The 2020-2021 FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL
JULY-AUGUST 2020 – The Monologues Project. Developing LGBTQ monologues for Filmed Presentation. Applications NOW OPEN. <DETAILS>
October 11, 2020 – The annual LGBT Slam Poetry event & contest. Always a lively contribution to National Coming Out day. And with cash prizes!
T.B.A. Coming Soon
- SHORTS – the annual short-play contest
- Commissioned Radio Plays
- A Graphics Cavalcade: working title: Socially Distanced? – Minority Artists Respond!
PAST EVENTS :
JUNE 2020 – The Developmental Reading Series. One of the most important parts of the Fresh Fruit mission. Three LGBT plays in the early stages of development presented in “Town Hall” style, online, with audience Q & A. First 3 Sundays in June. <DETAILS>
November 18, 2019 – The FRUITIE AWARDS! The best of the July 2019 Festival, plus community leaders, honored at a gala celebration at Bowery Arts & Science. Reception 6:30 pm. Show starts 7:00 pm.
May 17 to 31, 2019 – “OutWright” the Fresh Fruit Developmental Reading Series. New LGBT works in readings with audience feedback sessions. At Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St. FREE. <INFORMATION>
Monday, May 6th, 2019 – The annual Festival Awards Show. The best of the 2018 Festival plus community leaders, honored in a gala celebration at Bowery Arts & Science. <INFORMATION>
October 11, 2018 – National Coming Out Day, Queer Poetry SLAM and contest – Compete for $175 in prizes while celebrating at the historic Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd St, hosted by our own ‘Cookie’ Pemberton! 7pm – 8:30 pm.
August 22 / 26, 2018 – Fresh Fruit at The Queer Film Festival!
Don Scimé’s heartwarming film The David Dance is fast becoming an American legend. ALSO, a Fresh Fruit Festival debut play returns as a unique short film – Gary Jaffe’s SUNSET. AND, a First Public Staged Reading of a new screenplay by Johnny B. Dunn, FREE RANGE. > See More <
July 9-22, 2018 – The MAIN-STAGE Fresh Fruit Festival for 2018– New Musicals, original Cabaret work, and the best, most diverse sampling of new LGBT (and very Q) Theatre. In residence, at The Wild Project. > See More <
June 10, 2018 – OUTWORDS – Our 3rd Poetry Invitational of local LGBT published poets. New York Comedy Club, Sunday June 10. Something Old, Something New, Something . . . Blue? Could be. FREE > See More <
June 6 & 13, 2018 – The SHORT PLAY CONTEST! Short, really short, plays on LGBTQ themes fill 2 evenings to compete for prizes and a slot in our MainStage Festival. At Nuyorican Poets Cafe. $10 > See More <
May 14, 2018 – The FRUITIE AWARDS! The best of the 2017 Festival plus community leaders, honored at a gala celebration at Bowery Arts & Science. Special Guest Honoree- Lisa Kron.
March 22 – April 4, 2018 –“Out-Wright” the Fresh Fruit Developmental Reading Series. New LGBT works in readings with audience feedback sessions. In the Penthouse at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St.
MARCH 22: Virgo by Éamon Boylan
Virgo explores the binaries of queer intimacy, as one trans artist struggles to overcome their fear of penetration. What does it mean to give yourself or receive another? Reconciling childhood nostalgia, the music of John Adams, and astrology, this play asks audiences to generously listen, to receptively remember.
MARCH 29: The Cantor’s Tale by Fengar Gael
The repression of latent sexual desires drives a priest to wreak havoc in the lives of a renegade seminarian and his fiancee.
APRIL 4: Who’s There? by Owen Panettieri
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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Our “HOME-BASE” for the Main-stage portions of the Fresh Fruit Festival, The Wild Project, is hosting their East Village Queer Film Festival in a unique partnership right now. Visit them to find out more. You might even get to watch two of our own past HD film entries in this retrospective.