Where There’s Smoke Coming to Tucson Fringe Festival
Tucson actress Lesley Abrams performs her autobiographical one-woman play, Where There’s Smoke: A Serio-Comic True Story in One Act, at the first ever Tucson Fringe Festival in March 2011. Where There’s Smoke will be performed at Beowulf Alley Theatre on Thursday, March 24 at 8:15 p.m., Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26 at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Tucson Fringe Festival web site www.tucsonfringe.org or by calling the Festival box office at 800-838-3006.
Ms. Abrams awoke one morning at 3 a.m. to discover her house was on fire. An arsonist had torched the building next door and the ensuing fire destroyed or damaged four additional homes. She moved out that day. The arsonist was never arrested. Where There’s Smoke: A Serio-Comic True Story in One Act traces Abrams’ story of coming to grips with the fears, sorrows, humor, discoveries and healing of this extraordinary event.
In telling the story of the fire, Abrams brings 48 different characters to life in this one-person performance: husband, firemen, insurance adjusters, mother, plumbers, friends, landlords, politicians, inspectors, angels and reprobates.
Says Abrams, “Everyone experiences a death in their life. Everyone experiences illness. We’ll all have a traffic accident sooner or later, but being burned out in the middle of the night is a rare event for most of us. First you cry, then you get angry and eventually you laugh. You have to.” The telling of this story is sad and touching, life affirming and funny. It is a human story to which we can all relate.
The Arizona Daily Star recently identified Abrams as one of the Top Ten Actors to Watch in Tucson. She most recently appeared as Eleanor in The Lion in Winter and performed another original one-person play, Dorothy Parker’s Last Call, in 2010. She is a founding member of Winding Road Theater Ensemble as well as LaughingStock Comedy Company, which specializes in customized, improvised comedy for business audiences.
About the Tucson Fringe Festival:
The first ever Tucson Fringe Theater Festival will be held March 23-27, 2011. The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored festival promoting accessibility for presenting artists and unrestrained artistic freedom.
Partnering with Downtown Tucson landmarks such as The Screening Room and the Beowulf Alley Theatre, Tucson Fringe Theater Festival presents performing artists and companies in the four-day festival to be held in Downtown Tucson. Performances includes, but are not limited to: theater, dance, performance art, clowning, sketch comedy, etc.
Founded by two native Tucsonans and lifelong friends Yasmine M. Jahanmir and Sara Habib, Tucson Fringe Theater Festival hopes to expand upon an already thriving theatrical community by promoting affordable opportunities for artists to craft original ideas while presenting a wider array of performance practice. Tucson has always been dedicated to the arts, and is the perfect place to host an avant-garde, innovative festival like Fringe. Downtown Tucson provides an ideal setting to bring together arts patrons of all demographics.
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