“Totally Off Broadway—And Brilliant”

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The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is America’s largest theatre arts festival. Each August, FringeNYC hosts over 200 shows with emerging artists from all over the world. In the course of 16 days, the independent theatre festival airs over 1,100 multi arts performances ranging from puppetry to musicals and more in 16 venues. FringeNYC is a place where theatre goers can see as much theatre as they can for a low price. General admission tickets costs $18 but to see additional ticket prices go online to The festival starts Friday August 12th through Sunday August 28th. The holder can see any and as many of the nearly 1000 performances in the festival that they want over the duration of the festival  as long as they aren’t sold out.

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Mercedes Ortiz is a fourth year Digital Media Production major and Journalism minor at SUNY New Paltz. She utilizes both fields in her new role as the Local News Director at her college’s radio station, 88.7 the Edge WFNP. Mercedes will graduate in May of 2017 and hopes to work as a reporter and on air host at a national public radio company.

Ethan Oberman graduated last May from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he served for two years on the university radio station’s board of directors. He’s currently based in New York and is planning to work on many more arts related audio projects.


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Part of FringeNYC: What would you sell for a college education? Follow Deric, Sandra and Emilia striving for the American Dream – from trading meal swipes for textbooks to With tuition rising 428%, college students are drowning. Is our nation throwing us overboard?

Categories: Spoken Word/Poetry, FringeHIGH, Drama, Local. From Strength out of Shadows. Written by Alyea Pierce. Directed by Jennifer Little. Choreographed by Jennifer Little.

College students in America are drowning? With an average debt of $35,000 post bachelor degree, the question is — is our country throwing our future overboard? “Financial Slavery” asks us, what are you willing to sacrifice for your higher education? Is $35,000 a manageable amount of money to owe when just starting life at 21?

Follow our students, as they share real stories from around the country; trading meal swipes for text book copies; contemplating sugar as a tuition option; and hiding from debt collectors as their debt rises.

In this pivotal political time, when both the populace and the politicians are debating about how to fix an education system that leaves our young people $30,000 or more in debt; this piece’s time is now. And the New York Fringe Festival’s 20th Anniversay event recognizes that Today Is The Day!

This show utilizes live interaction with the audience through camera and media. In addition, there is a 40 minute post show workshop (including in the running time), during which the audience participates with the actors around the issue of student loan debt.

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