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Theater & art

summer | theater

For fringe theaters, summer is a season of opportunity

Two years ago, as artistic director Joey C. Pelletier prepared for the second show from his brand-new Heart & Dagger Productions, he ran into a problem all too familiar to fringe theater companies: Performance venues were scarce in Boston.

He’d been hoping to put the play up in February or March. No such luck. But the Factory Theatre in the South End had a summertime slot open, from the end of June through the first week of July. Pelletier was dubious. He was planning to stage “MilkMilkLemonade,’’ Joshua Conkel’s comedy about the sexual awakening of a boy who lives on a chicken farm with his grandmother. “My first thought was, well, all my gay friends will be in P-town,’’ Pelletier recalled. “And the students won’t be here. Who is our audience going to be?’’

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