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Two of Mee

TWO OF MEE is composed of two pieces developed from texts by playwright Charles Mee. “Life Is a Dream” with Nanako Horikawa and Andrea Vazquez, as well as music composed and performed by James J. Kaufman, responds to the paradox of our capacity for rapturous love and devastating destruction. “Mee and She” is a pastiche of women’s monologues from Mee’s works, shared by performers Lynea D’Aprix and Olivia Howard. The pieces were staged collaboratively under the direction of Frank Kuhn.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple returns for its second year in this new series of collaborations between Rochester Contemporary Art Center and The Print Club of Rochester. Including national, regional and international artists, this exhibition recognizes a paradigm shift in how prints are considered and the expansion of the definition of print media. UNDER PRESSURE 2017 will include a wide range of work that transcends traditional approaches and moves beyond two dimensions.

  • Length: 240 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Unleashed! Improv Presents: Radical Applied Behavioral Indicative Determinism

These wacky improvisers respect no boundaries in this hilarious show that explores the inner psyche of audience members in order to improve their lives through inappropriately probing questions, deep self-analysis, and ultimately: torturous laughter. Let the R.A.B.I.D. team help you help yourself. Oh, and also – Unleashed! Improv will in no way accept responsibility for any damage or complaints of malpractice as a result of the show. Unless it's a broken funny bone!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene
  • Genre: Comedy

Vocal Point All-Female A Cappella

Vocal Point is the University of Rochester’s only all-female a cappella group. Founded in 1969 as twelve women accompanied by piano, the group has transformed over almost five decades to the contemporary a cappella singers they are today. This past fall, the group released its first full studio album in four years and placed first runner-up at the ICCA Quarterfinal! Join Vocal Point for an evening of voices-only entertainment.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
  • Genre: Music

WADAIKO

Experience Wadaiko and the joy and excitement of taiko, Japanese performance drumming! Listen to the rhythms, feel the beats, and enjoy the choreography as Wadaiko performs a mix of traditional and modern taiko pieces.

  • Length: 25 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music

When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet

Six of Shakespeare's most romantic heroines convene in the Capulet garden to talk about love, especially since young Juliet may need their advice. Or does she? Aspie Works presents this loving comic homage to the Bard, directed by company founder Justin Rielly. This show will also be presented with ASL interpretation.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Where? I. Come! From...

In this cross-cultural conversation that transcends language and geography, dancers from around the world watch each other move for the first time, respond to one another through their bodies, and perform together while thousands of miles apart. Combining live performance and real-time streaming media, Brooklyn-based choreographer Caedra Scott-Flaherty (whose previous work was selected as one of CITY Newspaper's “Best of Fringe”) collaborates with contemporary dancers from Rochester’s International Sister Cities to create a first-of-its-kind performance.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Dance

Wild Horses by Allison Gregory

CenterStage Theatre of the JCC presents a National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere of WILD HORSES by award-winning playwright Allison Gregory. Savagely funny and packed with an emotional punch, a woman takes us on the ride of her life as she explores her teenage self and the transformative summer that forever changed her. The music of the 1970s serves as a background for this universal tale of the search for identity, independence, and authenticity in a complex world.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: The DS Comedy Club
  • Genre: Theatre

Will Bee

R&B vocalist Will Bee has a fresh and eclectic sound with a commanding stage presence to match. He's mastered the art of pairing vulnerable lyrics with electric melodies –channeling the influences of Prince, Brandy, and countless others.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Within the Quota

The U.S. may be a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of quotas. Congress has repeatedly imposed laws controlling the influx of aliens. Written between 1922–23, Cole Porter’s ballet WITHIN THE QUOTA is a critique of the Emergency Quota Act (1921). TableTopOpera’s new arrangement juxtaposes images and film clips from Porter’s time with material pertaining to current U.S. immigration policies and their effects on the nation. The project is a collaboration between TableTopOpera and the George Eastman Museum.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: George Eastman Museum: Dryden Theatre
  • Genre: Music

Wm. Shaksper's Romeo and Juliet

Wm. Shaksper (well, that's how he spells it) and the Lord Chamberlain's Men return with their Avoid the London Plague Tour and present a full production (yes, every scene and speaking character) of his most famous play...well, his *second* most famous, anyway: ROMEO and JULIET. All in about an hour (and with a little help from the audience).

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Wolf Tails and Stolen Footprints

This compilation of fairy tales, first recorded by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, will explore the ancient human experience of dreams and nightmares hidden within folklore and bedtime stories. Students from Nazareth College's Acting and Theatre programs will present this minimalist piece of physical theatre, which will make its premiere at the Fringe. Recommended for adult audiences.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Blackfriars Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

Worlds Collide

Dave Rivello and Shawn Drogan present WORLDS COLLIDE, a sonic journey encompassing modern jazz, electronic, experimental, and classical music elements. Award-winning composer Dave Rivello (The Dave Rivello Ensemble) and electronic drummer/producer Shawn Drogan (The Manhattan Project) perform an original 45-minute work composed specifically for the 2017 Fringe. This unique collaboration creates something never heard before – analog and digital worlds collide, creating a new sonic landscape!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Write Like a Girl

SUNY Geneseo's award-winning female creative writing students will read work in various genres, showcasing the power, versatility, and brilliance of literature written by women as a form of art, protest, and entertainment.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall
  • Genre: Spoken Word

The YellowJackets

Founded in 1956 as a subset of the University of Rochester's Men’s Glee Club, the YellowJackets are Rochester’s oldest a cappella group. Besides the bright yellow blazers, what makes this team of young men so unique is its dedication to pursuing a variety of different musical styles. All in one concert, you might hear a 19th-century choral work, a Frank Sinatra standard, a gospel ballad, a Beatles favorite, a dreamy 90s boy band hit, and some Lady Gaga.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

You're Being Watched

Three short pieces by author/illustrator Chuck Harrison. "Nowhere" – a young girl is the catalyst for three strangers' sudden moral dilemma. "How to Draw Comics the Freelance Way" – a play about artistic hell in one act. "42 A.C.E" – a snapshot of one family living underground, away from corporate control in the year 42 A.C.E.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

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