Summer Mini Nugget Fringe Festival is this weekend

You find yourself battered, bruised and broken from a head-on collision on your bicycle and all you want to do is take a bath but you can’t do it by yourself? What do you do? Well, if you’re performing artist Siobhan O’Loughlin, you ask a friend to bathe you. And then another friend. And another.

And you make a show out of it, premiere it in a bathroom in a private home in Tokyo, tour the world with it, and eventually perform it this weekend in a room at The Holbrooke Hotel for an audience of twelve at The itsy Bitsy Teensy Weensy Down and Dirty Summer Mini Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley.

Broken Bone Bathtub is just one of nine different bleeding edge shows on offer this weekend only — July 27-29.

The Nugget Fringe Festival’s regular run is in January, with some forty shows performing over a hundred twenty times on seven stages. January 2019 marks their fifth year bringing new, world premiere and world-class lively art to downtown Grass Valley. The Summer Mini Nugget Fringe Festival is another reminder that the performing arts are alive and well in this county, deserving of its two California Cultural District designations.

This weekend’s offerings are back to back and not overlapping so you can see each and every show. Discount passes are available online for this amazing line-up.

Comedy abounds with The MenoPosse’s new show The PiniPause and you can enjoy two world premiere stand-up routines including veteran Emmeline Tober in I’ve Got Issues and newcomer Chris Duccini’s comedy special #dirtyunderwear. Scott Ewing unloads his mommy and me story with Things I Can’t Say at Mom’s Funeral. World Fringe veteran Douglass Truth talks about life instead of death in the world premiere of This Human Project (A Work in Progress).

You’ll get up close and personal with Sarah Kennedy’s award-winning show The Vagina Odyssey as she ramps up to perform at the New York Solo Festival. Fringe favorites Jaye and Karene Vocque premiere Simulated Hypothesis, a show from the future that unexpectedly spit out of a brand-new printer they bought. And remarkable and classy Paul Hauck personifies the man himself in The Trials of Clarence Darrow – a look at the events that shaped the man that shaped modern America and the world.

All in all it’s 24 hours of entertainment, this weekend only at The Holbrooke in Grass Valley. Three dollars gets you festival admission and all shows are just $12 with the exception of special engagement show “Broken Bone Bathtub” which is $18. Tickets at the door or at

—Nugget Fringe Festival

(Photo: Scott Ewing, Ivy Photography)

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