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Scranton Fringe Festival lineup for The Leonard Theater announced

Scranton Fringe Festival lineup for The Leonard Theater announced
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From a press release:

The schedule/line-up for the inaugural Scranton Fringe Festival, a new four-day event set for Oct. 1-4 that will feature all types of performance artists across multiple locations in the city, will be announced over the next two weeks venue by venue.

The first schedule announced is for The Leonard Theater (335 Adams Ave., Scranton).

“Presenting The Spectrettes”
Written by Sarah Regan and Timothy McDermott
Produced by the New Vintage Ensemble
(Rated PG-13)

The Spectrettes are a girl group on the cusp of fame! On April 2, 1964, an unexpected winter storm hit the Midwest and changed music history forever when the Spectrettes and the pilot of their charter plane perished in a tragic plane crash. The story takes place from the point of view of the girls’ ghosts as they reflect on their untimely death and eventually come to terms with it. Their unique personalities and individual stories are revealed to the audience through monologues, flashbacks, original songs, and even some interesting puppets!

Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

“Banger’s Elixir”
Written by Alicia Grega
Directed by Mark Zdancewicz

(Rated R)

“Banger’s Elixir” is an absurdest play imagining the people who might compose clickable spam subject lines, literally working for peanuts, locked into an exploitative 21st century American capitalist wage slavery system. The spam lines were collected from real e-mail received by playwright Alicia Grega over a period of years since the piece was first conceived as a performance art piece in 2010. It later evolved into a 20-minute play whose subject invites exploration of the dark underbelly of human motivation.

Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

“The Tempest”
Written by Williams Shakespeare
Directed by Nick Hrutkay

(Rated G)

This new electrically-charged production of what is thought to be Shakespeare’s final play, “The Tempest,” places the master magician Prospero on a vaudeville stage among the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Amazement, trickery and romance fill the air as Prospero blends dreams with reality in this mysterious journey of vengeance and reconciliation directed by Nick Hrutkay and inspired by world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. “The Tempest” joins Scranton Fringe from Pittsburgh!

Friday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

“Intimate Moments”
Written by Liz Naro and Rosanna Fiorillo-Pugliese
Produced by the Diva Theater

(Rated R)

Sean decides to take his chances at speed dating a hippie chick, an OCD chick, a biker chick, a clumsy sales rep – will Sean meet some crazy characters or will he meet “the girl of his dreams?” Watch the relationship of Julie and Sean unfold from their engagement to therapy with the help of “their egos!”

Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.

The Big Gay Scranton StorySlam
Presented by Scranton StorySlam
StorySlam Director/Organizer Pamela McNichols

(Rated R)

The Scranton Storyslam presents this installment of its award-winning series of fantastic events, with a strong focus on the LGBT community and its allies! Five minutes. Firsthand stories. No notes. Always a night to remember!

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 p.m.

“Projected Vision”
Written by Irene Donnelly
(Rated G)

“Projected Vision” is a story that encompasses culture, history, education, dance, and determination. It will show a young girl’s determination to be who and what she wants be. Through our heroine’s struggles, which will take her around the world, she will grow and find the strength to help herself and other women through education.

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.

Note that all shows and venue lineups are subject to change. Information on tickets and advance sales options will become available in August. Visit for more info.

To learn more about Scranton Fringe co-founder, actor, and playwright Conor O’Brien and the festival, listen to Episode 15 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.