Storychick Rochester Storybooth
Communities can be recognized, defined, and held together by their stories. Returning to Fringe, the Storychick's Storybooth experience is designed to encourage listeners to think about the ways that they connect to the community around them. The booth allows participants to listen to nine stories, and then leave their own story about Fringe, the Central Library, or life in Rochester. (Wednesday, September 12, 10 a.m. Central Library: Dorris Carlson Reading Garden. Free. Appropriate for all ages.)
"Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play"
After an Off-Broadway run and an international tour of Fringe festivals, "Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play" will be stopping at Rochester Fringe this year. Josephine Baker was the first African American international super-star, and Tymisha Harris will present Baker's story through theatre, song, and burlesque in a one-woman performance. Baker led an extraordinary life: She was a spy in the French resistance, had multiple marriages (including interracial ones in a time when that was still taboo), and performed in men's clothing before "drag" was coined as a term. (Thursday, September 13, 9 p.m.; Friday, September 14, 9 p.m.; Friday, September 21, 9 p.m.; and Saturday, September 22, 9 p.m. School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre. $18. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.)
Light Painting Experience
Rochester Maker Faire combines art, science, and technology in amazing, entertaining, and accessible ways. Known for fire-breathing robots, 3D printing, and celebrating both learning and creating, the Maker Faire annual event held every fall is a fantastic event bringing together science, technology, engineering, math and art (STEAM, for all you education folks). The Light Painting Experience by the Maker Faire Rochester Crew will present a small sample of that fun. Visitors can use their unique photobooth to create beautiful photographs that capture light and motion, and then download from the comfort of their own homes. (Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, 5 p.m. Parcel 5. Free. All ages.)
"An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman's Rights Convention of 1848"
So many Rochestarians are familiar with Frederick Douglass (have you read one of his autobiographies lately? Because you should). "An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman's Rights Convention of 1848" spotlights one particular, important event in his life: the Rochester Woman's Rights Convention of 1848. Presented by FirstLight Players, the production brings together an ensemble cast of 18 to recreate the convention at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass met with others to work on the advancement of women's rights. Written from archival transcripts and complete with period music and dress, the audience will be transported back in time while listening to words that still ring true today. (Saturday, September 15, 3 p.m. Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall. $5. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.)
Rochester non-for-profit dance theater group KineoLab aims to build collaborative community while addressing social conflict through performance. In "Invoking Justice," the audience is asked to interact with the performance and decide whether Justice (personified) is innocent or guilty. When the system fails to balance the scales, can the individual (or audience) right the wrongs? (Saturday, September 15, 1 p.m.; and Saturday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage. $12-$15. Appropriate for 13 and older.)
We All Write is a dynamic community of powerful black women writers who mutually support eachothers' craft. Reenah Golden, Tokeya C. Graham, Selena Cochran, Lu Highsmith, and Kristen Gentry form the literary powerhouse that will bring their spoken word performance "BirthWrite" to the Fringe stage. The writers, performers, educators, and artivists will offer insight about their lives to the audience using nuanced creative verse. (Saturday, September 15, 4 p.m.; and Sunday, September 16, 11 a.m. Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage. $15. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.)
"On The Way To Oz — a documentary film and discussion on diversity in the arts"
The RIT/NTID community (deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, faculty, and staff) has been an important part of the Rochester community for more than 50 years. The unique college experience offers students a variety of experiences, including participating in this year's Fringe with "On The Way To Oz — a documentary film and discussion on diversity in the arts." The film, by RIT grad Mark Knox, will take viewers behind the scenes of the creation of a theatrical production, and the event will also offer an opportunity for discussion with the cast. The original production was conceived, directed, and choreographed by 20-year RIT/NTID Director of Dance Thomas Warfield. (Sunday, September 16, 3 p.m. The Little: Theatre 5. Free. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.)