Earlier this week, I was excited to interview Erica Fee of The Fringe, Kerry Young of TheatreROCS and Unleashed! Comedy Improve, and John Borek of MUCCC about this year’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, known to insiders simply as “The Fringe.”
First, I must admit that I am a Fringe neophyte (or, as another friend clarified, a “Fringe Virgin”). Yes, I’ve known it’s been going on for the past three years, but for some reason, the ground swell of excitement and innovation this year has grown so strong that it’s impossible to ignore and even more seductive to explore!
Erica shared the history and talked about collaborative force behind its success, as well as how she plunged into organizing it. The three regaled me with insights on many of the innovative shows, including Grounded Aerial, Remote Rochester, Kerry’s Dashboard Dramas II, Bushwacked: Internal Journey and Hot Tub, The Musical, as well as John’s three-part Museum of Johny. So, of course, now I want to see all of the programs we spoke of as well as many more I’ve discovered through perusing the show guide! Over the next week or so, I’ll be sharing insights on some of the shows I see.
This amazing celebration of the arts takes place over all ten days of the festival, from September 17 through September 26. With over 500 shows featuring dance, music, children’s programs, film, comedy, theater, multi-media presentations and more, some of which are free, and some of which have a ticket price, there’s clearly something for everyone!
If you love the performance arts, I encourage you to take the plunge and enjoy some of the most fun and innovative performance art you’re likely to see for a while!
Grounded Aerial Photo, courtesy of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.