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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! The Rogue Festival website is currently under construction but will hopefully be up and running soon!

2018 Muse Reveal and Rogue Hangout
Tuesday, January 30 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen
1279 N Wishon Ave, Fresno, California 93728

We have a new Muse! We hope the community of Rogues will come and take a look, greet the artist, hang out, and have a few beers in the name of camaraderie and Rogue friendship. It’s one month to the launch of Rogue Festival – let’s reconnect!

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30th.
Goldstein’s Mortuary and Delicatessen on Wishon in the Tower District.

Under-21s are allowed at Goldstein’s, just not seated at the bar. It’s Rogue Festival, though. We make no guarantees that your kid won’t be corrupted.

And the standard boilerplate for your edification:

Each year a work of art is selected by Rogue organizers to be the Muse, or the “face of the festival”. For Rogue Festival, The Muse is the first piece of the puzzle that helps shape the inspiration and message of the Festival that showcases local talent and hosts performers from all over the world.

Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance festival held in Fresno’s Historic Tower District bringing fearless performances to fearless audiences. The Rogue Festival runs for two weekends from March 2nd through March 11th in eight venues throughout the Tower District.

Born in 2013 as Kid Rogue, (an extension of the Rogue Festival) this event has grown up and grown out to be a stand-alone festival! The Renegade is the first of its kind in the Central Valley…a fringe festival dedicated solely to spotlighting student work! Shine! Theatre has created this performance platform to allow local Student Artists the opportunity to present work that is meaningful and important to them. Participants include musicians, spoken word artists, choirs, actors, improv troupes, magicians and stand-up comedians!

Reservations are still being accepted for Student Artists but a limited number of performance slots are available. Performance slots (1 hour with a 15-minute load in and strike) are $85/single; $150/two and $200/three (plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee). Groups may reserve a max of three performance slots. Each performing group receives 100 percent of their box office receipts!

Emerging Artist Slots available! These are ten-minute slots for solo artist or duos who are still developing material and growing as artists. These special slots are only $25 each (plus a $15 non-refundable registration fee.)

Registration closes on Feb. 9, 2018. Educators and Student Artists should contact Shine! Theatre at 559.549.4741 for more info or go to www.shinetheatre.com.




When Toni Weingarten graduated from Fresno State in 1977 with a BA in Fine Art, she went to Hollywood searching for wider creative horizons. This followed a type of acclaim in Fresno as an artist.

As a member of Joyce Aiken’s Feminist Art Class – and a member of Gallery 25 – Toni’s class project was on display in the entrance to the college library. Only it was shut down after two days due to a bomb threat: someone found her work offensive.

And so begins Toni’s one-woman show BABE IN THE HOLLY WOOD, in the 2018 Rogue Festival. Yes, you’ll find out at the start of her show just what her art project was about.

At Fresno State Toni also made use of the TV studio to create a video art piece and decided she’d like to work more in this medium: thus, Hollywood. And Hollywood did welcome her – she got hired! Only she didn’t necessarily know what to make of some of the work her jobs required.

How would you expect to be paid for getting the girlfriend of a rock star a pack of cigarettes?

What do you do when your boss asks you to review a script you don’t like written by a Nobel Prize winner?

How do you park at a party hosted by a major Hollywood producer?

Toni finds she’s not as sophisticated as she thought when she navigates the tangled thicket of Hollywood. Come see her show and follow her as she discovers that real life Tinsel Town is not what she’d expected and that being naïve can be refreshing when those around you are not.

Toni worked on a hit TV show on the Warner Brothers Studio lot, wrote script synopses on the MGM Studios lot and did find a way to park at that snazzy Hollywood producer’s party. Eventually, she wrote and produced segments for an Emmy winning TV magazine show….but that’s another story. Come learn what it’s like behind-the-scenes in Hollywood. Come see BABE IN THE HOLLY WOOD. Adults only – mature subject matter.

WHAT: Toni Weingarten presents BABE IN THE HOLLYWOOD as part of the 2018 Rogue Festival. Experience what its like to live, date and work in Hollywood as a girl fresh from Fresno.

WHEN: Friday March 2nd at 7:15;
Saturday March 3rd at 3pm;
Thursday March 8 at 6pm;
Saturday March 10 at 3pm.

WHERE: Fulton Street Art, 1118 N. Fulton Street, Fresno, CA

TICKETS: $6 and can be purchased online starting February 7 at https://roguefestival.ticketleap.com/ and at the venue 30 minutes prior to the show.


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Multi-faceted Performer Donna Kay Yarborough Returns to Rogue Festival 2018 With A Humorous (and Awkward) Insight Into The World Of Medical Acting

Portland-based performer Donna Kay Yarborough has appeared at Rogue Festival as a burned-out country music superstar, a gender-swapped Frank Sinatra, and a conjure woman from the holler. This time, she’s coming to Fresno as herself. “Standardize This! Tales of a Medical Actor”, a 45 minute mixture of stand-up, storytelling, and soap-boxing, will be premiering at the 2018 Rogue Festival in Fresno, CA.

“Quite frankly, the whole idea was sparked by a desire to not have to haul around a whole mess of costumes and equipment. I loved the idea of just me and the microphone, making an honest connection with the audience. Plus, folks just like to hear about people’s jobs.”

Yarborough works as a Standardized Patient (a.k.a. Medical Actor). When she mentions this to people, she is often met with the response, “I’ve never heard of that before.”

“That’s one of the reasons I thought I’d dive in to this topic,” says Yarborough. “Not only is the work fascinating, it can be very moving and accidentally hilarious.”

In simplest terms, Yarborough spends her work days pretending to be a patient for medical students. The content of the interactions are nuanced and varied, and Yarborough believes she has been uniquely prepared for this line of work by her decades-long experience in comedic improvisation, character development, and teaching–that, and her real-time spent in the doctor’s’ office.

“I have had more than my fair share of fascinating illnesses,” she says. “It’s led me to have some very strong opinions on doctor-patient relations.”

And while she does hope to spark some reflection on America’s current struggles with health care, her main goal is to entertain with accounts of what it’s like to deal with nervous, young medical professionals nervously interacting with unfamiliar people for the first time. The retellings are often absurd and, occasionally, cringe-worthy. Yarborough quips, “Sometimes they go ‘all-in’, so to speak.” With plenty of frank talk about human bodies, the show can be a bit gruesome and inadvertently raunchy, but Yarborough believes it’s all part of the fun.

“Standardize This! Tales of a Medical Actor”, written and performed by Donna Kay Yarborough, will be presented as part of the Rogue Festival at Vini Vidi Vici (1116 N. Fulton Street, Fresno CA). Showtimes are Saturday March 3rd at 5:30 p.m., Sunday March 4th at 6:45 p.m., Thursday March 8th at 6;00 p.m., and Friday March 9th at 7:15 p.m. Recommended for ages 17 and up (unless you and your kid have already had “the talk”–then, by all means, bring ‘em!) Tickets are $7 (with official Rogue Wristband) and are available at the the door or online at www.RogueFestival.com

You can follow Yarborough’s exploits and opinions at www.facebook.com/DonnaKayYarborough or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnaKaySpeaks

Fresno Dance Collective (NOCO) Presents: Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine

Fresno, California — Fresno Dance Collective presents the premier of their new original, hour-long evening performance, ‘Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine’. This performance will be held at Dianna’s Studio of Dance, March 2nd through the 4th, 2018. Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine is created and directed by Alexandra Tiscareno (Resident Choreographer) and will be danced by 7 Fresno Dance Collective members: Kelsie Barry, Sine Chan-Golston, Aubrey Ludlow, Shelby Plaugher, Jessie Santos, Sahar Shahnematollahi, and Elseana Skowronski.

Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine is an all dance show that was born from the idea that women perceive life and are perceived throughout life, through a variety of different lenses. The show addresses 3 themes: Human Connection | Conformity | Vulnerability, and how these themes pertain to our lives as women. In these angsty political and social times, to express our experiences in a form that is not necessarily verbal, we explore the fine line of what it is like to be a woman in this day and age. The lens through which we see our lives may change from hour to hour, day to day, and sometimes our perceptions and patterns of thought extend throughout long seasons and lifetimes. It is our hope that audiences can experience this dance piece as a refreshing thought experiment and open up dialogue that will bring us together as human beings.

Resident Choreographer Alexandra Tiscareno says, “First and foremost, this show is not a political show. We are not endorsing or supporting any current issues regarding this topic. This show started from an idea of mine about how vastly different situations are perceived from person to person. As I was re-visiting this idea in October, one of my dancers came up to me, expressing her insecurities about dancing again. She was concerned that she was not a proficient enough dancer to be dancing with this particular group of girls again. I was taken aback by her willingness to be vulnerable with me and it sparked a thought. There are many times as choreographers, we tell a dancer what to do and what story to tell, but what would happen if we opened up the floor for them to tell their story. After this I was curious as to who felt the same and who would be willing to be openly vulnerable. I started a dialogue with them, asking them to raise their hands if certain situations applied to them. After this experience, my vision of what the show should be shifted.” The following are written reflections from the Fresno Dance Collective Dancers.

“ I think of delicacy and fragility through someone holding us down, or us trying to hide ourselves. I feel like a struggle within the piece is that we are settling with the uncomfortability that we feel with others and within society. Alongside the idea of ego, I feel like it’s as possible possession; an entire entity being extracted from our bodies (nonhuman, ego, animalistic) – what we are expressing is solely our inner beings whatever that might be –

Keeping in mind our demons, the aspects of what makes us tick, what makes us”crazy”. What’s following us around throughout our lives. This includes a heaviness with our movement, facial expressions, and emotions- what’s holding us down, others or ourselves?…” —Kelsie Barry

“This show is turning out to be a visceral multi-limbed creature, using so many visual means to achieve an end that is a vibrant display & discussion of culture and what it means to be a woman in our world today. Society and culture are in all of us. In this show, we explore these intangible effects through movement. It is about what is dynamic, what is ever changing, it utilizes abstract and concrete meaning, it is about us and our stories but also not about us and our stories, it gives an equal stage for all of our emotional experiences through movement. It’s unapologetic, revealing, and healing, which I think is exactly what all women, all people need to witness. The dancers are all very alive in this work and the texture of its message, and it’s such empowering and uniting thing to be a part of.” — Shelby Plaugher


FRI MAR 2ND, 2018 // 10PM

@ DIANNA’S DANCE (816 N. FULTON, 93728)

SAT MAR 3RD, 2018 // 5PM

@ DIANNA’S DANCE (816 N. FULTON, 93728)

SUN MAR 4TH, 2018 // 8PM

@ DIANNA’S DANCE (816 N. FULTON, 93728)



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