Above is the complete listing of shows going up as part of PortFringe 2013, in Portland, Maine. Clearly, Aisle Six is in some good and varied company.
Take a moment to scroll through the list — the lineup looks pretty darned intriguing. “Depression: The Musical” caught my eye, as did “Jacob.” I don’t know either of the shows — they just piqued my curiosity based on pitch alone.
Among other things, PortFringe is noteworthy for being New England’s ONLY theatre fringe festival. Kind of amazing if you ask me. We need to get one in Boston. Either way, very glad PortFringe is here.
Also, I’m happy about it because the idea for Aisle Six might never have come to me had I not worked in one very particular grocery store located right outside of Portland. So to have its debut there seems fitting. I like the feeling that the world - or at least a supermarket - has come full circle.
Incidentally, Aisle Six is being paired on its performance night with a production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” (directed by Benjamin Row, whose theatre company, Conscious Collective, can be found here). I found the pairing of A6 with No Exit weird and wonderful for a couple of different reasons. First of all, No Exit was the last straight play I performed in. Also, it and Aisle Six share the theme of people being stuck in a small hellish spot forever.
Not that I’m comparing myself to Sartre here, mind you. For one thing, my play has a WAY cooler puppet.