THE SORIEE, THE MILLER’S TALE, YOU ARE HAPPY
PortFringe is a annual unjuried annual theater festival in Portland. This year’s festival will feature over 100 shows over five days in five venues throughout Portland. SPACE is proud to be a host venue again this year. (More information about PortFringe below the show listings). Thursday’s shows are:
The Soriee @ 6:00: The Soirée is a theatrical party hosted by one woman, the witty and grandiose Elizabeth, whose charms slowly come unhinged over an interactive performance of physical comedy, stand-up, and other improvisational surprises. This unconventional comedy is written and performed by Amanda Huotari (director of Celebration Barn Theater) and directed by Avner Eisenberg (Broadway’s Avner the Eccentric). www.AmandaHuotari.com.
The Miller’s Tale @ 8:00: Mediaeval mayhem in rhyming verse ensues in this updated version of Chaucer’s classic. A clever astrologer connives to bed a carpenter’s sexy and savvy young wife, while a conceited cleric squares out the love quadrangle with painfully hilarious results. Think of it as Chaucer meets Blackadder!
You Are Happy @ 10:00: You Are Happy is a sensual, surreal, and sensorial solo performance. Rooted in the physical with an imaginative eye towards the mythical, dancer Eliza Larson draws the world of Homer’s Sirens anew in this interdisciplinary solo. Imbued with memories, physical residue, and the essence of emotion, the performance moves between dance and performance art, abstract and literal film imagery, and includes movement, image, text, sound, and a very, very large dress. www.mountainempiredance.com
More about PortFringe in their own words:
We are PortFringe! We support new, edgy, and experimental theater in our city of Portland. We celebrate the imaginative and the weird. We seek to eliminate financial and logistical barriers so that artists can focus on their work (and maybe even make money doing so). We celebrate and contribute to Maine’s vibrant performance art community. We do this out of love and passion – for theater, for creativity, for cardboard props, and packed houses. Plus, it’s super fun.
The mission of PortFringe is to support theater and performance artists, to encourage experimentation and innovation, and to provide an accessible, affordable outlet for exciting work that enriches our creative community.