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Fisher at Fringe: Faculty, Staff, Students Participate in Annual Festival

September 7, 2017

The talent and hard work of St. John Fisher College students, faculty, and staff will be on display during the 2017 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, which runs Thursday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 23, throughout downtown Rochester.

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During the festival, the College’s Department of Media and Communication will present its annual Student Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at the Little Theatre. The film festival, which includes a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers, is a free, non-ticketed event.

A still image from Push, featuring student filmmakers Stephen LaPointe '20 and Joe Gala '20.

A still image from Push, featuring student filmmakers Stephen LaPointe '20 and Joe Gala '20.

Films to be shown include Push, a narrative film about a college student, fearful of failure, who befriends a shady character, and Val, a narrative about a shy woman dealing with a well-meaning, but overbearing coworker. Beer, a documentary about the growing draft beer industry in Rochester, will also be screened.

Film production and film studies are part of the major in media and communication and minor in film and television studies.  Production includes field and studio work across the genres of narrative, linear and interactive documentary, and broadcast journalism.  Cardinal Television broadcasts student television shows on cable and online at

During the Fringe Festival, Jeremy Sarachan, chair of the Department of Media and Communication, will direct the Theater Apparatus production, Home of the Brave. A series of eight short plays, Home of the Brave explores how playwrights believed life would unfold during the Trump presidency. The writers, most of whom have a connection to the Rochester area, cover a range of topics, including the perils of becoming an activist late in life (“Dear Mr. Trump”), the potential for discrimination against individuals in a same-sex relationship (“The Offense”), and the dangers of environmental devastation at the end of the century (“Man of Dirt”). 

The production runs at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16; 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19; and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Writers and Books (740 University Ave). Tickets are $10 and available online or at the door starting one hour before curtain.

Dr. Rubén L. Gómez, professor of Spanish at Fisher, will also be featured during the Fringe Festival, this year in the new Candide Carrasco play, Rosalba’s Dream Me Pumps. Tailored to mature audiences, the play is a spicy, hysterical romp about a woman, who with the help of a crazy family of friends, explores the diverse faces of love. Produced by the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc., the show runs 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16; 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Blackfriars Theatre. Tickets are $12 and available online or at the door up to one hour before the show.

Theresa Bowick, a student in the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program at the Wegmans School of Nursing, will also debut her play, Collard Green Curves - The Nurse Bowick Story: “Just a Taste.” Adapted from her memoir of the same name, the one-hour play chronicles her journey to conquer unhealthy habits and fight to achieve her goal to become a God-directed, victorious nurse.

The show is at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 (sold out), 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Fielding Stage at the Geva Theatre Center. Tickets are $15 and available online.

Fisher alumna Karen Tuccio '84 wrote, directed, and produced Lady Philosophy on Trial, an adaptation of Philosophy on Trial. Tuccio's adaption uses an all-female cast delivering a live 1940s radio broadcast of the "trial of the century." In this version, Lady Philosophy is on trial for idleness and corrupting young minds. Luminaries in the history of Western thought, including Rochester's legendary suffragist, Susan B. Anthony, her close friend and political ally, Frederick Douglass, William Shakespeare, and Queen Christina of Sweden, are called as witnesses to testify. 

The production runs 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15; 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17; and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Lyric Theatre's Cabaret Hall. Tickets are $12 and available online or at the door starting one hour before curtain.