A William Smith alum and a faculty member each debuted original theatre at the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival which ran through Sept. 21. Katherine Marino ’12 brought “A Show with Cookies” to the Fringe stage while Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth premiered “Dashboard Dramas VI.” Marino is presenting an encore performance Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Avyarium at Village Gate in Rochester.
Tickets for Marino’s performance for adults are $12 and $9 for children at brownpapertickets.com/event/4394173. Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.
The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is one of the most successful Fringe Festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 78,000 attendees in 2018. The 12-day multi-genre arts festival incorporates more than 570 performances.
After sold-out performances at the 2018 Fringe Festival for her “Extraordinary Muffin Theatre Spectacular,” Marino returned to the Rochester stage. Marino plays a “mime hostess” in the show, in which she spins trays, juggles hats, bakes cookies and “follows her heart into many hilarious misadventures.” Marino’s performance incorporates dance, theatre, circus, homemade baked goods and live music. The Monroe Post calls her performance both “high drama and uproarious comedy.” Read the review here.
Marino’s career includes three years with Rochester’s PUSH Physical Theatre. As a solo artist, she’s taught and performed her original material in China, Canada and across the United States. Over the past year, she has written multiple new acts and managed The Molok Puppet Company.
She will debut “A Show With Cookies” at several other venues this fall, including: Theatre 37 in Perry, N.Y. on Oct. 18-19; Wunderbar in Syracuse, N.Y. on Nov. 9-10; and Circus Culture in Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 16.
As for Woodworth, over the course of the 12-day festival she performed in “Dashboard Dramas VI” 80 times to Fringe Festival audiences. “Dashboard Dramas VI” included four pieces, including Woodworth’s performance of “Hot Seat” written by Abby DeVuyst. Her performance took place in a car which allowed for two audience members to view the show at one time.
Woodworth, who is also affiliated with the Colleges’ women’s studies and American studies programs, joined the HWS faculty in 2013, teaching courses exploring theatre history, African American theatre, feminist theatre and criticism. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from Indiana University and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. She has directed numerous HWS Theatre productions.
Catch Woodworth’s show at the Spielgarden venue in downtown Rochester. View ticket information here.
Although Marino and Woodworth will perform separately at the Rochester Fringe Festival, the pair are preparing to collaborate in the spring for an HWS Theatre production. Woodworth will direct “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman on the McDonald Theatre stage. Marino, who graduated with her B.A. in dance and environmental studies, will serve as the movement coach for the production. Read more about the HWS Theatre 2019-2020 season here.