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Cobbs Hill Consort

The Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring the Native American flute, supported by the living sounds of guitar, harp, drums, and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging listeners in a journey of the heart. Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Sandy Gianniny (harp) are also members of UR Medicine's Palliative Care team. This Fringe favorite returns live and in-person to share the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration.

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

The Comedy of (Zoom) Errors

Brawling Bard Theater tackles Shakespeare’s beloved tale of long-lost twins and comic confusion. On Zoom, of course. Can the play possibly survive screen freezes, muted monologues, intrusive family members, bizarro backgrounds, and the thousand other shocks that Zoom is heir to?

  • Length: 63 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre

Commotion Dance Theater

Commotion Dance Theater returns to Fringe with two new works. “Fairy Tales of Our Own Devising” is a triptych of surreal dances directed by Laurie MacFarlane and created in collaboration with three composers and three visual artists. The piece opens a window into a fantastic and mysterious universe. Ruben T. Ornelas presents an inter-disciplinary work using dance and film that portrays the U.S./Mexico borderlands as a place of shared, lived experience.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

Complimentary Heckling

Watch out! If she catches you strutting your stuff around the Fringe, you’re likely to get heckled… with compliments! Complimentary Heckling by Crackerjack is back. Will she get you? We sure hope so!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Spoken Word
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Complimentary Heckling

Watch out! If she catches you strutting your stuff around the Fringe, you're likely to get heckled... with compliments! Complimentary Heckling by Crackerjack is back. Will she get you? We sure hope so!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Spoken Word
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch


Former child star Alison Arngrim returns to Rochester with "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: Nellie Oleson Live!" Best known as acid-tongued, pre-Midol meanie Nellie Oleson from "Little House on the Prairie," Alison Arngrim presents an uproarious evening of storytelling, stand-up, and multi-media about life as everyone's favorite toxic pre-teen brat, complete with petticoats and ringlets. Never afraid to dish the dirt, she lets all the secrets loose of "Little House," Hollywood, and much more.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Theater @ Innovation Square
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Connections

Students at The Harley School participate in a collaborative performance/fine art project around identity, exploring what it means to be an individual, and connections to others in a community. Students participated in a series of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Social-Emotional Learning classes. Their exploration includes movement, choreography, developing original scenes, and constructing identity suits, inspired by artist Nick Cave. The central idea comes from thinking what does, “This is me” mean? And exploring, “This is me, with you.”

  • Length: 32 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

The Consciousness

Reece, a struggling music student, decides to 'borrow' some ideas from the archived consciousness of a dead composer, but Theodore Price is irascible, forgetful, and hiding a critical secret.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre

Crazy Rich Asians

(PG-13, 2018, John M. Chu, 120 mins.) Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actress and for Best Motion Picture. Based on a global bestseller, this contemporary romantic comedy follows native New Yorker Rachul Chu (Constance Wu) to Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) family. She is unprepared for the details that Nick has neglected to mention about his life, realizing that money and love can complicate things. Also stars Michelle Yeoh and Ken Jeong.

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Dancing Out of The Dust

Artistic Director Erika Ruegemer and the Creative Team of Elyssia Primus and Amanda Turk demonstrate our continuous need for connection. A group of dancers will plant themselves two-by-two in the East Avenue and Scio Street area. When you come across the artists, follow them! They will gather in unison at their final destination adjacent to Ong Siraphisut’s public art piece “Breathe,” located on the outside wall of Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Rochester Contemporary Art Center: Side Lawn
  • Genre: Dance

Dashboard Dramas VII

A total sell-out six years running, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ shampoo...if you’re lucky. You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-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.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Diary 2.0 Substitute Teacher – Tools of the Trade

In a follow-up to the sold-out “Diary of a Substitute Teacher,” Jim Harney answers the all-important question: what does a substitute need in a classroom? A complete survival kit certainly doesn’t hurt, but there’s so much more to learn. In this entertaining sequel, the audience will hear about the strange, hilarious, and not-so-real tools of the trade used to maintain order and strive to get through a day in a classroom. Come prepared to take notes and laugh hysterically.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Theater @ Innovation Square
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Disco Kids

Back by popular demand. Big party for pint-size dance machines takes over the OUTDOORS at One Fringe Place. The next generation of club kids is here, popping and pouting up a storm. Disco Kids is a nonstop, 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: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Kids Fringe
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Documentary Shorts: RIT Photojournalism

A selection of cinematic documentary short stories created by Photojournalism students from RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Indoor

Don't Stand Up!

"Don't Stand Up! A Zoom Comedy," written and directed by Amy Losi, won The Spirit of the 2020 Hartford Fringe Festival, Excellence in Directing, and Best Ensemble. Audiences raved: "laugh-out- loud funny," "very clever," "so much fun," "great performances," and "like Noises Off Zoom style." An amateur theatre group and director (with a short fuse and tall drinking problem) have three days to rehearse and perform a new play over Zoom. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Length: 41 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Comedy

Drunk Bus

(NR) Filmed on-site in Rochester! Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent college graduate whose post-college plan derails when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in NYC. He meets Pineapple, a punk-rock Samoan security guard, and together, they break out of their endless loop and into a world of uncertainty, excitement, and incredibly poor decision-making. Also stars Pineapple Tangaroa, Kara Hayward, Will Forte, and Dave Hill.

  • Length: 100 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Outdoor

ESTROFEST

We're vaxed and we're back! Uncaged and free at last! What do you get when the EstroFest women are finally released after 16 months in quarantine? Cooped-up-inspired comedic insanity! In a year that made many of us cry, we'll make you laugh at the absurdity, joy, and silliness of life! New material plus some audience favorites. One weekend only! Grab your tickets before they sell out!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Hart Theater
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

An evening with Sam Nitsch

Sam Nitsch is a performer specializing in the fusion of diverse musical styles and techniques. After beginning his career as a violinist, Nitsch developed a distinct voice through the exploration and inclusion of multiple instruments and technology into his music. Emerging from the Rochester music scene in 2015, Nitsch has played more than 100 venues throughout the Northeast. In concert, Nitsch loops violin, bass, drums, vocals, and electric and acoustic ukuleles to cover an eclectic library from decades past.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Experiential Seated Dinners

Fuse and Anchor and Erin McDonald Co present an interactive, styled, tasting dinner for two nights during the Fringe. The first evening will be with Mortalis Brewery and Julia K Caters. The second evening will be with Embark Cidery and Julia K Caters. Each evening will feature a delicious menu paired beautifully with each brewery's tasty compositions. The evening will feature an immersive design from internationally recognized Airigami and Erin McDonald. ALLERGY ALERT: latex balloons on display

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Made on State: Fuse and Anchor
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary
  • Location Type: Indoor

The FABULOUS King James Bible

In this raucous comedy, historically gay King James I questions the role of the Church and its scripture in order to translate a new bible, much to the chagrin of two high priests who are nothing if not traditional.

  • Length: 55 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre

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