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Cell Outs

Hilarity ensues when two prisoners find themselves trapped in a medieval dungeon. Can they set aside their differences and work together to formulate a daring escape? Or will they choose to “cell out?" A one-act play by Richard Steele, directed by Philip Detrick.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Salena's
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Charming Disaster: Our Lady of Radium

Goth-folk duo Charming Disaster’s OUR LADY OF RADIUM is a multimedia musical performance inspired by pioneering scientist Marie Curie. Original songs explore moments from Madame Curie’s life and discoveries, including the ancient folklore of the mountains where radioactive ores were mined; the romance of equals between Marie and Pierre; the spirit medium whose séances they attended; and the tragedy of the “Radium Girls”—plus duels, scandal, alchemy, dwarves, radioactive decay chains, and other secret histories.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Spirit Room: The Spirit Room's Conjure Box
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Chickens are Still Loose in The Little Theatre

RIT's Fowl Play comedians have been set free in The Little Theatre (again), and they want you to laugh during this performance of three original comedy skits.

  • Length: 30 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Choise of Valentines

Moxy Cleaveland Cabaret from Niagara Falls brings to life “The Choise of Valentines,” an erotic poem from 1592 by Thomas Nashe. With a combination of live music, acting and dance, they create a unique "narrative burlesque" - including the first recorded literary use of the word ‘dildo’ - that is fun, sexy and unexpectedly sincere, leaving patrons reminiscing over young lovewhile laughing and singing along to their favorite songs.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Spirit Room: The Spirit Room's Conjure Box
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

Cirque 101 Workshop

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Here’s your chance! (And you don’t even need to run away!) Come to the Cirque 101 workshop to learn the basics of juggling, balancing, ball spinning and more - a fun, interactive way to get your cirque career started.

  • Length: 55 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance: Baden Street Settlement Gymnasium
  • Genre: Kids Fringe
  • Location Type: Indoor

Cirque du Fringe: Afterglow

Join us in the dazzling Spiegeltent for a night of eye-popping and jaw-dropping variety and comedy, from the creator of past years’ sold-out hits D’illusion, SideShow, and Eclectic Attraction. There’s simply no way to fully prepare yourself for Cirque du Fringe: Afterglow, a world-premiere created just for Fringe and starring Las Vegas legends Matt and Heidi Morgan. "Matt and Heidi just do not let down." - Stage and Cinema

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

Cobbs Hill Consort

The Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring Native American flute supported by the living sounds of harp, guitar, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging you in a journey of the heart. The group returns to the Rochester Fringe Festival for an eighth year sharing the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration, including Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Sandy Gianniny (harp), both team members of UR Medicine Palliative Care.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Spirit Room: The Spirit Room's Conjure Box
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Commotion Dance Theater

Inspired by stories and poetry, Commotion Dance Theater brings together movement, music, props and more for their newest show! Ruben T. Ornelas presents “Mexican-American Purgatory,” an irreverent and absurd dance about being betwixt and between cultures; and Laurie MacFarlane performs “Talespin,” a fast-moving mash-up that reimagines characters from myth, folklore and fairytales. Funny, thought-provoking, and full of feeling, Commotion belongs on your “must-see” list! Presented With live music by Yoshiko Arahata.


  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

Connie Fredericks-Malone: Alone With My Music

In 2018, Connie Fredericks-Malone launched her one-woman show, "Alone with My Music." Accompanied by digitally mastered backing tracks, Connie reinterprets songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Dakota Staton, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughan and many others. “Songs performed by these artists are rich with innuendo and subtext," says Connie. "As a former musical theatre actress, it is a thrill to explore this material and to add my interpretation.”

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Dangerous Signs Presents: Here and Now

HERE AND NOW is a developing piece of theater by Dangerous Signs, an original ASL poetry, song, and dance performance group that explores current events using the performers' own personal, poignant poetic responses to the absurdities, surprises, and tears of the world in which we all find ourselves living. Ideally, the audience will leave feeling hopeful that through love, (perhaps) people can find their way back to each other as a community.

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Dashboard Dramas VIII

SOLD OUT FOR 2022! A total sell-out seven years running, this intimate theatre experience is unlike any other. You’ll find yourself immersed in four all-new, 10-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and most of all, one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets available per performance!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Decide Our Fate, Decide Your Fate

Want to decide the fate of the show? Have we got a deal for you! Visit this comedic experience to take control of your entertainment.

  • Length: 15 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Desert Rhythms Belly Dance Troupe

Let Desert Rhythms take you on a magic carpet ride! This whirlwind journey of belly dance will dazzle with swirling veils and dueling swords, and amaze with sinuous movements and breathtaking choreography. Desert Rhythms has developed a unique style, fusing Turkish and American belly dance, the culmination of its 35-year history. A memorable performance sure to thrill and excite all ages.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Dance
  • Location Type: Indoor

The Deuce of Ukes

The debut pairing of two members of the Rochester Ukulele Orchestra - Randall Pollack and Stephen Jacobs - in a "spin-off" act where they deliver their own versions of popular music from the last 200 years or so.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Diary of a Substitute Teacher – Trials, Tribulations and Tantrums

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be a substitute teacher – someone tasked with your child’s learning? Find out in this hilarious, first-person account! This comedy starts during the interview process and takes you from teaching kindergarten to high school and the pandemic, including stops in gym, art, and the library. Hear the hilarity and insanity associated with being a hired educator, from the mind of Jim Harney.


  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Dirk Darrow: Magic of Future Past

From 17-time Fringe Festival Award Winner Tim Motley…

★★★★★ “Incredible.” - Edmonton Journal “Had the sold-out Geva crowd digging his jive.” - City Newspaper

COMEDY Award - Perth Fringe Fest 2022

★★★★ “Magic of Future Past has us all laughing out loud, completely mesmerised.” - Fourth Wall Media

Time to charge your flux capacitors & sharpen your Blade Runners... Gritty 1930s film-noir retro collides with futuristic sci-fi in this hilarious, time-traveling stage magic spectacle! More info: https://youtu.be/udg1AYxxiJQ

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Disco Kids

Big party for pint-size dance machines takes over the Spiegelgarden. The next generation of club kids is here, popping and pouting up a storm. Disco Kids is a non-stop, fun-filled, dance extravaganza that is the talk of kid town. Lights, music, and glow sticks. Welcome to the Fringe's not-so-silent disco!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

DivaZ: A Musical Tribute to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Tina Turner

Slight Pandemonium Productions presents "Zahyia & The Benevolent Mischief Arkestra" in "DivaZ," an evening of music featuring Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Tina Turner. Zahyia is a performer who defies labels and defines the word 'artist.' As a songwriter, lyricist, producer, and creative visionary, Zahyia only recognizes boundaries and limits long enough to cross them. She's been stunning national audiences for the past 20 years as a show-stopping performer/vocalist where her diverse, wide-ranging talents shine. Don’t miss this high-energy performance!

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Dreamgirls

(PG-13, 2006, Bill Condon, 130 mins.) Based on the original Broadway production and starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Jennifer Hudson. In 1960s Detroit, trio of Black, female, soul singers cross over to the pop charts, facing their own personal struggles along the way. Jennifer Hudson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Effie White.

  • Length: 130 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Earth, Wind and Circus

Come one, come all to a show that portrays the importance of individuality and community! "Earth, Wind and Circus" follows two groups based in the late 70s: the Punks and the Funks. When the Punks meet the Funks, everything changes.

Written and directed by Kiendra Simpson, assistant directed by Camille Collins, and student directed by Macrina Jeary, with assistant student directing by Audrey Dejoy. Appropriate for all ages!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Aerial Arts of Rochester: Aerial Arena
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

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