September 18-27 First Niagara Fringe Festival at MuCCC

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Canary In A Coal Mine

Sep
19
10:00 pm
Sep
20
10:00 pm

Canary In A Coal Mine

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Buy Tickets Click HERE Experience a night of dark, irreverent, all-original sketch comedy with Rochester’s very own Canary In A Coal Mine. They may make you laugh, they may make you cry, they may make you sick, but most importantly – they’ll make you feel. So come, take in the world from a new perspective, a distorted perspective and view life as these three unhinged folks see it. What people said about our last shows? “Irreverent, funny, thoughtful, I loved it.” “You guys really did make me feel and I am not okay with that.” “Oh god the puppies! Those poor, demented, doomed, puppies.” “Sickos like you shouldn’t be let out in public.” Are you prepared for another round of Canary In A Coal Mine? (Your answer is, absolutely.) $10 http://www.rochesterfringe.com/shows photo_1-5 photo_2-2 photo_3-2 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Mounafanyi

Sep
20
2:00 pm
Sep
20
3:30 pm
Sep
21
2:00 pm

Mounafanyi

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

to buy tickets, click HERE With a sold-out show at last year’s Fringe, Rochester’s only PanAfrican performing group, Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble, returns! Featuring musicians and dancers from Guinea, the Congo, the Caribbean and the United States, our drummers bring audiences the vibrant rhythms of West Africa’s iconic djembe hand drum, supported by a trio of drums known as dunun, sangban, and kenkeni. Putting rhythm into motion, Mounafanyi’s dancers embody the evolving creative spirit of Africa and the African diaspora. Celebration of life through the music and dance of West Africa click HERE for tickets   $15 photo_1-2   Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

14 Years

Sep
20
5:00 pm
Sep
20
11:30 pm

14 Years

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Buy tickets CLICK HERE Dream/Visualize/Create presents a Cabaret-style showcase featuring performances (musical numbers/monologues/sketches/dance) from previous productions. In October of 2000, Dream/Visualize/Create was formed by a handful of students at Wilson Magnet High School with a mission to bring affordable, compelling and meaningful theatre to Rochester. After many groundbreaking dramas, Shakespearean experiments and original musicals, DVC is more active and relevant than ever. This cabaret-style show features monologues, musical numbers and excerpts from our most memorable productions. Come celebrate with the DVC family as we look back on 14 years of laughter, love and tears. $5 50 min Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

FourPlay

Sep
18
7:00 pm
Sep
20
6:30 pm

FourPlay

Click Here for Tickets This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival These four original works by Straw Mat Writers are bound together by a single straw mat, weaving characters in a plotline that challenges historic images of women. One story brushes against the next, teasing the audience, prolonging satisfaction, asking questions about what it means to desire, to submit, to consent, to trust, to seize power, to relinquish power and to play. Bring a date. Image by Hannah Purcell. $10 http://www.rochesterfringe.com/showsFringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Bernhardt On Broadway: The Musical (Carol Dunitz)

Sep
20
8:00 pm
Sep
21
7:00 pm

Bernhardt On Broadway: The Musical

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets “Bernhardt on Broadway” is a one-woman musical with twelve showstopping songs about the Divine Sarah Bernhardt. The play is set in the late 1890s when Bernhardt was at the height of her career. She addresses the audience in a relaxed and forthright way, talking about her present and reminiscing about her past – personally and professionally. Carol Dunitz, who wrote the music, script, and lyrics for the show, read close to one hundred books in French and English as well as countless articles and reviews before starting work on “Bernhardt on Broadway.” Her extensive research ensures the audience gains a thorough understanding of this eccentric star and what motivated her to persist against all odds. $16 photo_1photo_2photo_3 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

The Goldberg Variations, Revisited

Sep
21
3:30 pm

The Goldberg Variations, Revisited by Rebecca Solomon

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

buy tickets click HERE Why does a great culture attempt to destroy another in its midst?  What happens to our humanity, both the good and the bad?  Against the background of Bach’s The Goldberg Variations, we see how an established and prosperous people enjoyed a world that preceded a descent into the darkness of the Holocaust. $8 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Latino Theatre Productions Presents “Macho’s Place” written and directed by Nydia Rivera

Sep
21
5:00 pm
Sep
27
5:00 pm

Macho’s Place

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

MACHO’S PLACE depicts real-life issues that will hopefully stimulate thinking and provoke dialogue. Each theme identified in this play has elements of humor, friendship and hope, while at the same time addressing delicate subject matter. MACHO’S PLACE is where local Latino men gather, traditionally enjoying tazita de cafe while waiting for a haircut or a shave. This is a bilingual production in Spanish and English. buy tickets click HERE

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Latino Theatre Productions Presents “Macho’s Place” written and directed by Nydia Rivera

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Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

Sep
22
7:00 pm

ShakeCo: The Shakespeare Company of Rochester presents:  Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets In the whole of the Shakespeare canon, two plays stand above the rest as the epitome of what makes Shakespeare entertaining, insightful and engaging: the gripping drama of HAMLET, and the doomed romance of ROMEO AND JULIET. See five brave souls portray every character (yes, every character) in every scene (yes, every scene) of these two great plays that play great together!  And all in about an hour… $5 photo_1-3 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Wedge Works- Now in Technicolor: An Evening of Dance and Theatre

Sep
23
7:00 pm
Sep
24
7:00 pm

Now in Technicolor: An Evening of Dance and Theatre

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets Wedge Works (artistic director, Maura Keefe) presents NOW IN TECHNICOLOR: AN EVENING OF DANCE AND THEATRE with dance works by elephant JANE Dance’S Heidi Henderson; Red Dirt Dance’S Karl Rogers; Mariko Yamada Dance; and Nicole Kaplan/Mapping, interspersed with new short works by playwright Mark Witteveen. Eclectic and kinesthetic, NOW IN TECHNICOLOR bursts with style, wit, and intelligence. Different show each night! $15 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

The Nameless Days of Gumdrop Smith

Sep
23
8:30 pm

Building 9 Theatre presents- The Nameless Days of Gumdrop Smith

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets

From the group that brought you GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES comes a new, off-beat romantic comedy by local playwright, Kate Royal. In NAMELESS DAYS, Melyssa Hall and Rusty Allen share the title role as incarnations of the androgynous Gumdrop in this unique story about finding love amid changing notions of sexuality and identity in the modern age. Building 9 Theatre invites you to the premiere of this exciting new work, whose themes are as tender and eccentric as they are vital.

“The Nameless Days of Gumdrop Smith” is a poignant comedy offering a metaphorical glimpse at the ways in which we construct identity in the modern era. The story follows Gumdrop Smith, an androgynous character who every year celebrates a “Name Day,” the old-world term for a birthday. In this case, the term is taken literally, as Gumdrop receives a new name every year as decreed by his/her parents. With the new name comes an entirely new identity. This presents a problem when a young man, Diesel, falls in love with Gumdrop. Both Diesel and Gumdrop must face the reality that their love may be hindered by the latter’s constantly changing identity. Through their story, I seek to point out the fascinating nuances to the manner in which society influences the creation of the self, whether it be through gender construction or the implicit re-arrangement of identity brought on by such institutions as marriage. The work is ‘absurd realism’ if you will, marked by the choice to have the role of Gumdrop played by two actors of differing gender identity (one in the first half, the other in the second). It is a celebration of the self, of the many selves that live inside each and every one of us, and a critique of the rather arbitrary rules we assign ourselves and each other that can ultimately restrict our personal freedom and sense of self-worth. $10   Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

The Fever

Sep
25
8:00 pm
Sep
27
2:00 pm

The Fever

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets While staying in a country facing social and political crises, an entitled traveler questions his life’s direction – and his possible apathy towards the suffering of humanity.  Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly directs this solo meditation by celebrated actor-writer Wallace Shawn (MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, THE DESIGNATED MOURNER), produced with the permission of Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. rsz_feverposter2a$10 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

YOU ARE WHERE

Sep
26
7:00 pm
Sep
27
7:00 pm

YOU ARE WHERE

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets From 1947-1957, the CBS series YOU ARE THERE blended history with communications technology, and took an entire network newsroom on a time warp each week to report the great events of the past. Using that as inspiration, Rochester’s Don Bartalo produces and directs YOU ARE WHERE, a collaborative project that features a team of writers and actors who present a unique view of Rochester. $10 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

M.I.A.

Sep
26
8:00 pm
Sep
27
8:00 pm

M.I.A.

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

buy tickets click HERE The true story of Lt. Col. Joseph Christiano, the Rochester veteran who was missing in action for 46 years. Proceeds benefit Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 (Rochester). On Christmas Eve, 1965, during the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Christiano family of Rochester, New York was informed that their patriarch, Lt. Col. Joseph, was shot down on a flight over Laos. While the U.S. Government and the Christiano family searched tirelessly for him and the other five men aboard the plane, he was considered M.I.A. for the next 46 years… Until Easter Sunday, 2012, when the men were found. Told by his great-nephew and culled from interviews with the family, M.I.A. is the story of a man that sacrificed everything for his country, and a family that, together, overcame an unimaginable loss. Blended with tales of Joe’s life before Vietnam and during wartime, the one-man play also recounts first hand experiences of the Christiano family as they made their 2012 pilgrimage from Rochester to Washington to reclaim their beloved and finally lay him to rest. Due to its subject matter, M.I.A. may contain material not suitable for young audiences. Parental discretion is advised.   $12   photo_1-1 photo_2-1 photo_3-1 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Twain’s California Tales

Sep
27
4:00 pm

Twain’s California Tales

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets TWAIN’S CALIFORNIA TALES is a humorous tribute featuring two classic monologues and a dramatic adaptation of Twain’s story, THE CALIFORNIAN’S TALE. The forty-minute performance is directed by James Landers and includes original music. Classics Theater of Rochester is an educational, non-profit company dedicated to bringing literary classics to the Rochester stage. $5 photo_1-4 Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Toastmaster!

Sep
27
10:00 pm

Toastmaster!

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets Conceptual theater artist John Borek presents the Toastmaster speeches written by his father, Toastmaster Extraordinaire, John W. Borek, accompanied by a brief history of public speaking in America. $.02 (yes, 2 cents)   Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Mounafanyi

Sep
20
2:00 pm
Sep
20
3:30 pm
Sep
21
2:00 pm

Mounafanyi

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

to buy tickets, click HERE

With a sold-out show at last year’s Fringe, Rochester’s only PanAfrican performing group, Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble, returns! Featuring musicians and dancers from Guinea, the Congo, the Caribbean and the United States, our drummers bring audiences the vibrant rhythms of West Africa’s iconic djembe hand drum, supported by a trio of drums known as dunun, sangban, and kenkeni. Putting rhythm into motion, Mounafanyi’s dancers embody the evolving creative spirit of Africa and the African diaspora.

Celebration of life through the music and dance of West Africa

click HERE for tickets

 

$15

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14 Years

Sep
20
5:00 pm
Sep
20
11:30 pm

14 Years

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Buy tickets CLICK HERE

Dream/Visualize/Create presents a Cabaret-style showcase featuring performances (musical numbers/monologues/sketches/dance) from previous productions.

In October of 2000, Dream/Visualize/Create was formed by a handful of students at Wilson Magnet High School with a mission to bring affordable, compelling and meaningful theatre to Rochester. After many groundbreaking dramas, Shakespearean experiments and original musicals, DVC is more active and relevant than ever. This cabaret-style show features monologues, musical numbers and excerpts from our most memorable productions. Come celebrate with the DVC family as we look back on 14 years of laughter, love and tears.

$5

50 min

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FourPlay

Sep
18
7:00 pm
Sep
20
6:30 pm

FourPlay

Click Here for Tickets

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival
These four original works by Straw Mat Writers are bound together by a single straw mat, weaving characters in a plotline that challenges historic images of women. One story brushes against the next, teasing the audience, prolonging satisfaction, asking questions about what it means to desire, to submit, to consent, to trust, to seize power, to relinquish power and to play. Bring a date. Image by Hannah Purcell.

$10

http://www.rochesterfringe.com/shows

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Bernhardt On Broadway: The Musical (Carol Dunitz)

Sep
20
8:00 pm
Sep
21
7:00 pm

Bernhardt On Broadway: The Musical

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets

“Bernhardt on Broadway” is a one-woman musical with twelve showstopping songs about the Divine Sarah Bernhardt. The play is set in the late 1890s when Bernhardt was at the height of her career. She addresses the audience in a relaxed and forthright way, talking about her present and reminiscing about her past – personally and professionally. Carol Dunitz, who wrote the music, script, and lyrics for the show, read close to one hundred books in French and English as well as countless articles and reviews before starting work on “Bernhardt on Broadway.” Her extensive research ensures the audience gains a thorough understanding of this eccentric star and what motivated her to persist against all odds.

$16

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Canary In A Coal Mine

Sep
19
10:00 pm
Sep
20
10:00 pm

Canary In A Coal Mine

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Buy Tickets Click HERE

Experience a night of dark, irreverent, all-original sketch comedy with Rochester’s very own Canary In A Coal Mine. They may make you laugh, they may make you cry, they may make you sick, but most importantly – they’ll make you feel. So come, take in the world from a new perspective, a distorted perspective and view life as these three unhinged folks see it.

What people said about our last shows?

“Irreverent, funny, thoughtful, I loved it.”

“You guys really did make me feel and I am not okay with that.”

“Oh god the puppies! Those poor, demented, doomed, puppies.”

“Sickos like you shouldn’t be let out in public.”

Are you prepared for another round of Canary In A Coal Mine?
(Your answer is, absolutely.)

$10

http://www.rochesterfringe.com/shows

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The Goldberg Variations, Revisited

Sep
21
3:30 pm

The Goldberg Variations, Revisited by Rebecca Solomon

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

buy tickets click HERE

Why does a great culture attempt to destroy another in its midst?  What happens to our humanity, both the good and the bad?  Against the background of Bach’s The Goldberg Variations, we see how an established and prosperous people enjoyed a world that preceded a descent into the darkness of the Holocaust.

$8

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Latino Theatre Productions Presents “Macho’s Place” written and directed by Nydia Rivera

Sep
21
5:00 pm
Sep
27
5:00 pm

Macho’s Place

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

MACHO’S PLACE depicts real-life issues that will hopefully stimulate thinking and provoke dialogue. Each theme identified in this play has elements of humor, friendship and hope, while at the same time addressing delicate subject matter. MACHO’S PLACE is where local Latino men gather, traditionally enjoying tazita de cafe while waiting for a haircut or a shave. This is a bilingual production in Spanish and English.

buy tickets click HERE

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Latino Theatre Productions Presents “Macho’s Place” written and directed by Nydia Rivera

Fringe Logo SMALL FN 4.10.13

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

Sep
22
7:00 pm

ShakeCo: The Shakespeare Company of Rochester presents:  Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

This show is part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

click HERE for tickets

In the whole of the Shakespeare canon, two plays stand above the rest as the epitome of what makes Shakespeare entertaining, insightful and engaging: the gripping drama of HAMLET, and the doomed romance of ROMEO AND JULIET. See five brave souls portray every character (yes, every character) in every scene (yes, every scene) of these two great plays that play great together!  And all in about an hour…

$5

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