Apocalypse Clown”, “Dolores” and “Breaking Bange”. Minion has also co-produced the Rogue-sponsored “Seattle-to-Fresno” mini-Rogue event for the last five years, in September.

Minion’s mission is to help independent artists find resources and plan tours to Fringe Theater Festivals and similar events across North America.

Tickets for “Fringe Factor:Rogue Edition” will be available at the venue 30 minutes before performances or can be purchased online at minion-productions.ticketleap.com/fringe-factor-season-4
The show is rated PG, and latecomers will be allowed in up to 15 after curtain.

WHAT: ?“Fringe Factor:Season 4”, a live game-show featuring a rotating roster of Rogue artists.

WHO:? Host Grant Knutson of Minion Productions, joined by a variety of Rogue performers.

WHERE: ?Tower Lounge, 809 E. Olive Ave Fresno, CA

WHEN:
?Sat. March 2nd at 5pm
Sun. March 3rd at 6:30pm
Fri. March 8th at 7:30pm
Sat. March 9th at 6:30pm

PRICE: ?$12

TO BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Visit minion-productions.ticketleap.com/fringe-factor-season-4

PHOTOS: Downloadable photos available at http://bit.ly/1ms0CgK

55 minutes, rated PG, latecomers permitted.


Jaguar Bennett, Fresno’s most controversial comedian, pledges to destroy the last feeble remnants of democracy in the United States in “Jaguar Saves America,” premiering at the 2019 Rogue Festival

Democracy has been gutted by the stupidity of the American people, dictatorship only solution, claims deranged, power-mad comedian

WHAT: “Jaguar Saves America,” stand-up comedy performance at the 2019 Rogue Festival.

WHO: Jaguar Bennett, comedian and dictator.

WHERE: Veni Vidi Vici, 1116 N. Fulton, Fresno, CA 93728

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, at 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 4:15 p.m.; Thursday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, at 6:45 p.m.

PRICE: $7.

TO BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Visit roguefestival.ticketleap.com

45 minutes, rated PG-13, latecomers permitted.

FRESNO, Calif. — Democracy is in decline in the United States and around the world, but Fresno comedian Jaguar Bennett has a solution: give him absolute dictatorial power, and America will flourish under his enlightened, only slightly insane, leadership. Bennett will present a manifesto to justify his criminal seizure of power in his new stand-up comedy show, “Jaguar Saves America,” premiering at the 2019 Rogue Festival.

“Jaguar Saves America” will be performed at Veni Vidi Vici, 1116 N. Fulton St., on Saturday, March 2, at 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, at 4:15 p.m.; Thursday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $7. Tickets are available at the venue 30 minutes before performances or can be purchased online at roguefestival.ticketleap.com.

“I believe in democracy, just not for Americans. The government we have elected is proof that the American people is incapable of ruling itself. The American people have spoken against democracy, and I am heeding their call. An enlightened despotism, imposed by one wise and patriotic individual, is the only solution to the innumerable problems that face our nation. I pledge to all Americans that I will not rest until America is functional again,” said Bennett from a secret underground bunker from which he tirelessly plots for the revolution.

Bennett says that, following his seizure of power by the united will of the American people, he will institute a government that gives Americans, “not the government they deserve, but the government they want.” Citing Americans’ increasing intolerance for basic civil rights of their political opponents, Bennett promises a government that will oppress all equally.

In addition, Bennett promises a reign of terror to control the true enemies of the American people: hipsters, people who use smileys, rich people, health nuts, antismokers, vegetarians, anti-vaxxers, people who pronounce “GIF” the wrong way, people who believe in vague pseudo-Eastern “spirituality,” minivans and minivan drivers, Instagram, people who wear colorful clothing, piercings, tattoos, long hair on men, people who say “between you and I,” pseudoscience, affected pronunciation, wood, people who don’t use their handbrake, teenagers, loud neckties, bald men with ponytails, kids trying to sell candy bars for charity, cheerful people, SUVs, music, man buns, those ugly baggy shorts that kids wear nowadays, Internet pundits, people who self-righteously drive the speed limit when traffic is 20 MPH faster and the Associated Press stylebook for omitting the serial comma.

About Jaguar Bennett

Jaguar Bennett is a frustrated and unsuccessful marketing hack who has for years tormented himself with the delusion that he has “great creative promise” as a playwright, comedian, and actor. Since he is now 50, this delusion has become increasingly unrealistic and embarrassing. In the course of pursuing his “artistic career,” Bennett as become well-known to Fresno audiences as a reliable stage villain, playing the title role in Richard III (Woodward Shakespeare Festival, 2009), Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (WSF, 2010), totalitarian secret policeman Tupolski in The Pillowman (The New Ensemble, 2011) and Claudius in Hamlet (TNE, 2012), and numerous other roles. Bennett has also written several short plays, including Crime Doesn’t Pay Enough (Rogue Festival, 2002) and Bullet Point: A Tragedy in the Form of a PowerPoint Presentation (Rogue Festival, 2007), and the full-length solo comedy shows The Agony of Living (2014), How to Be Wicked (2015), Bullshit is My Native Language (2016), Start Your Own Religious Cult for Fun and Profit (2017) and Mansplaining (2018). A favorite of Rogue audiences, Bennett has routinely sold out his shows at the Rogue Festival, and then promptly drunk away all the profits. Bennett’s greatest artistic achievement has been being physically removed from the stage by an angry mob. Bennett hates himself, God, the entire human race, and you. He is, however, fond of cats.

For little to no information about Bennett, see his vanity website, jaguarbennett.com.


LES KURKENDAAL Brings GREAT BRITAIN TO FRESNO

Los Angeles, Ca 1/22/2019 Los Angeles based storyteller Les Kurkendaal is returning to The Rogue Festival with a new show . Adventures While Black in Great Britain tells the story of the continuation of Les Kurkendaal ‘s travels. Les has made a promise to himself not to never write a show about a relationship again . But when his new boyfriend takes him to his family’s farm in The English Countryside to meet his relatives , he realizes that this is a scenario that must be talked about . And the fact that Les is the only black person for miles makes the story even sweeter.

The show is at The Revue March 1 at 7 , March 2 at 630, March 3 at 2 , March 8 at 530 and March 9 at 8


Aerial Arts Fresno Presents: Melt the Soul
Fresno, California —Aerial Arts Fresno presents an original aerial show, Melt the Soul. Melt the Soul… sounds dreamy right? Maybe you saw the title and thought, “I like the sound of a show called ‘Melt the Soul’, but I don’t know what aerial is…” Well friend, we are here to tell you. And then show you. When you eventually come to our show, because it is definitely dreamy ethereal magic, and you won’t want to miss it.

We’ve been called air gypsies, curtain dancers, fabric flyers, and we are indeed, all of the above. Think Cirque Du Soleil, except we’re local and affordable and you can buy us a beer after! So to sum up, we’re dancers, but like, in the sky. You get it.

Melt the Soul will be Aerial Arts Fresno’s debut Rogue show. This showing features collaborative choreography by Brittany Kitchen, Meaghan McCready, Kelly Replogle, and Katie Belden. The unspoken narrative combines aerial dance with some moody hipster music to create a majestic, glorious, gooey hour-long performance. Most of us were 90’s babies, who grew up to be early 00’s emo kids, so we’ve got that fluid emotional vibe that makes for a great artistic performance. Melt the Soul is an abstract exploration of relationships, conflict, and growth.

It seems that now, more than ever, people feel isolated and overwhelmed by the world around them, trying to navigate their lives successfully and cultivate healthy relationships. This was the thought process when we all choreographed for this show. You’ll see different perspectives of relationships and life changes for each piece, tied together through fluid movement, and explored on a variety of different aerial apparatuses. Who needs a story-telling plot anyway? So contrived.

Although Aerial Arts Fresno was only founded a year ago, we’ve been hard at work creating new art, collaborating with artists of different disciplines, and performing for events and parties throughout the Central Valley. We started off with a bang in January 2018 (in our first few weeks as a company!) when we collaborated with local band, and American heroes, The Morning Drive for their album release party at Fulton 55. In May 2018, we excitedly performed alongside several local and some renowned musicians during Grizzly Fest next to one of their main stages. Most recently (October 2018) we teamed up with Aerial Angels Pole Fitness and D&J Dance Company for a full-length show you might have seen at Tower Theatre called Break the Taboo. (And those are only some of our favorite performances from this past year!)
We are a collaborative of creatives with a united mission and we are excited to see that mission unfold in our city. And we are so stoked to be doing our first Rogue show!

https://aerialartsfresno.com/ // info@aerialartsfresno.com // @aerialartsfresno on Facebook and Instagram

Melt the Soul: 5 showings:
Friday 3/1 – 10PM
Saturday 3/2 – 2PM
Thursday 3/7 – 5:30PM
Friday 3/8 – 8:30PM
Saturday 3/9 – 6:30PM
California Arts Academy: Severance
1401 N Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
65 Minutes
$15 admission
All ages
No late-comers
Online Tickets: http://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/


Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show
It’s 1898. A young Vaudevillian steps off the port of Skagway and sets her sights on the infamous Chilkoot Pass, a gruelling hike through Alaskan wilderness to the Dawson River, and then… gold. Unfortunately, the Canadian Mounties aren’t letting women into the Klondike, not now and not ever, so Kate pinches a pair of slacks and leaps onto a barge barrelling north! By the time they catch her, she’s already legend. But then, that’s just where the story begins.
“There are certain Rogue performers I look forward to seeing each year. Donna Kay Yarborough is one of those people” (Terrance McArthur, Kings River Life)
Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show is an old-timey reunion cabaret, set decades after the gold rush, where the woman who was Klondike Kate sings you sourdoughs back to the good ‘ole days. But when the curtain is drawn and the footlights up, you miners might get more than you bargained for. It’s reminiscent, retrospective and revealing, a clash of Klondike fantasy and good ole’ fashioned reality, all asking the question – how did we end up here?
“Remarkable storytelling… outstanding performance” (Life With More Cowbell)
Klondike Kate’s Sourdough Reunion Show is a collaboration by three long-time Fringe artists, who all met at the Rogue Festival. Texas-raised Donna Kay Yarborough has performed improv, music, storytelling, and comedy across the United States and Canada. She writes a damn fine country music tune, and performs a mighty drag king Frank Sinatra. L. Nicol Cabe focuses on brand new theatre. She is an alumnus of Director’s Lab West 2014, and has toured solo performances to several fringe festivals across the US. She has also been published in Fiction Vortex magazine, and is huge sci-fi nerd. Nat Vickers is all the way from Toronto, Canada, where she spent the last eight years working on (and finally getting) a PhD in theatre. She wrote the very first draft of this show while enjoying the midnight sun of a Yukon summer.
Tickets $12 Purchase online: roguefestival.ticketleap.com
Showtimes:
Friday, March 1st – 8:30pm Saturday, March 2nd – 2pm Sunday, March 3rd – 6:30pm Friday, March 8th – 10pm Saturday, March 9th – 8pm
-30- Media Contact: Natalie Frijia E: nataliefrijia@gmail.com Venue:
Dianna’s School of Dance (816 N. Fulton Street)
at the Rogue Festival March 1st – 10th, 2019
Performed By: Donna Kay Yarborough Written By: Nat Vickers Directed By: L. Nicol Cabe



Not Your Typical Love Story

Award-winning multicultural comedian and storyteller Malcolm Grissom brings his show “Stop Having Zombie Sex” to the Rogue Festival. “Stop Having Zombie Sex” is a comedic sex-positive love story that explores the common denominators between sex, intimacy, addiction/compulsion, and zombies.

Are zombies real? Definitely. Not the ones we see portrayed in the media. But they are real. In fact, anyone can be a zombie. There are different variations of zombies. Not all zombies are monsters. Zombies range from horrifying, thoughtless predators who only seek gratification to Jane Doe who mindlessly drives to work and follows the exact routine daily.

In the story of his compulsion and introduction to the world of addiction, Grissom meets the monster within. Can he learn how to control it or will it control him?

For Calendar listings:

What: “Stop Having Zombie Sex” Written and performed by Malcolm Grissom

When: FRI MAR 1 5:30 PM
SAT MAR 2 4:15 PM
FRI MAR 8 7:15 PM
SAT MAR 9 1:45 PM

Where: Fulton Street Art
1118 North Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93728

Tickets: $7


Let’s take inspiration from Jean-Luc Godard at the 2019 Rogue Festival
Theatre Infinite presents Hi. (Jean-Luc Godard)
Clown Rodeo Debbie is your curator for her Jean-Luc Godard-inspired interactive aesthetic investigation, where she will join forces with the audience to create a new theatre form: symposium meets jam session. Man on the street interviews, art interpretations and art object creations are just some of the methods she will use to explore the critically significant role art plays in everyday life and to remind audience members of their inherently powerful creative potential.
Making its world premiere at the 2019 Rogue Festival, Hi. (Jean-Luc Godard) was inspired by Mr. Godard’s appearance in Wim Wenders’ Chambre 666. For his 1982 film, Mr. Wenders asked a series of filmmakers at the 35th Cannes International Film Festival to sit alone in a hotel room in front of a camera and answer a series of written questions about the current and future state of cinema. Mr. Godard’s responses are not only thrillingly complex and insightful but also completely relevant today. Producer/Author/Performer Áine Donnelly said, “Godard’s fervor for the art of cinema is such that he absolutely takes no prisoners by directly assaulting the audience with their culpability for the circumstances within which it finds and will find itself. What is even more fascinating is that his perceptions have compelling applications beyond cinema. We can use them to examine how we relate to art in all forms and, ultimately, to the larger world.” Red nose was the only possible medium to theatrically translate the deliciousness of Mr. Godard’s philosophic depth.
Theatre Infinite chose the 2019 Rogue Festival for its world premiere of Hi. (Jean-Luc Godard) as a result of last year’s successful production of Hi. (Entering Burned Area). Producer/Author/Performer Áine Donnelly is an award-winning director, playwright, butterfingers, and teeth grinder. Director/Dramaturg Elizabeth Baron is an award-winning collaborative theatre maker who has directed many red nose shows, including Instituto Prama’s Pio Mare… Mare Pio and LaLa Theater Company’s Requiem for a Snowflake. Other directing and/or co-creation includes Gemma Wilcox Productions’ The Wallaby Way, Magical Mystery Detour, and 52 PickUp, which have won various awards on the US and Canadian Fringe circuits.
Venue: Spectrum Art Gallery (Venue 5)
608 East Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728 Tickets: $7 Dates & Times: Saturday, 3/2……….3:00 pm Sunday, 3/3………….3:00 pm Friday, 3/8……………7:15 pm Saturday, 3/9……….1:45 pm Performance Details: 45 minutes Adults only Latecomers ok Box Office Website: https://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/ Festival Website: www.FresnoRogueFestival.com


Two for the Road: Brain Cloudy Blues
Two for the Road returns to the 2019 Rogue Festival with performances at the Spectrum Gallery, 608 E. Olive Avenue on Friday, March 1st (8:30 PM), Saturday March 2nd (4:15 PM), Friday, March 8th (6 PM) and Saturday, March 9th (8 PM).
The Fresno duet playfully refer to their repertoire as “Celtic Cowboy” music. Thus they play Celtic and American Roots tunes and songs from Irish and Scottish reels to Western swing and bluegrass favorites.
All folks sing the blues, whether in a typical 12-bar format or as a lament in the Irish and Scottish tradition. And not all blues are in fact that blue…some are lively, even humorous. Blues songs in the American tradition reflect the melding of West African and Anglo-American traditional musical forms that developed in slavery and post-slavery times with influences from field hollers and the folk hymns of the Great Awakening. And why blue? The slang term for being sad, forlorn or dejected also has it roots in British and American folk speech (first cited in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1586) but is also undoubtedly derived from the custom of wearing blue-indigo dyed garments for mourning in West and Central Africa.
Donn Beedle (fiddle/viola) and Karana Hattersley-Drayton (vocals/keyboard/guitar) will perform the blues from a variety of genres, Celtic to Western swing, including Trixie Smith’s “Mining Camp Blues” and the Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan signature song, “Brain Cloudy Blues” which was recorded when Wills and band members lived here in Fresno in the 1940s on the Triple B Ranch. Laments from the Celtic tradition include the fiddle tune, “Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife” and the Scottish border ballad, “Jock O’Hazeldean”.
Donn Beedle studied classical violin as a child and played bass professionally through college. He switched to fiddle in the 1960s with encouragement from traditional musicians Kenny Hall and Harry Liedstrand. Karana Hattersley- Drayton (lead vocals/keyboard/guitar) also has a background in classical music and has served as a choir director at local churches. Karana co-founded the American string band The Arkansas Sheiks which toured the country in the 1970s. She has an academic interest in traditional music and studied ethnomusicology at U.C. Berkeley on her way to completing a Master’s in Folklore. Both musicians also play together in Pipe on the Hob, a Celtic music quartet which Donn founded.
Two for the Road has played diverse venues over the past five years including Clovis Bluegrass in the Park, The Kings River Bluegrass Festival, Twilight Thursdays at Clovis Botanical Gardens, The Bakersfield Scottish Games, and local libraries. They first appeared at the 2016 Rogue Festival which garnered them rave reviews:
“They brought the intimate Veni Vidi Vici audience a delightful blend of western swing, a 4-tune Scottish medley, some Grateful Dead, some traditional Celtic music, and even some modern country covers. Their personable patter in- between sets and warm, casual atmosphere made for a splendid afternoon of song and speech. A few of the musical highlights were Hattersley-Drayton’s cover of Dolly Parton in their “wings” motif song list, Beedle’s flawless fiddling all-show long, and an absolutely beautiful “Farewell, Farewell” for their finale. The chemistry between the two musicians was organic, charismatic, and delightful to watch.” (Marc Gonzalez)
Two for the Road’s recording “Bring It On Down to My House” was released in fall 2016. Their Rogue shows will include several numbers from this collection as well as new material.
For more information contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton (559-696-4065) or visit the band’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TwofortheRoadFresno.
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INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE OF “EVE’S WHEEL” AT ROGUE FESTIVAL

For the first time in Fresno, the general public is invited to attend the performance of “Eve’s Wheel” at the 2019 Rogue Festival, to be held in Downtown Fresno from March 1st through 9th. The performance weaves storytelling, painting, sculpture, modern dance and music to reimagine the myth of Genesis as a mystical story.

“Eve’s Wheel” will be performed at the Fresno Arts Council, 1245 Van Ness Avenue, on Saturday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and tickets can be purchased online at: https://muddy-feet-production.ticketleap.com/eves-wheel/ They are also available at the venue 30 minutes prior to the event. Inquiries about tickets can also be sent to: muddyfeet.performance@gmail.com

Part performance art and part installation, this production transports the viewer to a new space and time, carried by narrative elements and sound, the movements of the performers, a mechanical tree, a painted landscape and enigmatic animal masks.

Trauma and magical transformations occur in the garden connecting the archetype of the seductress to the landscape and the collective animal impulses that dwell within all human beings.

Quote from Tracy Teran, writer, producer and performer, “We’re all a little bit Eve. This production proposes a new, contemporary structure inspired by the biblical story of Genesis. For who can’t relate to the complex burden of carrying around a dark secret from the past? Perhaps we embrace the roles of temptress, victim and vessel or reject the narrative completely–or oscillate through the levels of her character throughout the day depending on the context. Some of the most iconic images of the Western art canon are portraits of the fallen, broken Eve coupled with the redemptive, pure Mary. I revisited her fractured identity through the lens of magical realism in an effort to pry open gendered expectations and address the themes of female desire, physical impulses, rejection and redemption.

The performance incorporates anthropomorphic masks, costumes, choreography and a set crafted by hand to provide the viewer with a beautiful escape to reimagine how the past informs the present. It is an all-female, collaborative production featuring: Yanavey McCloskey as Eve, Tracy Teran as Coyote, and Adrianna Sorondo as the narrator. Elena Rezai coordinated the choreography, Julia Woli Scott created the painted background, and Emily Schellenberg designed the costumes. Tracy Teran created the sculptural masks and designed the mechanical tree.”

For more information about “Eve’s Wheel” and Teran visit https://www.instagram.com/tracycharlotte/

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: “Eve’s Wheel,” Art performance at the 2019 Rogue Festival.

WHO: Tracy Teran and Muddy Feet Productions.

WHERE: Fresno Art Council, 1245 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728 (559) 237-9734

WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 2, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. More performances to be announced.

PRICE: $6. Advance purchase at http://muddy-feet-production.ticketleap.com/eves-wheel/ or by sending an email to muddyfeet.performance@gmail.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue on the day of the event 30 minutes before the performance.


MEL MOSELEY’S one-woman show, SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL!
is coming to the Rogue Festival

Written and performed by Mel Moseley
Fri, March 1 5:30pm
Sat, March 2 8pm
Sun, March 3 8pm
Fri, March 8 7pm
Sat, March 9 3:30pm
FRESNO, CA (17 January, 2018) – Solo-performer, musician, and storyteller Mel Moseley brings her most recent solo performance piece, SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL!, to the Rogue Festival. A funny and poignant musical journey from monogamy to solo-polyamory, SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL! plays at the Vista Theatre, 1296 NW Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA 93728. For tickets ($10), visit http://roguefestival.ticketleap.com and search for Sexology.
SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL! explores the ins-and-outs of monogamy, ethical non-monogamy, and polyamory through personal storytelling and music. If you’ve ever wondered how alternative relationships work, this is the show for you! From monogamy to swinging to polyamory to relationship anarchy, Mel has been there. Join Mel on her journey as she questions – what if we all did what works best for us and weren’t afraid to be honest about it? The world might be a safer and more loving place.
Mel says: “When I was young, I thought you were supposed to find your one true love and ride off into the sunset together – I didn’t know there was any other option. Before I even knew the term monogamy, that idea was burned into my brain. Growing up in suburbia in the 70s and 80s, it was all about getting your man. At the same time, all of my fantasies as a teen were about women. Then I discovered there’s a huge world out there of possible relationship structures. Men, women, dyads, triads, and more. In fact, you can create your own structure and do it ethically and transparently! And so, off I went exploring.”
Praised by critics and audiences for its performances at the 2018 Come Inside Festival and Sex Positive Portland in Portland, OR, SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL! launches its 2019 spring/summer tour with the Rogue Festival.
Mel Moseley received her Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. She toured nationally with Brainwaves Improv Comedy Group and Rattlebrain Theatre. She has appeared in Mortified in Portland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Chicago singing songs she wrote between the ages of 14-19 about the boys that broke her heart. Her storytelling credits include Mystery Box, 7 Deadly Sins, Urban Tellers and the Moth StorySLAM in Portland.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS
WHAT: Mel Moseley presents SEXOLOGY: THE MUSICAL! at the Rogue Fringe. Follow Mel as she explores her journey from monogamy to non-monogamy to solo-polyamory in this one-woman musical. Mel says: “Who knew you could have the most connected relationships and the best sex of your life starting in middle age? I now do! And you can too. You can even start earlier! Why not? I wish I had!”
WHEN: Fri, March 1 5:30pm
Sat, March 2 8pm
Sun, March 3 8pm
Fri, March 8 7pm
Sat, March 9 3:30pm

WHERE: Vista Theatre, 1296 NW Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
TICKETS: $10 For tickets, visit http://roguefestival.ticketleap.com and search for Sexology.
PHOTOS: Downloadable photos are available here https://www.melaniemoseley.com/media/


Point blank Love is inspired from an actual investigation by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The drama is abut the power of love, cultural differences, and a .45 caliber handgun. Detectives Castro and Van Meter investigate a love story gone awry and rediscover that there is redemption in love. Written by Retired Fresno County Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Cervantes.
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Miss Fitts: Like Willy Wonka’s Surreal Seamstress Sister

FRESNO, CA—Were they typecast for their roles? Maybe. Are they the perfect match? Absolutely. These two actors have landed the perfect roles in the perfect show, because they wrote it themselves–and it’s a hit! Their January debut won them Best of Fringe, Best for All Audiences and Sold Out. You may also remember Figmentally from their Sold Out Shows in 2017 and 2018. Fresno can’t get enough of these playful physical comedians. They are proud to present 5 performances (showtimes below) of their brand new sparkling off-beat circus comedy, Miss Fitts, on the Cal ARTS Severence Stage. Running March 1-9, 2019, Miss Fitts will be part of the Rogue Festival. For more information, the public may visit www.figmentally.com.

Hailed as “gut-bustingly funny” by the Georgia Straight, the internationally award-winning duo (Drea Lusion and Eric Parthum) just returned from the 2018 Acrobatic Golden Jubilee Comedy Festival in Kaifeng, China, for which the Chinese National Acrobatic Association selected their infamous and lovable living chair act. Amidst an international cast of Chinese, French, Australian and Belgian clowns, Figmentally reached across a language barrier to make Chinese audiences laugh. “We grew a lot in China. We had to dig deeper and let go of our expectations of what worked in the West. We had to get down to the bottom of what makes humans laugh. We broke rules, and constantly tried to surprise each other and ourselves.” said Drea Lusion of the experience.

After China, they knew it was time to breathe life into new material. Behind every performance, Figmentally always has “another show brewing, a new character tapping their feet, and new world ready to be born” says Lusion. Thus Miss Fitts was born, a fashionable circus affair, flaunting faux pas. Lusion plays the befuddled Miss Fitts, eccentric seamstress, human pincushion, and daydreaming cabaret diva—while Parthum arrives as Sir Tinnly, a sheepish new client who could alter her whole reality. Both actors have been teaching circus arts to children for more than a decade, and believe that opening children to their inborn gift of creativity and bravery can help save the world.

This is Figmentally’s third full-length show, faithfully following their tradition of off-beat, genre-defying disobedience. They train in clown, mime, puppetry, dance, juggling, acrobatics, and most importantly playfulness. “We created everything you see in this show—from costumes to sound design and promotion” says Parthum. They stress that the show isn’t real until an audience sees it; so catch this Tilt-O-Whirl of fashion, this comedic love child of Willy Wonka and Coco Chanel, before winter pushes it right out of town!

PRESS for FIGMENTALLY

“The audience wasn’t just spellbound; we were kids again, dazzled, delighted, and awed.”

-Georgia Straight

“Figmentally surely ranks as one of the gems of this year’s Fringe, a cheerful melange of dance, mime and physical comedy.”

-Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“Gut-bustingly FUNNY”

-Georgia Straight

“Something about Figmentally feels so traditional and at the same time so fresh and magical. It reaches the child in us all.”

-Robin Wallace

“It’s dance. It’s comedy. It’s theatre. It’s mime. It’s love. It’s pure joy. It’s triumphant. It’s Figmentally!”

-Paul Micsan

“A figment of your imagination you will want to play over and over again”

-Marc Gonzalez, Road to 1000

“Amazing and refreshing, they keep the audience engaged and enthralled with their comedic shenanigans”

-Indie Voice Blog

“The result is a thoroughly entertaining jog through the meandering pathways of creation where limbs intertwine in impossible contortions and breathtaking optical illusions spring from the perfectly coordinated body parts of the two separate yet indivisible actors with their deftly manipulated objects.”

-Ian C. Nelson
ABOUT FIGMENTALLY

Drea Lusion and Eric Parthum, from Oakland (CA) and the Lookout Arts Quarry (WA), are two touring artists who uniquely blend new and old world vaudevillian antics with theater—building a new universe of laughter and magic for their audiences—using circus, dance, improv comedy and physical theatre that entices audience participation and incites wonder.
SHOWTIMES

Friday 3/1: 7:00pm

Saturday 3/2: 3:30pm

Sunday 3/3: 2:00pm

Wednesday 3/6: 6:00pm

Saturday 3/9: 9:30pm
VENUE

Cal Arts Academy – Severence Theater, 1401 N. Wishon Ave. Fresno, CA
TICKETS

$14 https://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/miss-fitts/dates

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Not Your Typical Love Story

Award-winning multicultural comedian and storyteller Malcolm Grissom brings his show “Stop Having Zombie Sex” to the Rogue Festival. “Stop Having Zombie Sex” is a comedic sex-positive love story that explores the common denominators between sex, intimacy, addiction/compulsion, and zombies.

Are zombies real? Definitely. Not the ones we see portrayed in the media. But they are real. In fact, anyone can be a zombie. There are different variations of zombies. Not all zombies are monsters. Zombies range from horrifying, thoughtless predators who only seek gratification to Jane Doe who mindlessly drives to work and follows the exact routine daily.

In the story of his compulsion and introduction to the world of addiction, Grissom meets the monster within. Can he learn how to control it or will it control him?

For Calendar listings:

What: “Stop Having Zombie Sex” Written and performed by Malcolm Grissom

When: FRI MAR 1 5:30 PM
SAT MAR 2 4:15 PM
FRI MAR 8 7:15 PM
SAT MAR 9 1:45 PM

Where: Fulton Street Art
1118 North Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93728

Tickets: $7

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