The free 120-page guide for the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is available at 40 Rochester locations, including venues and sponsors, coffeehouses, restaurants and hotels.
This year’s guide features four covers with local Fringe fans Olivia Mabelis, Nina Miguel, Jane Njoku and Querell Strong. With photography by Erich Camping and creative direction by Bonnie Miguel, the covers feature the 2019 theme “Leap a Little” with one of four titles: “Be Dazzled,” “Don’t Blink,” “Get Funky” and “Let Loose.”
“We really wanted to focus on the audience experience this year and inspire attendees to try something new,” said Erica Fee, festival producer. “There’s such a variety at Fringe and it’s all so simple to sample that we’re hoping to encourage visitors to be just a little adventurous.”
The Fringe Festival will run Sept. 10-21 with over 500 events in 20-plus venues in downtown Rochester. More than 150 of these performances are free.
“Diary of a Substitute Teacher: Trials, Tribulations and Tantrums” will run at at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 19, and 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Lyric Theatre, 440 East Ave., Rochester. This comedy consists of firsthand accounts of being a substitute teacher from kindergarten through high school. Tickets cost $14.
New Orleans-based storyteller Lisa Pasold will perform “The Nix” at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13-14 and 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 14-15 starting from the Spiegelgarden at One Fringe Place. The storywalk will incorporate area streets and local history to weave a fantastical story. Tickets cost $10.
University of Rochester dance faculty will collaborate with Eastman School of Music composers to debut “Nanosecond” and “My Life in Sweaters” in “Time to Change” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester. Tickets cost $10.
Michael Schloegl and Craig Roberts will present the “Calotta Cash and Dollar Bill Show” at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14-15 at the Lyric. This cabaret-style show features audience participation with dollar-store makeovers. Tickets cost $18.
Joanne Brokaw, Ward Hartenstein and Richard Hughson will perform “We Are Easily Amused (and We Hope You Are Too)” at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 21 at SOTA. The show follows a ditzy temp, and her efforts to get a veteran comedy team to open their hearts and make her dreams of stardom come true. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Storyteller Penny Sterling will present “ScMILF Life” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester. This sequel to “Spy in the House of Men” explores Sterling’s attempts to date and find love as an older transgender woman. Tickets cost $15.
PUSH Physical Theatre will make its eighth appearance with “Power Trio” at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 20-21 at SOTA. The program will include three duos: “Suspicion,” “Journey” and “Strangers.” Tickets cost $18.
Writers Hybrid Theater, formerly Wisconsin Hybrid Theater, will present the local debut of “Radio WHT’s Dangerous Hospital” at 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the MuCCC. Betrayal, deceit and seduction form the plot of “Les Liaisons dangereuses,” and “Hospital” sets the story as an episode of a mid-century radio soap opera. Tickets cost $18.
Nazareth College student Abby Hazlett will perform “ExMen: Not About Superheroes” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 19 at Java’s Cafe, 16 Gibbs St., Rochester. This solo cabaret uses Hazlett’s personal experiences in romantic relationships to defy the stereotype that young people don’t know what it’s like to feel love. Tickets are free.
Goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will give “A Musical Tarot Reading” on Sept. 18-20 at Nox Cocktail Lounge, 302 N. Goodman St., Rochester. Selections drawn from a deck of tarot cards will determine each show’s set list and produce a group reading for the audience. Tickets cost $14.
The Shocker will perform comedy, mindreading and magic on Sept. 18-21 at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester. Tickets cost $20.
Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain. Visit for information.