SPECIAL NEWS: Fringe Under Glass 2021

“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Kakuzo Okakura

Special announcement from the Scranton Fringe Festival — February 15th 2021



The Scranton Fringe Festival, an award winning arts organization that has produced work since 2015, is proud to announce Fringe Under Glass, an innovative audience walking tour of live performing arts staged behind the windows of various storefronts. This project, nearly sold out during its initial presentation in 2020, will return for the second year from Thursday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 26th 2021 (with possible extensions through the first weekend of October). 

Scranton Fringe will once again utilize large storefront windows to activate unconventional stages as well as unique outdoor spaces for a variety of performances. As the pandemic continues to create incredible challenges for the professional arts as well as local small businesses, Fringe Under Glass will attract patrons to downtown Scranton to enjoy and experience live theater and performance art in a socially distanced, COVID-19 compliant environment. 

Fringe Under Glass provides a unique, safer theatrical experience and spectacular visuals to engage small groups of audience members led from window to window throughout the Electric City by a Fringe tour guide. The live performances will feature wireless audio transmission by solo artists or small groups of creative talent, providing a safe performance space and allowing the artists the opportunity to incorporate new technology into their work. Fringe Under Glass 2021 will also be accepting applications for outdoor performances, musical interludes, and unique street theatre. 

Performing artists & creative groups with a keen eye to visual aesthetics, strong performances, and an openness to a collaborative process are encouraged to apply for Fringe Under Glass 2021. Applications will go live on Friday March 5th on the Fringe’s website and will close on Friday April 9th. 

Scranton Fringe Festival is committed to providing stipends to artists participating in the project, ensuring that they can invest in their best ideas after over a year of lost work without depending on ticket sales or possible future shutdowns. 

Tickets for Fringe Under Glass 2021 will be released this summer and options will be offered for individuals and group packages, as well as special initiatives to ensure tickets are provided to those who otherwise could not afford to access them. 

Scranton Fringe Festival has focused its efforts during the pandemic on supporting their community of artists, launching an emergency fund that has so far distributed over $10,000 worth of mini-grants to Northeastern Pennsylvanian artists and creative gig workers who have been affected by the global health crisis,  as well as creating numerous digital programs such as a new series of independent virtual theatre called SOCIAL DISTANT SCENE. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

All performers will be behind glass (with wireless audio to ensure all can hear and enjoy the work) AND/OR outdoors, distant from the audience. All audiences (in small walking groups) and Fringe tour guides will be required to wear masks while attending this event. Masks, gloves, and other PPE supplies will be available at all times during this event. Fringe staff will ensure each locale is sanitized between each performance and all artists/staff members are required to do daily health check ins during the two (2) weeks leading up to the event weekend.


Since 2015, the annual Scranton Fringe Festival (scrantonfringe.org) has presented hundreds of creative works to over 10,000 unique audience members and helped generate over $250,000 each year in the local economy. In a normal year, the Festival hosts more than 50 acts in a dozen venues in downtown Scranton over two weeks.

The majority of the festival’s programming (100+ performances each year) is chosen from an open application that invites artists and creatives from across the globe to submit. Theatre, dance, music, puppetry, children’s arts, improv, and many other genres of work have been presented over the past six years.

Noteworthy programs helmed by the Scranton Fringe include the Big Gay StorySlam, which toured to the Soho Playhouse in New York City and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in 2019; the Scranton StorySlam series, which has found a home at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple for the past few years; and a COVID-19 Emergency Artists Fund, through which  over $10,000 has been raised and distributed to NEPA artists and creative gig workers severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic.


Audiences safely enjoy FRINGE UNDER GLASS in 2020 (photo by Julie Jordan).