The 14th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe kicks off at venues around the city Friday, highlighting the best of the unusual in art in Philadelphia.

KYW’s Karin Phillips reports that avant garde, cutting edge, oddball, thought provoking – the 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe create a cityscape of music, drama, dance and art all over Philadelphia. Hundreds of performances and showcases in unusual venues and surroundings. One performance is a strange and funny take on Shakespeare by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma out of Brooklyn.

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Nick Stuccio is the festival producing director:

“They simply asked the question, tell us the story of Romeo and Juliet. And, as it turned out, no one knows the story. So they take all these stories and weave them together and they recite them, verbatim, back to us in the show, but done in high Elizabethan drama.”

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(photo from Philadelphia Live Arts web site)