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Pittsburgh Femme Hosts Peer Behind The Curtain Of the Artistic Mind

Songwriter Liss Victory and comedian Liz Tripoli combine talents to invite audiences behind the curtain, through the fourth wall, and onto the stage with Art Lobotomy as part of the Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival. They welcome all people of all backgrounds to join the show at Writer’s & Books on Sept. 12 at 9 p.m., Sept. 13 at 9 p.m., and Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.

Every show is different. Each Art Lobotomy interactive performer showcase will feature three acts: Liss Victory, Liz Tripoli, and a selected Fringe performer guest. Each presents a piece of their art – a song, a joke, a dance, etc. After each performance, the audience becomes a part of the show by asking questions, proposing critiques, and offering their perspectives.

“We started an open mic in our living room,” says Victory, currently a Pittsburgh resident. “I’m a boisterous host, so I kept finding myself asking questions or playing the tambourine while folks were still in the stage area. Other attendees started doing the same. Then, we decided to start a whole event dedicated to workshop time with the audience.”

Tripoli, also from Pittsburgh, adds, “While it seems like a crazy idea to have random people tear apart your art, it’s been a completely positive experience. I’ve actually received some of my best notes by listening to how the audience perceives the work.”

After the living room went so well, Victory and Tripoli knew they needed to get their show on the road, on the big stage, and beyond their city’s limits. Art Lobotomy will be their very first Fringe Festival, as well as the opportunity to bring this adventure to a whole, new city and group of people. Performers and commenters alike leave the experience with new perspectives and ideas, feeling more enriched and fully entertained.

Please visit for a complete schedule and more information. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.