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Current Season B


CURRENT SEASON

16-17 Season

Current Season B


CURRENT SEASON

16-17 Season

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Subscriptions


Subscriptions


SUBSCRIBE NOW!

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!

^2017-2018 Season Brochure coming April, 2017.

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PUSH Pins Busy Bodies


PUSH Physical Theatre's BUSY BODIES

PUSH Pins Busy Bodies


PUSH Physical Theatre's BUSY BODIES


Compound words in motion! Busy Bodies is a physical comedy for young people based on the inevitable confusion of connecting two words together to create another word. Some compound words are easy to understand: a firefly, for example, looks like a tiny flying fire! Some compound words – like birdbrain, hotdog, or rat race – take a greater stretch of the imagination. Very few words are actually used in this production. Instead, movement and expression are the primary communicators. Silly, energetic, and yet somehow profound, this imaginative show features characters created by five performers from Rochester’s award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre. Learning the rules of language is not an easy journey, but it can be a fun one! Busy Bodies encourages joy in learning and humor in our misunderstandings.

Appropriate for ages 3 and above, no children under 3 please.

FOUR SHOWS ONLY!
Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 12 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 6 p.m
Sunday, June 11* at 2 p.m.

$20 Adults / $15 Students and Children
*sign interpreted performance


BUSY BODY WORKSHOPS!
Saturday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. | ages 4-12
Sunday, June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. | ages 7 and up

Workshop participants sample the mime and movement techniques seen in the show, Busy Bodies. Have fun exercising and using your imagination. Explore new ideas. Learn how to enhance your own storytelling with gesture. Workshops are taught by Darren and Heather Stevenson, Co-founding Directors of PUSH Physical Theatre and their summer programing: Push Pins Camp for Kids, Teen Mentorship Project and their annual Adult Summer Intensive.

Space is limited: 25 Students per workshop | $10 pre-registration | $12 at the door

Workshop attire: comfortable clothing kids can move freely in and sneakers.
Please note: for the comfort and safety of participants, children under the age of four are not permitted on the stage floor during the workshops.
More information at pushtheatre.org and pushpinsforkids.org 

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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!

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2016-2017 late night SEASON

Unleashed! Improv:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10 p.m. (following The Boys Next Door
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 p.m. (following Hands on a Hardbody)

Canary in a Coal Mine:

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10 p.m. (following The Underpants)
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 p.m. (following Death of a Salesman)

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


2016-2017 weekend comedy season
Prime time comedy weekends with performances by both bcs groups

  • Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, June 16 & 17 at 8 p.m.

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

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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. Joining the team for the 2016-2017 Season are Associate Producers, Jodi Beckwith and Allison Roberts. 

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 '16
A unique, interactive fundraising event

Join Blackfriars Theatre for a brand new fundraising event to benefit our new artistic and educational programming and be a part of the Second 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 2017-2018 Blackfriars Season!

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
November 19, 2016

 

EVENT: Saturday, November 19, 2016 | Reception at 7pm | Performance and Shenanigans at 8pm

TICKETS: Exclusive Reservations for Subscribers and Donors only – through September 30, 2016. Tickets will go on sale to the public on October 3, 2016. 

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 2017-2018 big musical event! So vote often to ensure your favorite musical will grace the boards of Blackfriars 68th 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. 

PRICE: $45 – includes one Voting Chip per ticket and $20 of your ticket price goes to support Blackfriars Artistic and Educational Programming. 

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 2017! 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 2017 Festival has been postponed from its original date, April 8, 2017. More info coming 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!  The 2017 Fringe will open for artist's submission April 1, 2017! Visit their website for more information at rochesterfringe.com