Five Fringe Performances for Lawyers

Hello Blog Readers!

justin VigdorAs you visit the lobby of the Telesca Center for Justice and come to visit the MCBA, you may notice the plaque of Justin Vigdor, who chaired the Partnership Campaign and helped make the Telesca Center for Justice  possible. From what I’m told, Justin is not one to sit still. In fact, he is (and has been since it started), the Board Chair for the incredible Fourth Annual Fringe Festival. MCBA member Mark Costello is also on the Fringe board and member Elaine Spaull is on the Fringe advisory committee.

The Fringe Festival begins next week and there are a number of shows that may be of interest to lawyers.  *DISCLAIMER: I am not endorsing any show more than another, nor have I seen any of the shows listed below. I am simply some options at this year’s festival based on the description.

rochester_fringe_logo1. The Theater of War

The performance and exhibition are based on the ideas in the book “Theater of War,” published this past year by Intellect Press. The book approaches the idea of how images of contemporary conflict are absorbed into popular culture by examining the game Airsoft, wherein players use realistic-looking pellet guns and create narratives based on news accounts of current conflicts.

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Venue: Gallery R
  • Times: 9/18-9/26 at 1:00 p.m. every day

2. Osher Lifelong Learning Art Display

For those of you involved in Elder Law, this one is for you.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT is a vibrant community of senior citizens who relish the social, intellectual and creative stimulation that the organization provides. An important element of the organization is a group of artist members, who regularly exhibit their work at the Osher galleries. This is an eclectic group that represents many different artistic genres.

  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre 2-5 Lobby
  • Times: 9/18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25- 5:00 p.m. 9/19/20, 26- 12:00 p.m.

3. Dangerous Signs: Living Life Out Loud


Anyone that is interested in Deaf Culture or our DEAFund will love this performance. I will be in attendance with some of my friends who teach sign language at RIT.

Dangerous Signs is an American Sign Language performance group that uses a unique combination of mime, dance, Sign and music to illustrate community in collaboration. The foundation for their work is original and published poetry and music; the material is then turned into a visceral and visual performance experience that promotes tolerance, multiculturalism and fun.

  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Venue: The Little Theatre 1
  • Times: 9/18 and 9/24 at 6:00 p.m.


Following sold-out houses during Fringe for the past two years, BIODANCE returns to Geva Theatre Center with BIO/DANCE & Social Justice. This collection of socially conscious dance works from Artistic Director Missy Pfohl Smith, along with regional and national guest artists, responds to the inequality and injustice that persists in our world today. Through new choreography, performance, sculpture, music and spoken word in two separate programs, this show invites reflection on diverse perspectives of inequality in society.

  • Ticket Price: Standard: $12.00
    Children: $8.00
    Students With ID: $8.00
    Seniors: $8.00
  • Venue: Geva Theatre
  • Times: 9/22 at 8:30pm

9/23 at 7:00pm

9/26 at 7:00pm

5. The Fiery Sword of Justice

2B859E6BF-064B-05DB-4B3BE8F6D14DC46DThe last thing any corporation wants to hear… is the truth! Funny, engaging and thought-provoking, The Fiery Sword of Justice explores the hilarious and harrowing similarities between family and workplace dysfunction. Raised by a narcissistic mother with a star complex, Lauren Letellier developed childhood coping strategies that helped her survive, and even thrive, in corporate America – until her compulsive truth telling torpedoed her career.

  • Ticket Price: $15.00
  • Venue: RAPA at School of the Arts: Black Box Theatre
  • Times: Saturday, September 19th, 2015 @6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

                     Sunday, September 20th, 2015 @ 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 21st, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

So there you have my top five list. I would encourage anyone to see as many performances as you can. You can never have too much art, music, dance, drama and comedy.

I have an honorable mention list below as well. Please visit to find more shows or to preorder tickets.

Other Recommended Shows- Honorable Mention:

El merengue lleva sal

Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference

The Lady With All the Answers

Opera under the Stars

The YellowJackets

La Cage Aux Folles

Becoming Grandma Kat

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