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UM at the NY Fringe

The Motherline PostcardTalents honed in the University of Miami's Department of Theatre Arts will be on display at this year's New York International Fringe Festival, which kicks off on Friday and runs through Aug. 30.

The Ibis Theatre Project's production of Chantal Bilodeau's The Motherline-- a play about an unborn soul who asks her future mother's Buddhist cat to help her come into the world -- is one of three UM-connected shows at the festival.  Directed by assistant professor Jennifer G. Vellenga, the play has a cast that includes several current and former UM theater students.  It will be performed Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at noon, Monday at 10 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. at the CSV Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St.

Also at the Fringe, the Plastic Flamingo Theatre Company (which includes UM grads Nick Cobey, Erin Austin and Anthony Comis) performs Finger Paint at the HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave.  The play, about a guy who relives the past courtesy of art on the walls of his soon-to-be-former apartment, happens at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, 10 p.m. Aug. 19, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 22 and 6 p.m. Aug. 25.

Sex and the Holy Land, a play about a young woman's journey of sexual and spiritual awakening in Israel, is by UM grad Melanie Zoey Weinstein.  It will be performed at Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 8:45 p.m. Monday, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 20, 5:15 p.m. Aug. 24 and 2 p.m. Aug. 28.

Tickets to Fringe shows are $15 ($10 for students and seniors 65 and older).  For more info, visit the festival's web site.