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Flatulence-filled one-woman show ‘Farty of One’ will be a gas at the Scranton Fringe Festival Oct. 1-2

Flatulence-filled one-woman show ‘Farty of One’ will be a gas at the Scranton Fringe Festival Oct. 1-2
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From a press release:

A theatrical show about farts? Sounds like a gas!

The one-woman show “Farty of One” will come to the Scranton Fringe Festival in the Casey Amphitheater on the second floor of the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (100 Adams Ave., Scranton) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

Internationally renowned fart therapist Dr. Schvarts is having a book launch party, and she’s assembled a cast of characters to help celebrate her success. Armed with the conviction that farting is the true path to intimacy, Dr. Schvarts has helped thousands of people over the years achieve “heart through schvart.” How does she do it? Puppets, modern dance, and a DJ who raps about intestinal health are all part of her “ars”-enal. Hot dogs get pulled out of fanny packs, and Fiber One bars are blasted into the audience with abandon.

But it’s not all fun and gassy foods. Dr. Schvarts has a secret, a big one she might not be able to hold in for the whole show. Will she finally let it rip? Or will she let it linger inside, painful and bloated? Put on your stretchy pants and grab a knife, cause there’s some cheese that needs to be cut at Graceann Dorse’s “Farty of One!”

Tickets are $10 or $7 with a Fringe button and are available at the door or online via TicketLeap.

“Farty of One” recently premiered at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York City on Sept. 8 to a packed house. The show was inspired by “The Fart Monologues,” conceived by Hannah Levinson as a way to let women talk, joke, and rhapsodize about something every single person does, yet hardly ever mentions: fart.

“I had the pleasure of performing in ‘The Fart Monologues’ and was so inspired by the women on stage and in the audience that I wanted to create a solo show that explored both the humor and the humanity of farting,” Dorse explained. “For me, farting is all about intimacy and how comfortable you feel around a person. A fart can show vulnerability or confidence, sassiness or affection. ‘Farty of One’ embodies my hope that one day, we will all love farts as much as we love the people who make them.”

Graceann Dorse is a native Scrantonian who is now a performer and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from New York University with a degree in Dance Education, she stayed in the city and danced with several modern dance companies in addition to presenting her own choreographic work. She then moved into acting, studying improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade, the Peoples Improv Theater, and Magnet Theater. Her dramatic training includes Deena Levy Theater Studio and Shakespeare and Company. On stage, she has performed in improv, sketch, and character shows, as well as dramatic theater. She can also be seen in independent films, television, commercials, and web series. This past February, she competed in the Manhattan Monologue Slam, where she won the monthly round with her originally written two-minute monologue. She’ll be coming back to compete for the annual championships in January 2017.

She has served as creator, writer, and/or host for a variety of shows at the Peoples Improv Theater, including “The Assignment,” “The Minority Rapport,” and “Girly Girl Burleskapades” and presented her WWII-inspired sketch show “Something Smells Vichy” at the Magnet Theater. Dorse has also written and directed short films and television pilots. Her pilot “Unidentified” was an official selection in the 2014 New York Television Festival, and her pilot “Double D” was named “Best Comedy” at the 2015 Princeton Independent Film Festival. Her most recent work, “The Skull,” is a short film that is currently being shown at film festivals around the country. She was a writer/director/performer for two seasons of “PITtv,” the digital video arm of the Peoples Improv Theater.