Pursuing Happiness: One Act Plays Highlight Fringe Festival

The 17th annual Fringe Festival, beginning Sept. 21, presents a diverse array of new and innovative works including art, dance, film, theater and comedy.

Through many of life’s hardships, stresses and setbacks it can be difficult to find that inner slice of happiness to cling to and bring to the surface. But it’s there, and Arthur Robinson ’17 has found a way to tap into it.

Robinson, an English major, is presenting “Mook Fruit: A Series of One Acts” during the 17th Annual Fringe Festival, held on the Ursinus College campus Sept. 21-24 at the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. “Mook Fruit” is a collection of three one act plays that draw upon Robinson’s personal experiences with happiness and self-discovery.

“They’re about how we find happiness in life and the circumstances that lead us to happiness,” says Robinson, a Baltimore, Md. native. “As students, we’ve reached a time in our lives where we’re worried about our place in the world and what it means to be a person. All of these plays talk about finding that part of us that is intrinsically human.”

Robinson’s play “Lemon-Aid” is about finding time to enjoy the simpler, imaginative parts of life; “Sour Graves” explores finding happiness in life when we’re afraid of death; and “Forbidden Apple” deals with how inner demons affect connections with other people.

He says the themes are also reflective of discussions in the Common Intellectual Experience at Ursinus, and he is grateful for the opportunity to present them at the Fringe Festival.

“The Fringe Festival is such a cool opportunity to showcase my work and this has helped me to think critically about what I want to do outside of Ursinus,” Robinson says. “Theater is such a great medium to connect with other people.”

The plays will be performed on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope’s Blackbox Studio Theater. 

Other events include:

Thursday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater: ComedySportz (a Philadelphia-based improv group).

Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Lenfest Theater: Dance on Film Festival, followed by a dance party in the Blackbox Studio Theater.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater: Ursinus cabaret.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater: Drag show featuring Summer Clearance and Thunder Showers. –by Ed Moorhouse