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HAMMONTON – The second official New Jersey Fringe Festival will fill Downtown Hammonton this weekend with cutting edge theatrical performances and street fair fun.

The three-day festival features a variety of specialty performances inside seven locations that are all within walking distance of the festival hub at the Eagle Theatre at 208 Vine St. Also, street performers, live music, interactive pop-up art and a craft beer and wine garden will bring NJ Fringe entertainment to the streets in the downtown area.

“The unpredictable nature of Jersey Fringe invites audiences to enter a theatrical arena and encourages them to let their hair down,” stated Eagle Theatre Co-Artistic Director Ted Wioncek III in a press release. “Those who attend will find the vibe is much more akin to Woodstock than it is ‘a night at the opera.’”

Plots explore themes of childhood, life perspectives, love, time, social media, politics and more. Some shows explore sensitive subjects and are not appropriate for audience members under the age of 18.

A few shows are one-man acts, while others call for audience interaction to steer the direction of the story. Jersey Fringe combines poetry, dance and theater to create a mind-stimulating and entertaining theatrical marathon.

“We select elite acts that feature anything and everything but the mainstream,” said Ed Corsi, co-artistic director at the Eagle Theatre.

Theatrical performances will be featured at the festival including: “School Play” presented by The Tribe of Fools (55 minutes), “The Best of Me” by J. Hernandez and Amanda Schoonover (50 minutes); “The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer” presented by Going Dark Theatre (90 minutes); “The Hourglass,” by Amber Kusching (60 minutes); “Faith in Shackles,” by Breaking Through the Box Theatre (85 minutes); “Flash, Float, Fall,” by Emily Conklin (50 minutes); “Abandoned by Choice: A Cabaret About Love,” performed by Tiny Rock Productions (60 minutes); “Social Therapy” (60 minutes) and “Plot Twist: An Interactive Theatrical Experience” by Aftershock Entertainment (45 minutes); “Heart/Lung” by AJ Dwayne (60 minutes); “Find Me (Or An Exploration of the Context of Craigslist Ads”) by Christina Higgins (50 minutes); and “Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey” by Joseph Novick (50 minutes);

A weekend of cabarets will take place in the back room at Annata Wine Bar. These 45-minute productions will be presented by Eagle Theatre.

“Jersey Fringe pushes the envelope in every sense of the phrase,” said James Donio, managing director of the Eagle Theatre. “We create a lively environment throughout Downtown Hammonton, and in each venue, that offers something for everyone.”

Performance locations include the Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St.; Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave.; Rocco’s Town House, 21 N. Third St.; M.B. Taylor Masonic Lodge, 205 Central Ave.; Paul Morris DanceXplosion, 116 Bellevue Ave.; Allies in Caring, 18 Central Ave.; Hammonton Town Hall, 100 Central Ave.; and Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave.

Productions will be performed several times throughout the weekend, and a variety of passes are available. Admission to the street fair at NJ Fringe is free. Single-day passes, which provide access to the productions, cost $19, and all access weekend passes cost $39.

The New Jersey Fringe Festival is produced by Eagle Theatre and sponsored by The Noyes Museum of Art, Spellcaster Productions, GrandAire Booking and MainStreet Hammonton.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.jerseyfringe.com.

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