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Rochester Fringe Festival

The Theater World of John W. Borek

Rochester, NY
The Theater World of John W. Borek explores more than a decade of presentations by the New York Times derided post-capitalist artist/producer who has brought to Rochester such important works as Moose Murders, Dinner Theat... read more

You are (Still) No Match for Me

Rochester, NY
In a follow-up from last year's show, Erin shares even more dating horrors and hilarity in You Are (Still) No Match For Me. Still searching for a prince, she has kissed a lot of toads. Lucky for you, she's not afraid to ki... read more

The Writer's Fairytale (by Kindred Soles)

Rochester, NY
A writer creates an educational show about the structure of a story, with a fairy tale setting. All bets are off when the prince fights with his words, the princess is not all that she seems, and the evil queen just wants ... read more

Create A Space NOW

Rochester, NY
Through the eyes of choreographer/director, Hettie Barnhill, an immersive site-specific theatrical experience using dance, film, and text to further the discussion around #BLACKLIVESMATTER and the recent events & race rela... read more

The Laser Comedy Show

Rochester, NY
The Laser Comedy Show is a one-of-a-kind storytelling art show by Chicago comedian Chris Fair. Chris hand-illustrates characters and worlds in real time while voice acting the characters like a live comic book meets puppet... read more

A Happy Accident's Dating Show

Rochester, NY
Tired of being catfished, ghosted, and gaslighted? Recently dumped, sadly single, or just stuck in a romantic mire? Then come on down to A Happy Accident's Dating Game and join Rochester's quirky improvisors Joanne Brokaw ... read more

The John Gray Laws

Rochester, NY
Set in the USA, 50 years from now, the #metoo movement has been usurped by politicians, who while trying to manage societal pressure, and appeal to those "across the aisle," decide on a reform of separate but equal gender ... read more

Songs Of The Nightingale

Rochester, NY
Gather round for musical fairy tales by Baba Manouche, gypsy guitar prodigy, and the Nightingale, siren of the sky, as they perform music from the universe and beyond. Come to embark on the Mini Musical Journey of the Crys... read more

ENDLESS

Rochester, NY
Endless is a 45 minute long dance piece set to the music of Frank Oceans album "endless". It looks deeper into relationships, love, insecurity, identity, depression, control, and the complications that come with being aliv... read more

Good Catch

Rochester, NY
Good Catch (one of NYC's longest running musical improv teams), creates an original improvised one-act musical before your very eyes. All the songs, scenes, and bad choreography has never been done before and will never be... read more

Monster in a Box

Rochester, NY
In the early 1990's, actor-monologist Spalding Gray attempts to write a novel but his adventures in Los Angeles and on the New York stage seem to get in the way of completing the book. After presenting "Swimming to Cambodi... read more

Colma!

Rochester, NY
Colma, California is a city of cemeteries: a necropolis filled with little else than graves and their, ah - inhabitants.To increase tourism, the mayor hires consultants who decide to use the city's own ghoulish reputation ... read more

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen

Rochester, NY
"A CROSS BETWEEN DAME EDNA & BILLY CONNOLLY WITH A DOLLOP OF EDDIE IZZARD!" National Post."GOD IS GREAT! London Free PressThe 20 time "Best of the Fest"award winning show and top selling one man comedy on the international... read more

Hidden Garden Concert with Wildflowers (a tribute to Tom Petty)

Rochester, NY
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tom Petty's seminal album Wildflowers at the George Eastman Museum's Hidden Garden Concert with musicians from Rochester bands Maybird, Honey Smugglers, Vacation Daze, and Moho Collec... read more

Sinatra at the Sands Reprise

Rochester, NY
The show, Sinatra at the Sands Reprise, recreates the 1966 show featuring Frank Torchio's rendering of the Chairman and The Russell Scarbrough Orchestra swinging like the Count. The Reprise Show includes many definitive re... read more

Dogfight the Musical

Rochester, NY
It's November 21, 1963, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of partying and a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a crue... read more

Homo Familiarus

Rochester, NY
An exploration through movement, music, and dramatic scenes of what it means to be human and to share intimacy. Emphasizing stories beyond simple romantic relationships between men and women, Grey Noise Theatre Company's e... read more

The Eulogy

Rochester, NY
Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons' Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics' Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016... read more

Time to Change

Rochester, NY
Time to Change premieres two original collaborations of dance, music, and spoken word. Nanosecond, by choreographer Anne Harris Wilcox and composer Matthew Curlee, investigates the destructive and creative nature of change... read more

UR IPM Presents Yes: Fragile and More

Rochester, NY
The University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music and the Eastman School of Music present "Fragile and More," a concert devoted to Yes's 1971 album "Fragile," plus additional Yes tracks. Performed by nationally accla... read more

Somewhere Between Justice and Third Period

Rochester, NY
This is a comedy by William Gleason. Tawny Linkletter is "Miss Everything" in high school. She even won the school fight song contest with her entry, "We Bite." Everything was going great until she was charged with stealin... read more

33(a kabarett)

Rochester, NY
In a ruined theatre an actor tumbles onto a dark stage. When the lights come up he finds himself alone: his friends and colleagues disappeared, arrested by the authorities. Only their glittering, torn costumes remain. So, ... read more

Stereo Nest

Rochester, NY
Collin Jones: Guitar, Loops, Electronics - Live, Experimental, Music:Stereo Nest uses the singular human mind as the central processor between thought, freely controlled looping machines, and electric guitar. Live creation... read more

You Gotta Try This!

Rochester, NY
A madcap love letter to juggling full of mayhem. Ted touches on the history of juggling and the FAQ's people ask jugglers as he delightfully manipulates multiple objects and the audience. He keeps the entire family enterta... read more

Aliens Like Us

Rochester, NY
It's Poetry! It's Theatre! It's Poetry with Props! After the collapse of human civilization, aliens land on earth and embark on an intergalactic scholarly mission to see what went so horribly wrong for human society to imp... read more

Disco Kids

Rochester, NY
The Total Sell-Out Experience Returns!Back by popular demand. Big party for pint-size dance machines takes over the Spiegeltent. The next generation of club kids is here, popping and pouting up a storm. Disco Kids is a non... read more

Calotta Cash and Dollar Bill Show

Rochester, NY
Direct from New York City, Calotta Cash and Dollar Bill, the queen and king of the dollar store, premiere their new show, A Dollar And A Dream. With homespun humor and familiar country songs, Calotta Cash and Dollar Bill h... read more

Circus of Dreams

Rochester, NY
Follow us as we explore the world of the circus. A young girl brought into the world of the unique and extraordinary must find her own place in this strange troupe. She learns that appearances are not everything and that i... read more

We Are Easily Amused (and we hope you are too!)

Rochester, NY
Your favorite entrepreneurs of silly business, Richard Hughson and Ward Hartenstein (Flower City Vaudeville) and Joanne Brokaw (A Happy Accident Improv) have teamed up to tickle your funny bone with their new comedy trio, ... read more

American Idiot

Rochester, NY
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day's American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. This high-octane show includes... read more

Oz and Effect

Rochester, NY
OZ and EFFECT is a twisted tale that visits the land of Oz after Dorothy leaves. Witness the dark, unforeseen lives, actions, and struggles of the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man after they come to terms with having been gran... read more

Sladki Doumi Women's Balkan Chorus

Rochester, NY
Sladki Doumi Women's Balkan Chorus performs traditional songs from the Balkans, celebrating a music with asymmetrical rhythms and radiant melodies that "makes your socks go up and down!"The singing style is focused and hig... read more

Knowledge is Currency

Rochester, NY
Welcome to the first day of Lyrical School. The teacher (Marvelous Marvin) gives gifted students life lessons. It's "show & tell your story day" and all the students are more then ready to express there life threw there ta... read more

Little Red's Most Unusual Day Children's Opera

Rochester, NY
Little Red's Most Unusual Dayis an operatic retelling of Little Red's story, in a way you have never seen before! This family fun production introduces children to the world of opera by including iconic music from Rossini'... read more

Celebrating the Life of Paul J. Burgett through Music

Rochester, NY
Paul Burgett (1946-2018), beloved friend of the Rochester Fringe Festival, Gateways Music Festival and all things Rochester, viewed the world through the lens of music. For Paul, music had the power to heal and to bring pe... read more

Rhythm Delivered

Rochester, NY
DrumatiX, an innovative rhythm and dance company from Boston, presents "Rhythm Delivered". This high energy, interactive, fun-filled (and funny!) show is a rhythmic adventure where tap dance, body percussion and drumming m... read more

A Grand Night for Singing: A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein

Rochester, NY
Vocalist Casey Jones Costello returns to the Fringe, along with pianist John Palocy, to pay homage to the prolific Broadway songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring selections from many of th... read more

Performing Valeska

Rochester, NY
Performing Valeska is a dance theatre solo based on the life of avant-garde actor/dancer Valeska Gert. Gert was a unique, pioneering artist who thrived during the roaring 20's in Berlin. Valeska challenged her audiences by... read more

People vs. Johnson

Rochester, NY
Mrs. Debbie Cakes (Kelli Briggs) is summoned for Jury Duty for the trial of "The State vs. Mr. Johnson", a young man who "allegedly" murdered someone when he was a teenager. Was it murder or self-defense and can The Judge,... read more

MargOH! Channing is HUNG

Rochester, NY
MargOH! Channing, "The Boozy Chanteuse" is HUNG every morning! Come experience what it's like for her while she tells stories of fun, frolic, regret and fables from forgotten evenings of power drinking. We've all been ther... read more

NEXUS and Friends

Rochester, NY
"NEXUS and Friends"NEXUS - the Toronto-based percussion quartet now in its 48th season of solo recitals and concerts with symphony orchestras worldwide - hosts an hour-long performance of improvised percussion music. NEXUS... read more

ShMILF Life

Rochester, NY
Dating is hard. Dating when you're older is harder. Dating when you're transgender is...harderer?Dating when you're older AND transgender is harderest!Storyteller and comedian Penny Sterling (Spy in the House of Men) tells... read more

My Big Funny Peter

Rochester, NY
As seen on Oprah, internationally known comedian and Rochester native, Peter Bisuito is brining his comedy show back home for the first time since his SOLD OUT show at The Little Theater in December 2013. Peter travels the... read more

Stand Up for Drag

Rochester, NY
A FABULOUS evening of some of the best Rochester has to offer including Divas of Drag and hilarious Stand Up Comedians. Musical performance and stand up providing all types of laughter for an all inclusive night of enjoyment.

A Moving Experience

Rochester, NY
As part of their 25th anniversary celebration the Arc of Monroe's modern dance troupe brings their message of love and inclusion back to the Fringe stage. This expressive and innovative ensemble's unique repertoire include... read more

Silent Reading Party

Rochester, NY
Join with fellow readers to read silently in good company. Your ticket includes 1 coffee/soda/water. Enjoy the sounds of the Cobbs Hill Consort (Native American flute, harp, guitar, and percussion) from 3pm-4pm.

A Touch of Dance: RICOCHET

Rochester, NY
Returning to Fringe again this year! ATOD Performing Arts Studio presents an exciting "prism"-style performance in Village Gate's 2nd floor atrium. Watch the light "Ricochet" from stage to stage in a journey of seamless tr... read more

RED - That Other Color Girl

Rochester, NY
A Generational Curse that has both destroyed and strengthened the bonds between a group of women for centuries. RED explores it's beginnings, implications and possible resolutions. These women discover just how insidious t... read more

The Painter

Rochester, NY
"The Painter" is a colorful performance directed and choreographed by local artist, Corinne Fallone. Passionate local dancers will be interpreting the artist's creative process as well as interacting with the oversized can... read more

Which Bitch Did It?

Rochester, NY
When "Clue" meets "Rupaul's Drag Race," audiences are forced to ask, "Which Bitch Did It?" A series of questionable and outrageous deaths occur in rapid succession at stately manor and the spooked survivors must band toget... read more

21 Chump St

Rochester, NY
21 CHUMP STREET by Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series 'This American Life'. 21 CHUMP STREET discusses the ramifications of peer pressure... read more

Dave Rivelllo Ensemble

Rochester, NY
The Dave Rivello Ensemble | RED Sharp angles contrasted with smooth textures and combined with dynamic solos make for an evening of continuous color. Stretching boundaries, challenging expectations, and spinning intricate ... read more

The Ark

Rochester, NY
The world has turned evil. Noah and his family have been tasked by God to build an Ark to survive a great flood that will destroy the world. After 40 rainy days and nights they climb to the upper deck and see nothing but w... read more

ELISION, an electroacoustic percussion show

Rochester, NY
Percussion soloist and Eastman alumnus Cameron Leach debuts his newest solo show, ELISION, mixing electronic soundscapes with acoustic percussion instruments in a program made exclusively of newly commissioned works. Frenc... read more

The Geriactors Present!

Rochester, NY
We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us, all display Byron's unique humor. ... read more

Shotspeare

Rochester, NY
ALL NEW FOR 2019!With rave reviews from New York, Las Vegas, Adelaide Fringe, and last year's Rochester Fringe, Shotspeare puts the "Lit" in Literature!Five sword wielding actors, one lucky audience member, a ton of booze,... read more

YOGA MUSIC & UNWORLDLY DANCE

Rochester, NY
Yoga Music and Unworldly Dance performance expresses contemporary sounds and movements to enrich and elevate the spirit.The live performance is led by Heather Roffe Dance, national award-winning dance educator from Nazaret... read more

Consensual Sax

Rochester, NY
CONSENSUAL SAX - New exotic works by Octavio Vazquez and Aaron Siebert. Featuring Chisato Eda Marling, saxophone, Sarah Rhee-Tirre, piano, and the Scio Sax Quartet. Presented by Nazareth College. This is a unique opportuni... read more

Good Joke/Bad Joke Bingo

Rochester, NY
Shawn Wickens is likely retiring this show, official selections: Rochester, Providence, Scranton, Louisville, York Fringe FestivalsRandom bingo numbers determine which joke Wickens tells. Some jokes are great! Others... bo... read more

The Uptown Groove LIVE

Rochester, NY
Susan can write this for us if the following is too short:UPTOWN GROOVE LIVE -- High energy Motown, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rockand Current Top 40 Pop/Rock.

Ripple

Rochester, NY
A collaboration between the creator of "The Immersive Igloo" and the Rochester Dance Theatre, "Ripple" is an exploration into the expressive and innovative combination of art and technology that merges the movement of soun... read more

Return to Varadero Beach

Rochester, NY
When Asuncion and her friends spend a day at the beach ,they don't travel light. They carry umbrellas, picnic, memories, desire , passions and many little dirty secrets. A new hysterical comedy by Candide Carrasco and the ... read more

Magic & Mentalism with Wade Live & Anthony Presciutti

Rochester, NY
Fun for all ages! Anthony Presciutti, has traveled across North America entertaining fans of all ages. He performs both magic and mind boggling mentalism that will leave you scratching your head! Exciting & Unique are two ... read more

Mark Twain - Storyteller

Rochester, NY
James Landers portrays Mark Twain, the storyteller, in two stories and a commentary from America's most famous humorist. "Cub Pilot on the MIssissippi", "Fennimore Cooper's Literary Offences", and "What Struck the Bluejays... read more

Between Silences

Rochester, NY
BETWEEN SILENCES is a series of Performance Pieces for Women. Written by published poet and playwright, S.J. Henschel, these monologues take us into the lives and thoughts of a group of women of a certain age who have noth... read more

ROC City Ringers

Rochester, NY
Returning to the Fringe Festival again this year are the RocCity Ringers. This talented group of ringers take handbell music to another level. Besides performing concert pieces arranged specifically for handbell choirs, Ro... read more

Suffragettes UNITE!

Rochester, NY
EMANCIPATION! "War if We Must!" Journey back to a time when women, oppressed and underestimated by society, fought valiantly against the status quo to achieve the rights that we enjoy today. Listen as the powerful, moving ... read more

Jonathan Burns is (Extra) Ordinary

Rochester, NY
Jonathan Burns makes ordinary objects into something extraordinary! This audience-interactive variety show is a unique and hilarious exploration of the junk we have lying around our houses. Jonathan has been featured on AM... read more

Within the Quota

Rochester, NY
Based on a ballet by Cole Porter, TableTopOpera's Within the Quota looks at 100 years of U.S. immigration policy. The chamber group reworks a transcription of Porter's score by William Bolcom and Richard Rodney Bennett; in... read more

this is us trying: a collective

Rochester, NY
This immersive dance work investigates our need to express the human experience. Utilizing different media to stimulate a more engaging experience makes collaboration the center focus of the work. From live comedy to abstr... read more

Frogpig

Rochester, NY
His father is a frog. His mother is a pig. He was confused, abused, and destined for stardom. From New York to LA and back, the cultural phenomenon we have all come to know and love finally steps forward to tell his story.... read more

Wanted: Who Killed William Lyman?

Rochester, NY
October 20, 1837. William Lyman was killed as he walked home from work. Rochester's first murder. Octavius Barron, 18 in 1837, was executed for the crime - but did he really do it? STORYCHICK presents an