Meaningless Brings Ancient Wisdom to FRIGID Fringe Festival, 2/15-3/5 at UNDER St. Marks

Meaningless Brings Ancient Wisdom to FRIGID Fringe Festival
One-person show fuses humor and dark existentialism into a singular, artful performance the world needs now

Photo credit: Keith Ferguson
February 15-March 5, 2023 at UNDER St. Marks

How do we find meaning in an upside-down world? What actions should we take? Do our efforts even matter? Meaningless presents the unedited, uncensored, ancient book of Ecclesiastes in a one-act, one-person performance packed with timeless riddles and timely wisdom. The show makes its New York City debut in a limited run from February 15-March 5 as part of the FRIGID Fringe Festival.
From wine to wealth, concubines to snake charming, Meaningless examines the meaning of everything under the sun. This modern presentation of a 2,000-year-old meditation on the human experience weaves the universal themes of wisdom, foolishness, pleasure, and suffering into an unforgettable live performance that is at once funny, pensive, and tragic.

Meaningless is performed by Oklahoma City-based actor Rodney Brazil and directed by Emily Etherton. Rodney Brazil is a writer, director, performer, and producer. Original works as a playwright include All My Ex-Boyfriends are Gay, Worthy CausesThe Ultra-Conservative Theatre Summit, and Naked Brunch, which streamed live at the 2020 Theatre Crude Fringe Festival. “Meaningless” comes to NYC after touring the United States in 2022, with stops in Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Omaha, and Oklahoma City.

WHAT: Meaningless
WHO: Performed by Rodney Brazil
Directed by Emily Etherton
Adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes by Rodney Brazil & Emily Etherton

6:30 p.m. Friday, February 17
8:10 p.m. Thursday, February 23
3:40 p.m. Saturday, February 25
12:20 p.m. Saturday, March 4
5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5

WHERE: UNDER St. Marks94 St. Marks Pl. New York, NY 10009
HOW MUCH: Single tickets are $25
RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes

Rodney Brazil is an Oklahoma City-based, writer, director, performer, and producer. Original works as a playwright include All My Ex-Boyfriends are Gay, Worthy Causes, The Ultra-Conservative Theatre Summit, and Naked Brunch, which streamed live at the 2020 Theatre Crude Fringe Festival. He co-wrote several works produced by Next Stage including Clipped!, Fresh Meet, and The Hit of Pinch City. He made his festival debut performing in Beneath the Zipper at Chicago Fringe in 2012. You can watch his 2015 talk from TEDxOU discussing why live theatre is vital for communities on YouTube. 
FRIGID Fringe Festival is an open and unjuried theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of the Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be! 

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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