2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview ‘Polaroid Stories’ by Lauren R. Alexander

A fucked up love story for a Fringe Festival premiere.

After a wildly successful production of Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories at American University in November 2012, Blind Pug Arts Collective picked up the opportunity to remount this show at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.

Polaroid Stories is a gritty, urban adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which tells the visceral and lyrical tales of street kids, hustlers, and thugs. The rhythmic and true stories of homeless youth and runaways are intertwined with mythology leaving the audience enchanted, horrified and contemplating: if you can change the way your story is told, can you change your life?

Geoff Blizard and Niya Norwood. Photo by  Blind Pug Arts Collective.
Geoff Blizard and Niya Norwood. Photo by Eliza Bertrand.

As artists, we are constantly telling and creating stories. The Fringe production of Polaroid Stories re-tells and re-creates the one told at AU. Three actors have been added to the cast, one actress took on a new role, and the actors have become the crew. In telling their own stories, the actors now have the flexibility to recreate their world both verbally and physically.

Jonelle Walker, director of Polaroid Stories and co-founder of BPAC, follows an extraordinarily collaborative process to build unity in her cast, which has been “a long, slow-burning fire.”

“I’ve been ruminating over this play for more than a year and have been working with the majority of this cast for nine months or so. We’ve really come into our own as a small community and that speaks to what Blind Pug is all about. We’ve fostered a small, but diverse artistic community and that has been integral to our creative process.”

Blind Pug Arts Collective was founded by a group of American University 2012 and 2013 graduates who could not stand to think that working in separate fields all over the city meant they would no longer be working together, and creating art together. They are proud to be producing their first show at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.

Fort Fringe’s The Shop – 607 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.
Closest Metro stop: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center

Poster by Shabnam Salek.
Poster by Shabnam Salek.

7/12 at 7:45 pm
7/17 at 6 pm
7/20 at 4 pm
7/23 at 9 pm
7/27 at 12 pm


ABOUT CAPITAL FRINGE: Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.


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