The BorderLight International Theater + Fringe Festival (BorderLight) has unveiled its lineup, which features a range of paid and free events taking place at venues from Public Square to Playhouse Square from July 20-24, 2022. Tickets and passes pass all access are now on sale at All street performances are free.

As one of hundreds of theater festivals around the world, BorderLight serves as a platform for independent artists to showcase their work and engage new audiences in a vibrant festival environment. This summer’s festival is the second in BorderLight’s biennial. His inaugural talent showcase in 2019 drew thousands to downtown Cleveland.

“We are thrilled to present an eclectic program that has something for everyone, including stand-up comedy, puppetry, circus, scripted plays, live music, drag, self-guided audio journeys and reality virtual,” said Dale Heinen, BorderLight’s interim executive director.

BorderLight features a curated selection of touring international productions and a Fringe Festival featuring all genres of self-produced theater performances by local and national artists. Audiences can expect to experience “square-to-square” street and indoor performances, which include theater, dance, immersive experiences, spoken word, pop-up performances, and more. The following describes a series of acts:

Maybe, maybe… Quizas de Chula le Clown (Mexico): Critically acclaimed work from Mexico City. This is a poignant, hilarious and interactive clown piece about loneliness that will perform at the Westfield Insurance Studio in Playhouse Square.

Above the C de Camping by Les Deux de Piques (Canada) – American premiere: Hailing from Montreal, Les Deux de Pique (“The Two Idiots”), these Cirque du Soleil artists have created a comedic circus show for the fun for all, free on Place Publique. Look for the colorful motorhome!

Oasis (Israel) – American premiere: Oasis tells the story of Noel, a young Frenchman from the 1950s sent to military reserve in the dunes of Algeria, very far from his home. Award-winning drama performed at the Helen Theater in Playhouse Square.

Bees (Australia): Bees is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into the world of bee community, communication, wonder and imagination. Sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library, with free performances at Eastman Reading Garden.

Poncili Creacion (Puerto Rico) – World Premiere: Produced by Near West Theatre, this Puerto Rican duo (twin brothers) are known worldwide for their creative and energetic street performances. Free performances will be held at Public Square and US Bank Plaza.

Khuraki: Khuraki celebrates the beauty of Afghan culture, music and cuisine through theatrical portrayals of strong women who have recently become Americans. Performances include authentic Afghan food and will take place at the Old Stone Church in the Public Square.

The Walks by Rimini Protokoll (Germany): an app that connects people around the world in a local experience through the basic human action of walking.

“BorderLight is a celebration of multiple identities, nationalities and ethnicities, with a program that features international, national and local performances. These include South Asian dance, work based on Ukrainian and Yiddish folk traditions , Latin theater, LGBTQ-themed work and performances by beloved local companies like Dancing Wheels, among many others,” Heinen offers.

Under the direction of public health advisors, BorderLight will follow current CDC guidelines for safe collection.

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