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WMCT? Local theater notices from Heather Parish,
theater obsessive and executive director at the Rogue Festival.
My apologies for the tardiness of this email, but I've been in the throes of Rogue Festival planning! It's a wonderful, stimulating and joyful celebration of original performance we have here. I hope you can find the time to attend a few shows on Friday or Saturday.  There are lots to choose from (see my recommendations below), the shows are only 45 minutes to an hour long, and most cost $10 or less! Reply to this email if you have any questions!
-Heather
Heather's Rogue Recommendations -
Click the links to get showtimes and ticket info!

Browse all the shows in order of performance here!

First off, I'd like to recommend a particular show precisely because the review at the Fresno Beehive was way off the mark. So much so, that I wrote my own rebuttal to it on my blog. Theater blogger Marc Gonzalez agrees with me, too. 

DADDY ISSUES by Peter Aguero
 Aguero is a New York storyteller and the co-host of the Moth Radio Hour, his storytelling chops are significant and his stage presence stellar. You don't need anything more than that to receive his sympathetic story about his relationship with his father. Spellbinding, in my opinion. 


QUERY THE CRONE by Donna Kay Yarborough
 
Donna's Rogue credentials are rooted in her satirical shows like "The Famous Haydell Sisters" or "SHEnatra". But in "Query" she brings a heartfelt character deeply rooted in our culture's desire for the mystical and folksy. A combination of interactive theatre (of the gentle sort), storytelling, and balladeering, Donna's got something special started here.  This show is being workshopped at Rogue for the first time, and it is an early evening offering for only $5. 

MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT by Concrete Drops (Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle)
Love and loss, memory and mystery intertwine when a beautiful woman and a secretive man enact scenes from a relationship in the private theater of a midnight hotel room.

A touch of "Venus in Fur" in this original two-hander play. 






And of course, you know I'm going to recommend Fresno's favorite villain:

HOW TO START YOUR OWN RELIGIOUS CULT FOR FUN AND PROFIT - Jaguar Bennett

Jaguar presents his long-form stand-up satire on the Veni Vidi Vici patio for only $5.  This time he has religious hypocrisy in his sights, so be preparedif you're sensitive, but definitely show up ready for some laughs! He crosses some lines, though, so you might want to have a cocktail at the bar in advance!

Fresno Bee Review



There are a ton of other shows for you to check it, if these don't float your boat!

ROGUE PROGRAM: You can grab a hard copy of a program when you arrive in the Tower District or "flip" through the PDF version online in advance. 

Hope to see you in the Tower District this weekend!

Tickets to shows are $5, $10, or $12 and 100% goes to the artists.  Rogue Wristband Cover Charge is a one-time cost of $3 and helps support the Festival.  
For a full list of area theater groups and links to their websites, click to What's My Call Time? Area Theater Listings

You can read more about the local theater scene at these sites:

Fresno Bee.com Performing Arts

Kings River Life:  Local Theatre or Local Live

And don't forget to check the The Fresno Bee's SEVEN section or the Visalia Times-Delta's CHOICES section every Friday for area arts listings, news, and reviews. 

I am sorry that I cannot include a comprehensive list of theatrical events in each newsletter, but feel free to send me any announcements of upcoming shows you may know of. heather@newensemble.com
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