Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mama Juggs

Venue: Dream Theatre
556 W. 18th St., Chicago IL 60616

Showtimes (click to purchase):

Thursday September 01, 2011 7:00 PM

Sunday September 04, 2011 2:30 PM

Monday September 05, 2011 10:00 PM

Friday September 09, 2011 8:30 PM

Saturday September 10, 2011 5:30 PM


Let’s talk titty milk. Come conversate with grandma Suga Babe’s family as they chat unapologetically about bra stuffing, breast cancer, and breast feeding in their East Oakland housing projects living room. It’s a trip to grandma's house you will never forget! Bring your friends to this comedic one-woman show.

Princess Dragon Productions (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

‘RIE SHONTEL is the writer, director, and solo performer in the Mama Juggs show in addition to a mixed-media artist, and a multi-award winning national journalist. An East Oakland native, Anita earned her B.A. in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. A producer for North Carolina Public Radio’s nationally-syndicated show, The Story, Anita has received as number of awards: Harry Chapin Radio Media Award, several National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards, and an Emmy with CNN.Princess Dragon Productions is an independent company that produces transformative shows and workshops to support self-empowerment.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to Donate to Chicago Fringe

Replace your debt ceiling with a skylight, then recline under it and feel the warm sun on your face until it is night and you open your eyes and now you’re looking at the moon and you’re not even in your apartment anymore, you’re in a car traveling on a smooth and winding road, past signs pointing you to Kansas City and Indianapolis, Edinburgh and Adelaide and Wilmington and Minneapolis, and you find the turnoff for Chicago and hoist up your sail, because this car doesn’t need expensive gas, the Windy City breeze will carry you all the way to Pilsen, and you put away your change because this isn’t a tollway, it’s the open road, and it’s taking you to a theatrical free-for-all, it’s up there ahead where the sun is rising, getting brighter and brighter and brighter, until it blots out your windshield that isn’t your windshield any more, it’s your computer screen. And there’s a link on it:

The Utopia of Fringe is real and it’s close but we need help so we can all get there together! Please donate. Even a little bit can make a big difference.

Friday, July 15, 2011

September 11 Thread Project

This year, the Chicago Fringe Festival will conclude on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

To mark this milestone, we are organizing a commemorative event in partnership with HumanThread, a Pilsen-based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of peace and justice through education, art and culture.

We invite all friends of Fringe to add to this event in a special way by contributing to the creation of One Common Thread for Peace. Cut a 12-inch strip of ribbon, fabric or some other knot-able material, write a message of hope on it or simply sign your name, and drop off or send the "thread" to the HumanThread Center:

Human Thread Center

645 W. 18th Street

Chicago, IL 60616

These individual “threads” will be tied together and transformed into a work of art symbolizing our collective hopes for a more unified and peaceful world. The artwork will be unveiled as part of the 9/11 commemorative event scheduled to take place at the Fountainhead Lofts Art Building in East Pilsen on the last day of the Festival.

**Please share this message and spread the word about the special thread collection project. We hope to see you all at the Fountainhead.**

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Chicago Fringe Poster Design Unveiled!

When the Lake Michigan tide was highest, we set off in a rickety boat, our design contest submissions in hand. After hours of rowing, we threw overboard an offering of Chicago dogs, deep dish pizza, Tamale Guy tamales, Italian beef and Goose Island beer, drawing the oracle of ChiFringe to the surface, where in its infinite wisdom it chose our winner.

Okay, not really, but that would have been easier than making the decision ourselves. We received an abundance of amazing designs from around the world that had us reeling with awe and delight. The diversity of designs was a real manifestation of Fringe spirit.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. And congratulations to our winner, Alex Cruz, and runners-up Jonathan Blackburn, Simon Hatter, Clare Rosean and Ching Yu Wong. Check out the runner-up designs and a short bio of our winner on the website!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Oahu Fringe opens applications for submissions

A brand new fringe has opened its submission process... Hawaii anyone?

Following the rave success of the Fringe Bites event series last September 2010 & January 2011, organizers of the Oahu Fringe are proud to announce the first ever Oahu Fringe Festival. This Festival is set to take place in various venues around Chinatown between the dates of November 10th, 11th & the 12th of 2011.

The registration opens to the public on Friday July 1st and closes on August 19th .

All performers are welcome to apply, regardless of their professional or amateur status. First come first serve. No restrictions are made as to the nature, style or theme of the performance. The result is an action packed three days of zany, weird, dramatic, poetic, musical, comedic and toe-tapping fantastical shows all over Chinatown.

The first annual Oahu Fringe Festival (OFF) will launch in November 2011. For registration links and more information see