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Binge the Fringe in one weekend
Holbrooke Hotel to host 11 shows in two days
The Summer Nugget Mini-Fringe Theater Festival will occupy Grass Valley July 21-23 at the Holbrooke Hotel. The 48-hour, 11-show, two-party, one-venue festival celebrates theater on the fringes of comedy and sanity. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

Friday, July 21

5 p.m.: Ticket sales begin at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St, Grass Valley. Seating is limited, and there will be only one performance of each show. The cost is $10 per show.

6 p.m.: The festival starts with a free party and a no-host bar at the Holbrooke. This is the ideal time to meet the performers.

7:30 p.m.: The Dreams of Lemuel Cook opens the festival. Lindsay Dunckel, Randy McKean and a cadre of unruly musicians embark on a “dryly hilarious romp” through the 1960s avant-garde jazz scene in Paris.

9 p.m.: Sorry Jori – “Canadian immigrant” Jori Phillips takes a comical look at small towns and the people who live in them. Dunckel warms up the audience with a “look at mid-life.”

Saturday, July 22

1:30 p.m.: Bodies Unbound is Cynthia Waring’s true story of how she left a convent to become a massage therapist. A trailer for her tour de force performance is at http://bodiesunbound.com/performance/.

3 p.m.: Sketchy Ladies, a local, all-female troupe of comedians, actors, writers and performers, return from a successful run at the Nugget Fringe Theater Festival last January.

6 p.m.: The Midsummer Nightmare asks the burning question, “what if Shakespeare wrote a 1950s sci-fi flick?” This new fringe comedy troupe presents “Plan XIV from Out of Space.”

7:30 p.m.: Death Herself, the Sequel – Douglass Truth portrays his imaginary sister Dorothy in a show about the 24/7 life of Death Herself.

9 p.m.: Trolls in Yoga Pants – a feisty fairy godmother and a dragon on the loose are part of Lisa Rothman’s tale of a winter carnival at a private school in Marin and her decision to live in Oakland despite her father’s wishes.

Sunday, July 23

1:30 p.m.: Time Out, Don’t Bring Up Gender, Okay? – Comic Eleanor Scott tells the story of how she lost her favorite job because of a sadhu in India, a “special doctor,” men who explain things to women, and other life anomalies.

3 p.m.: Fringe Factor, the Nugget Edition – Local Fringe artists pit themselves against visiting Fringers in an all-out, off-the-wall game show.

4:30 p.m.: Kentucky Fried Chicks – Straight from Placerville, two guys in drag spoof country women on the edge of … whatever.

6 p.m.: Wrap Party – Meet the performers and find out who won Best of Fringe. There’s a free party with a no-host bar.

For more information, visit nuggetfringe.com.
Photo by Tom Durkin
Best of Fringe winner Douglass Truth will play his imaginary sister, Dorothy, in “Death Herself, the Sequel” at the Summer Nugget Mini-Fringe Festival in Grass Valley.