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50 Shades of Gay Takes On The '80s

September 11th at 8:00pm

"50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)

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

Left For Dead Improv

September 12th at 7:00pm

We are a local improv comedy group made up of performers aged 50 years and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, this team performs short and long-form improv, stand-up and sketch comedy. We started performing in assisted-living centers, cafes and theatre spaces around Rochester, and have graduated to shows and comedy festivals all over the Northeast. Catch us while you still can at the Fringe!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

50 Shades of Gay Takes On The '80s

September 12th at 9:00pm

"50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)

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

The Eulogy

September 13th at 7:00pm

Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "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.”

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

50 Shades of Gay Takes On The '80s

September 13th at 9:00pm

"50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)

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

Aliens Like Us

September 14th at 12:00pm

It’s Poetry! It’s Theatre! It’s Poetry with Props! After the collapse of human civilization, aliens land on earth and embark on an intergalactic scholarly mission to see what went so horribly wrong that it caused human society to implode. During their exploration, these beings rely on an obscure twenty-first century poet’s work to decode the many mysteries of earth and make their anthropological conclusions, both serious and funny – just as all theatre should be.

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

Sladki Doumi Women's Balkan Chorus

September 14th at 2:00pm

Sladki Doumi Women’s Balkan Chorus performs traditional songs from the Balkans, celebrating a music with asymmetrical rhythms and radiant melodies that “makes your socks go up and down!” The singing style is focused and highly ornamented, harmonious and dissonant in turn. The songs tell stories of hard work, community, love, and pain. Sladki Doumi presents these songs in their original languages, as women (and sometimes men) have rendered them across time, and shares them lovingly with audiences of all ages.

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

Left For Dead Improv

September 14th at 4:00pm

We are a local improv comedy group made up of performers aged 50 years and above. With more than four centuries of life experience, this team performs short and long-form improv, stand-up and sketch comedy. We started performing in assisted-living centers, cafes and theatre spaces around Rochester, and have graduated to shows and comedy festivals all over the Northeast. Catch us while you still can at the Fringe!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Comedy

The Eulogy

September 14th at 6:00pm

Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "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.”

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

Stand Up for Drag

September 14th at 8:00pm

A FABULOUS evening of some of the best divas of drag and stand-up comedians that Rochester has to offer! Musical performances and stand-up comedy will provide an all-inclusive night of enjoyment.

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

50 Shades of Gay Takes On The '80s

September 14th at 10:00pm

"50 Shades of Gay" returns for a third outlandish year to Fringe and, this time, it takes on the fabulous 1980s. Join award-winning comedian Ike Avelli and his talented guests, Tym Moss and Vivian Darling, for a night of comedy, music, drag, costumes and – most importantly – audience participation and giveaways! You're even invited to dress up in an iconic look from the decade. "The mastermind of creativity, Ike Avelli showcased a riveting adult variety explosion." (Huffington Post)

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

The 24-Hour Plays

September 16th at 7:00pm

What do you get when you take a group of actors, writers, directors and producers and give them 24 hours to create, rehearse and “tech” a handful of short original plays? Something uniquely amazing. The experience is profoundly exhilarating, culminating in a thrilling performance with lights, sounds, props and costumes for a live theatre audience.

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

The 24-Hour Plays

September 16th at 9:00pm

What do you get when you take a group of actors, writers, directors and producers and give them 24 hours to create, rehearse and “tech” a handful of short original plays? Something uniquely amazing. The experience is profoundly exhilarating, culminating in a thrilling performance with lights, sounds, props and costumes for a live theatre audience.

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

The Geriactors Present!

September 17th at 7:00pm

We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.

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

The Geriactors Present!

September 18th at 2:00pm

We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.

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

The Eulogy

September 18th at 8:00pm

Best Solo Performance, 2018 Boulder Fringe. Outstanding Performance, 2018 San Diego Fringe. Patrons’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2017 PortFringe. Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, "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.”

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

The Geriactors Present!

September 19th at 2:00pm

We present a program of short plays by and in tribute to Byron Wilmot, a wonderful local playwright who left us too soon five years ago. Some of these plays were written expressly for us and all display Byron’s unique humor. We leaven the program with a song or two (or three) from the Rochester Songbook, a collection of Rochester-centric songs compiled in 1910.

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

Town X

September 19th at 7:00pm

The Encounter (Baltimore-based magic team of Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe) is back at Rochester Fringe with their new narrative magic smash-up, "Town X." There’s been an event in Town X, and the entire community – including you – is on hand for an emergency meeting. The doors are locked, the cell phones down, and the radio says something that sounds like invasion. Part theater piece, part magic show, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen The Encounter.

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

Tiramisu

September 19th at 9:00pm

After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, Michael Burgos returns with his second show, "Tiramisu." Several years after their relationship ends, Tony – a washed-up American musician – realizes that Teresa – an Italian pastry chef –was the one who got away. Not knowing what else to do, Tony writes a musical about tiramisu and tours it globally, in the hopes that Teresa will see the show and fall in love with him again.

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

Tiramisu

September 20th at 7:00pm

After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 and 2017 Rochester Fringes, Michael Burgos returns with his second show, "Tiramisu." Several years after their relationship ends, Tony – a washed-up American musician – realizes that Teresa – an Italian pastry chef –was the one who got away. Not knowing what else to do, Tony writes a musical about tiramisu and tours it globally, in the hopes that Teresa will see the show and fall in love with him again.

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

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