2018 Shows

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Thank you for coming!

We couldn't be more excited about this year's crop of music, magic, performance art, improv, stand-up, burlesque and, oh yes . . . theater.  

We are proud to bring you some of the most daring artists from the local area, as well as ​seasoned fringe artists from around the country, including Best of Fringe winners from other fringe festivals throughout North America.  It's going to be the best Nugget Fringe ever.  

Welcome.  We're glad you made it.

Tickets are available here on our website, at our Gold Fever Kickoff Party Thursday, January 18 at 151 Union Square, and at our venues during the festival. 

We do not have a phone line for tickets.  If you are having problems with our ticketing system, please call 530-366-5888.  Remember, you can not order tickets over the phone.  

On behalf of our board, the Nugget Fringe committee, our artists, our staff and our platoon of volunteers, welcome to the Nugget Fringe Theater Festival 2018. 

Scroll down for a full list of this year's shows.

For VIP passes click here.

Passes can be picked up at our box office at the Holbrook Hotel.

Gold Fever                             
This year, the Nugget Fringe’s signature kickoff party will be held at 151 Union Square in Grass Valley, Thursday, January 18. Mingle with the performers and hear snippets and stories from each show. With over 120 performances of about 40 different shows, this party is a useful tool to find shows of interest to YOU. Bring your calendars and plan your Nugget Fringe Theater Festival experience. Food, wine and beer available for purchase at the event. 

19@6:00                                          FREE

The Ingot Afterparty

Wrapping up the 2018 Nugget Fringe Theater Festival is a special gathering to hand out Best of Fringe and other specialty awards and to talk about hits and misses and highlights and such at 151 Union Square. Share a meal, a laugh and a pull or pour and mingle with the artists in this loving tribute to a great third year. Then get ready for The Nugget Fringe Theater Festival 2019, January 17 to 27!

28@5:00                                       FREE                                                            

A Tribute to Sam Shepard
Shepard's "Shakespeare in the Alley," performed by Ariel Elliott and Scott Ewing's new piece, "Billy Riggs' Statement" - inspired by Shepard's Killer's Head performed by Richard Fisher.
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Accordion Fight Show
Accordion folk-punk raconteur Strangely is back on the road with his newest production: "Accordion Fight Show. His multi-award winning performance style combines with new numbers, stunts, and stories. This promises to be an epic evening like no other, full to the brim with sing-alongs, action and heart. Bring extra pants.
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An Intimate Evening With Death, Herself

Dorothy, aka Death, is back with an even newer face. New material! New songs! She meets Death in a bar, and off to a Denny's they go; 49 days later she replaces him. "Douglass Truth is the love-child of Eddie Izzard and Lily Tomlin." “Funny, engrossing, heretical, beautiful.”


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Ask Death
Look out: Dorothy — Death, Herself — is on the road with a new show. She's promoting the idea that Making Friends With Death might not be such a terrible idea. You will probably smile. You might well laugh. You might even survive. You will not be asked to sing.

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Prepared monologues delivered right to your seat in this theatrical mash-up extraordinaire. Last year’s collection of monologues proved to be one of the highlights of the Nugget Fringe Festival.

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Fight For 52 Cents
Vincent Raymond Dunne’s whole life and character had prepared him for the Minneapolis truck drivers’ strikes of 1934. The strikes victories would lead to the organizing of over 250,000 workers into the union and change America forever. The history you never learned in school, and its lessons for today.

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Imagine Charlie Chaplin stumbles into a painting by Salvador Dalí; that should give a sense of the genre-defying show, Figmentally. DIve into the world of a curious writer whose uncontrollable imagination takes over her story and life. Brought to life through comedy improv, magic, unexpected puppetry, acrobatic dance, and playful audience immersion.
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Friendly Rivalries
Which is better Canada OR California? Which is better Stand-up OR Storytelling? Which is better Wine OR Whiskey? 2 out of 3 of those questions will be answered as Canadian Import & Hilarious Stand-up, Jori Phillips takes on award winning Storyteller Jaye Lee Vocque in this battle to end all battles!
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Fringe Factor: Nugget Edition
A live game show featuring Nugget Fringe artists! Locals compete against visitors in a series of fun, high-energy challenges. Two teams, six contestants, one guest musician, and a host trying to hold it all together. The prize is their dignity and your approval.

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Gold Country Raks
A fast paced Belly Dance/Fusion Dance Showcase starring performers from all over! This is a family friendly show.

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Good Clean Humor
Barry Stukin aka Ganga returns to the FRINGE with Good Humor Stand-up comedy that tastes good and never insults - improv too!


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Human Error 
You know those embarrassing and gross moments, while in the privacy of your own home, that you consider personal life -hacks? Ever suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome and figure out you can only treat the symptoms? Do you rush to steal food on the floor and eat it in front of your dog to teach her a lesson? Audrey hasn't either and more...
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Implausibly Delicious: The Magic of Tim Mannix
Tim Mannix is a comedy magician and mentalist, whose experience includes everything from Hollywood’s world famous Magic Castle to touring California with his Wacky Science show.

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Keeping Up with the Jorgensons 
Best of Fringe winner, 2017 SF Fringe Festival.The year is 1982. Reagan is President, E.T. is released, and Jeremy takes a road trip with his week-end father to Orange County. Forced to repeatedly tickle his father’s feet, sleep in his grandmother’s bed and go to an unknown relative’s wedding, he’ll do and say anything that will secure a visit to the most magical place on Earth: Disneyland. Directed by Mark Kenward, and produced by John Hamilton.
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Let's Misbehave -Another Burlesque Experience
Winner of last year's Best of Fringe, Nevada County’s own Truth or Dare Dance Troupe is back with the Let’s Misbehave sequel. These risqué burlesque artists always make a real impression as they flaunt their unique talents . 
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Lindsay Dunckel: The Doctor Is In 
She's baaaaack! Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D., shares her witty observations about being female, being a Californian, being old, just being. Her debut stand-up won her the Best Performer award at the Nugget Summer Mini Fringe and whetted her appetite for making people laugh, a lot, all together. Come hear the new material!

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Mary Brave Eyes 
It’s 1969 and Americas Melting Pot is all a bubble just before the Apollo 11 moon landing, while somewhere in Northern California a new girl in the neighborhood and her friends (on their earthly mission), bravely stand up to the bullies. An adventurous magical tale— where love embraces hate, and goodness triumphs over ignorance as one small step is taken—for humankind .
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My First Miracle
I’m standing in the middle of a football stadium full of people. They think they’re here for a Rolling Stones concert, but they’re really here for me. The Stones are about to come on and I see in front of me a girl on crutches. My first miracle – I’m gonna make her walk. An insider’s look at bipolar mood disorder.

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Name-tag Blues 
Shane “Scurvy” Spears goes behind the name-tag with interviews gone wrong, bosses given the finger, drug tests thwarted, resumes embellished, customers offended and the ups and downs of getting hired, fired, used, abused, subdued and unglued in a dark comedic tribute to the plight of the proletariat schmuck.

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NU Jazz

NU Jazz
Features up to 5 live musicians with the virtual computer generated orchestra. The style is Symphonic/ Jazz/Rock. Musicians include: Dave Riddles: bari Sax, Phil Kember: Trombone, Ananda Vaughn: Guitar & Jerry Grant: tenor sax. All music composed and computer realized by Jerry Grant .
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Poetry Out Loud
Come listen to some of the most talented teens in the county as they recite classic and modern poetry.  Their energy, enthusiasm, and pure talent will blow you away.  These are students vying for a chance to represent Nevada County in an amazing program called Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest.
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Return to the Scene of the Crime
David Kleinberg returns to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to visit where his buddies died and try to perform his acclaimed show on the Vietnam war, "Hey, Hey, LBJ!", under threat of arrest from the communist government. Oh, my! An amazing journey of one man going back to face his past.
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Sari, Not Sorry

A true and humorous account about the life of a first generation East Indian woman who has rebelled against almost every cultural norm.


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Sex, Math and Seizures 
The bumper sticker says "Be Kind to Your Children: They'll Choose Your Nursing Home." Haha! A comedy featuring mathematicians, sex-addicts, and epileptics — i.e. Selfridge’s immediate family. “…funny, sad, thoughtful stuff that cuts to the chase of the human condition” (The Calgary Herald). Directed by David Ford.
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So, Laugh! Or, Die 
City, Country, Island now turned Mountain girl, single mom of 3, Shani Harris, doesn't hold back on having kids, the human race and How to Make America "Great" Again. And, your local Canadian, Jori Phillips gives her unique perspective on work, island living, travel and moving to a new country! This immigrant might not steal your job, but she WILL steal your American hearts!
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sTRUMPpets: Ship of Fools
On treacherous seas, the ship of state sails on with 45, Count Bannoncula, Conway Twitter, and the rest of the sTRUMPpets singing and dancing their Bunraku puppet selves toward the apocalypse. Think Orange Man has made “America Great Again”? This show’s not for you. Or maybe you need it.

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 The  3 Hour Plays     
 The 3 Hour Plays - A cadre of playwrights from all around the country will be given a single subject on which to write ten minute long plays to be performed three hours later. 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. Fascinating!               

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The Lynx Show 
The Lynx Show is a hysterical interactive magic and oddities attraction. This show has everything from sword swallowing to jaw dropping magical stunts that is intertwined with story telling. Not only is it heart stopping but it leaves you begging for more!
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The MenoPosse  
Is it hot in here or is it just us? An improv troupe of Nevada County women of a certain, um, age. We bring quite a bit of, um, experience to the stage. Join us for a wild romp. Who knows what might happen?

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The Mondegreen

Guilt. For years and years. Until the night when snow, a tattoo and a mondegreen shifted everything.

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The Vagina Odyssey
The Vagina Odyssey is an intimate, vulnerable, and often hilarious look at living with a vagina in a world that shames all things vagina. It chronicles Sarah's journey from puberty, to healing painful sex issues, to finding purpose, pleasure and a source of vulnerable, feminine power. Along the way she encounters a 400 pound Goddess, a gun wielding man, a gang of feral pussy cats, and a talking vagina who has a lot to say (and who also loves telling jokes).
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Time Out: Take a Sadhu to Paris
The story of how she lost her favorite job from the coolest place she ever worked. In her search to understand, Eleanor is surprised by grace and love that transcends it all.

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Trolls in Yoga Pants 
After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Lisa brings them to a Winter Solstice Carnival in the ritzy town where she grew up. But now she's dodging a sanctimonious parent-volunteer, a fire-breathing dragon, and — the most formidable opponent of all — her father... nagging her to move. (photo by David Allen)
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