Scran­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val re­turns for 2nd year of eclec­tic per­for­mances

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - BY EMMA SILVA STAFF WRITER es­ilva@timessham­

Al­ter­na­tive per­for­mance artists re­quire unique plat­forms to ex­press their mes­sages.

Scran­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val re­turns for its sec­ond year Thurs­day through Oct. 2, to ful­fill these needs at var­i­ous venues through­out the Scran­ton area.

Ad­mis­sion to per­for­mances costs $10 each, with tick­ets avail­able at venues or on­line at www.scran­ton­ Fes­ti­val but­tons are $5 and of­fer $7 ad­mis­sion at events.

The week­end kicks off with a free pre­view party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day at Scran­ton Cul­tural Cen­ter at The Ma­sonic Tem­ple, 420 N. Wash­ing­ton Ave. The week­end con­cludes at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 with a wrap party at AFA Gallery, 514 Lack­awanna Ave.

Fes­ti­val co-founders Conor O’Brien, who acts as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, and El­iz­a­beth Bo­han, who serves as manag­ing di­rec­tor, said about 3,000 peo­ple at­tended last year’s fringe.

Fringe fes­ti­vals date back to 1947 in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, and fea­ture di­verse sets of shows, such as come­dies, mu­si­cals, dance, short sto­ries, vis­ual ex­hibits, etc.

O’Brien for­merly par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral fringes through­out the coun­try as both an ac­tor and writer. He and Bo­han de­cided that Scran­ton should par­tic­i­pate to bring artists and the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Guests can ex­pect to see more than 50 acts this year, rang­ing from im­prov com­edy to Shake­speare in­ter­pre­ta­tions and many more. The full sched­ule can be found on the fes­ti­val’s web­site.

“The fes­ti­val rep­re­sents per­form­ers from nine dif­fer­ent U.S. states,” O’Brien said. “We’re very proud to be host­ing na­tional friends and artists.”

He added that Scran­ton fringe also fea­tures the tal­ent of artists in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and that while the di­rec­tors pro­vide the plat­form, it is re­ally the artists who pro­mote them­selves and their tal­ent.

For Cody Clark, Scran­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val pro­vides a valu­able op­por­tu­nity.

The re­cent Univer­sity of Louisville grad­u­ate and Ken­tucky na­tive is a full-time ma­gi­cian and autism self­ad­vo­cate. Clark hopes to in­spire au­di­ences with his show “Cody Clark: A Dif­fer­ent Way of Think­ing.”

Clark en­joys the thrill of per­for­mances and likes fringe fes­ti­vals in par­tic­u­lar, be­cause he meets all dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple. He aims


Michael Bur­gos is one of many artists to per­form at Scran­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val, which takes place Thurs­day through Oct. 2.

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