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In a ruined theater, an actor tumbles onto a dark stage. When the lights come up, he finds himself alone – his friends and colleagues disappeared, arrested by the authorities. Only their glittering, torn costumes remain. So, in tribute, he joyously and defiantly recreates the acts of the missing company. “Absolute joy to watch.” (NoLa Defender) “Incredible one-man show.” (PBS) “Stunning theatrical accomplishment.” (Vue Magazine). FIVE STARS “Breathtaking.” (Broadway Baby, Edinburgh)

  • Length: 70 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

21 Chump Street

"21 Chump Street" by Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights," "Hamilton") is a new, 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series, "This American Life." The show explores the ramifications of peer pressure, conformity and drug use in America's schools. From the team that previously brought "Heathers: School Edition" and "Carrie, the Musical" to Fringe, "21 Chump Street" will serve as a unique, cautionary tale that packs a punch in the span of a traditional intermission.

  • Length: 15 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Avyarium
  • Genre: Theatre

The 24-Hour Plays

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, culmulating 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

50 Shades of Gay Takes On The '80s

"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

Ninth Annual Laugh Out Loud with SIS (Sustain, Inspire, Survive)

A great night of laughs, complimentary food tastings and auction items – all to support a wonderful cause! Sustain Inspire Survive (SIS) is a non-profit organization providing financial grants to patients undergoing treatment. Funds raised from SIS events are given directly to local patients battling breast cancer. Featured to appear are comedians Joe DeVito, Erica Spera and more, while event auctions include gift baskets from local businesses. More information can be found at http://helpsis.com.

  • Length: 240 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Main Stage
  • Genre: Comedy

Al Biles and GenJam

Al Biles and GenJam play jazz, which doesn’t sound Fringey. Well, the music may be straight-ahead, but the band is far out. Al (a human trumpet player) and GenJam (the Genetic Jammer) improvise on tunes ranging from swing and bop to Latin and pop. Al and GenJam listen and reply to each other, but since GenJam is computer software that evolves its musical ideas in real time, it’s spontaneous, responsive and definitely on the fringe.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Café
  • Genre: Music

Al Biles Quartet

Also known as the Steve Gates Quartet, Chuck Dye Quartet, or Bruce Goldman Quartet (depending on who gets the gig), the Al Biles Quartet plays straight-up jazz from Monk, Jobim, Ellington, Rollins, Gershwin, Porter and many others. Al plays trumpet and flugelhorn, Chuck is on guitar, Bruce on upright bass and Steve is the drummer. The four of them have played together in various overlapping groups for many years, but this quartet is truly special.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Café
  • Genre: Music

Aliens Like Us

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

Altar Boyz

Rochester-area premiere! This foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy chronicles a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their “Raise the Praise” tour. Featuring five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, "The Altar Boyz" will delight audiences with its tight harmonies and spectacular choreography. With a cast of Rochester favorites, Last Fool Productions’ Fringe offering delivers a message of unity: "There is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice."

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall
  • Genre: Theatre

American Idiot

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical "American Idiot", based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name by Green Day, boldly takes musical theatre where it's never gone before. From the team that previously brought "Heathers: School Edition" and "Carrie, the Musical" to Fringe (Director: Tina Crandall-Gommel, Vocal Director: Heather Lonardo, Music Director: David Curry, Stage Manager: Beverly Bauman), this high-octane show will wake you up before September ends and give you the time of your life.

  • Length: 115 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

The Ark

The world has turned evil. Noah and his family have been tasked by God to build an Ark to survive a great flood that will destroy the world. After 40 rainy days and nights, they climb to the upper deck and see nothing but water. They learn to cope with the shock of a world turned upside down, and through faith in God, find hope for a new and better tomorrow. A theater-in-the-round musical triumph.

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

Ask Us Anything Booth

Need directions? Desperate for dating advice? Can't remember the name of that song you have stuck in your head? Forget high-tech virtual assistants. Your favorite quirky improvisors, Joanne Brokaw and Sara Moore, are back to answer life's most pressing questions with A Happy Accident's "Ask Us Anything Booth!" Armed with road maps, dictionaries, giant dice and a ukulele, they're proof that it doesn't really matter if the answers are right as long as you leave laughing.

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Comedy

Avengers: Endgame

(PG-13, 2019, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 181 mins)
Blockbuster hit. The universe is in shambles after the shattering effects of the Titan Thanos’ actions in Infinity War. With those who are left, the Avengers must unite to repair the balance of the universe. This is the grand ending to a 22-film journey. Starring Robert Downy Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremey Renner and Don Cheadle.

  • Length: 181 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

BardBending: Fight Club Edition

WallByrd Theatre Co. is back with a new action-packed mash-up of William Shakespeare’s greatest hits. This year they’re “bending” convention to bring out the Bard’s inner beast! It’s stage combat in the center ring as "BardBending: Fight Club Edition" samples a slew of Shakespeare’s best-known (and a few unexpected) conflicts. Be it blades or bare knuckles, it’s a bloody free-for-all featuring the company's signature blend of pop culture and classics.

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

Becoming Grandma Kat: One-Man Show

A young man witnesses a crime and is placed in the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC). Trapped in his new persona, he faces several scenarios that test his ability to keep his true identity hidden. This hilarious spoof will involve audience participation in order for Grandma Kat to stay safe during her journey in the program. Written and performed by Keith Banks, and featuring Sheena Lyles aka Queen Foreverr.

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

Between Fourth and Fifth

"Between Fourth and Fifth" is a devised play about the relationship that takes shape when two strangers are trapped in their apartment building's elevator. Swinging from teamwork to tear-downs, these strangers are forced to get over personal boundaries in order to find a way out. Suspended above certain death, the niceties disappear and instinct kicks in. The show features its creators, Michaela Buckley and Sean Ryan. Follow them on Twitter for a good time: @michaela_b321 and @soextrasean.

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

Between Silences

"Between Silences" is a series of Performance Pieces for Women. Written by published poet and playwright S.J. Henschel, these monologues take us into the lives and thoughts of a group of women of a certain age who have nothing and everything in common. Six actresses become twenty-two women, all delivering lightning bursts of clarity into their lives. Henschel’s insightful narrative poetry offers a thoughtful, honest and deeply moving theatrical experience.

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

The Big Sick

Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Winner of the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award. Based on a true story, Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani (playing himself) and white grad student Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a serious mystery illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his disapproving family, and his true feelings. Written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

  • Length: 119 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

BIG WIGS Featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune

In this high-energy, Las Vegas-style show, Mrs. Kasha Davis ("RuPaul's Drag Race") and Rochester legend Aggy Dune bring their dead-on celebrity impressions back to Fringe after performing to sold-out crowds all over the country. "Big Wigs" is a lightning-speed love letter to such divas as Cher, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and many more.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Blackfriars Theatre
  • Genre: Theatre

Bill Dresnack, Versatile CPA

Bill Dresnack, versatile CPA, performs originals and covers on guitar, harmonica and whatever else floats his boat.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Café
  • Genre: Music

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