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Writers & Books Announces 2017 Rochester Fringe Festival Lineup

Writers & Books is proud to be a venue for the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (September 14 – 23). Writers & Books will host a collection of performances ranging in genres from comedy, music, multidisciplinary, theatre, and spoken word. All shows will take place upstairs on the second floor in the Performance Space. Writers & Books will also have a bar set up in the bookstore area for festival goers to purchase beverages before seeing a show.

This year’s line-up:


Home of The Brave: Presented by Theater Apparatus – September 16 at 4pm, September 19 at 7pm, September 23 at 10pm

David Jacobs Presents: “Halfway Home” : Part Larry David, part Garrison Keillor – September 16 at 6pm, September 21 at 9pm, September 23 at 8pm

The Geriactors Present!: Local, mature acting troupe under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryan – September 17 at 1pm, September 20 at 2pm, September 21 at 2pm

The 24 Hour Plays: Writers & Books produced, returning for it’s 5th year – September 18 at 7pm and 9pm


Spoken Word

Listen To Your Mother, Rochester: Mama Said: Two performances only! September 14 at 7pm, September 16 at 2pm

A Rose for the Baby: More Supernatural Tales from Irish- and Scottish-American tradition in Western New York: September 14 at 9pm

The Shapeshifters Are Out! More Supernatural Tales from Native American tradition in Western New York: September 15 at 10:00pm

Lost Love: Tales of Tragic Romance: Rochester Storyteller Alan Irvine – September 17 at 3pm

The Time I Didn’t Go to Ireland: Bill Benet tells true stories of things that never happened – September 17 at 5pm

Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life: Local clinicians share the challenges & joys of clinical practice – September 23 at 12pm

Stories and Songs to Rock the Soul: Rochester’s own Elizabeth Osta returns to Fringe – September 23 at 4pm



Left For Dead Improv:  Rochester improve group of performers age 50 and above – September 15 at 8pm, September 17 at 6:30pm

The Eulogy: A Rochester Fringe sell-out success last year returns for four performances! – September 16 at 8pm, September 20 at 7pm, September 22 at 6pm, September 23 at 2pm

Mo-to-the-oncle: Best Actress 2017 Pittsburgh Fringe – September 19 at 9pm, September 20 at 9pm, September 22 at 8pm, September 23 at 6pm



Dead Metaphor Cabaret: “Epic & melancholy and utterly charming” – Frank de Blasé – September 21 at 7pm



Cars and Their Lovers: a multi-media show about classic cars performed by father/daughter team Joe Flaherty & Caedra Scott-Flaherty – September 16 at 10am, September 17 at 11am

GOLEM BEMSHI: A combination of libretto, music, soundscape, and poetry – September 22 at 10pm



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For performer contact information or to set up interviews with shows, contact Chris Fanning at or by phone at 585.473.2590 ext 105.