The cast of "Fifty Flat" at the opening night of the East End Fringe Fest
The cast of “Fifty Flat” at the opening night of the East End Fringe Fest

The first East End Fringe Festival continues this week, with Project Poetry: Readings by Both New and Notable Poets tonight and performances of several exciting new shows over the course of the week ahead at Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall.

The plays cover topics ranging from stardom and addiction to the idea of meritocracy to Alzheimer’s Disease to a comical side effect of the use of Viagra.

“It was a very interesting spread. Some were challenging, nothing was conventional, and they explore different topics, from health to religion to sexuality and addiction,” said festival co-organizer Debbie Slevin in a mid-June interview with The Beacon.

Each playwright whose work was selected has been tasked with bringing their own director, cast and limited set to the theater.


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The full schedule for the week ahead is as follows: 
Tuesday, August 1
Readings by New and Notable Poets
Reception to Follow
$10 per person

Thursday, August 3
7:00 Mr. Danby’s Son
$25 single show/ $35 all shows
BONUS! Theater Express highlights in between our August 3rd shows

Friday, August 4
7:00 Mr. Danby’s Son
8:00 The Supreme Beings
$25 single show/ $35 all shows

Saturday, August 5
8:30 Priapism
$25 single show/ $35 all shows

Sunday, August 6
6:30 The Supreme Beings
$25 single show/ $35 all shows

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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