Nugget Fringe Fest continues through Sunday |

Nugget Fringe Fest continues through Sunday

Lisa Rothman at a Nugget Fringe Festival show.
Submitted photo |


WHO: Quest Theaterworks presents “The Nugget Fringe Festival”

WHEN: Jan. 21-31

WHERE: Venues through out Nevada City and Grass Valley

TICKETS: $10-$35/Individual Show Tickets, Passes also available

INFO: or (530) 366-5888

The 2nd Annual Nugget Fringe Festival, an un-curated collection of eclectic theater, dance, music, comedy, cabaret and spoken word, wraps its impressive run of 31 distinct shows and 115 performances this weekend at the Off Center Stage, Open Book at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Love Yoga Well, and other locations throughout Grass Valley.

Considered one of the largest indoor mountain town arts events in the region, the Nugget Fringe Festival features an unparalleled cross section of Nevada County’s finest actors and experimenters, along with opportunities for new, up and coming performers to independently produce theatrical works in the true spirit of the international “Fringe” movement.

Regional thespians participating in this year’s festival include veteran actor, director and former Colfax High School Theater Instructor John Deaderick, along with Micah Cone in the “deathly funny” The Lieutenant of Inishmore, directed by Scott Ewing.

Richard Winters takes audiences on an epic yet all-too relatable journey in Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed. The Sacramento News & Review wrote of the play, “Pajama-clad writer/actor Richard Winters pummels the pillows and paces apprehensively in this solo show about a guy shaken up by divorce, online dating and lingering masculine hang-ups. It’s a portrait of the middle-aged artist as unexpectedly single man—staged energetically for laughs, with anxiety peeping through.”

Riffing on the international “24 Hour Plays” phenomenon, Robin Wallace and a cadre of playwrights will be given a single subject on which to write ten minute long plays to be performed three hours later. In The 3 Hour Plays come see how these different artists tackle a specific subject from different angles. 3 performances. 5 new plays per performance. 15 new works. See them all and vote for your favorites.

Andrea Fox stars in this one-woman show Driving Me Mad, a blend of spoken word about a mild mannered piano teacher/singer-songwriter/actor struggles to keep her center amid the violent drivers who are invading the beloved 49 corridor that links the twin cities.

Lois Ewing and Paul Miscan take on Samuel Becket’s haunting Eh, Joe? and finally we see a much grown up version of juggler, comedian, and storyteller Izzi Tooinsky with Kate Duroux, in Fool Proof.

This year’s festival has also attracted performers from all over California, many of which are sought after Fringe Festival performers including Doug Knott. Knott’s one-man show The Last of the Knotts was selected as one of the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s “Best of the Fest”. It is a semi-autobiographical solo show from performer-poet Doug Knott. A carefree hipster faces an ultimate choice: Fatherhood or Knott.

Lisa Rothman repeatedly sells out performances in the Bay Area of her hilariously funny one-woman show Date Night at Pet Emergency. She had the audience in stitches over the weekend. Don’t miss what the SF Examiner calls “Quite funny. A poignant expose, told with humor, candor and fun physicality. Rothman leaves her viewers not only amused, but thinking deeply about what it really takes to be successfully married, with children and dogs.”

Internationally renowned artist Sha Sha Higby returns for a special one night only performance of Paper Wings, on Friday, January 29 at the Off Center Stage. Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture. She is considered an “icon” in her generation in establishing the sculptural object as a body costume that can be integrated with theater and dance to create its own poetic plot in solo performance. Her work explores a whimsical journey of life, death, and rebirth through mesmerizing intricate ephemeral images and light evokes the passage of time and day, or the shifting of the seasons. It’s safe to say you’ve never seen anything like it before.

There are also ways for the public to participate in the festival with What’s YOUR Nugget. These 5 minute stories are from real life. Tellers are drawn at random from the hat and each participant has the opportunity to tell their five-minute story. The evenings are designed to reflect real-life experiences. There are no rants, no fairy tales, no stand-up, and no harangues. And in Impossoraneously Speaking, impossible subjects are drawn from a hat, and completely improvised and hilarious speeches drawn from thin air, right before your very eyes.

For a complete list of shows go to

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