2017 Headliners

An early peek behind the curtain

Plasticiens Volants in BIG BANG

Friday & Saturday on the Fringe
September 15 & 16, 8pm, Parcel 5

Captivating the world on a grand scale for 40 years with its jaw-dropping form of spectacular street theatre, world renowned French company Plasticiens Volants makes its U.S. premiere with BIG BANG. Featuring giant inflatables, this extraordinary show combines huge floating creatures with projected images, music, and pyrotechnics to tell an unforgettable story. Are you awake? Or dreaming?

A soaring history of the creation of the world, BIG BANG is a story around very human questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? This we know for certain: We are not sure of anything!

Is there a beginning? What was there before the beginning? An end? Perhaps. Then what? We're cracking open the door to give you a glimpse of a surreal voyage through time and space.

The universe is calling. And it’s spectacular.

Renowned for creating high-profile experiences in the skies, squares, and streets of five continents - and now Fringe - Plasticiens Volants' most recent wow was for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


Be awed with us: Friday & Saturday on the Fringe, September 15 and 16, at Parcel 5 (adjacent to 1 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604) otherwise known as the alternate universe.

More show announcements to come!

The 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival will be held September 14-23. In celebration of the inaugural World Fringe Day and the 70th anniversary of our mothership, Edinburgh Fringe, we are announcing the entire 2017 schedule on July 11th.

Photos by Dumitru Dragos, Guillaume Ramon, Tiana Andriamirija, and Plasticiens Volants.

In addition to support from Empire State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts, Plasticiens Volants' BIG BANG is made possible, in part, by its sponsors Tarn Conseil General, Region Midi-Pyrénées, Graulhet, and Spedidam.

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

Friday, September 22 at 7pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

JOHN MULANEY is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his third, hour-long, stand up special: a Netflix Original titled “THE COMEBACK KID” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.”

He began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at “Saturday Night Live” where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader.

He currently writes for IFC’s “Documentary Now” and for Netflix’s “Big Mouth”, for which he voices the character of “Andrew.” Mulaney’s first comedy album, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New In Town” in 2012, and upon review Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”

Tickets Now on Sale!

Click here to buy tickets online from the Eastman Theatre Box Office.
The box office is also open Tuesday-Saturday from 12 PM–6 PM for additional ticket purchasing options:

  • By phone, call (585) 274-3000
  • In person, visit 433 East Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

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