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Scranton Fringe Festival hosts first-ever encore performances at AfA Gallery Feb. 22-25

Scranton Fringe Festival hosts first-ever encore performances at AfA Gallery Feb. 22-25
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From a press release:

Following the third annual Scranton Fringe Festival, its largest event yet that spanned five days in September of 2017, a new encore performance weekend will be held at the AfA Gallery in downtown Scranton on Thursday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 25.

Three popular and unique theatrical Fringe works presented over the last three years will return to Scranton – “The Eulogy,” “After School Special,” and “The World Will Stop If We Make a Mistake,” all original comedies rated PG-13.

Tickets, which are $10, can be purchased in advance via Eventbrite or at the door (514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton).

The encore coincides with the opening of applications for 2018 Scranton Fringe Festival shows. Seeking original theatre, improv, performance art, puppetry, children’s theatre, dance, and more, submissions will be accepted starting Wednesday, Feb. 21 through with no application fees.

Founded in 2015, the festival is dedicated to creating a bold and engaging platform for creative and thought-provoking art with minimal risk to artist and audience. Regional as well as touring artists are welcomed to present work with no censorship placed on content or artistic expression while striving to promote Northeastern Pennsylvania as a viable and creative environment. It is held annually across several consecutive days in multiple venues throughout downtown Scranton and recently made headlines for an unexpected reason.

See the full schedule of encore shows below.

“The Eulogy” (2015 and 2016 festival)
Created/performed by Michael Burgos
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After sold-out runs at the 2015 and 2016 Scranton Fringe, Michael Burgos returns with his six-time internationally award-winning Fringe hit “The Eulogy.” “The Eulogy” is an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech featuring a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage.

Performed in 25 cities across 10 time zones, Burgos will be celebrating the 140th performance of “The Eulogy” on Saturday, Feb. 24. “Michael Burgos was incredible in the darkly funny one-man comedy ‘The Eulogy,'” NEPA Scene wrote in 2015.


Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.

“After School Special” (2017 festival)
Created by Conor McGuigan
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Divorce, pills, runaways, bad grades, smoking, drinking, dating, making friends, and much more! Watch as one family lives through every crisis from the after school specials of our youth in one day and comes out learning a lesson.


Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

“The World Will Stop If We Make a Mistake” (2016 festival)
Created by Sarah J. Stachura and Patrick Daniel Holmes
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Longtime friends Judy and Zack are just like you. They have loving relationships, families of their own, and full-time jobs. When Zack finds a box containing several notes, cards, and letters that Judy has sent to him over the course of 25 years, Judy and Zack rediscover a comic strip they created as kids. The friends find that their childhood selves have a lot to offer, and they begin to believe that they’ll be able to weather their uncertain futures with courage and good humor.

This production uses puppetry, live action, and film to tell the story. Performed by Tim McDermott and Sarah J. Stachura, it is directed by Brendan Regan and written by Stachura, with puppets created by Patrick Daniel Holmes. 2017 shows in Ithaca, New York and Honesdale were produced by the New Vintage Ensemble in Scranton.


Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.

Watch or listen to Scranton Fringe co-founder and managing director Elizabeth Bohan and Fringe organizers and participants Simone Daniel and Laureen O’Handley talk about last year’s festival in Episode 27 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo of Michael Burgos by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene