September 26, 2023


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Rochester Fringe announces 2020 lineup | Culture

Big improvements are afoot for this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Competition, which will be introduced as an completely virtual pageant thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the 2020 “KeyBank Rochester Fringe Competition @ Home” declared highlights and facts about the ninth yearly pageant on Tuesday morning by means of a streamed version of its yearly “Big Reveal” push convention.

The twelve-day pageant, which will take spot from Tuesday, September fifteen by means of Saturday, September 26, will feature extra than a hundred and seventy special productions, some of which will be readily available to stream on-desire, and some performances will be live-streamed at unique moments through the festival’s twelve-day run. The full timetable of activities and tickets are now on the internet at

Organizers reported that about sixty p.c of this year’s participating artists are based mostly in the Higher Rochester area, and about forty p.c of the artists hail from communities all over the United States and the planet. They’ll hook up with Rochester’s audiences by means of distinct platforms, these as YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Zoom, and Fb Stay — whichever greatest satisfies their productions.

The festival’s executive director, Erica Charge, mentioned that this year’s significant amount of participation in an all-virtual Fringe suggests the efficacy of artists connecting with audiences over these mediums.

“The fact that we have just as quite a few productions participating this 12 months as in 2019’s live Fringe proves that there’s a genuine need to have for virtual platforms these as these, which enable for artists’ voices to be read and communities to handle complicated challenges through these complicated moments,” Charge reported.

A portion of this year’s programming will deal with historic and contemporary racial justice and social challenges, including the Black Life Make a difference motion, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and challenges of equity exacerbated by the international pandemic.

And new this 12 months among the the Fringe-curated displays is a collection of four conversations with artists termed “Fringe Talk,” which will present distinct present-day subjects, ranging from the Black Life Make a difference motion to the local community impacts of COVID-19.

Rochester audiences have occur to assume amazing spectacles from the lineup of Fringe-curated displays, from the yearly new version of Cirque du Fringe introduced in the Spiegeltent, to grand presentations in Parcel five that draw hundreds of spectators.

This year’s location-considerably less Fringe will feature a handful of Fringe-curated functions, including some familiar faces. Las Vegas’s Matt and Heidi Morgan will present the planet premiere of “Cirque du Fringe: Quarantini,” that includes a numerous solid and live interviews with circus performers. The Morgans will also provide back a new generation of their collection of bawdy, audience-interactive, Bard-based mostly ingesting video games, titled “Shotspeare Provides the Comprehensive Works of William Shakespeare…sort of.”

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The Morgans will also present a new iteration of their bawdy, audience-interactive, Bard-based drinking game, “Shotspeare.

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  • The Morgans will also present a new iteration of their bawdy, audience-interactive, Bard-based mostly ingesting game, “Shotspeare.”

Also returning from very last 12 months is Pulitzer Prize-nominated storyteller Nate DiMeo’s podcast “The Memory Palace.” The Fringe will launch a new Rochester-unique episode. Both very last year’s “High Falls” episode and a by no means-just before-read story about Rochester’s Corinthian Corridor, “From the Parking Lot,” will be readily available for free of charge and on-desire by means of many podcast platforms.

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Pulitzer Prize-nominated storyteller Nate DiMeo’s podcast “The Memory Palace

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  • Pulitzer Prize-nominated storyteller Nate DiMeo’s podcast “The Memory Palace” returns this 12 months with a by no means-just before-read, Rochester-unique episode.

The open-access portion of the pageant normally curated by venues this 12 months is composed of performer-submitted displays that selection from novice to specialist functions of comedy, dance, children’s enjoyment, new music, spoken term, theater, visible art, film, and multidisciplinary functions.

Other returning faves contain a virtual method by the girls at the rear of the yearly “Bushwhacked” comedy display. This year’s audience-interactive “Bushwhacked: Property Arrest” moves from the Spiegelgarden to Zoom, but maintains its intimate format of only four tickets readily available for each display.

Much more than 70 displays through this year’s Fringe will be free of charge, including:

  • “Edith Vs. Quarantine: 89 & A single Challenging Cookie,” a a single-lady madcap comedy display, on Saturday, September 19, and Wednesday, September 23
  • “It Cannot Not Be Dance Songs: New Songs Encouraged by the Art of James Welling,” a virtual method impressed by Eastman Museum’s exhibition “James Welling: Choreograph” designed in collaboration among fivebyfive and Marc Webster, on Sunday, September 20
  • “Spooky Stories in the (virtual) Stacks,” correct ghost stories advised from the solution stacks of the Rundel Memorial Building of Central Library, on-desire
  • “COVID Zone,” a deaf theater piece established in a “horror movie” landscape like The Twilight Zone, executed with new music, dance, humor, and poetry by RIT’s Dangerous Signs group, on-desire.
  • RIT University of Film & Animation Honors Demonstrate 2020, a range of each graduate and undergraduate films, video clips, and animations, on-desire.

Metropolis Newspaper will have a extra in-depth glimpse at this year’s Rochester Fringe Competition at in early September.

Rebecca Rafferty is CITY’s arts & enjoyment editor. She can be attained at [email protected].

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