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Scranton Fringe Festival returns for 3rd year Sept. 27-Oct. 1, full schedule released

Scranton Fringe Festival returns for 3rd year Sept. 27-Oct. 1, full schedule released
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From a press release:

The full schedule of the third annual Scranton Fringe Festival was released today as artists prepare to fill downtown Scranton with a five-day performing arts blitz on Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Founded in 2015, the Scranton Fringe Festival is dedicated to creating a bold and engaging platform for creative and thought-provoking art with minimal risk to artist and audience, while also striving to promote Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania as a viable creative environment. Returning for its third year, the event continues to grow its audience, with the 2016 Festival boasting approximately 4,000 unique individuals in attendance. Growth is also noted in the length of the Fringe Festival, now a five-day celebration, whereas past events have been held over four days.

This year, the performing arts festival will feature over 35 productions, a visual exhibit, and several special Fringe-produced events in 13 venues throughout downtown Scranton: the AfA Gallery, The Bog, the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (two separate stages), The Keys, Lackawanna College, the Lackawanna County Children’s Library, Levels Bar & Grill, Steam Works, Terra Preta, and Craftsmen Hall, the Junior Ballroom, and Shopland Hall in the Scranton Cultural Center.

The 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival showcases all forms of the performing arts, including original theater, international dramas, music, a comedy showcase, improvisational groups, dance performances, and much more. This year also marks the return of the Big Gay StorySlam, a head-to-head storytelling competition that celebrates the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

The festivities kick off with a fun, free party on Wednesday Sept. 27 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton). The Kick Off Party highlights short previews of various Fringe shows and helps the audience plan their weekend of shows “on the Fringe.” Tickets will be made available for purchase online in the coming weeks.

Listen to Scranton Fringe co-founder Conor O’Brien talk about the festival and local theatre in Episode 13 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

See the 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival schedule below or visit for a digital copy of 2017 Fringe Guide with show descriptions: