5 Minute Fringe Festival Provides Stage for Artists to Grow

The Reading Theater Project has announce the dates for its fifth annual 5-Minute Fringe Festival: Mirror. The production runs Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8pm, Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 8pm and Sunday, February 23, at 2pm. Performances will be held at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Schumo Theatre, 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn.

All tickets are $15 and group discounts are available. The production is funded by the Celebration of Women in the Arts – Berks County. Reading Theater Project’s focus in the 5-Minute Fringe is on performance and storytelling. This year’s pieces include music, memoir, poetry, short plays, dance, as well as original performances that mix genres.

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Weekly creative labs give performers a chance to share their work and get feedback to develop their new work for performance. Each performance piece runs 5-10 minutes long, and there are 15 pieces, all written or created by local artists:

  • Fadi Acra and Chris Heslop – A Love Finding Its Reflection
  • Alex Hermans – The Right Time
  • Adam Richter – Unboxing Match
  • Chris Paolini – FACETS – Part 2
  • David Nice – This Mortality Jazz: Three poems reflecting a life
  • Emily Hannon – Echo and Narcissus
  • Jane Ney – Seeing and Believing
  • Jayne R. Brown – My Tomboy
  • Jessica Warchal-King and Emily Coppa – Wheels of Light
  • Nancy Lamb – Herstory and Mirror, Mirror
  • Phillip Jeffrey Tietbohl – What the Mirror Sees
  • Sue Lange – Party for Obsolete Words
  • Yocum Institute Scholarship Teen Theater Ensemble directed by Megan Rose

The production will be directed by Vicki Haller Graff, Artistic Director of the Reading Theater
Project, stage managed by Jewell Brown, and assisted by Gabriela Marie and Tim Roche.

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