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You Know Me, PUSH Physical Theatre at Fringe

Sep 15, 2020

With the Rochester Fringe Festival going virtual this year, PUSH Physical Theatre strived to create a performance specifically for the small screen.

Join WXXI's Arts InFocus as they share a look at "You Know Me," a brand new piece that was created, rehearsed, and recorded all in one week as members of PUSH collaborated with New York City-based artist Hassiem Muhammad, tackling difficult, but necessary conversations about race and racism. 

One year ago, the giant fantasy undersea visions of Plasticiens Volants’ French inflatables bobbed and weaved in the crisp fall air over the heads of thousands of people on Rochester’s Parcel 5. London’s Massaoke karaoke singalong of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” echoed off the sides of downtown buildings. 

Big-name comedians, mainly at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, have been a major part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival though its first eight years. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, that kind of show is not in the plans this year when the event opens next week.

Rochester Fringe reiterated its call for entries Tuesday with a specific emphasis on submissions by artists of color.

The festival opened its submission process in June, and regularly repeats its calls for entries. But the latest invitation was notable for its appeal for artists of color.

The Rochester Fringe Festival revealed its modified 2020 schedule. Festival producer Erica Fee has been in contact with many people in the arts community, and there has been some debate and confusion about safety.

We discuss the decision-making process in a major festival during a pandemic, and we explore the questions that some in the arts community are expressing. Our guest:

  • Erica Fee, producer of the Rochester Fringe Festival

Organizers: 'Leap a Little' at the 2019 Fringe

Jun 17, 2019

Producers of the annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival are inviting people to "take a leap," at one of the premier fringe festivals in the country and the largest multi-art festival in New York State, according to producer Erica Fee.

"We have over 570 performances and events over a 12-day period this year, with really something for everyone," she said.

Fee calls the festival transformative for the community, and this year features some new partnerships. She says it's all about diversity and inclusion, and fringe festivals, in general, are great community connectors.

These KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival shows are like chasing lightning bugs across a hillside. For most of the shows, you get one, two, maybe three looks at them. And that’s it. They’re gone.

Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times

Things are going amazingly well for 37 year-old American composer Missy Mazzoli.

She was recently appointed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence, and she has an eagerly anticipated new opera set to premiere later this month.  

In this profile by Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times, she describes growing up in rural Pennsylvania.