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A free outdoor original play in modern verse, part of the NYC International Fringe Festival, with music, swordfights & mayhem!
A free outdoor original play in modern verse, part of the NYC International Fringe Festival, with music, swordfights & mayhem!
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A Festival of Fools, an independent non-profit theater company, is producing our 8th full-length play this summer, returning to the place from whence we came - the great outdoors! 

A Game Without a Name, presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, is a completely free show. It will be performed at First Street Green Park on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

Rehearsing in Washington Square Park
Rehearsing in Washington Square Park

Our company's mission has been to provide free and inexpensive theater for local communities, as well as to revive the genre of verse, breathing new life into it with modern language, daring adventure, and sword fighting. This latest play, which is chronologically the first in a trilogy of verse plays, tells the origin story of the Fool. We find him trapped inside the Primordial Zenith, faced with bumbling, swashbuckling clowns, a singing chorus, a mysterious mask, and a cosmic riddle he needs to solve in order to escape. There's lots of physical comedy, rhyming, original music and rubber chicken fights. 

Our company, which is run by Tim Bungeroth and his wife Megan Finnegan, began in 2009 with a free outdoor show in Prospect Park, and we're thrilled to return to our roots with this new work. We're honored to present this play to the public for free, but unfortunately producing a free play is still an expensive proposition, which is why we're humbly seeking your support. 

Here's where our $1,500 budget goes:

  • Space rental (for auditions and some indoor rehearsals): $400
  • Casting and crew notices on Backstage.com: $25
  • Marketing (printing and sending press releases, post cards, etc.): $200
  • Production image, original artwork by the amazing Mike Shea: $300
  • Costumes and props: $275
  • Printing programs: $75
  • Equipment (boombox, etc.): $100
  • Extras including batteries, umbrellas for the audience in case it rains, water for the team when rehearsing/performing outside, printing scripts, and the occasional pizza party for our hardworking actors who do it all for free: $125
Every dollar goes to bringing free theater to the NYC community. We're honored to be part of the Fringe Festival this year, which will hopefully enable us to bring our particular brand of buffoonery to even more people!

All the show details are below, and you can find out more about our company and our past shows on our website: www.afestivaloffools.org

A Game Without A Name: Being the Tale Wherein Impostor Acts the Fool

Saturday, August 17, 12 p.m. 
Sunday, August 18, 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 12 p.m.
Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m.

FIRST STREET GREEN 
33 East 1st Street
corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue

Written by Timothy Bungeroth
Directed by Amanda Thompson
Original Music by Brian Kirchner
Fight Direction by Teddy Lytle
Poster Art by Mike Shea
Costume Design by Anna Winter
Produced by Megan Bungeroth
Featuring: Timothy Bungeroth, Claire Nasuti, Teddy Lytle, Meg Mark, Zachary Zimbler, Amanda Rhode, Tatyana Kalko, & Ally Katselianos

Risks and challenges

We're all set to perform in the Fringe Festival, so barring any unforeseen hurricanes sweeping through the city, we'll be performing our show!

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    Our eternal gratitude and a heartfelt thank you with your name listed on our website and in our show program.

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    The above reward, plus a digital edition of A Game Without a Name (script with original cover art) and its two sequels, Impostor Striketh Back and The Zeal of the Zealot.

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    All of the above, plus our writer and artistic director Tim Bungeroth will write you a short epic poem, 5-6 lines, in either blank verse or heroic rhyme, on ANY topic of your choosing. Literally anything. ANYTHING!

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    All of the above, plus the ability to either become a guaranteed audience participant during the show (our clowns will single you out in front of everyone!) OR a guarantee that you can attend the show and will NOT be singled out by our clowns as an audience participant. Your choice!

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    All of the above, plus a reserved lawn chair for the show of your choosing and a snack pack with goodies to munch on during the production!

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