And here they are…
TheTVolution 2017 Hollywood Fringe Awards…
The ones that truly matter….
BEST OF THE FRINGE
The stunning performance by Andrew Perez as the actor Klaus Kinski was beyond riveting, and director Eric Johnson rode the tail of the dragon shaping this into the most mind-blowing show of this Fringe. Adele Cabot’s voiceover work aided significantly to this staggering examination of the line between genius and madness.
BEST SOLO SHOW (FEMALE)
A young woman faces the fatal seductiveness of fame, clinging to the top of the Hollywood Sign. Written and performed with stunning, emotional honesty by Joanne Hartstone, directed by Vince Fusco.
BEST SOLO SHOW (MALE)
Alfie Ordinary is beguiling in the most thoroughly entertaining show of the 2017 Fringe.
Chris Bramante, Miles Crosman, Molly Dworsky, Sam Johnides, Branson NeJame, Kat Primeau and David Reynolds boldly go where no man has gone before. And they go there singing and dancing. A grand romp of intergalactic rivalries and good ol’ human frailties.
Writer/director Richard Lucas’ clever utilization of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot to mock the absurdity of star status in our society by transposing Beckett’s two tramps into Bono and David Evans of the rock band U2. Performed to prickly perfection by Lucas, Curt Collier, Jeff Blumberg and Bruno Oliver.
Lynda Radley’s intense and uncompromisingly bold play applies the contrivances of classical Greek theatre to address the very modern tragedy of sexual violence on today’s campuses. Cathy Thomas-Grant in association with Rogue Machine created a stunning staging as a young woman who defies accepting the role of a victim’s fate, which society would seek to force on her. With Chris Bozzini, William Craig, Addyson E. L. Culpepper, Dakota Dickerson, Mallory Erwin, Jacquelyn Ferguson, Alexandria Garrett, Parker Johnson, Buddy Kennedy, Brittany King, Caroline Pitts and Brandon Ruiz.
James Cougar Canfield portrays Henry VIII, in his play about England’s most oft-married king finding himself in death’s limbo, facing the verdict of the six women who were his queens. Director Mitchell Glass establishes the pathways of the ladies Henry wooed, wed, loved, discarded and condemned as they flowed in orbit about him. A stellar cast in Canfield (Henry), Hilary Kelman (Catherine of Aragon), Wendy K. Skuse (Anne Boleyn), Laryssa Schoeck (Jane Seymour), Jennifer Haining (Anne of Cleves), Elli Stovall Brown (Catherine Howard) and Claiborne Tomlinson (Katherine Parr).
THE ESSENCE OF FRINGE AWARD
Director/adapter Ezra Buzzington invites his audiences to experience a riotous rollercoaster ride down the rabbithole of the mind of Andy Warhol. A dazzling, cerebral delight featuring
Kara Emry as Warhol and Krista Conti and Will McMichael as “Beauty #1” and “Beauty #2.”
Awards aside, there are still far more individuals whose talents deserve some Note of Distinction this year, and we, at TheTVolution wish the privilege of acknowledging them:
Our highest respect to the following actors:
Stephen Spiegel of An Evening With John Wilkes Booth
Panos Vlahos of Mistero Buffo
Marc Peter Reyna of Mungo!
Junesoo Ham of The King’s Language
Nicholas Daly Clark of Nights at the Algonquin Round Table
Steve Scott of Secret Honor, The Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon
Arturo Lopez of The Fabulous Fables of Aesop
Our highest respect to the following actresses:
Damla Coskun of Chimpskin
Kate Ponzio of Save Me a Spot
Maria McCann of Just Like Life
Nikki Muller of Definition of Man
Sacha Elie of Who You Calling A Bitch?
Arianna Veronesi of My Janis
Veronica Wylie of Two M@therf#ck*rs on a Ledge
Kylie Maree of Sparrow
Aimee Levey of Finally, Some Privacy
Our highest respect to the following performers:
Gabe & Mindy Copeland and Laura Rensing of Office Beat
Bill Berry of The Brick: A One Man Musical
Linden Waddell of Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman
Yozmit of Do You: Migration of the Monarchs
Jake Saenz of Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical
Luke Adams of Comic-Con The Musical
Brian Wallace, John Kinsherf, Brittany Blouch and Diane Dwyer of Kinsherf’s Coat
Riccardo Berdini of Incantesimo
Our highest respect to the following writers:
Amanda Noriko Newman of Stringmates
Brooke Baumer of October Baby
Lee Wochner of Triptych
Ronn Johnston of Two M@therf#ck*rs on a Ledge
Chris Yejin of The King’s Language
Steve Vlasak of Nights at the Algonquin Round Table
Our highest respect to the following directors:
Mahealani “Mahea Lani” Leofa of Stringmates
Kelly De Sarla of The Brick: A One Man Musical
Janet Miller of Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman
Donovan Glover of Just Like Life
Jessica Gardner of Comic-Con The Musical
Christopher Game of Two M@therf#ck*rs on a Ledge
Dig Wayne of Nights at the Algonquin Round Table
Christopher Johnson of The Faggot King or
The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second
To all who participated in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe a modest reminder:
Success is not gauged by awards or in the opinions of others,
but in the accomplishment of one’s own efforts.
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CONGRATULATIONS, FRINGERS ALL!
Let’s do it again next year!