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The Rochester Fringe Festival 2016


Writers & Books is thrilled to once again be a venue for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival .

Spoken word, live music, theatre, multidisciplinary performances and more await you at 740 University Ave this September.

Online: (no extra booking fees)
Phone: 585-957-9837 (fees apply)
Box Office: One Fringe Place (corner of Main & Gibbs Streets)
In Person: Writers & Books

Full Fringe schedule available at

Schedule of shows (Click on the titles to purchase tickets):



Here I LieHere I Lie
September 15  at 8:00 pm
            September 24 at 6:00 pm

$5.00                           13 and over                 35 minutes

The poetry of Alfonsina Storni and the music of Manuel de Falla join forces in this journey through the memories of a woman’s life. Taking Alfonsina’s last days as an inspiration, this one-woman piece explores loss and reconciliation via video projections, Falla’s exquisite art songs, and Storni’s heart-wrenching verses. Don’t miss this multidisciplinary cycle created by Spanish dramaturgist Alberto Carrillo and Rochester-based artist Molly Nemer.


East of th Sun, West of the MoonEast of the Sun, West of the Moon
September 15 at 10:00 pm
September 17 at 10:00 pm
September 18 at 5:00 pm

$11.00                         5 and over                   45 minutes

A young woman ventures to the four corners of the earth to free her love and reclaim that which was hers. Hnossa’s follow-up to its sold-out, critically acclaimed run of ERIK AND THE WOLF bathes audience members in the winds and magic of ancient Norway. Using layered vocals and physical sounds, Didrik Söderström weaves story, song, and poetry into an immersive experience.

Left For DeadLeft For Dead Improv
September 16 at 8:00 pm
September 17 at 4:00 pm

$8.00                           18 and over                 45 minutes

LEFT FOR DEAD, a Rochester-area improv comedy group with more than four centuries of combined life experience, has been performing long-form improv, stand-up and sketch comedy since 2011. Believed to be one of the only senior improv troupes in the US, they have appeared at comedy festivals in Syracuse, Providence, Pittsford and Washington D.C. Catch them while you still can at the Fringe.


Twisted TalesTwisted Tales
September 17 at 12:00 pm

$10.00                         All Ages                       45 minutes

Join Rochester author Elizabeth Osta as she shares tales with twists and turns, full of mystery and miracle. These stories are taken from two of her books: JEREMIAH’S HUNGER (Borealis, 2011), a 19th-century Irish historical novel set in County Cork, and her forthcoming SAVING FAITH: A CONVENT MEMOIR, set in the late 60s and early 70s in Rochester. A time to listen, laugh and remember. Elizabeth and her husband, Dave Van Arsdale, live on the canal in Fairport.


Tain bo CuailngeTain bo Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley)
September 17 at 2:00 pm

$12.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

In Ireland’s legendary tale, the warrior Cuchullain stands alone against the gathered armies of Ireland, defending the land of Ulster against the greatest cattle raid of all time. A story of heroes and gods, of single combat and sprawling battles, ancient curses and prophecies, and the nature of honor and glory through the ages. A sprawling epic, called the Iliad of Ireland, refined into a single cohesive story by Storyteller Alan Irvine. Storytelling World award: Best Story for Adults.


Heart and SoulHeart and Soul: Medicine and Life
September 17 at 6:00 pm

$6.00                           13 and over                 60 minutes

This production of medical clinicians reading their personal creative work returns to Writers & Books stage for its fourth Fringe. Led by Colleen Fogarty – a local family physician, published poet and narrative writer – HEART AND SOUL: MEDICINE AND LIFE represents a variety of forms including narrative, poetry, and 55-word stories. These personal tales express the heart and soul of the work of healing in the 21st century.


We Wrote One ActsWe Wrote One-Acts About the Internet
… And You Won’t Believe What Happened Next (Wow)!
September 17 at 8:00 pm
September 18 at 3:00 pm

$10.00                         18 and over                 60 minutes     

An evening of one-acts about the power of the internet and the people who (mis)use it. In #MEPHISTOPHILIS, playwright Kevin Carr sets a Faustian character in a high-end Manhattan shoe store. Journalists Leah Stacy and Pete Wayner conducted dozens of interviews and recount the hilarious, harrowing true stories of online comment victims in ADD YOUR COMMENT BELOW.




The Oboe ShowThe Oboe Show
September 18 at 1:00 pm
September 24 at 4:00 pm

$10.00                         All Ages                       60 minutes

Mysterious and melodic, the oboe is like no other instrument. It deserves its own show. This is it. THE OBOE SHOW combines the quirkiness of the oboe with a laugh-out-loud variety show, creating an experience that will put a song in your heart and a laugh on your lips. Sophisticated culture and high-brow comedy in perfect harmony. From the minds that brought you HOT TUB THE MUSICAL and DASHBOARD DRAMAS comes a new favorite to delight audiences.



24 Hour PlaysThe 24-Hour Plays
September 19 at 7:00 pm
September 19 at 9:00 pm

$18.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

When a group of actors, writers, directors, and producers has just 24 hours to create, rehearse, and “tech” six short original plays, amazing things happen. The experience is profoundly exhilarating, culminating in a thrilling performance with lights, sound, props and costumes for a live theatre audience.


The GeriactorsThe Geriactors Present!
September 20 at 7:00 pm
September 21 at 2:00 pm
September 24 at 12:00 pm

$15.00                         All Ages                       60 minutes

The Geriactors, under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryon, return with more new plays — funny, whimsical and serious — and old songs of Rochester. Featured playwrights this year are Ken Klamm and Mark Jabaut. The songs, as always, come from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The show is suitable for all ages.


Brighton BansheeThe BRIGHTON BANSHEE
and Other Tales from Celtic and Celtic/American Tradition
September 20 at 9:00 pm

$10.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

Classic Irish and Scottish storytelling features witches, ghosts, curses, and the inimitable Fairies. Like figures still turn up in living account – and not just in the old country. In fact, Celtic tradition has crossed the Atlantic and taken root in Canal country in Western New York. Mason Winfield’s riveting storytelling performance, THE BRIGHTON BANSHEE, mixes classic Celtic tales of love, enchantment, and destiny with remarkable contemporary accounts of ghosts, Little People, and curses, many from our own Genesee Valley.


September 21 at 7:00 pm

$10.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

Most Native Americans have a keen awareness of their ancestral traditions, especially in regards to the supernatural. THE SPIRAL WIZARD OF BOUGHTON HILL is a gripping, spoken-word performance that profiles ancient Six Nations’ supernatural/spiritual traditions, then turns to the tales of contemporary witnesses in which the traditions seem to live: witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, and those curious “Little People.” The woods, hills, and valleys of the Genesee could be more alive than we think!


September 21 at 9:00 pm
September 22 at 9:00 pm
September 24 at 10:00 pm

$18.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

PLANCHETTE, an interactive theatre production, is a collaboration between Rochester-born magician Brian M. Kehoe and Baltimore-based playwright Annelise Montone. First premiered in October of 2015, Kehoe plays the role of Maxwell Fink, noted parapsychologist and researcher of the Ouija® Talking Board, who leads guests through a truly thrilling evening of theater, magic, and mystery. Audiences will be among the very first to experience The Fink Method for Contacting the Dead™ and its three tenets: Trust, Cohesion, and Transmission.


The EulogyThe Eulogy
September 22 at 7:00 pm
September 23 at 7:00 pm
September 24 at 2:00 pm

$15.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

BEST COMEDY, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. BEST SHOW, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. QUIRKY AWARD, 2015 IndyFringe. A parody of a funeral, THE EULOGY features a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. WASHINGTON POST: “a comic gem.” INDIANAPOLIS STAR: “hilarious and deftly written.” WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: “a triumph.” NUVO: ***** “insanely funny.” DC THEATRE SCENE: ***** “brilliant.” DC METRO THEATER ARTS: ***** “magnificent.” ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE: ***** “a must-see.”


September 23 at 10:00 pm

$7.00                           13 and over                 58 minutes

CALIGARI BEMSHI! combines the 1920 silent horror film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI with new libretto, music, soundscape and poetry. Add in a real-time performance by Dave Esposito and G. E. Schwartz and you have a hypnotic spectacle of sight and sound…because it’s time to tell stories of dreams and nightmares!


Dead Metaphor QuartetDead Metaphor Quartet
September 24 at 8:00 pm

$10.00                         13 and over                 60 minutes

The Dead Metaphor Quartet features Nani and Curt Nehring Bliss, Ryan Yarmel, and Jonathan Guererri. Performing a range of original songs, traditional tunes, poetry adapted to music, and select covers, their style is a fusion of cabaret, jazz and blues, mixed with theatrical and literary influences. Their shows are arranged thematically and woven together with spoken word vignettes – all while wearing dapper hats.