Fringe Festival 2020 – A Festival-in-Place

About The Fringe

The Fringe, which in various forms has been around for more than 25 years, exists to produce plays being written by the dynamic community of SFSU student playwrights. Through a project oriented and hands-on experience it aims to educate students in the phase of playwriting which takes a play on the journey from the page to the stage—or in this year’s version to video recordings via Zoom. Working in production teams, with student playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, actors, and managers under faculty supervision the Fringe exposes all students involved to the nature of the theatrical experience when the writer is actually part of the process. For the writers themselves it is an opportunity to learn to revise, polish, and finish a piece in the heat of rehearsal and performance.

Throughout its existence the Fringe has been an opportunity for the diverse and multi-cultural voices of SFSU students. It has produced many plays by Asian-American, Latinx, and African-American writers, as well as many LGBTQ writers, delving deeply and entertainingly into the many aspects of culture represented in the State Theatre Arts and Creative Writing programs. Among the writers whose work it produced while they were studying playwrighting at State are a number who are nationally and regionally prominent, including Marcus Gardley, Peter Nachtrieb, Claire Rice, Chris Chen, Evelyn Pine, Terry Boero, Conrad Panganiban, Rachel Bublitz, Ai Ebashi, Nicole Jost, and many more.

2020 Fringe Live Virtual Screenings

"Santa" & "How Many More" Premiere Live Screening and Playwright Talk Back

May 18, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Get Tickets to "Santa" & "How Many More"

2020 Fringe Online

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Roy Conboy

Three friends learn the person responsible for organizing the bombing that killed their friend is set to be released in a prisoner exchange.

Cast

Ariel: Kassandra Eastep
Ben: Tehan Davis
Carla: Babe Smart Truco

A Note about Marla

"Marla" is based on the circumstances surrounding the death of Marla Bennett, a twenty-four-year-old graduate student who died in the Hebrew University bombing on July 31, 2002. Marla, who grew up in San Diego, Calif., was a close friend of the playwright, though she was ten years older. In this work, Ali has imagined how her contemporaries would have reacted to this news, and her death--conversations Ali was too young to be included in at the time. Much of this play is real, and true, including quotes from a letter Marla sent to her parents before the bombing as well as accounts of the funeral, which Ali attended, and information on her death, pulled from legal documents and articles.

Directed by Janine Sternlieb

An actress converses with other characters, herself, and the audience in three scenes. Betrayal, lust, and English and French accents

Cast

Marjory: Eriette Atanante
Ella: Maddie Muzio
Man: Michel de Brébisson

Directed by Janine Sternlieb

He’s just a couple of days late on his bill payment. And he was just about to pay. Really.

Cast

Jon: Bau Tran
PG&E: Bailey Cory

Directed by Terry Boero

They say that marriage is the start of a new life, but what if you ditched your wedding, better yet what if your fiancé also bailed too? Wouldn't that be something?

Cast

Groom: Alejandro Navarro
Bride: Natasha Casino

Directed by Terry Boero

The Amazon is on fire, and a Jaguar urges us to flee, while a native of the rainforest waits to be consumed.

Cast

Jaguar: Brianna Torres
Silva: Natasha Casino

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Roy Conboy

Elves get numbers, but the Santa and Mrs. Claus gave Jean Pierre a name and a warm room in their home. So why would he leave? And now why would he return?

Cast

Santa: Tehan Davis
Claudia (Mrs. Claus): Grace Romeu
Jean Pierre / Tooth Fairy: Jacob Girouard

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Steve Bologna

As a physical altercation breaks out between a group of friends, each of them gives us a wildly different perspective on violence, their relationships to one another, and themselves.

Cast

Eric: Zoram Mercado
Chris: Michael Harris
Katie: Erietta Atanante

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Felix Bishop

Partners in crime are driven to prison by partner cops. After all the time they’ve spent together you’d think they’d know each other.

Cast

Alvin: Bau Tran
Geoff: Michael Harris
Guard 1: Clara Fulks
Guard 2: Michel de Brébison

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Felix Bishop

Three students stay after school to supervise their male classmates who are supposed to be serving a detention sentence. As the boys undermine their authority and berate them with insults, a fire is lit within the girls to take this mistreatment no longer. A political drama inspired by the Kavanaugh hearings and the #MeToo movement.

Cast

Boy 1: Jacob Girouard
Boy 2: Zoram Mercado
Boy 3: Alejandro Navarro
Girl 1: K’zhane McGill
Girl 2: Jerrika Gamboa
Girl 3: Babe Smart Truco

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Anais Leno

In three monologues, a high school student, a college student, and a high school principal process different elements of a mass shooting.

Cast

College Student: Raziel Ruiz
High School Student: Grace Romeu
Principal: Natasha Casino

Fringe Festival Coming Soon

Directed by Roy Conboy

Inside the mind of a BART train operator descending into the Transbay Tube, haunted by dreams of earthquakes?

Cast

Art (BART Engineer): Javier Padilla