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This Year's Models

September 13th at 7:30pm

The freshest comedy show at Fringe! Comedian and broadcaster Woody Battaglia curates and hosts a hilarious showcase featuring the best of Rochester’s up-and-coming comedy talent. Each night spotlights a different group of funny folks guaranteed to keep the laughs coming. Don’t miss your chance to catch these talented newcomers. See one, then come back for more!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Club SOTA
  • Genre: Comedy

Woman Before a Glass

September 13th at 7:30pm

Straight from its smash-hit run in London and directed by the legendary Austin Pendleton, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS offers the unforgettable story of a woman before her time. Indulging her uncanny eye for great art and artists, Peggy Guggenheim lived a life too amazing to be believed. She discovered and subsidized many of the greatest Expressionist and Surrealist painters and saved her collection from destruction at the hands of the Nazis.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

Holding On through Song: A Celebration of the African-American Spiritual

September 13th at 8:00pm

First Inversion presents a unique experience, combining improvisation in the oral tradition with written arrangements of African-American spirituals for various configurations of choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and the gathered community. The singers of First Inversion are joined by guest artists Jason Holmes, Marcus Jefferson, Alan Jones, and Kearstin Piper-Brown. Words from Rochester’s own Frederick Douglass and other African-American leaders, scholars, and artists will provide historical context and sacred story that will inform our journey with this powerful music.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Parents & Children, Husbands & Wives: It's All Relatives

September 13th at 8:30pm

Acclaimed storyteller Penny Sterling (SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN) teams up with musicians Mike and Mel Muscarella (Violet Mary) to present songs and stories about their relatives. It’s an evening of tales about the people they love, told with humor, poignancy, and great music. And maybe a little wine. Okay, maybe MORE than a little wine.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Personal Foul: A Play Reading

September 13th at 8:30pm

PERSONAL FOUL brings you into the gritty backroom of car sales where customers are cursed and camaraderie is a fluke – until today. In this play reading, the Jersey Pride Auto House has a new owner, and he’s making his first visit. Eddie MacNamera, the curmudgeon finance manager, is uneasy and doesn’t like the upbeat attitude of top salesman Jonathan Cook. As the new boss makes his rounds, the four remaining employees make some deals of their own to survive.

  • Length: 80 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Art Lobotomy

September 13th at 9:00pm

Songwriter Victory and comedian Tripoli (TripVictory) host an interactive performance showcase, inviting a fellow Fringe performer to join them. Each presents a piece of their art – a song, a joke, a dance. After each performance piece, the audience becomes a part of the show by asking questions, proposing critiques, and offering their perspectives. Every show is different!

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

A Fool's Odyssey

September 13th at 9:00pm

A comic/dramatic performance inspired by Homer’s classic tale, THE ODYSSEY. Mr. Tyson presents a one-man show about a “fool” who must overcome his own hubris, the deceits and villainy of others, and even death itself. In other words, it’s a story we can all relate to! Borrowing from the worlds of theatre, stand-up comedy, and magic, this fast-paced production shows us that no matter how rough the storm, there is a way home.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Avyarium
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

The Immersive Igloo

September 13th at 9:00pm

Total Sell Out Hit in 2017! The 3D Sound Experience Returns!

Submerge yourself in the soothing sounds of immersive music composed and presented by spatial sound artist, Tom Montagliano. Within his inflatable, 40-foot, glowing Immersive Igloo — that has traversed the Northeast to rave reviews — you’ll find yourself seated in a circle of eight speakers, bathing you in blankets of warm and wondrous vibrations. Close your eyes and let the ambient, electronic soundscapes guide you on your introspective adventure.

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Music

Jonathan Burns is (Extra) Ordinary

September 13th at 9:00pm

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 THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, and was deemed "Extremely Funny" by The New York Times.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Club SOTA
  • Genre: Comedy

Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play

September 13th at 9:00pm

Coming off a limited, off-Broadway run, this award-winning musical combines cabaret, theatre, and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century. "It’s is a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in." ★★★★★ –Plays To See (NYC). "Tymisha Harris is a tour de force.” ★★★★★–CBC. ”If there’s a truly must-see show…it’s Josephine.” ★★★★★ –Winnipeg Free Press

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

Bitter B*tch Cabaret

September 13th at 9:30pm

When performing is your true love, losing a dream role feels akin to heartbreak. After the ultimate rejection, cynicism often follows. But rather than becoming Bitter B*tches, five actresses are flipping the script by showcasing what could have been...had their names been on the cast list. Featuring showstoppers from the Broadway canon and some of Rochester's finest homegrown talent, this convivial and cathartic cabaret show is an antidote for resentment, letting us explore the "what ifs" before letting go.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

A Fool's Odyssey

September 14th at 4:00pm

A comic/dramatic performance inspired by Homer’s classic tale, THE ODYSSEY. Mr. Tyson presents a one-man show about a “fool” who must overcome his own hubris, the deceits and villainy of others, and even death itself. In other words, it’s a story we can all relate to! Borrowing from the worlds of theatre, stand-up comedy, and magic, this fast-paced production shows us that no matter how rough the storm, there is a way home.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Avyarium
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

The Crooked North

September 14th at 5:00pm

The Crooked North is an acoustic, Americana string band that features some of the top bluegrass players in Western New York. They capture the high energy of new a generation of modern bluegrass, the gritty soul of great American songwriting, and the Rust Belt ethos of their hometown. The music maintains a deep commitment to the bluegrass tradition while infusing a modern twist and a dark edge. Their compelling sound features haunting harmonies, vivid storytelling, and unexpected arrangements.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Music

A Day in the Life of the Forcibly Displaced

September 14th at 5:00pm

According to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s report from 2017, one in every 113 people are now forcibly displaced (FD). Of those, 20 people are displaced every minute due to conflict or persecution. This photography installation focuses on the living conditions and spaces of the 65.6 million people whom the world has left behind. The installation's imagery focuses on living conditions of the FD in Athens, Beirut, and the Calais Jungle, among others.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Light Painting Experience

September 14th at 5:00pm

Let your creativity shine! Join the Maker Faire Rochester Crew in our special photo booth, where you can actually paint with light! We'll bring LEDs, lightsabers, blinkies, and camera; you bring your awesome self. You'll create beautiful images to download when you get home.

  • Length: 300 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Artists

September 14th at 5:00pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT is member-led organization that offers a wide range of academic, cultural, and social programs and activities to enrich learners over 50. The Osher community includes an active group of artists in a wide variety of media who enjoy sharing their talents and interests with the organization in the Osher galleries. This exhibit is designed to highlight several of these talented artists.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

RIT Art House Showcase

September 14th at 5:00pm

Art House's purpose is to foster a creative and inclusive environment among its members, other special-interest-housing communities, and the RIT student body as a whole. It is dedicated to providing ample opportunities for members to develop personally, academically, and professionally. Members are encouraged to share their ideas, opinions, stories, skills, and hobbies so that they can continue to grow as artists as well as people.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Dashboard Dramas V

September 14th at 5:30pm

SOLD OUT for 2018! A total sell-out four years running, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! 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 8 tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Drive-in Dramas

September 14th at 5:30pm

From the creative team behind DASHBOARD DRAMAS, get ready for the classic-car edition of this Fringe favorite! This unique show takes place in the SOTA Courtyard, where the audience rotates through four classic cars from Great Lakes Classic Cars in Hilton, NY. Each classic car will feature an original ten-minute play set in the period-specific era of that car. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, unique experience. Only 8 tickets per performance!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Courtyard
  • Genre: Theatre

What!? - Two magicians telling the truth

September 14th at 5:30pm

When two of the most creative guys in the underground magic world get together, you're in for a special night. Written, invented, and performed by George Tait and Keith Fields, this original show will leave you saying ‘WHAT!?’ One minute, you'll be laughing your socks off and the next, you'll be wondering how they do it. They do it by telling the truth!

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

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