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Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

by The Urban News

Artists participating in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres, and bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.

Mikayla Wilson

Leah and The Rabbit is a whimsical piece of puppetry that intertwines the folktales of Brer Rabbit with the life of a formerly enslaved woman named Leah. This piece delights and sparks conversation around appropriation, emancipation, and the forgotten stories of enslaved people.

Written by Mikayla Wilson, assistant Director of Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective’s Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in The White House, you can catch this performance on Thursday, March 23, 2023, and Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Naeemah Maddox and Jesse Greenberg.
Naeemah Maddox and Jesse Greenberg.

Cooper Bates returns to the festival with Blacked Out, the sequel to his 2020 show Black When I Was a Boy. The Los Angeles artist is a fan favorite.

The Queens-based musical duo Jesse Greenberg and Naeemah Maddox perform as A Glassy Ruckus. Their Yiddish Animal Songs includes two pieces inspired by Yiddish folktales about animals and interspecies relationships. Diary of a Squirrel was written in 1920 by Sonya Kanto, and Zlateh the Goat was written in 1966 by Isaac Bashevus Singer. Maddox and Greenberg also perform on March 23 and March 25.

Shows take place at 11 different venues throughout Asheville. For tickets and more information, visit AshevilleFringe.org.


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