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Listen to Your Mother, Rochester: Mama Said

September 14th at 7:00pm

Stories about motherhood unite us as a community. They bind reader to listener, they connect us with our own stories, and – in doing so – strangers become familiars. A definitive ritual of Rochester's springtime celebration of motherhood and the power of spoken word, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is back for two performances! Hear impassioned, true stories about the humor, messiness, joys, sorrows, and wisdom that motherhood brings. Join an audience of mother-lovers for a riveting hour of storytelling. Bring someone you love.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

A Rose for the Baby: More Supernatural Tales from Irish- and Scottish-American tradition in Western New York

September 14th at 9:00pm

Classic Irish and Scottish storytelling features witches, ghosts, curses, and the inimitable fairies. These figures still turn up in living accounts – and not just in the British Isles. Celtic tradition has crossed the Atlantic and rooted firmly in canal country in Western New York. Mason Winfield’s riveting storytelling performance A ROSE FOR THE BABY mixes traditional Celtic tales of love, enchantment, and destiny with remarkable local accounts of avenging ghosts, child-stealing Little People, and Old-World-style cursers.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Left For Dead Improv

September 15th at 8:00pm

Left For Dead is a Rochester improv comedy group that originated in 2011 and is made up of performers who are age 50 and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, they perform short and long-form improv and standup comedy. The team started performing at assisted-living centers, cafes, and theater spaces around Rochester and has graduated to shows at comedy festivals throughout the Northeast.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

The Shapeshifters Are Out! More Supernatural Tales from Native American tradition in Western New York

September 15th at 10:00pm

Most Native Americans have a keen awareness of their ancestral traditions, especially in regards to the supernatural. THE SHAPESHIFTERS ARE OUT! is a gripping spoken-word performance that profiles ancient Six Nations’ supernatural/spiritual traditions, then turns to the accounts of contemporary witnesses in which the old figures seem to live: witches, ghosts, shapeshifters, and those curious, ambiguous Little People. The woods, hills, and valleys of the Genesee could be more alive than we think!

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Cars and Their Lovers

September 16th at 10:00am

CARS AND THEIR LOVERS is a multi-media show by father/daughter team Joe Flaherty (photography and film) and Caedra Scott-Flaherty (narration). In a recreated drive-in, the audience will experience the true stories of how classic cars and their significant others first met, fell in love, and decided to settle down together in Detroit, the Motor City. Sit back, enjoy the show, and touch a classic car or two.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Listen to Your Mother, Rochester: Mama Said

September 16th at 2:00pm

Stories about motherhood unite us as a community. They bind reader to listener, they connect us with our own stories, and – in doing so – strangers become familiars. A definitive ritual of Rochester's springtime celebration of motherhood and the power of spoken word, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is back for two performances! Hear impassioned, true stories about the humor, messiness, joys, sorrows, and wisdom that motherhood brings. Join an audience of mother-lovers for a riveting hour of storytelling. Bring someone you love.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Home of the Brave

September 16th at 4:00pm

Experience personal stories of today and get a glimpse of our possible future. Nine performers present eight original plays about life in Trump's America in 2017 and (way) beyond. HOME OF THE BRAVE is about protest, anger, despair, love, belief, personal destiny, patriotism, and ultimately: hope. All eight playwrights have a Rochester connection. From Theater Apparatus, which brought you FAR AWAY at last year's Fringe. #resist

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

David Jacobs Presents: "Halfway Home"

September 16th at 6:00pm

David Jacobs is very confused. Is he a Jew? Is he a Protestant? Or is he just outspoken and repressed all at once? In HALFWAY HOME, Jacobs invites us on a journey of identity and self-discovery in 21st-Century America. Part Larry David, part Garrison Keillor, all himself, actor/storyteller David Jacobs takes us on the ride of his life.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

The Eulogy

September 16th at 8:00pm

Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics' Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. Quirky Award, 2015 IndyFringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 Rochester Fringe, THE EULOGY (an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech) returns. CITY Newspaper: “The kind of show you want to see again immediately.” WASHINGTON POST: "A comic gem.” INDIANAPOLIS STAR: "Hilarious and deftly written.” WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: "A triumph." NUVO: ★★★★★. DC THEATRE SCENE: ★★★★★. ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE: ★★★★★.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

Jesus Was No Sissy

September 16th at 10:00pm

JESUS WAS NO SISSY is a comic storytelling show about how good Christian girls who might be boys inside learn about masculinity and femininity through the wonders of The Lord's Boot Camp (motto: "Get Dirty for God, Go Lay a Brick"); Christian finishing school ("From Grubby to Grace" for girls and "God's Gentlemen" for boys); and a subscription to the Sugar Creek Gang series of Christian YA fiction. Written and performed by award-winning comic Kelli Dunham.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

Beyond Rochester: Which Fringe is Next?

September 17th at 10:00am

Fringe festivals are fast becoming THE way to get your new work out to the world. Think you’re ready to take your show to another fringe, but not sure where to start? Xela Batchelder, Ph.D (aka “Dr. Fringe”) is a font of information about fringe festivals around the country and the world, including how they resemble or differ from the Rochester Fringe.

To reserve your space, click here: http://tinyurl.com/rocfringenext

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Cars and Their Lovers

September 17th at 11:00am

CARS AND THEIR LOVERS is a multi-media show by father/daughter team Joe Flaherty (photography and film) and Caedra Scott-Flaherty (narration). In a recreated drive-in, the audience will experience the true stories of how classic cars and their significant others first met, fell in love, and decided to settle down together in Detroit, the Motor City. Sit back, enjoy the show, and touch a classic car or two.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Rochester Fringe 101: Get Ready for 2018

September 17th at 11:00am

Led by KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival Producer Erica Fee, this informative session about our Fringe, how and when to apply, and what to expect will get your creative juices flowing. Submissions will open before you know it, and you’ll be ready!

To reserve your space, click here: http://tinyurl.com/rocfringe101

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Ready for the Big One?  The Edinburgh Fringe! 

September 17th at 12:00pm

Have you considered taking your show to the world’s largest performing arts festival: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? The festival can be very intimidating for newbies, to say nothing of the expense! If you don’t know where to start, this session is for you. “Dr. Fringe” Xela Batchelder will provide you with an overview, resources for research, ideas on budgets, and how to save money.

To reserve your space, click here: http://tinyurl.com/roc2edfringe

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

The Geriactors Present!

September 17th at 1:00pm

The Geriactors is a touring troupe of local mature actors, spreading live theater throughout the Greater Rochester area – from Batavia to Aurora and as far south as Cuba (NY) –since 2000. They've appeared in every Rochester Fringe, and this year, they're presenting world premieres of short plays by local playwrights accompanied by songs from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The plays range from serious to comic; the songs are amusingly nostalgic.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

Lost Love: Tales of Tragic Romance

September 17th at 3:00pm

Storyteller Alan Irvine returns to Fringe with a trio of his most powerful tales. Tales of the passion and heartbreak of love thwarted, love denied, and love lost. Tales of jealousy, murder, and vengeful ghosts; of star-crossed lovers torn apart by feuding families; of doomed love between the living and the dead. Tales that linger long after “happily ever after” fades from memory. Winner: Best Stories for Adults, STORYTELLING WORLD.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

The Time I Didn't Go to Ireland, and Other True Stories of Things That Never Happened

September 17th at 5:00pm

Bill Benet shares funny and heartwarming stories from his upbringing in the circus to his Army years in the tumultuous 60s. From his father’s start as a porter on the Ringling Brothers’ train, to Bill’s appearance as a clown with the Garden Brothers’ Circus, to his family’s 38 years selling kazoos at Sibley’s, Bill tells the true stories of things that never happened.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Left For Dead Improv

September 17th at 6:30pm

Left For Dead is a Rochester improv comedy group that originated in 2011 and is made up of performers who are age 50 and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, they perform short and long-form improv and standup comedy. The team started performing at assisted-living centers, cafes, and theater spaces around Rochester and has graduated to shows at comedy festivals throughout the Northeast.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

The 24-Hour Plays

September 18th at 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, a team of beloved local actors, writers, directors, and producers create, rehearse, and tech six new, short, original plays in just 24 hours, climaxing in an off-book performance. Can they write a play, direct it, memorize it, and perform it in a single day? Watch as they risk their sanity and reputations! Join us for theatre at its most raw and immediate.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

The 24-Hour Plays

September 18th at 9:00pm

Back by popular demand, a team of beloved local actors, writers, directors, and producers create, rehearse, and tech six new, short, original plays in just 24 hours, climaxing in an off-book performance. Can they write a play, direct it, memorize it, and perform it in a single day? Watch as they risk their sanity and reputations! Join us for theatre at its most raw and immediate.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

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