Amid 12,000 Summer Festivals, “Beyond the Pale” Limns Libidos


BeyondthePalePosterCourtesy of Cheryl King, who is artistic and managing director of Stage Left Studio on the far west side, hard by Port Authority (that is an expression, I might add, that no one has used in years), comes information on yet another summertime performance-oriented festival.

This one is called the Beyond the Pale Festival, and my guess, were I to make one based on the descriptions provided below, is that it’s something of a boundary-pusher. That may not appeal to everyone, of course, but let’s be honest: sometimes out of real boundary-pushing comes real scintillating work. And some people do need their boundaries, er, to be pushed.

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Stage Left is, as King’s bio points out, the “only solo show repertory theater” in New York City. King is also the resident acting coach at All My Children.

To buy tickets, click here. Meantime, here’s the 411, which begins with an interesting disclaimer at the top of the press release:

Even in progressive NYC, the PC movement has created self-censorship. Our fears of loss cause us to bow to the gods of commercialism and politeness, even in the creative process. This festival provides artists an opportunity to push the edges – to move beyond politically correct boundaries, in front of audiences who are expecting just that.

Cheryl King, artistic director of Stage Left Studio, will present Beyond the Pale Arts Festival Aug. 1-7, 2009…it will feature edgy, dangerous and/or erotic material. The week will be kicked off by a Forbidden Kiss show on Sat., Aug. 1. Forbidden Kiss — The Erotica Series is a regular offering at Stage Left Studio, featuring original monologues, sketches, comedy and erotica by the company members.

The other nights of the festival include:

Sun, Aug 2, Salty and Sweet – Erotic Readings
Mon, Aug 3, Short Films
Tues, Aug 4, and Wed, Aug 5, Monologues and Sketches
Thur, August 6, Topher Cusumano’s Solo Show “Roughhouse” and William LoCasto’s NYXY, Directed by Alexander Beck and performed by Brandon Bernard, Zach Harvey, and Leicester Landon.
Fri, August 7, Brionne Davis’s Solo Show “A Noble Exile”

The Festival also includes a contest – on Aug 2, 4 and 6 wear the most “Beyond the Pale” costume and win two free tickets.

Audiences will be treated to sculpture by TC Corwin, and projections of visual art both in the theater and the lobby. These projections, from artists Syd London, Tom Zeigler, Stacie Joy and Leslie Van Stelten, will also be shown during the post-show wine receptions every night.

All shows will be at 8 pm, and tickets will be $15. Tickets are available at Smart Tix,, 212-868-4444. Stage Left Studio is located at 438 West 37th Street 5A, between 9th and 10th Aves, and conveniently located near the A,C, and E lines at Port Authority or Penn Station.