Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents Eclectic, Contemporary 2003 Fall Fringe Festival

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(Boston, Mass.)—The seventh annual Fall Fringe Festival presented by the Boston University School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre Arts begins on Friday, October 10 and continues through Sunday, October 26.

A celebration of unconventional repertory, the Fringe Festival brings together artists and audiences for an up-close and personal experience in the 100-seat Studio 210 in the Boston University Theatre. This year, for the first time in Fringe Festival history, the Opera Institute collaborates with the School of Theatre Arts to present workshop performances of Peter Weiss’s landmark full-length play Marat/Sade, Peter Brook’s acclaimed adaptation of Bizet’s beloved Carmen, titled La Tragedie de Carmen, and a revival of The Seven Deadly Sins, the contemporary classic by Kurt Weill.

The Fringe Festival began in 1997 with the goal of cultivating a broader audience for opera. By presenting one-act operas with minimal sets and costumes, bringing artists and audience members together in a small performance space, and setting ticket prices at just $5, the Fringe Festival audience has grown steadily, resulting in sold-out audiences the past two years. This year, the concept is further expanded with the inclusion of a full-length play presented by the School of Theatre Arts, and the change to a repertory performance schedule, which offers performances of the three featured productions on all three weekends of the festival.

Marat/Sade is set in the Asylum of Charenton, where the incarcerated Marquis de Sade is directing a play in which the lunatic players recreate the infamous murder of Jean-Paul Marat. This modern theatre masterwork is turbulent with raw physicality, music, rhetoric and poetry. In The Seven Deadly Sins, widely considered among Weill’s masterpieces, two immigrant sisters embark on a seven-year odyssey through seven vice-laden cities, as they try to earn money to build a family home in Louisiana. And in La Tragedie de Carmen, the popular tale of a doomed romance between a sensuous gypsy and a Spanish army officer is told in a powerful one-act adaptation, and performed in French.

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Theatre and ticket information

The Boston University Theatre, Studio 210 is located at 264 Huntington Avenue. Tickets for the Fringe Festival are $5 for the general public and free to students with ID. Further information and tickets are available through the BU Theatre Box Office at 617-266-0800.

The Boston University School of Music Opera Institute is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. The program is now led by Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels and a team of colleagues: Music Director and Conductor William Lumpkin, Artistic Advisor Phyllis Curtin, Principal Coach Allison Voth, Coach Jeffrey Stevens, and distinguished members of voice and theatre arts faculty, guest artists and staff.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1950, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the entertainment industry. Notable School of Theatre Arts alumni include actors such as Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis and Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore; Emmy-winners Michael Chiklis and Alfre Woodard; multiple Emmy-nominee Jason Alexander; and Brad Oscar, currently starring in the national tour of The Producers. Other notable alumni are Broadway producer Stewart Lane; Andrew Lack, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music; public television producer and creator of This Old House, Russell Morash; and production designer Wynn Thomas, whose credits include A Beautiful Mind, and Analyze This.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. For further information, please visit