Ithaca, N.Y. — A local landlord is making an Ithaca Commons storefront available for the upcoming second annual Ithaca Fringe Festival.

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“We were looking for a place to have our central gathering home … someone was generous enough to donate their space,” says George Sapio, artistic director of the  festival.

Photo courtesy of IFF’s Facebook page

The space — at 102 The Commons, former home of Evolution — will be used to sell t-shirts, hand out tickets, meet artists and swap stories about the many events in the three-day festival. (The space is owned Emma Sheikh, according to Sapio.)

“It’s the nexus of the fringe,” Sapio says of the space.

Last year, the first-ever Ithaca Fringe Festival drew close to 600 people. Sapio said he’s optimistic that the 2015 festival — which goes from April 16 to April 19 — will more than double attendance and bring closer to 1,200 people.

“It’s going to be huge,” he said. “We’re thrilled: This is going to be a great festival. We have eight acts, and all of them look really good.”

Here’s the line-up, with a brief description from the festival’s site:

»» The Road to Towanda | Flower City Vaudeville • Rochester, NY

Description: “The three hapless vaudevillians have been working together for years, but never made the big time.  With the rumor of a talent scout attending their next performance, they need to create the best show of their lives.  What could possibly go wrong?”

Playing at: Community School of Music and Art, Studio 10

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 8:15 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 9:00 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 3:30 p.m.

»» Bortle 8 | Drunk Lion Productions• Philadelphia, PA

Description: “A search for darkness in an age of artificial light, Bortle 8 goes from the depths of the ocean to the celestial sky in the hopes of finding the last untouched place on Earth.”

Playing at: Cinemapolis, 120 East Green St

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 7:30 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 3:00 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 4:30 p.m.

»» The Eulogy  | Michael Burgos • Falls Church, VA

Description: “Our good friend Thomas has died. Here, now, is his eulogy. During this emotional time in our lives, we may laugh, we may cry, and we may laugh some more… and that’s okay; let it out… You’re amongst friends. Even so, it wouldn’t hurt to dress up; it is a funeral after all.”

Playing at: Acting Out NY, Center Ithaca, Mezzanine

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 7:00 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 3:30 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 5:00 p.m.

»» Jose’s Play | Ithaca, NY/Cincinnati, OH

Description: “Whose play is this? Jack is comfortably sitting in his South Hill house writing a play about his childhood friend Jose when guess who comes knocking at his door?  As Jack’s play is read, lines blur between past and present, fiction and fact. Written and performed by local Equity actor Jacob Garrett White.”

Playing at: Acting Out NY, Center Ithaca, Mezzanine

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 9:00 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 5:30 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 3:00 p.m.

»» Redemption  |  DME Productions • Philadelphia, PA

Description: “Hit man Marco has one night to kill a petty crook named Joey. But right as he’s about to pull to the trigger, he can’t. Turns out he’s kind of attracted to Joey. As luck would have it, Joey is pretty attracted to Marco as well, and if Marco will just untie him he’d be able to prove it.”

Playing at: Community School of Music and Art, 3rd Floor

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 6:30 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 7:30 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 6:00 p.m.

»» Edgar Allan  | The Coldharts • Brooklyn, NY

Description: “A manic lullabye inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Eleven-year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He only has one obstacle: Edgar Allan.”

Playing at: Community School of Music and Art, Studio 10

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 6:00 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 5:45 p.m.

»» Cupidity | Jessica Fitzpatrick • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Description: “Meet Annie Miller: A young woman obsessed with romantic films. Join Annie as she takes you through her own romantic screenplay, sharing her vision for a new movie titled Love, Love, Love.”

Playing at: Cinemapolis, 120 East Green St

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 10:00 p.m.  • Friday, April 17 @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18 @ 5:15 p.m. • Sunday, April 19 @ 2:30 p.m.

»» Pangaea | Vertebrae, Undone • Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Description: “Alice and Beau epitomize the perfect couple archetype: attractive, intelligent, and elitist. In an effort to refurbish their unfashionable sex life, they move to the city and immediately post an anonymous ad online inviting strangers to their empty loft.”

Playing at: Mystic Water Kava Bar, 107-109 S. Cayuga St

Showtimes: Thursday, April 16 @ 8:30 p.m. • Friday, April 17 @ 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18 @ 10:00 p.m. •  Sunday, April 19 @ 4:00 p.m.


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Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.