Upcoming BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival to Feature More Than 100 Artists From All Over the World


  • Chris Seibert
Yesterday afternoon at the 78th Street Studios, organizers of the upcoming BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival that’s coming to downtown Cleveland this summer spoke about the 100 theatrical performances and special events that will take place from Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, July 27.

There will be 40 unique productions on 14 stages across multiple indoor and outdoor venues. More than 100 artists from nine countries will be on hand.

Founded as a non-profit in 2016 by Cleveland-area theatre artists Dale Heinen and Jeffrey Pence, the festival’s core international programming features three touring productions: Creatures, a free, public procession of life-size animal puppets; the Davai Theatre Group’s Under Construction; and Silent, a “devastating and redemptive solo performance” by Olivier-award winning actor-playwright Pat Kinevane.

Connecting the festival to Cleveland’s vibrant theatre community, BorderLight will host collaborative projects between five international theater artists and Cleveland professional theatre companies: Cleveland Play House, which will feature work by Mexican playwright Javier Malpica; Cleveland Public Theatre, which will produce original works created with South Korean director Hyeja Ju and Bolivian director Diego Aramburo; Karamu House Theatre, which will work with Canadian playwright Lisa Codrington; and Dobama Theatre, which will sponsor work by Syrian playwright Mudar al-Haggi directed by the celebrated Syrian director/actor Naila Al Atrash.

There will also be drama, stand-up comedy, interactive experiences, solo performances, circus theater, street spectacles, physical theater and conversation-provoking works addressing timely political, cultural and social justice topics.

There will even be a “poetry psychic” on hand who’ll “show how coincidence and accident — and especially random poetry — can illuminate the choices you have in deciding your fate.”

"Our goal is that audience members come and participate and see many, many shows over the course of the four days," said Cathleen O’Malley, associate producer, at yesterday's press conference. "We are looking forward to having artists and audiences come together. It's really going to be an active and artistic mixing and mingling of artists from across the world."

The complete schedule, along with descriptions, showtimes, tickets, and venue information is available below and online at borderlightcle.org.

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