Doug Williams’s 5 Fringe Picks: Festival fave reveals his not-to-miss shows

Playwright Douglas Williams collaborated on a stand-out Fringe hit of 2013, Holly’s Dead Soldiers, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (“priceless“). Doug returns to the Festival with another collaborative effort on Apocolypse Club’s SAFE SPACE. (“A play about environmental science students and their live-action role-playing global warming game.”) That promises to be one of the can’t miss shows of 2014’s Fringe. Doug shared with Phindie five picks for the rest of the fest:

1. The Adults (New Paradise Laboratories). NPL have been a Fringe favorite for many a year. Their revival of 27 was one of my favorite things I’ve seen all year. Their Scratch Night preview of The Adults (“a multi-family vacation that takes an unexpected turn when adults start behaving badly”) a few months ago looked pretty awesome.

THE ADULTS - New Paradise Laboratories

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2. The Body Lautrec (Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen). Couple Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen, stars of local theater, impressed at last year’s Festival with Saint Joan Betrayed, (“virtuoso entertainment“). Anything Mary and Aaron do is on my must-see list. They’re back this year with The Body Lautrec (“physical theater exploration of painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec”). Tickets and info.

Aaron Cromie and Christie Parker in THE BODY LAUTREC. Photo credit:

Aaron Cromie and Christie Parker in THE BODY LAUTREC. Photo credit:

3. Lovertits (Annie Wilson). I didn’t see as much dance as I would have liked last year so I’m making a concerted effort to make it out to a few dance shows this year. Annie Wilson‘s Lovertits (“a burlesque-postmodern-dance-theater-bad-improv performance”) is the one I’ve promised myself not to miss. Tickets and info.


4. Anna K (Chris Davis).. Chris Davis and I collaborated last year on Holly’s Dead Soldiers and I’ve seen him do a lot of work on this play over the past year. I can’t wait to see where Anna K (“a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina set in a South Philadelphia row home”) ends up. Also, he’s gonna be pissed at me if I don’t go. Tickets and info.

Ama Bollinger stars in Chris Davis’s ANNA K (Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Photo credit: Chris Davis

5. 99 BREAKUPS (Pig Iron Theatre Company). This is described as a “theatrical—and scientific—look at endings, exits, and disintegrations that break out in public spaces” and looking at breakups through a “scientific” lens sounds attractively horrifying. Also, Pig Iron consistently kicks ass (previous Fringe hits: Pay Up, Zero Cost House, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Cankerblossom, and Welcome to Yuba City) so I’ll be there.



FringeArts’ 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs September 5-21, 2014;

Read Deb Miller’s 15 Picks from the Neighborhood Fringe.

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Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams is the Playwright-in-Residence at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia, where his play Moon Cave will be produced during the 2014-2015 season. Moon Cave was developed at the 2014 PlayPenn New Play Conference. Other plays include The Death and Life of Uncle Gene, Now I Am A Wrecking Ball and Shitheads, which was a finalist for the Lark's 2014 Playwrights' Week and a semifinalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Williams co-wrote the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival play Holly’s Dead Soldiers and is currently working on another collaborative project for the 2014 Fringe Festival with playwrights Emily Acker, Emma Goidel, and director Maura Krause. Williams is a member of the The Foundry, a lab for early-career playwrights led by Michael Hollinger, Jacqueline Goldfinger and Quinn D. Eli. He is a graduate of Temple University.