Spotlight On: Scranton Fringe Sponsored Events


The Scranton Fringe Festival is a performing arts festival, returning for its second year September 29th – October 2nd 2016 to downtown Scranton. With over fifty productions/special events spanning twelve venues to chose from at the festival the task can seem daunting – we are here to help further introduce you to what the Fringe has to offer!

Scranton Fringe is the framework that enables hundreds of actors, directors, dancers, comedians, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, street performers, filmmakers, visual artist and every other type of creative souls to come together for one weekend of spectacular entertainment and self-expression, but Scranton Fringe also produces a few select events ourselves to share with the community. The following list includes wildly varied events from film to a stage reading and is sure to offer something for everyone on the Fringe!


Scranton Fringe Preview Party

Kick off the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival at a FREE, preview party hosted by Molly “Balloons” Munyan. Start planning your weekend, maximize your festival time and choose shows that match your interests by enjoying short preview performances of some of the 50+ productions participating in the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival! Light food & drink will be available for purchase, raffles, artisianal vendors and more!

WHEN: Thursday, September 29th at 6pm-9pm

WHERE: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

Facebook event: Preview Party

Pre-sale tickets: FREE to attend: Light fare, bar (21+), and local vendors additional cost


Scranton Fringe Teen Playwright Workshop Reading


Presented by the Scranton Fringe Festival in partnership with Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art
Stage readings of work created by regional youth (grades 7-12) which they developed at a professional workshop series presented by Scranton Fringe Festival and The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art under the direction of instructor Ted LoRusso.
Please note: This event is free to the public, but donations to help support the community programming of the Scranton Fringe Festival will be accepted.

WHEN: Friday, September 30th at 6pm

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

Facebook event: Teen Playwright Reading


Music at the Fringe Late Night Concert (21+)

Featuring –
Daniel Amedee & Gold Light
Former Friends of Young Americans
Static in the Attic
& University Drive – BAND

This mix of local and touring musicians (at Scranton’s home for original music – The Keys) is the featured / late night event for Friday (September 30th of the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival.

Daniel Amedee hails from New Orleans and performs music that is meditative with an edge. Daniel’s quirky, eccentric songwriting style is informed by a haunting bluesy vocals that scratches the soul somewhere between Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart.

Static in the Attic is a blues.rock quartet rooted in Carbondale, PA, that channels vibes from old-school and modern style influences of multiple rockin’ genres. You don’t want to miss their unique style, so come dig the funky riffs and bluesy grooves and feel the Static!

Former Friends of Young Americans hail from Bowling Green Kentucky. Their music has been described as post-folk, with punk-influenced roots and an Americana gothic style. Former Friends of Young Americans’ music pushes at genre boundaries from alternative to ambient, shoegaze to pop.

University Drive is a musical project (based primarily in NEPA) formed by singer/songwriter Edward Cuozzo (of A Social State)

WHEN: Friday, September 30th at 6pm

WHERE: The Keys (244 Penn Avenue, Scranton PA 18503)

Facebook event: Music at the Fringe

Pre-sale tickets: NOT AVAILABLE: $5/ Tickets at the door only (must be 21+ with valid ID)


Scranton Fringe Short Film Series


New in 2016, the Scranton Fringe Festival Short Film series (curated by Lindsay Barrasse and Simone Daniel) received X entries from X states, making for a very difficult selection process. Film topics range from murder and mayhem to body issues to animated dinosaur adventures. Be sure to vote for the Audience Choice Award before you leave the Hilton!

Saturday’s showing is 90 minutes, and Sunday’s showing is 2 hours and includes a short talkback segment with some of the filmmakers!

The Skull – Graceann Dorse
Youth, Go to Waste! – Samuel Valenti
The Boy, the Fox and the Brontosaurus: Starring in Snow: The Movie – J Domenic DeMuro Selfie Nation – Jer Tobin and Jeff Fowler
You Can’t Run – Tom Peeler & Anthony DeSanctis
Snapshot – Miranda Sajdak and Savannah Dooley
A Period Drama – Kristine Gerolaga

WHEN:Saturday October 1st 1pm-2:30pm
Sunday October 2nd 5pm-7pm

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

Facebook event: Short Film Series

Pre-sale tickets: Buy tickets now


The Big Gay StorySlam, presented by Scranton Fringe


The Scranton StorySlam is now under the umbrella of the Scranton Fringe Festival, and with their powers combined the Big Gay StorySlam is sure to be bigger, gayer, and more fun than ever before!

This event is a celebration of the vibrant and diverse voices of the LGBTQ Community and allies. Storytellers will each share a true, personal story inspired by the theme “Ch-Ch-Changes.” The theme, a nod to the beloved androgynous pop star David Bowie who passed away earlier this year, is intended to inspire stories of transformation.

Storytellers this round include:
Returning Champion John Pivovarnick
Paul Datti
Carl Halkyer
Maggie Nuttall
Angelia Petrillo
Jessica Rothchild
Sister John Michele Southwick, IHM

Starring Estella Sweet as our Mistress of Ceremonies!

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st at 10pm

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

Facebook event: Bigger and Gayer than ever – the Big Gay StorySlam!

Pre-sale tickets: The Big Gay Storyslam


Visual Arts Exhibit at Scranton Fringe

New in 2016 is a special exhibit of the visual arts during the Scranton Fringe Festival! The exhibit feature two and three dimensional works from multiple artists. The exhibit will be open to the public during all Fringe performances at the AFA Gallery as well as being specially featured at the 2016 Scranton Fringe Wrap Party, Sunday, October 2 at 8 pm.

WHEN: Throughout the event weekend; Featured at the Scranton Fringe Festival Wrap Party at 8pm Sunday

WHERE: AFA Gallery

Facebook event: Visual Fringe