Thursday November 8, 2012

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Sponsored by Margo Jones Architects, The Double Take Fringe Festival returns to downtown Greenfield, featuring eight different theater pieces in eight different venues on Friday and Saturday.

The eight performances will each be performed twice each of the two nights, so that audience members will be able to see everything over the course of the weekend. All are closely linked, and illuminated balloons, lighted signs and a map will guide people from venue to venue.

Tickets are $10 per night all inclusive or $15 for both nights. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street, on the town Common on the nights of the show, and at www.double-take.org.

The shows include:

* "Terror" on Friday and Saturday at 8:15 and 10 p.m., at The Arts Block, 289 Main St. The August Company will offer "Terror," directed by Steve Angel, Sheila Siragusa, and Liesel de Boor, a sleepover with stories by H.P. Lovecraft.

* "Wrath of Mom" on Friday and Saturday at 6 and 7:30 p.m., at Greenfield Community College, 270 Main St. Kelsey Flynn offers a one-woman show titled "Wrath of Mom," a one-woman comedy with angry bits, sad bits, bits that may come off as bizarre and inappropriate, and hopefully, more truthful bits than not.

* "Crisscross" on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.


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m., and every nine minutes afterward. John Bechtold presents "Crisscross," a theatrical adventure inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s "Strangers on a Train." Using their iPods to listen to a pre-recorded soundscape downloaded prior to the show, audiences will be sent on a journey to secret locations in downtown Greenfield. Along the way, they will become entwined in a film noir plot that casts themselves as the unwitting accomplices to a heinous crime. Orientations begin at Jack Golden’s Studio on 9 Mill St., and then travel. Only eight audience members will go through the show at each viewing. Download the soundtrack at sites.google.com/site/doubletakecrisscross.

* "Unscripted, Uncensored, Unbelievable" on Friday and Saturday at 6 and 7:30 p.m., at Second Congregational Church at 16 Court Square. After receiving inspiration from the audience in the form of suggested words, The Ha-Ha’s create an unscripted play on the spot.

* "A Shot In The Heart By Way Of The Funny Bone" on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., at Hope and Olive, 44 Hope St. John Reese will offer scenes from John Cariani’s "Almost Maine," which features delightful characters -- real people who are honestly dealing with the most difficult thing in life: love and love lost.

* "AL BEE Seeing U" on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., at Greenfield Grille at 30 Federal St. Maureen McElligott offers "AL BEE Seeing U," featuring linked scenes from "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Goat or Who’s Sylvia" and "Three Tall Women" by Edward Albee performed by Mike and Joan Haley, Ann Steinhauser, Tim Holcomb, Sarah Wilson and Maureen McElligott.

* "The Marriage of True Minds" on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., at The Wheelhouse in the basement of ArtsBlock, 289 Main St. Joshua Platt presents "The Marriage of True Minds" in which he interrogates, imagines, suffers and enjoys the bonds of matrimony.

* "SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious" on Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St. Seth Lepore turns the happiness industry on its head to reveal the farcical ideology of the positive thinking movement.

For more information, e-mail doubletakefringe@gmail.com or visit www.double-take.org.