Anticipating the 2009 Fringe: “Welcome to Blanksville”

Welcome to Blanksville poster, provided by

Bill Skaggs (the man with the map in the photo above) from IndyProv Sketch Comedy sent me the following press release about their 2009 Indy Fringe Festival offering: “Welcome to Blanksville: an Improvised Tribute to Choose Your Own Adventure.”  These are the folks that perform improv on a donation basis at the Talbott Street Nightclub on the first and third Fridays of every month.  I’ve also seen and enjoyed several of the members’ work in other shows around Indianapolis.  

Juli Inskeep, for example, was in “Does This Show Make My Butt Look Big” at Theatre on the Square (TOTS) this past spring and in “Pizza Driver” at the Mystery Cafe last fall.  She is the one looking at the road atlas in the photo, above.

Erin Cohenour, the disgusted-looking woman who is sitting on the hood of the car in the photo, has been in a lot of comedies at TOTS as well, but I also loved her intensely serious portrayal of Fatima last year in “Unmerciful Good Fortune” at the now-defunct Alley Theater. 

I think the woman sipping a soda is Carrie Fedor.  If it is, she was a hoot in the unique “Kitty, Kitty, Kitty” last spring at TOTS and in “The Dastardly Ficus” for the Spotlight Players out in Beech Grove before that.  AND one of her short plays was featured in the Phoenix Theatre’s “Xmas” show last year.  I remember it made people cackle (something beyond laughter.)

Bill says he is 99% sure that their show has the longest title in this year’s Fringe.  I agree:  “that’s got to account for something.” 

Plus, I almost always like road trip stories.  (See press release, below.)

I have two, no – three, n0 – four more Fringe-related press releases to share with you in the next day or two as part of my “Anticipating the Fringe” series of posts.  Only ten more days until Fringe Preview Night!

Here is more about “Blankville”:


INDYPROV pays tribute to literary pop culture

Indianapolis-During the 2009 Indianapolis Fringe Festival, INDYPROV will pay tribute to the popular Choose Your Own Adventure® books from the 80s and 90s with the show Welcome to Blanksville: An Improvised Tribute to Choose Your Own Adventure®.

The show is the comedy troupe’s original concept and was developed by members Rebecca McConnell, Chris Matthews and Bill Skaggs. The show also includes the original song “We’re on our way” from composer Chris Matthews.

The story begins with three life-long friends as they embark on a holiday away from the stresses of daily life, but they soon come face-to-face with a strange, small town when their car breaks down. The audience will choose every move of the three characters as they become interwoven into the eerie and quirky residents of Blanksville.

“We’ve created a show that allows our improvisers to play our signature short-form games, but at the same time, tell a story,” said INDYPROV Managing Director, Bill Skaggs.  “But the direction of the story is 100% up to the audience”

With over seventy locations to visit and more than 30 possible endings, the show promises a different show every night.

Show times at Phoenix Theatre

• Saturday, August 22, 2009, 3:00 PM.

• Sunday, August 23, 2009, 3:00 PM.

• Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 9:00 PM.

• Thursday, August 27, 2009, 6:00 PM.

• Friday, August 28, 2009, 7:30 PM.

• Sunday, August 30, 2009, 7:30 PM.

 For more information please go to


‘See you at the Fringe!

Hope Baugh – and IndyTheatre on Twitter

4 thoughts on “Anticipating the 2009 Fringe: “Welcome to Blanksville””

  1. Carrie Fedor is also in two other Fringe shows: “America’s Next Top Bottom” and (my show) “The Stetson Manifesto”. Talented and busy.

  2. You’re welcome, Bill! Thanks for reading, ejly! Jim, thanks for the info about Carrie. Whew, that girl is going to be TIRED by the end of the Fringe!

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