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17-18 Season
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Drag Story Hour
Hourglass Play Reading Series
Season Soiree
24 Musical Theatre Festival
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

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SHOWS & TICKETS

17-18 Season
Subscriptions & Show Day Pass Request
Big Wigs
Blackfriars Comedy Series
Drag Story Hour
Hourglass Play Reading Series
Season Soiree
24 Musical Theatre Festival
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

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CURRENT SEASON

17-18 SEASON

Current Season B


CURRENT SEASON

17-18 SEASON

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Subscriptions


Subscriptions


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There are now FOUR ways to create your season at Blackfriars.  Choose from:

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.
— Arthur Miller
  • 6-Show Seated Season - choose your seats before everyone else, get immediate discounts on the summer production and our Season Soiree! and save up to 33% - that means one season show is free!
  • 3- or 4-Show Flex Pass - choose a 3 or 4 pack of tickets to be used for any show(s) in any way you'd like and get the most flexibility and a savings of up to 20%!
  • 6-Show Day Pass - the deepest discount with the ability to make last minute decisions and make your reservations in your own time, plus receive up to 40% off single tickets!
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Big Wigs


Big Wigs


The Big Wigs at Blackfriars Theatre!

Travel back to the days when Rock and Roll was the coolest! Trick or Treat with the Divas in drag! Or celebrate the holiday season with the Big Wigs! No matter when you join us, you're bound to have a rollicking good time as Aggy Dune and Mrs. Kasha Davis bring the party to Blackfriars Theatre with their Las Vegas style shenanigans! With their dead on impressions and hilarious hijinks these fast paced shows include all your favorite Divas; Cher, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and many more!

2017-2018 Season:

  • BIG WIGS: BIG REWIND! Songs from Yesteryear 
    • Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m.
  • BIG WIGS: NUT CRACK HER! A Holiday Tradition 
    • Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m.
  • BIG WIGS: HAIR RAISING HAUNT!
    • Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 14 at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 15 at 2 p.m.

2018 dates coming soon...

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Blackfriars Comedy Series


BLACKFRIARS COMEDY SERIES

Blackfriars Comedy Series


BLACKFRIARS COMEDY SERIES

Blackfriars Comedy Series
Unleashed! Improv and Canary in a Coal Mine

The BCS was created in 2015 with two of Rochester’s premiere comedy groups: Unleashed! Improv and Canary in a Coal Mine, to bring the Blackfriars audience and the Rochester Community a full season of hysterical long form improv, original themed comedy specials and dark, irreverent sketch comedy!

 

2017-2018 late night SEASON

Unleashed! Improv:

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10 p.m. (following Little Women
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10 p.m. (following Avenue Q)

Canary in a Coal Mine:

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10 p.m. (following Dracula)
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10 p.m. (following When We Were Young & Unafraid)

TICKETS: $8 pre-sale | $10 at the door


2017-2018 weekend comedy season
Prime time comedy weekends with performances by both bcs groups

  • Friday and Saturday, February 23 & 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, June 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.

TICKETS: $12 pre-sale | $15 at the door

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Drag Story Hour


Drag Story Hour with Mrs. Kasha Davis

Drag Story Hour


Drag Story Hour with Mrs. Kasha Davis

Drag Story Hour is a program of Blackfriars Theatre and takes place at the theatre.

Drag Story Hour is a program of Blackfriars Theatre and takes place at the theatre.

Blackfriars Theatre launches a new 6-event series for Rochester families who like a little extra sparkle with their story time – Drag Story Hour with Mrs. Kasha Davis. This free program features inclusive children’s stories read by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Mrs. Kasha Davis. Books will focus on themes of acceptance, love, identity and diversity. Each event will include a story, a dance party and a craft activity. Drag Story Hour teaches love and acceptance, gives strength to kids who see themselves differently, and serves as a resource for parents who need support or want to learn more. The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley has partnered with Blackfriars on this project and will have representatives at each story hour to help answer tough questions and to act as a community resource for families who might benefit from their programming and expertise. 

Drag Story Hour is presented in partnership with The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley with additional support from Get Caked and Quentin Roach.


DRAG STORY HOUR EVENTS:

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. - "Princess Pigsty"
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. - "Derek The Knitting Dinosaur"
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. - "Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress"
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. - "Red: A Crayon's Story"
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. - "Sleeping Bobby"
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. - "Not Every Princess"

 

ALL DRAG STORY HOUR EVENTS ARE FREE AND TAKE PLACE AT BLACKFRIARS THEATRE.


“Children need adults to provide them with the opportunity to express their true and authentic selves and I believe we need children to remind us that no matter how complicated adults make this world, we are all seeking one common goal: TO BE LOVED.” - Mrs. Kasha Davis.

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Hourglass Play Reading Series


HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES

Hourglass Play Reading Series


HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES

HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES

In 2016, Hourglass Play Reading Series became the in-house play reading series of Blackfriars Theatre. Founded in 2010 by Sandi Henschel, Barbara Lobb and Maria Scipione, HPRS continues to present readings of thoughtful, well-crafted plays that might not otherwise be produced in the Rochester area. Leading the team for the 2017-2018 Season is Artistic Director/Producer Sandi Henschel and Associate Producers, Jodi Beckwith, Lynne Sanchez-Fries and Jack Simel. 

The Hourglass Play Reading Series productions are free with donations accepted at the door.


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Season Soiree


SEASON SOIREE

Season Soiree


SEASON SOIREE

Blackfriars Season Soirée '17
A unique, interactive fundraising event

Join Blackfriars Theatre for a fundraising event to benefit our new artistic and educational programming and be a part of the Third Annual Season Soirée. Experience a unique night of musical theatre, comedy, parlor games, raffles, delightful desserts and drinks.

Plus, YOU pick next Season's big musical!

During the evening, along with being treated to light comedy and artistic surprises, you'll enjoy a selection of performances from musical theatre titles under consideration for the coming season and be given the opportunity to vote on the show you'd most like to see next year. At the end of the evening, the entries will be tallied and we'll unveil the audience favorite and the big musical of your 2018-2019 Blackfriars Season!

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
November 18, 2017

 

EVENT: Saturday, November 18, 2017 | Reception at 7pm | Performance and Shenanigans at 8pm

FUNDRAISING DETAILS: Attendees have the opportunity to purchase Voting Chips. Throughout the night, you will be given the chance to cast votes for your favorite show. Each chip is the equivalent of one vote. Purchase as many Voting Chips as you like – all proceeds will go directly to support Blackfriars new Artistic and Educational programming! At the end of the night, all the chips cast will be counted and the show with the most Voting Chips will be selected as the 2018-2019 big musical event! So vote often to ensure your favorite musical will grace the boards of Blackfriars 69th Season – and support Blackfriars new Artistic and Educational Programming with every chip purchased! Voting Chips are available during the event only. Titles of shows under consideration will be unveiled at the event. 

TICKETS: $60 ($50 for Subscribers) – includes one Voting Chip per ticket, complimentary wine and beer all night long, hand passed hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Food and sweets provided by Madeline's Catering and Get Caked!

Can't make the event but still want to support our new educational and artistic programming? 
You can make a tax deductible gift by clicking the button below! 


To see what the Season Soirée is all about, check out the gallery below from the 2015 Season Soirée
where Hands On A Hard Body was chosen as the musical for the 2016-2017 season!

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24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival


24 HOUR MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival


24 HOUR MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

24 Hours.
28 Artists.
4 Original Musicals & 2 New Plays...   

we hope...

In 2016, Blackfriars Theatre and Writers & Books unleashed a chaotic storm of creative possibilities with The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival. A huge hit in its inaugural production, The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival saw the creation of four brand new rollicking musicals and two witty and powerful new plays. You won't want to miss what we have in store for 2018! A favorite among artists and audiences world-wide, The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival is an exercise in theatrical survival as composers, playwrights, directors, actors, choreographers and musical directors gather to write, direct, rehearse and perform a new short musical or play in 24 hours!

The 2018 Festival will be announced soon! 
 


photos from The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival, April 9, 2016.

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Fringe Festival


THE KEYBANK ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL
at Blackfriars Theatre

Fringe Festival


THE KEYBANK ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL
at Blackfriars Theatre

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
September 14-23, 2017

Ten days of enthusiasm, creativity, energy, generosity and inspiring dedication to our Rochester community. Blackfriars Theatre is always honored and thrilled to be a part of The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival!  Visit their website for more information at rochesterfringe.com