We all need to let go and just let ourselves be entertained once in a while. Here's a chance to do so twice this weekend with these most delicious plays performed by some of Ithaca'a finest talent in support of the next Ithaca Fringe Festival (April 14-16, 2017). Friday night and Saturday night, Oct. 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m. at Lifelong. Refreshments feature local caterer Mary Anne Grady Flores's famous rum cake. Two Nights of Dark Comedies by George Sapio Readings of local playwright’s works will be staged as a fundraiser for the fourth annual Ithaca Fringe Festival The Ithaca Fringe Festival is holding a fun two-evening theatrical fundraiser. Each night Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, talented local actors will present a reading of a play by festival director George Sapio — the second a sequel to the first. Both nights’ offerings will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, an accessible venue. Friday, Oct 21 features Sapio’s very first play, "Headstrong," which he wrote in 1993. It’s the story of one night in the Miller household, where fiction writer Norman can't stop writing short stories laden with eroticism, all inspired by his wife, Mixie. Mixie can't stop wishing him either dead or able to channel his romantic urges away from his writing and into her. Add in a frustrated lover and a surprise visitor with an unexpected package, and the whole evening goes to pieces. Amina Omari directs Katie Spallone, Phil Charles, Helen T. Clark and a special guest actor. Saturday, Oct. 22 brings us "And They Lived Happily Ever After," Sapio’s 2006 sequel to “Headstrong.” It picks up the story of the Millers 25 years later. Young Tybalt has several problems: his mother can't decide if she wants to seduce him or kill him. His father always seems to avoid him. Tybalt can't figure out how to move his relationship with Will beyond the friendship level. Oh, and his Teddy Bear, in whom he confides . . . well, that just has to be seen to be believed. Cast members Abel McSurely-Bradshaw, David Romm, Scott Rougeau, Kristin Sad and AJ Sage are directed by Maura Stephens. The plays are rated PG-13 for raw language, sexual content and off-stage violence.
The fourth Ithaca Fringe Festival will take place April 14-16, 2017 on and around the downtown Ithaca Commons. Many local businesses and organizations partner with the festival, which provides opportunities for emerging playwrights and performance artists from around the country to produce their work, excite new audiences, enrich regional arts offerings, and enhance Ithaca’s reputation as a cultural and tourism destination. The artists receive all proceeds from ticket sales. Purchase tickets for the two-night fundraiser at the door or in advance at brownpapertickets.com<http://brownpapertickets.com>. Learn more www.ithacafringe.com<http://www.ithacafringe.com> or call 607-351-3765. For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please visit: http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/ If you have questions about this list please contact the list manager, Tom Shelley, at t...@cornell.edu.