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For a weekend, experience life on the fringe.

Scranton Fringe Festival takes to stages across the downtown from Wednesday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 1. The performing arts festival co-founded by Elizabeth Bohan and Conor O’Brien takes after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which began in 1947 and whose model spread across the world.

In its third year, the Scranton festival contains more than 35 performances featuring artists from near and far across a variety of artforms, from dramas and comedies to experimental revivals to dance- and movement-based art. With so many things to do, see and experience, Weekend Times put together a guide to help navigate the sights and sounds of Scranton Fringe Festival.

Contact the writer:

gmazur@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT on Twitter

The essentials

Scranton Fringe Festival takes place across 10 venues downtown through Sunday, Oct. 1, closing with a free, all-ages wrap party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. Performances start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $10 for each show at the door. With a Fringe Button, that price drops to $7.

Fringe Buttons are $5, cash only, and can be purchased at Scranton Fringe headquarters at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., and participating partners. Proceeds from button sales benefit the festival, and button-holders also receive discounts and deals at participating local businesses through the end of 2017.

Button partners

Adezzo, 515 Center St.

Analog Culture, 349 N. Washington Ave.

Bar Pazzo, 131 N. Washington Ave.

Cafe Sevda, 323 N. Washington Ave.

Comics on the Green, 307 N. Washington Ave.

Coney Island Lunch, 515 Lackawanna Ave.

Daisy Collective, 328 Penn Ave.

DaVinci Pizza, 515 Linden St.

Duffy Accessories, 218 Linden St.

Embassy Vinyl, 352 Adams Ave.

The Keys, 244 Penn Ave.

Northern Light Espresso Bar, 536 Spruce St.

Note Fragrances, 401 Spruce St.

On&On, 1138 Capouse Ave.

RD Blow Dry Bar and Salon, 324 Penn Ave.

Steamtown Hot Yoga, 121 N. Washington Ave.

Terra Preta, 222 Wyoming Ave.

Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave.

The schedule

The Fringe performance schedule is organized by venue below from Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1. For a complete, updated list of events and times, visit scrantonfringe.org.

AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.

“White Rabbit Red Rabbit”: Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.

Festival wrap party: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

The Bog, 341 Adams Ave.

“Flyer Guy”: Thursday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

“Maggie Nuttall: Live from Planet Earth”: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave.

“The Biscuiteater”: Thursday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 and 7:30 p.m.

“Good Grief”: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 3 p.m.

“Love Is Dead”: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.

“The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey To Find the Superhero Within”: Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. (Toyota of Scranton Stage)

“Cult Classic: ‘Carnival of Souls’ Recut with Live Score”: Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.

“The Hugging Army: An Experience in Connection”: Thursday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 3 p.m.

“The Omega Male,” Thursday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Teen Playwright Workshop, Saturday, 5 p.m.

“#vanlife”: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m. (ScrantonMade stage)

The Keys, 244 Penn Ave.

Original music: Thursday, 9 p.m.

Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 500 Vine St.

“You’re Invited!” interactive children’s show: Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Sing-along with Lily Mao: Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Levels on Linden, 519 Linden St.

The Associated Mess improv perfromance: Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m.

Here We Are in Spain improv performance: Friday, 9 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

“Scranton Buckets”: Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 p.m.

Scranton Fringe Stand-Up Showcase: Friday, 10 p.m.

“The Sound of Heaven”: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 5 p.m.

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St.

“Spots-Be-Gone and the Charm Wound Up: Two Romances about MacBeth”: Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.

“What You Want”: Saturday, 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.

“The Dark Fantastic”: Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 p.m.

“Meet the Glory Wholes”: Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. (Craftsmen Hall)

“After School Special”: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.

“Delirium”: Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 p.m.

“Miss Electric City”: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 1 and 7:30 p.m.

“Yum”: Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. (Junior Ballroom)

Big Gay StorySlam: Saturday, 10 p.m.;

“Chris and Gavin’s Campaign for Broadway Spectacular”: Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. (Shopland Hall)

Steamworks, first floor, Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave.

“Joe Charnitski’s Funeral”: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.

“Theorem”: Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m.

“The Princes or A Tragedy in Five Acts: A Comedy”: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Must-see shows

Fringe co-founder Elizabeth Bohan suggested the shows you shouldn’t miss this weekend.

“White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is an unrehearsed piece written by Nassim Soleimanpour that requires no set and no direction. As a conscientious objector who refused to take part in mandatory military service, Soleimanpour was forbidden to leave his home country of Iran and used this isolation in writing the piece. The actors will receive the show’s script as they walk on stage, giving audiences a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Shows:

Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 30, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.

“What You Want,” a dance and movement piece presented by

Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer, follows two young people learning to work through their lives in spite of the other’s expectations and advice. Each choreographer created overlapping solos for the other but left enough room for the dancer to make her own decisions on stage. Shows: Saturday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.m and Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St.

“Chris and Gavin’s Campaign for Broadway Spectacular” is a musical comedy about two out-of-work musical theater actors who campaign to get themselves “elected” to Broadway. Through musical numbers and sketches, the actors explore (and poke fun at) what it takes to be an actor. Shows:

Friday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 3 p.m., Shopland Hall at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.

The StorySlam

Big Gay StorySlam takes place Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m. inside Shopland Hall at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.

Individuals involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community will share a personal narrative that can be taken in any direction from poignant to hilarious and fits this year’s theme: “Walk on the Wild Side.” Drag performer and 2011 Miss Gay Pennsylvania United States At Large Estella Sweet will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Those slated to share their stories include Valerie David, Margot Douaihy, David Lawson, John Pivovarnik and more. Like in past years, two “wild card” storytellers will be chosen from the crowd to tell their stories, too.

Because of its honest, unscripted nature, StorySlam is for mature audiences. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com in advance or at the door.