Aspen Fringe Festival

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

Bronwen Sharp

The 9th annual Aspen Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend. For the festival’s artistic directors, politics play a major role in this year’s presentations.

Curated - June 5, 2017

Jun 7, 2017

This week on Curated, the Aspen Fringe Festival returns to the valley after a divisive election season. While mainstream entertainment hides behind feel-good themes, the festival connects the dots through to the current state of Trump’s America by featuring its first female playwright.

Aspen Fringe Festival

Aspen Fringe Festival begins Friday. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock spoke with the festival’s artistic director David Ledingham who  says that the recent election cycle has become the festival’s focal point.

This week on Cross Currents, learn about the eightth annual Aspen Fringe Festival. Guests are David Ledingham, Brian Kusic, Anjali Austin and Mo Lamee.

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David Ledingham, co-artistic director of Aspen Fringe Festival along with actor Erica Tobolski and director James O'Connor on this year's festival.

Huts for Vets presents "Make Sure it's Me", a play about veterans returning home after deployment, read by veterans from the Roaring Fork Valley. Guests are Paul Andersen, Dr. Jerry Alpern and Adam McCabe from Huts for Vets.

And David Ledingham, Donald Sage Mackay and Adrianna Thompson from the Aspen Fringe Festival on this year's lineup, including the Morales Dance Company, "Venus in Fur" and a play workshop on "The Last Outlaw" written by Mackay.