Scranton Fringe Festival returns for 2nd year of eclectic performances
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.scrantonfringe.org. 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.