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Miami University Theatre Fringe Festival 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Fringe


To view live streams, click on the links indicated below, or go to the 2021 MU Theatre Fringe Festival Playlist on YouTube »

Tickets for events in Studio 88 and Gates-Abegglen Theatre are free, but seating is limited. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time through the Miami University Box Office.

Tickets are NOT required for Ascend or A Beautiful Tango.


The Big Ol' Tiny Li'l Dance Concert

Featuring choreography from assistant professor of dance Ashley Goos, student Genáe Yeldell, and guest artist of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Countess Winfrey, the Big 'Ol Tiny Little Dance Concert uses movement to confront themes of wholeness, identity, and lineage. 

Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Thursday, November 18, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m. (simultaneous live stream of the BOTL Dance Concert on YouTube)

The Butterflies' Promise
A Vocaloid Jukebox Musical 

by Joseph Sheridan
Presented by New Wave Theatre Company
Best friends Danica, Allison, and Ryan are starting their first semester of college in the town where they grew up. They were hoping for an easy and smooth transition to school, but life gets in the way. The Butterflies' Promise will be performed as a musical tour through songs originally performed using the Vocaloid voice synthesizer software that chronicle the trio's journey through their first semester as they laugh, love, cry, and find their own identities through a turbulent coming-of-age. 

Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Friday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 4 p.m. (simultaneous live stream of The Butterflies' Promise on YouTube)

The End of the World

A play by Baxter Whitehead
Two men sit together at the end of the world, grappling with the sheer incomprehensibility of what has happened. As they talk about the meaning of life and grief in this subtext-rich short drama, the hidden truth of their situation slowly comes to light.

Studio 88 Theatre

Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m. (simultaneous live stream of The End of the World on YouTube)
Saturday, November 20, 8:30 p.m. 

In Time

A play by Ruby Gray
What does it mean to be a woman? In Time follows two sets of people, one “then” and one “now”, as they find love, identity, and a chance for liberation. Alternating vignettes reveal that these moments in time are not as different as they may seem. Through letters, balls, texts, and unexpected encounters, Sarah, Cecilia, Sam, and Casey learn what it means to see and be seen. Recipient of the 2021 Miami University Theatre Gallagher Playwriting Award.

Studio 88 Theatre

Friday, November 19, 8:30 p.m.(simultaneous live stream of In Time on YouTube)
Saturday, November 20, 5:30 p.m.


A film by Jordan Myers
ONE is a story about a young woman named Jess who is faced with a world where man-eating demons inhabit all reflective surfaces. Your cell phone, computer screen, mirror…nothing is safe. Daily routines become deadly. In a horrifying sequence of incidents and close-calls, Jess must stop the demons from preying on herself, her friends, her family, and ultimately the world.

Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Saturday, November 20, 10 p.m.
(Simultaneous premiere of ONE on YouTube)

A Beautiful Tango

When you tango, it’s the space around you that matters

A film installation by Diane Fellows

This film installation meant for two spectators at a time will play in a loop in the Gates-Abegglen Theatre Lobby throughout the Fringe 


plus TWO FRINGE Bonuses!

Ascend: The Poets' Shack 2021

An interactive experience from the Department of Emerging Technology and Design. Be transported from Armstrong to a new galaxy where you can find your inner creative spark.

Armstrong Bicentennial Rotunda

Thursday, November 18, 8:30 p.m.  

Hydrogen Jukebox

A filmed version of the chamber opera by Philip Glass, words by Allen Ginsberg

Enter the mind of American poet Allen Ginsberg in this dreamlike exploration of Ginsberg’s poetry and the Beat Generation. The work explores themes such as sexual identity, environmental destruction, social unrest, endless war, eastern philosophy, and the effects of consumerism. Ginsberg states that, “Ultimately the motif of Hydrogen Jukebox, the underpinning, the secret message, is to relieve human suffering by communicating some kind of enlightened awareness of various themes, topics, obsessions, neurosis, difficulties, problems, perplexities that we encounter as we end the millennium." Hydrogen Jukebox’s libretto is comprised of poems from Ginsberg’s major works and requires the audience to surrender to the eclectic fervor of this unique time in our history. The score contains some of Glass’ most sensuous melodic composition as well as choral numbers breaming with emotional transparency and wit. The work was premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 1990.

Hydrogen Jukebox contains adult subject matter and is intended for a mature audience.

Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Sunday, November 21, 2 pm


Masks will be required at all Fringe performances.



7 p.m. The End of the World, Studio 88 and YouTube
8: 30 p.m. Big Ol' Tiny L'il Dance Concert, Gates-Abegglen Stage
8:30 p.m. Ascend: The Poets' Shack 2021, Armstrong Student Center Rotunda


7 p.m. Butterflies' Promise, Gates-Abegglen Stage
8:30 p.m.In Time, Studio 88 and YouTube


4 p.m. Butterflies' Promise, Gates-Abegglen Theatre and YouTube
5:30 p.m. In Time, Studio 88
7 p.m. Big Ol' Tiny L'il Dance Concert, Gates-Abegglen Stage and YouTube
8:30 p.m. The End of the World, Studio 88

10 p.m. ONE, Gates-Abegglen Theatre


2 p.m. Hydrogen Jukebox, Gates-Abegglen Theatre