Fringe

KEYBANK ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017

  • September 14th - 23rd, 2017


    School of the Arts Line-up


    1962 CULT FILM CARNIVAL OF SOULS, RECUT WITH AN ALL NEW LIVE SCORE!

    Sept. 15 – 9:30 PM

    Sept. 17 – 7:00 PM

    60 mins

    Ages: 13 +

    $10

    Cult classic, psychological thriller, and late-night B-movie staple, 1962's CARNIVAL OF SOULS gets a fresh take with an all-new score performed live alongside the film by avant-garde musician Adam Sterr. The film has been recut and trimmed down to 55 minutes, significantly heightening the suspense and pacing of the original. Cult-cinema lovers and music enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy this unique presentation of an indie film classic!

     


    AN EVENING WITH COTTONTOE 

    Sep. 22 - 6:00 PM

    60 mins

    All Ages

    $5

    Mike "CottonToe" Scrivens has been playing his own version of acous­tic blues in and out of Rochester for the past five years. He engages audiences young and old with his soulful voice, singing stories of those less fortunate and others with whom he's crossed paths in his lifetime. Frank DeBlase from CITY Newspaper described his debut CD, DOWNTRODDEN BLUES, as "eight songs that were bluesy, yes, but with other elements of singer-songwriter and warm Americana denim, wood, and wire."

     


    BAD IDEA ENTERTAINMENT

    Sep. 15 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 16 - 6:30 PM

    Sep. 17 - 5:00 PM

    60 mins

    Age: 18+

    $20

    A comedic look inside the train-wreck world of entertainment. Since 2014, Douglas Stafford has been entertaining at Renaissance Fairs as well as at private and corporate events, and now he invites you to take a peek at the slightly twisted, inside world of professional entertainment through circus, sideshow, and magic. It’s not a good idea; it’s a bad idea. It’s better entertainment through poor life choices.

     


    BALL IN THE HOUSE: MUSIC THAT'LL MOVE YA

    Sept. 15 – 6:00 PM

    Sept. 16 – 8:00 PM

    60 mins

    All Ages

    $15

    A longtime staple of Rochester theatre performances and exciting, educational school assemblies, Ball in the House is back with an exhilarating show that is sure to MOVE ‘ya. This a cappella fusion of soul, R&B, and pop styles – spanning the classics to the music of today – has delighted audiences of all ages across the US and internationally. Be sure to end your summer right and join this superb quintet for a night of powerful vocals and family-friendly fun!

     
     


    CASTLE CREEK

    Sep. 17 - 5:00 PM

    60 mins

    All Ages

    $5

    Castle Creek is an original rock/pop band based in Syracuse. Front woman Kim Monroe's powerful vocals are reminiscent of Susan Tedeschi's soulful style. Live, the band is dynamic and impressive, weaving its way from quiet emotional moments to full-out, foot-stomping rock. Having toured the United States, Ireland, and Japan, Castle Creek is a must-see.

     


    THE COMMONPLACE DANCE PROJECT

    Neyda Colón-DiMaria and Ethan Beckwith-Cohen

    Sep. 16 - 12:00 PM

    All Ages

    $8

    As humans, we have thoughts and feelings that cross our minds and impact our lives on a daily basis. Ethan Beckwith-Cohen and Neyda Colón-DiMaria began The Commonplace Dance Project by asking those around them a simple question, "What do you think about every day?" The two teenagers have expressed those thoughts and feelings using movement. Through dances performed by 20 of their peers, the beauty and rawness of everyday emotions are exposed.

     


    COYOTE CHALLENGES THE WORLD

    The Open Road Theatre

    Sep. 23 - 12:30 PM

    All Ages

    $14

    Open Road Theatre presents Coy­ote Challenges The World, which focuses on the issue of bullying using the Native American Medicine Wheel. We all need to be accepted and appreciated, but how we achieve this? Coyote declares he is the smartest, best-looking animal, so he should be the Ruler of the World. Eagle, Bear, Snowy Owl, and Mouse challenge Coyote to four leadership tests. Will Coyote achieve accep­tance as their leader? Is he a bully or a leader? For all ages.

     


    DESERT RHYTHMS MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE TROUPE

    Sep. 16 - 12:30 PM

    All Ages

    $8

    Come let Desert Rhythms take you on a magic carpet ride. This whirlwind journey of belly dance will dazzle you with swirl­ing veils and dueling swords, and amaze you with sinuous movements to breathtaking choreography. Desert Rhythms has developed a unique style, fusing Turkish and American belly dance that is the culmination of its 30-year history. A memorable performance sure to thrill and excite all ages.

     


    DISCOVER INDIA

    Sep. 22 - 5:30 PM

    All Ages

    $5

    India: home of wisdom, abode of art, and traversed by many in search of its treasures. DISCOVER INDIA brings this experience to you! Immerse yourself in a celebration of culture – the­atre, music, dance, sight, sound, and taste – presented by artists from around the globe. See unity in diversity, and feel the heart of India.

     


    DOUG STONE QUARTET

    Sep. 15 - 5:30 PM

    All Ages

    $5

    An alumni of the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, Doug Stone spent many years as a first-call jazz saxophonist in Chicago and the Midwest. In 2009, he moved to Rochester to attend the Eastman School of Music, and currently spends his days teaching at School of the Arts and Eastman Community Music School. His quartet features top-flight Rochester musicians, and will perform original compositions written by Stone over the past 15 years.

     


    ELVIRA: THE IMMIGRATION PLAY

    Sep. 16 – 2:00 PM

    Sep. 16 - 9:30 PM

    All Ages

    $15

    A new work by Jessica Carmona, El­vira: The Immigration Play is based on the life story of Elvira Arellano. The play centers on an imaginary encounter between a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent and Elvira. As the interrogation unfolds, Elvira recounts her journey, from being the daughter of a farmer in México to becoming TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year.

     


    FLOWER CITY VAUDEVILLE’S FIRST ANNUAL FAREWELL TOUR

    Sep. 16 - 11:00 AM

    Sep. 17 – 11:00 AM

    Sep. 17 – 2:00 PM

    Sep. 23 5:00 PM

    All Ages

    $10 - regular; $5 - children

    Let’s face it – these guys are not getting any younger! Their madcap routines of comedy, music, and feats of skill invite the question, “How much longer can they keep doing this?” Come join the fun as Ted Baumhauer, Ward Hartenstein, and Richard Hughson enthusiastically answer, “Let’s find out!” with brand-new skits and fan favorites that are sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone.

     


    FOREIGNERS

    Sep. 17 - 8:00 PM

    Sep. 22 - 9:00 PM

    Sep. 23 - 8:00 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $12

    Foreigners tackles the theme of love in two one-act plays by Candide Carrasco. Both plays are set in Chapel Hill, NC. Night Passengers takes an inside look at the mating dance between an older French woman and a University of North Carolina sophomore. Finally Home follows a the journey of a transplant­ed woman from Rochester, NY who has left her husband of 27 years for another woman as she searches for a new home.

     


    GET HAPPY: CASEY JONES COSTELLO SINGS THE JUDY GARLAND SONGBOOK

    Sep. 16 - 3:30 PM

    Sep. 23 - 3:30 PM

    All Ages

    $12

    Following the success of last year's The Sounds of Music – a tribute to the classic shows of Broadway – vocalist Casey Jones Costello returns to the Fringe to pay homage to Judy Garland - one of the greatest entertainers of all time. In celebration of what would have been her 95th birthday this year, Costello performs treasures from Garland's songbook. He entertains and enlightens with anecdotes about the iconic artist and her most popular films and songs, which are among the greatest of the 20th Century.

     


    HOWIE HYPNOTIZE

    Globe International LLC

    Sep. 14 - 6:00 PM

    Sep. 15 - 9:00 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $8

    Ever wonder what it’s like to be on stage… then volunteer for The Howie Hypnotize Show, an interactive experience that makes YOU the star of the show! Howie is always looking for audience members who want to have the most fun, so before each show, he conducts an entertaining 
    ex­periment to see who can be hypnotized. Whether onstage or in the audience you will have fun!

     


    HUMAN POLITICS

    Aspie Works

    Sep. 16 – 5:00 PM

    Sep. 21 - 9:00 PM

    Ages: 18+

    $10

    Two neighbors watch a new family move in and one of them wants to force them out. A mother and daughter are torn apart by a certain president's election. Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly writes this double bill of plays in which political feelings take on the human heart – with severe emotional consequences.

     


    INNER LOOP

    Sep. 14 - 5:30PM

    All Ages

    $5

    Inner Loop features three, top-notch veteran Rochester musicians: Meg Gehman, Ray Bellizia, and Doug Kanter. This acoustic trio performs re-imagined pop songs, standards, ballads, and funky, pared-down versions of old R&B classics. In an unplugged show full of surprises, Inner loop showcases singer/songwriter Meg’s original material influenced by pop, blues, and soul.

     


    JACK RABBIT/DUALLY’NOTED

    Sep. 16 - 2:00 PM

    All Ages

    Regular: $10; Seniors: $5; Child/Student: $5

    "Life is a roller coaster...raise your hands and enjoy the ride." Jack Rabbit, a dance work for ten dancers, was imagined by choreographer Cheryl Johnson and inspired by the oldest operational roller coaster at Seabreeze. Seattle percus­sionist Ed Hartman created an original music score for the piece. DUALLY'NOTED features duets between tap dance expression­ist Cheryl Johnson and top-notch jazz musicians Maria Battista Hancock (vocals), Richard DeLaney (piano), Rich Felice (drums), Dave Arenius (bass), and John Wiesenthal (guitar).

     


    JIMMY C’S KIDS MAGIC SHOW

    Jimmy C Music Machine

    Sep. 16 - 1:00 PM

    Sep. 17 - 3:00 PM

    Sep. 23 - 1:00 PM

    Ages: 5+

    $10

    World-renowned magician Jimmy C has entertained kids and adults alike, performing for hundreds of daycare facilities, schools, and Scout functions across New York State. His show is a high-energy, interactive experience guar­anteed to delight audiences of all ages. It's packed full of excit­ing magic, the silliest of comedy, lots of songs and dance!

     


    KIRE NAJDOVSKI BAND

    Sep. 21 - 9:00 PM

    All Ages

    $5

    Kire's solo debut album, “Ar­rival,” is a guitar-driven, melodic, instrumental, rock-fusion work featuring impressive song structures and cultural undertones. It was from this recording project that the Kire Najdovski Band was formed, a band with natural sustaining and creative energy both on stage and in the recording stu­dio. For this project, Kire enlisted two outstanding musicians who combine their talents to create one of Rochester’s finest rhythm sec­tions: Don Torpy on bass and Emmett Ientilucci on drums.

     


    THE MADELEIN/MADDY COMEDY HOUR

    Sep. 14 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 14 - 9:00 PM

    Sep. 15 - 6:00 PM

    Sep. 15 - 7:30 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $10

    The Madelein/Maddy Com­edy Hour pairs two hilarious comedians with VERY similar names for a night of laughs. Madelein Smith is a Rochester fa­vorite who has won seven comedy competitions in the Northeast and has performed at festivals in NYC, Toronto, and LA. Maddy Smith is a swiftly rising star in the NYC comedy scene, finalist in the Stand Up NY fest, and winner of the Memphis Comedy Fest Roast Battle. Hosted by local favorite Kelsey Claire.

     


    THE MAGIC. THE MUSIC. THE FUN.

    Jimmy C Music Machine

    Sep. 16 - 3:00 PM

    Sep. 17 - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 23 - 3:00 PM

    All Ages

    $10

    One man. One show. One Jimmy C. Sharing a variety of his talents, Jimmy C excites audiences with a one-man, cabaret-style show filled with a variety of theatrical illusions as well as music and comedy. He’s en­tertained at thousands of functions and venues across New York State and around the world. Jimmy C brings the fun and magic everywhere he performs.

     


    MATT GRIFFO & ALL THE FEELINGS

    Sep. 21 - 7:30 PM

    Ages: 18+

    $15

    This group of oddballs from Chicago are sure to make people laugh. With his passion for music and comedy, Griffo’s show is what you'd get if Ben Folds and Flight of the Concords had a lovechild. Combining music with comedic lyrics, this Fringe fave sings, plays ukulele, guitar, and piano, and is backed up by cellists Marilynn Eguchi and Leyla I. Royale. He's been featured on FUNNY OR DIE and BUZZFEED.

     


    NEVERMORE! IN MOTION

    MCC's On The Edge Drama Troupe

    Sep. 14 – 9:00 PM

    Sep. 21 – 6:00 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $10

    Witness unique retellings of the eerily haunting works of Edgar Allen Poe. Through the art of pantomime and masque, this singu­lar theatrical experience will submerge audiences into the troubling mind of one of the earliest masters of horror.

     


    NUTS AND BOLTS COMEDY IMPROV

    Sep. 23 - 6:30 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $10

    Nuts and Bolts is Rochester’s longest-running, short-form Improv troupe, making audiences laugh since 2000. This ensemble show is inter­active, completely improvised comedy, where audience sugges­tions determine what happens on stage. The result is sometimes humorous, sometimes chaotic, but always entertaining!

     


    OBSTACLES

    Mossa Dance

    Sep. 21 5:30 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $15

    Mossa Dance is proud to present the debut of Obstacles. An obstacle is defined as "a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hin­ders progress," and facing these barriers is part of the human experience. Fringe audiences can take an intimate look at the challenges one may experience when finding the courage to confront the obstacle ahead.

     


    ON THE VERGE OF THE OUTERMOST EDGE OF US

    Sep. 14 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 15 - 7:30PM

    Ages: 13+

    $7

    It’s spreading. Boundaries. Borders. Divisiveness. This dystopian dance theater piece confronts and explores Walls, Movement, and a shifting of people in space across Boundaries. Sometimes these boundaries are personal, self-made, and even protec­tive, while still others are imposed externally. The visceral and authentic physicality of this performance is accented in media and design. Experience this interdisciplinary dance perfor­mance and consider: what separates "US" from "them?

     


    PINCH AND SQUEAL

    Sep. 14 - 9:30 PM

    Sep. 16 - 4:00 PM

    Ages: 18+

    $18

    With its clichéd sentimentality, kamikaze alcoholism and old-wheeze jokes, Pinch and Squeal knocks out songs you wish you didn’t love, tells jokes you wish you couldn’t laugh at, and performs even worse magic. A modern twist on comedy duos through­out history, this couple shoves vaudeville kicking and screaming into the 21st century! Pinch and Squeal has opened for Piff the Magic Dragon, Puddles Pity Party, burlesque legends, and Transylvanian Saxons. Prepare yourself for guaranteed laugh­ter, something in French, and quite possibly a banana puppet.

     


    PORTRAITS OF GRIEF

    Catalyst Dance Works

    Sep. 21 - 7:30 PM

    All Ages

    $15

    Portraits of Grief offers a thought-provoking look into the process of grief from multiple perspectives. Through dance, this show by Catalyst DanceWorks explores the complex emotions, relationships, and subconscious thoughts that connect all of us to universal themes of love and loss.

     


    PUSH PHYSICAL THEATRE

    Sep. 16 - 8:00 PM

    Sep. 17 - 3:00 PM

    Sep. 22 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 23 - 4:30 PM

    All Ages

    $18

    Following world-premiere performances of the cross-border, multi-media opera NO SE CULPE (DON'T BLAME ANY­ONE) – chosen as “Coolest Local Event of the Year - Profes­sional Division” by the Democrat & Chronicle’s Jeff Spevak – at Kodak Hall and Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. Rochester’s award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre returns for its sixth Fringe. This year’s mind-blowing mix includes a never-before-seen preview from the company’s upcoming Dracula, opening on Halloween at Blackfriars Theatre, along with much more from these masters of motion theatre.

     


    PUSH PHYSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

    Sep. 17 - 12:30 PM

    Sep. 23 - 11 AM

    Sep. 23 - 12:30 PM

    Ages: 5+

    $8

    PUSH Physical Theatre offers three, age-appropriate, introductory workshops for actors, danc­ers, athletes, artists, or anyone who wants to learn more about PUSH’s unique training system. Adults: learn pos­ture, breath, and isolation of body parts, followed by lifting, climbing, and throwing. Kids: explore mime, illusion, and creating shapes, levels, and rhythms with your bodies. Sunday, September 17 at 12:30 PM for ages 14+; Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 AM for ages 4-10 years; and Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 PM for ages 9-14 yrs.

     


    ROC CITY SINGERS

    RAPA's ROC City Singers

    Sep. 17 - 8:30 PM

    All Ages

    $10

    ROC City Singers is a regional show choir founded and directed by Judith A. Ranaletta. This dynamic group is comprised of 24 talented and promising young performers ranging in age from 14 to 19, and hailing from 15 different schools in four counties. Performing extensively throughout the Rochester area, 2017 marks ROC City Singers' sixth Fringe appearance. This year's show features selections from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Lady Gaga, and AIDA.

     


    THE SEAL MAIDEN

    Sep. 16 - 6:00 PM

    Sep. 17 - 1:00 PM

    Sep. 23 - 2:30 PM

    All Ages

    $12

    The Seal Maiden tells the enchanting story of a young seal, who – finding herself stranded on the beach after the tide has turned – is trans­formed into a young woman. She adapts to her new life and flourishes, yet is torn by a longing to return to the sea. The Seal Maiden is a Celtic tale of beauty and sorrow, told through dance and the beautiful music of Karan Casey and Niall Vallely. This family-friendly show is for all ages.

     


    SHERO

    Sep. 22 9:30 PM

    Sep. 23 - 8:30 PM

    All Ages

    $15

    SHERO excitedly anticipates its third annual Fringe performance, returning this fall to the Allen Main Stage! A musical duo formed in Rochester, SHERO has welcomed tremendous success since the release of its debut iTunes single in 2015. The duo integrates high-energy pop music with fantastic themes, showcasing a style that can be compared to that of Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. SHERO's original music and familiar covers, performed live in con­cert, promise to deliver a scintillating night to remember!

     


    THE SKY SANDS SILLY KIDS SHOW!

    Sep. 16 - 11:00 AM

    Sep. 17 - 1:00 PM

    All Ages

    $12

    Performing for immature audiences (age is irrelevant) is what award-win­ning entertainer Sky Sands does best, combining magic with comedy and audience participation. "Sky was able to strike a balance between keeping the younger kids engaged and the older kids interested, while at the same time making the par­ents laugh. This is an art that Sky does very well. He loves what he does…and it shows!" – Kathy Wolf, Children's Librarian, Central Library. That’s why people say “This Sky’s Funny!"

     


    STAND-UP THROUGH THE AGES

    Sep. 15 - 9:00 PM

    Sep. 16 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 16 - 9:00 PM

    Sep. 22 - 8:00 PM

    Ages: 18+

    $15

    Same folks, new jokes! Stand-Up Through The Ages is back this year with a new comedy showcase featuring perform­ers in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s! After watching their individual performances back to back, you’ll realize that they have nothing – and everything – in common. The show features: Kara Maillie, Derrick Williams, Charlie Frusci, Greg Owens, Adele M. Fico, Phyllis Reed, and host Bob Holzwarth.

     


    THE TOPHER HOLT EXPERIENCE

    Sep. 17 - 3:30PM

    Sep. 23 - 2:00 PM

    All Ages

    $8

    Topher is a professionally trained comedian, dancer, mime, and singer/songwriter, and his performances include a unique combi­nation of these skills. As a principal company member of PUSH Physical Theatre for many years, he brings a powerful strength and presence to the stage as well. Audiences can expect to help create an improvisational song and the family-friendly show will culminate in an interactive drum circle.

     


    THIS SKY’S FUNNY!

    Sep. 14 - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 22 - 7:30 PM

    Ages: 18+

    $15

    Performing nationally and interna­tionally, award-winning entertainer Sky Sands has appeared on SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, VH-1 and MSNBC. His friendly, frenetically paced manner makes him a unique comedy experience, with a show that’s made up of comedy, magic, audience participation and much more. “Sky’s comedy show was more than just a ‘performance’...it was theatre...it was art. I felt as if I was part of something special. Sky Sands is a MUST SEE!” – Mike Kinnie, Director, Aspen Comedy Festival. Everyone says “This Sky’s Funny!”


     

    WILD HORSES BY ALLISON GREGORY

    JCC CenterStage

    Sep. 14 - 5:30 PM

    Sep. 16 - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 17 - 11:00 AM

    Sep. 17 7:00 PM

    Sep. 23 – 5:00 PM

    Sep. 23 - 7:30 PM

    Ages: 13+

    $15

    CenterStage Theatre of the JCC presents a National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere of Wild Horses by award-winning playwright Allison Gregory. Savagely funny and packed with an emotional punch, a woman takes us on the ride of her life as she explores her teenage self and the transformative summer that forever changed her. The music of the 1970s serves as a background for this universal tale of the search for identity, independence, and authenticity in a complex world.

     


    All performances at School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street at University Avenue. SOTA serves city school students and offers traditional academics complemented by an arts-based curriculum. Nestled in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, SOTA’s Mission is Student Success… Academic, Artistic and Humanistic. For information, contact Fringe Venue Manager Adele Fico at 585-242-7682 ext. 1551.