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5-Minute Fringe Festival Theme of MIRROR reflected in the performances of local artists

by Reading Theater Project

Jan 24, 2020

Reading, Pa.  — The ​Reading Theater Project​ is thrilled to announce its fifth annual​ 5-Minute Fringe Festival: Mirror​.  The production runs Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8pm, Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 8pm and Sunday, February 23, at 2pm. Performances will be held at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Schumo Theatre, 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn, Pa.  All tickets are $15 and group discounts are available.  This production is generously funded by the Celebration of Women in the Arts – Berks County.   

Reading Theater Project’s focus in the 5-Minute Fringe is on performance and storytelling.  This year’s pieces include music, memoir, poetry, short plays, dance, as well as original performances that mix genres.  Weekly creative labs give performers a chance to share their work and get feedback to develop their new work for performance. Each performance piece runs 5-10 minutes long, and there are 15 pieces, all written or created by local artists: 

● Fadi Acra​ and ​Chris Heslop​ – A Love Finding Its Reflection 

● Alex Hermans – The Right Time

● Adam Richter – Unboxing Match

● Chris Paolini – FACETS – Part 2

● David Nice – This Mortality Jazz: Three poems reflecting a life

● Emily Hannon – Echo and Narcissus

● Jane Ney – Seeing and Believing

● Jayne R. Brown – My Tomboy

● Jessica Warchal-King​ and Emily Coppa – Wheels of Light

● Nancy Lamb – Herstory and Mirror, Mirror

● Phillip Jeffrey Tietbohl​ – What the Mirror Sees

● Sue Lange​ – Party for Obsolete Words

● Yocum Institute Scholarship Teen Theater Ensemble directed by Megan Rose  

The production will be directed by Vicki Haller Graff, Artistic Director of the Reading Theater Project, stage managed by Jewell Brown, and assisted by Gabriela Marie and Tim Roche.   Since 2003, the Reading Theater Project has given local professional performing artists an artistic home, with opportunities for collaboration and development. For more information on donations, ticket purchases and how to get involved, visit or call 484-706-9719.

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