The national tour of a Broadway musical looks to spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.
Based on the hit Will Ferrell film of the same name, “Elf: The Musical” sweeps into Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for a weekend of four shows just in time for the holidays. Presented by Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, shows will take place Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11.
“It’s kind of hard to watch the show and not smile a little bit,” said Mackenzie Lesser-Roy, who plays Jovie, a department store employee whose life turns around when an elf from the North Pole arrives.
That elf, Buddy, actually is a grown human man who ended up as part of Santa’s crew when he unknowingly wandered into the toy sack as a toddler on Christmas Eve. Raised by Santa’s elves, Buddy comes to New York City to find his real father and ends up transforming the lives of those he meets.
Lesser-Roy, who grew up in Westchester County, New York, said the musical does differ from the film but has the same sense of joy and many details that will make audiences laugh.
“The whole show is really fun,” she said. “I think some of these musical numbers … kind of hit you in the face. There’s so much going on, but it’s so entertaining. It’s non-stop, too.”
The character Lesser-Roy plays differs from others in the cast in that she’s more ordinary, and even more negative, than the over-the-top, exaggerated people around her, she noted. Jovie is not a holiday person and has always been alone during Christmas, something audience members might relate to, Lesser-Roy said.
“She does find the Christmas spirit,” Lesser-Roy said. “That’s why it’s so fantastic when (Buddy) does instill some happiness and Christmas in her.”
The actress praised her fellow castmates who play elves by dancing on their knees and said a song they sing is “just adorable.” Lesser-Roy has had many of the songs from the show stuck in her head and said audiences can expect a lot in particular from the tune “The Story of Buddy the Elf,” which comes toward the end of the show.
“It’s this big number where he’s telling the story and the whole ensemble comes in, and it’s this big, catchy, jazzy dance number. … The ensemble is incredible,” she said.
Lesser-Roy recently saw the sets for the first time, too, and said they blew her away.
“It is so colorful,” she said. “It’s also like 3-D in a way, so it almost feels like it’s coming out into the audience. It’s pretty brilliant. There are so many layers of set, and the set changes happen so quickly.”
And with the tour coming to Scranton as the holiday season kicks into high gear, Lesser-Roy expects “Elf” to put people in the right mood.
“I’m sure that there have been some holidays … where you were expecting it to be something different, maybe something better, and Buddy manages to instill Christmas spirit in different people that he meets,” Lesser-Roy said. “I mean, he meets people in a store, and two minutes later, he has them dancing and singing. So I think that it will absolutely get people into the Christmas spirit, and it will remind them of the purest reason for Christmas, which is to spend time with your loved ones and just to give back and to experience joy in the purest form with lots of people you love.”
The national tour of a Broadway musical looks to spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.
When tragedy strikes, it can be difficult to find a silver lining. But a local group of arts promoters determined to help a friend in need believe that finding a light in the dark is possible.
The Boote Family Benefit slated for Sunday, Nov. 11, at River Street Jazz Cafe celebrates the life of the late Fred Boote, who was killed in his South Wilkes-Barre home in September and left behind four children and four grandchildren. The event will feature performances by local bands A Proud Monkey, Clever Gents (comprised of DJ Hersh, A.J. Jump and Gino Lispi), Vine Street and the Boastfuls.
The admission is a suggested $5 donation, which will benefit the Fred and Erin Boote Scholarship for the Arts, given to a student at E.L. Meyers High School who will pursue studies in the arts.
As news of Boote’s death spread, co-organizers Johnny Popko of ALT-Natives 92.1, Rich Howells of NEPA Scene, Joe Caviston of Meat & Potatoes Entertainment, DJ Hersh of Beatteks, Heather Szeliga of River Street Jazz Cafe and Keith Perks of 1120 Creative rallied together to find a way to show support to Boote’s daughter, Brittany, a local photographer whom they all had worked with before.
“The six of us got together and just agreed to try to do something for her,” Perks said. “Benefits typically revolve around music, and we all work with a ton of local bands. Right away we were thinking of bands to get involved, that she’s friends with, and everybody hopped on right away.
“I’m proud of our local arts and music scene,” Perks added. “We have a great community. I can’t even imagine what (the Bootes) have been going through. We went from the angle (that) a lot of these events are sad, but this is something positive. We’re trying to keep this upbeat and celebrate him.”
While the pain is still vivid, Brittany Boote noted the timing of her friends’ offer couldn’t have been better. Since her mom Erin’s death in 2015, Brittany Boote has hosted an annual Shots for Tots fundraiser for the scholarship at her mother’s alma mater. She usually begins planning the event around this time of the year, but as she reels from the loss of her father, she wasn’t sure how she was going to carry it through.
“My dad was a big part of helping me with those events,” Brittany Boote said. “It was weighing on the back of my mind, so when (they offered), that weight was lifted. I would never in a million years think to ask someone for that. It’s super comforting. (My siblings and I) were all just so blown away and beside ourselves over the fact that friends would come together to do that.”
The Boote Family Benefit also will include basket raffles plus food area chefs have donated. Brittany Boote intends to go along with other family members to honor both of her parents.
“I’m trying to take everything day by day,” she said. “I’m such a people person. I feel like going to the event is going to be a way for me to try to readapt.”
If you go
What: Boote Family benefit featuring A Proud Monkey, Clever Gents, Vine Street and the Boastfuls
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp.
Details: Admission is a $5 suggested donation to benefit the Fred and Erin Boote Scholarship for the Arts. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Grief can be the mother of all emotions.
Ever since her mom died suddenly in 2006, Mary Lou Quinlan’s journey to acceptance pinballed between humor and pain before finally landing at release.
Quinlan shared this emotional odyssey in her best-selling book, “The God Box,” so named for the collection of prayers, notes of goodwill and faith-filled wishes for every person her mom came into contact with over several years, which were discovered after her passing.
Quinlan turned her book into a heartfelt one-woman play — in which she plays herself along with her mom, dad and brother — called “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story,” which comes to Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 8. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave. Tickets cost $25, and proceeds benefit Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
From the first performance five years ago, Quinlan’s show has hit stages hundreds of times, including at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, off Broadway and in 10 cities in Ireland. She has donated nearly half a million dollars from these performances to local women’s health-related charities in memory of her mom.
The Nov. 8 show marks Quinlan’s return to the Electric City after a well-received keynote speech at the Society of Irish Women’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner in March. Before the program began, Quinlan gravitated to Laurie Cadden and Diane Baldi, R.N., who respectively are the development director and CEO of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
The trio struck up a friendly chat about Quinlan’s passion for supporting hospice care via her show and the need for a celebratory event in November, which is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
“When we made that connection, I realized they were the exact women to talk to,” Quinlan said during a recent phone interview from New York. “The play opens in Pennsylvania, in Bucks County, so it felt like it belongs here.”
Quinlan donated proceeds from book sales at the society dinner to Hospice of the Sacred Heart — which has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Dunmore and Moosic — and after sharing portions of her story in her speech, she promised to bring her play to Scranton in the future.
“We were just so honored and pleased and grateful for her to donate the proceeds back in March and come back and do the same,” Baldi said. “What I saw at that dinner was remarkable, and I thought she was so engaging. When she spoke, you could hear a spoon drop. She’s kind, she’s witty, she’s smart, and she speaks from her heart.”
“The God Box” book reads as a memoir and tribute to a mother-daughter relationship, while the play takes the perspective of a daughter who has lost her mother and digs into the soul of someone who loves, goes through the losing process, and tries to keep control and hold on, Quinlan explained.
“It’s the experience I had from growing up — truly growing up — and learning to let go,” she said. “It has music, video and visuals throughout. It’s a recreation of a life story and a very human experience.”
Handing over the proceeds is Quinlan’s way of giving back in gratitude for the care her parents each received at the ends of their lives, she added.
“‘The God Box’ is an expression of (my mother’s) compassion,” Quinlan said. “It only seems right the play itself have a heart to it.”
The show’s tagline, “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to call your mother,” came naturally from the conversations Quinlan had with the audience after performances. Those who lost moms told her how they wished they could talk to them once more, and those with mothers still living expressed a need to reach out after seeing the play.
“It does bring back beautiful memories that they have about their mothers. In the end, it’s about them and their families,” Quinlan said. “People also say they want to go home and start their own God box, and my mother would be so thrilled about that.”
Theatergoers often question her about how she handles telling such a sad and personal story on stage, but Quinlan called it the best way to remain positive about the woman she misses.
“I feel like she’s with me when I do this play,” Quinlan said. “I get to have her and keep her in this world.”
WILKES-BARRE — Comedian Wanda Sykes postponed her Nov. 1 show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.
Citing a scheduling conflict, Sykes rescheduled the show for 8 p.m., Sat., April 6,. Tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds will be offered at the point of purchase.
Wanda Sykes has never shied away from confronting the controversial or sharing her informed — and often hilarious — opinion on a matter.
When the celebrated comedian brings her “Oh Well” tour to Wilkes-Barre in April, audience members can expect plenty of observational humor, some of which may even touch on current news and events. Sykes will perform at 8 p.m. on April 6 at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.
“I have my set show that I’m gonna do, but if there’s like a big news story or something crazy happens, I do tend to throw that in — if I have a funny point on it,” Sykes shared recently during a phone call from Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of stuff on the fly.”
Sykes made a name for herself through her stand-up, though she segued this success into a notable film and television career as well. Her movie credits include “Snatched” with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, “Monster-in-Law” with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez and “Evan Almighty” with Steve Carell, while on TV audiences have seen her in such shows as “Black-ish,” “Broad City,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
As a writer, she’s lent her talents to “The Chris Rock Show,” which won her an Emmy, plus “Last Comic Standing” and her various namesake programs.
Sykes also released a book, “Yeah, I Said It,” in 2004, in which she shared her takes on family, race and other hot topics. It’s familiar ground for the noted activist, who often speaks out for causes she believes in, whether it’s on stage or in awareness campaigns.
“I do like to talk about social issues to give a voice to people who are in the margin,” Sykes said. “For me, I like to say something with my comedy. … It feels like it’s my responsibility. It’s just my taste.
“That’s just how I guess my mind works. But I also can tell a funny story about my family, too. I like to mix it up. If I think there’s injustice going on, I’m going to say something about it.”
Sykes still relishes the rush of performing on stage, where she said she gets to share part of her life with the crowd. Live shows present the opportunity for give and take, she explained.
“The feeling you get of the euphoria, when you’re saying something … and you can make this whole audience crack up laughing, it’s powerful, and I love making people laugh,” Sykes said. “I get just as much out of it as people get from me. It feels like a loving environment.
“They get a better sense of me — who I am — and also the jokes are memorable. I like for them to walk away with something they will remember. I love my audience. They’re just cool people. Just good people.”
When the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular finally makes its way to town following a summertime rain-out, you’ll wish you were here.
The laser and music show presented by Rock 107 (a Times-Shamrock Communications property) has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Ritz Theater in downtown Scranton. Initially set for August at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, the show was moved after excessive downpours caused damage and forced a delay. Original tickets will be honored for the new show, and those who missed out the first time can still buy tickets online at eventbrite.com.
Producer and creative director Steve Monistere started with the show in 1986 and has watched it grow, change and improve in the years since then as technology ramped up.
“It started off very simple because technology was simple back then,” he said. “As computers progressed, so did the show. It’s like something you haven’t seen before in the sense that with the lasers and video and lighting, we really create a psychedelic experience right in front of you.
“And, of course, set to the music of Pink Floyd, it worked very well,” Monistere added. “It’s a concert experience without the band.”
The show will be conducted via multiple high-definition screens that set the scene against the familiar strains of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits.
“If you can imagine going to a large-scale concert with a lot of lighting and production value to support what the band is doing live … we take a different approach,” Monistere explained. “The lighting and the lasers are the stars of the show. We give visuals to what you hear. More cerebral, creative types that lean to quality music, they’ll love it.”
If you go
What: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
When: Saturday, Oct. 27; doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton
Details: Original tickets will be honored for this rescheduled show, and new tickets may be bought through eventbrite.com. For more information, call 570-241-1135.
From snakes to clowns, face your fears this weekend.
West Scranton High School Players present Haunted Hallways of West Scranton High School, a theatrical horror guided tour, on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the school, 1201 Luzerne St.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. with each guided tour lasting about 40 minutes, said Angela Franek, high school speech and drama teacher and theater arts adviser. Haunted Hallways is different from a typical walkthrough haunted house, as guests are lead from room to room with a scene happening in each, she said. This year’s theme centers on fears, phobias and manias, and, like in the past, the students wrote the scripts and designed the costumes, makeup and more to bring their ideas to life.
“They have a lot of fun with it. They’re doing the research, working on character development, there are storytelling elements — beginning, middle and end — doing the props, the costumes,” Franek said. “They do a really nice job. They really love it.”
Action starts with the tour guide, a “psychiatrist,” leading the group throughout the school hallways. Each scene depicts a different fear or phobia, from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) and claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) to pediophobia (fear of dolls) and iatrophobia (fear of doctors), and the tour guide will give a little background on the fear. Then, the guests will find themselves immersed inside the fear.
Senior and drama club president Enzo Cicco said he’s playing someone with intense arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. After a short scene between Cicco’s character and his “doctor,” the group will find itself inside his mind and biggest fear. And the more realistic for the audience, the better, Cicco said.
“It’s a really good feeling when people have to leave the room or when they turn back since it’s not for them,” said Cicco, who’s been involved with the event throughout all of high school. “It’s always fun to know something you did was that scary.”
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the drama club. A limited number of pre-sale passes for specific times cost $20 and are available through the West Scranton High School Players Facebook page.
Another fun part for the 100-plus students involved is the time they spend together over the weekend. After school Friday, they transform the hallways and rooms into horror scenes, perform all weekend and then tear down the sets on Sunday night before school resumes Monday. It’s a long weekend, but it’s worth it.
“It’s you and all your friends all weekend, so you get close with each other,” Cicco said. “It’s hard work and grueling hours, but it’s cool to see everything come together, working with each other and watching all the ideas come to life.”
If you go
What: Haunted Hallways of West Scranton High School
When: Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne St.
Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the drama club. A limited number of pre-sale passes for specific times cost $20 and are available through the West Scranton High School Players Facebook page.
A fire will once again alight in downtown Scranton for the annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the eighth annual festival will continue its mission of celebrating different autumnal cultural festivals and will feature several activities, food and live music. Money raised from the event will benefit Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum in McDade Park, Scranton.
The festival will take place from 6 to 10 p.m., and the bonfire will be lit at 8. In addition to offering entertainment, the festival also serves as an educational and cultural event, honing in on a different culture each year. This year’s theme is the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or the “Day of the Dead.”
“It celebrates our heritage, our families, our ancestors,” said Alysia Scazafabo, one of the event founders who has stayed involved with it since its creation in 2011. “It’s very important to a lot of us.”
Like previous years, the event will be packed with things to do, but she said organizers have set it up differently so it has more space to accommodate the expected crowd. From face painting and music to food and tarot card readings, there will be activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Entertainment will take place on two stages as well as on the grounds. Symmetry Dance Company, Grupo Zona and Indigo Moon Brass Band will take the main stage. The Double “R” Twirlettes will return to the festival, too, accompanied by Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band.
The Crufeli Sideshow will perform a show featuring stilt walkers, fire breathers, acrobats and more on the Firebowl Stage, and Mariachi Tequila will provide entertainment on the festival grounds.
Guests can visit the festival’s cultural tent to enjoy hands-on educational activities and arts and crafts. The activities are sponsored by several organizations, including the Everhart Museum, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Bonfire Committee. The cultural center will have a selfie station where guests can take pictures with La Catrina to commemorate the event.
Some of the food guests can look forward to include barbecue from B3Q Smokehouse, Mexican cuisine from Tortilleria El Buen Amigo, desserts from the Sweet Lush Cupcakery and other dishes from Backyard Ale House.
A community altar known as an ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos will be created at the festival. Everyone is welcome to bring photos and favorite food and drink items of departed loved ones to put on the altar. The festival has had an ofrenda before but did not include it last year, entertainment coordinator Pamela McNichols said, and people missed it. The Greenhouse Project will provide marigolds, which are symbolic to the holiday, for the ofrenda.
Scazafabo said one of her favorite things about working with the festival has been seeing its growth. Attendance has risen from 400 in its first year to approximately 1,300 attendees in 2017, she estimated.
“It’s fantastic to see it grow the past eight years,” Scazafabo said. “It’s overwhelming.”
This year, students from West Scranton High School will help. Brian Murray, chairman of the planning committee for the 2018 festival, stressed how important community engagement is for the bonfire.
“Last year, we had some high school students that came down to volunteer,” he said, adding that the event “had a pretty profound effect on one of the students,” who left feeling like he had some ownership of the event after helping out.
Admission costs $20 at the gate and includes $5 in “Bonfire Bucks” for guests to spend on activities, food and drinks. Children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult can enter for free.
A of people say the bonfire is their favorite event, McNichols said.
“The bonfire is huge,” she said. “It’s the biggest bonfire you’ve ever seen.”
If you go
What: Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces
Where: Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 to 10 p.m.
Details: Tickets cost $20 and include $5 in Bonfire Bucks, which guests can spend on food, drinks and activities. Admission is free for children 12 and younger.
Adam Farley is a Scranton-based musician who recently released his first EP, “All the Right Reasons.” A graduate of Scranton High School and University of Scranton, where he majored in communication, he works for ADP as a district manager. He lives in West Scranton with his wife, Mindy, and children, Hailey, 4, and Karson, 1.
Meet Adam Farley…
Q: What first got you interested in music?
A: I grew up a huge N*SYNC fan. From then on, I was really into singing and dancing. I was also a big New Kids on the Block fan. My chorus teacher at the time told me I should enter the talent show as a singer. I did a song called “Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids on the Block. After that, the rest was history. People started coming up to me and said they loved it. In ninth grade (some friends and I) formed a band called Evaloution.
Q: Describe your style as a musician.
A: It’s very pop rock. I say that because I have some Justin Timberlake-type of music. I also have upbeat, rock-type of songs that are a little bit more alternative. I wouldn’t use the alternative title; it’s more pop rock.
Q: Describe your new EP, “All the Right Reasons”
A: The songs that I wanted to put together are kind of like chapters, and they tell a story. Two tracks on the EP are an homage to my boy-band days. The other three tell a story of where I am today. I’m married and have two kids. The song “Never Let Go” pays homage to when I first started dating my now-wife to “Hold on Blue Eyes,” which is a cover of a song we did from an old ’80s film that we got license for to cover, to “Here to Stay,” which is a song I wrote for my wife for our wedding. It kind of tells a story of the me from then and the me now. I call it the chapters of the EP and say the first book is now done. After being in a band for so long, you wonder what you can do on your own.
Q: What can people expect on your new album?
A:People can expect a really fun, uplifting album with a little bit of everything. It’s got a little love, spunk, fun and dance. It’s just a good, creative mix of storytelling.
Q: Why is the title “All the Right Reasons” so meaningful?
A: For the longest time, I never wanted to put myself out there, but I felt this was the time. So I thought this was the “right reason” to do it. It’s a story that tells itself; it’s got chapters, and if there’s any time to do it, it’s now. “All the Right Reasons” was born.
Q: What message do you hope to share through music?
A: You’re never too old to do something. A lot of people don’t realize that there are a ton of musicians in Scranton performing every day. Take the time to really sit and regroup and don’t give up hope that you can’t put out an EP or album. You can be successful in this area, regardless of what genre you do. Go out there and follow your dreams. You’re never too old to do something. I hope this EP gives light that if a 34-year-old dude from Scranton can drop an EP, you can do it, too.
Q: What is your favorite song on the EP, and why?
A: “Here to Stay.” I’m that fun, spontaneous type of guy. If I say I want to do something, I’m going to do it; that’s just how I am. Forty-eight hours before I got married, I got this idea to write a song. I’ve written plenty of songs for my wife in the past, but I really wanted to write a song that had meaning and would be fun to perform at the wedding. I had an idea for a track, put some things together and wrote the lyrics in 24 hours and performed it at the wedding. When I was working on the EP, I really wanted to record the track, because it had such meaning. I really wanted to pay homage to my wife, who has been an incredible wife and mother. I wanted to put the song together the way I envisioned it the first time. It’s catchy, and people can relate to it. It’s a really special song.
Q: What hobbies and interests do you have outside of music?
A: One of my hobbies is definitely break dancing, popping and locking, whatever you want to call it these days. It’s been something I’ve done since I was a kid. I also like to read, and I think it’s very important. Whether it’s a novel or a magazine, I’m always reading something. I’m into horror films and love horror. My other hobbies are spending time with my kids and wife; that’s always the thing I most look forward to.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m a really big Harry Potter fan. People know a lot about me, but they know me for singing or dancing. I’m a Harry Potter geek.
Q:Have you had a time or moment in your life that helped shape who you are today?
A: When I was in middle school, I had a friend who got into an accident and passed away. She was a huge fan of N*SYNC and Justin Timberlake. I had no idea who N*SYNC or Justin Timberlake was. My friend E.J. and I would make music videos when we were kids. We made videos for (N*SYNC songs) “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “Drive Myself Crazy.” We did those videos, then I realized that was the Justin Timberlake she was always talking about. I told her I’d make a VHS copy of our Justin Timberlake video for her. I always felt like if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have a clue or be as passionate as I was about N*SYNC. I always felt like that was the breaking point for me to be a huge N*SYNC fan. I have no shame in my game. N*SYNC is the best band ever. That was a moment that I realized I was a boy-band guy and N*SYNC guy, and that’s the type of music I still do today.
To listen to Adam Farley’s EP, find him on Spotify here
Photos by Emma Black and submitted photo
This killer fundraiser is sure to be a scream.
Leadership Lackawanna hosts an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Thursday, Oct. 25.
With an Old Hollywood theme, guests are encouraged to wear glamorous gowns, Veronica Lake-esque hairstyles, sleek suits, dapper top hats and more to the event inside the Grand Ballroom at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Tickets cost $60 and include a buffet dinner, one drink and the show. A cash bar also will be available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-342-7711 or visiting
Kristen Shemanski, vice chairwoman of the nonprofit’s board of directors, said Leadership Lackawanna held a similar event a few years ago and decided to replicate it since it was such a hit. This time, the group hired an outside acting company to spice things up.
“You won’t know who the actors are and who the guests are. Everyone will be intermingled,” Shemanski said. “It will be very interactive and, if you want to play a part, you’ll have the chance to do that.”
The night starts with cocktails at 5:30, and Shemanski said the actors will find specific guests to give them stories and roles to play. At 6:30, guests will sit down for a buffet dinner from Stirna’s Restaurant, and the show will begin. The cultural center’s history and aesthetic will make for an ideal setting for the event, Shemanski said.
The event raises money for Leadership Lackawanna, a self-sufficient nonprofit. Events fund tuition and training for community leaders while also engaging the people in the county they serve. Information on how to get involved with Leadership Lackawanna will be available at the dinner, but overall, the night looks to be a fun way to celebrate the spooky season.
“(We) hope they have a really great time. It’s going to be fun,” Shemanski said. “It’s the perfect time to do it, right around Halloween.”
If you go
What: Leadership Lackawanna’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
When: Thursday, Oct. 25; cocktail hour, 5:30 p.m.; buffet dinner and show, 6:30
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner, one drink and show. A cash bar will be available, and costumes are encouraged. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-342-7711 or visiting leadershiplackawanna.com. Proceeds benefit Leadership Lackawanna.
Murder at the Ritz Chicago, an interactive murder-mystery experience, takes place Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ritz Theater building, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, at 5 and 9 p.m. Hosted by Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, the event also features basket raffles, a musical performance and after parties at POSH at the Scranton Club and Backyard Ale House. Tickets cost $75 for food, the show, and wine and cocktail tastings and $70 for food and the show only. A cash bar also will be available, and costumes are encouraged. Proceeds benefit CaPAA’s scholarship program. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting murderattheritz.com. For more information, call 570-252-4156.
Northeast Pennsylvania knows how to deliver the frights each Halloween season.
The region is home to numerous haunted attractions, which offer everything from spooky hayrides to creeping creatures to houses where spirits run rampant. So get in line and put on your brave face — you’re going to need it.
Circle of Screams
Watch movie scenes come alive during the Haunted Hayride into the woods, take in the creepy performers at the Cirque de Peur sideshow, and brave the haunted rooms of Delfino Manor. If you’re still in the mood for scares, stick around to catch a movie on the drive-in’s big screen.
Where: Circle Drive-in, 1911 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City
When: Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 28; ticket booth open 6 to 10:30 p.m.; last ride leaves at 11 p.m.
Admission: Haunted Hayride and Cirque de Peur, $15; Delfino Manor (rain or shine), $15; Haunted Hayride, Cirque de Peur and Delfino Manor, $25; drive-in movies, $8 adults/$5 children
570-489-5731 and firstname.lastname@example.org
This indoor haunted attraction takes place in a grand house and includes free parking.
Where: 630 Harmony Road, Great Bend Twp.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m., and Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m., through Oct. 28
Details: hellsteadmanor.com, 570-396-5871 and email@example.com
Guests can wind their way through the spooky scenery of two attractions, the Haunted Hay Ride and the Dark Kingdom. For younger visitors who want some scare-free fun, the Not-So-Scary Hay Ride opens on weekend afternoons.
Where: 2828 Rock Road, Ransom Twp.
When: Haunted Hay Ride and the Dark Kingdom, Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. (ticket booth open Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 6:30 to 10 p.m.), weather permitting; Little Screamer’s Not-So-Scary Hay Ride, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m., through Oct. 28 (last wagon leaves at 4:30 p.m.)
Admission: Haunted Hay Ride, $15 ages 11 and older/$10 children 10 and younger with paying adult; Haunted Hay Ride and Dark Kingdom combo, $25 ages 11 and older; free for active military members with ID; Not-So-Scary Hay Ride, $8; parking, $3 (parking benefits Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company)
Details: draculasforest.com, 570-586-5084 and FindersKep@aol.com
This 60-acre spot offers four haunted attractions: a haunted hayride; Lost Carnival, a walk-through set in a dark forest; Pitch Black, an indoor walk-through; and Sector 13, a zombie maze. The attractions stay open until all guests have gone through, but they must arrive by 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and by 10 p.m. on Sundays. They are not recommended for children under 10.
Where: 460 Green Grove Road, Scott Twp.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays, 6 to 11 p.m., through Nov. 3
Admission: $45 general/$40 Friday general with printable coupon/$35 Sunday general with printable coupon/$25 VIP upgrade/$70 VIP package (general admission with VIP upgrade)/$3 parking/$5 zombie paintball; active and retired military discounts available regularly plus on Military Family Day (Sunday, Oct. 28)
Details: reapersrevenge.net and 570-254-8038
Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the all volunteer-manned attraction presents a new story, “Spirits of the Manor,” about a game show host seeking to drive spirits from the home. The attraction is not recommended for children under 8.
Where: Trion warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Twp.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m., and Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., through Oct. 28
Admission: $10; all proceeds benefit the United Way of Wyoming Valley
Details: gravestonemanor.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and 570-821-6500
Guests will need about 20 minutes to complete the quarter-mile walk through this indoor haunted attraction.
Where: 11 E. Poplar St., Plymouth Twp.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m., through Oct. 28
Admission: $14 general/$19 fast pass
Details: facebook.com/HorrorHall, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel of Horror
This Monroe County site features several attractions, including the main Hotel of Horror, focusing on sanitarium residents locked in solitary confinement; Altered Nightmares, based on the occult underworld; and the Theatre of the Damned variety show. The action takes place rain or shine.
Where: 5105 Cherry Valley Road, Hamilton Twp.
When: Fridays through Oct. 26, 7 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays through Oct. 27, 6 to 11 p.m.; and Sundays through Oct. 28; Wednesday, Oct. 31; Friday, Nov. 2; and Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: Hotel of Horror, $25 Fridays and Saturdays/$20 Sundays; Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares combo, $35 Fridays and Saturdays/$30 Sundays; Theatre of the Damned, $5; VIP line jumper pass, $10
Details: hotelofhorror.com, email@example.com or 570-992-3278
Creepy, campy films and more on deck for fourth annual NEPA Horror Film Festival
Thanks to Bobby Keller, they crept in from places as far as Australia, Russia, Israel and the United Kingdom to find a place at Dickson City’s Circle Drive-in theater.
For the fourth year, the Scranton resident has coordinated and curated a collection of creepy, campy and comedic movies for his annual NEPA Horror Film Festival.
Set for Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at 7 p.m., the festival will screen 13 short films ranging from 30 seconds to 13 minutes at the drive-in. About half of the selected movies are from the United States, while the rest are international, and they all clock in under the 13-minute mark thanks to advice Keller received from “Monstervision” host Joe Bob Briggs, the special guest at 2016’s NEPA Horror Film Festival.
“You go over that and people start to get bored,” shared Keller, a horror fan and filmmaker. “Anybody will enjoy this, even if you go in having no knowledge (of the genre). It’s pretty straight-forward. These are all unknown filmmakers; you’ll be seeing films you’ve never seen.”
Among the titles featured are “Bride of Frankie,” a “feminist version of ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’” Keller explained, and festival opener “Hell of a Day,” an Australian apocalyptic zombie movie. Since each of the films is unrated, Keller advised parents to use discretion with children in attendance because of scenes with blood, gore and very brief nudity.
“It’s all very campy, and this year is more horror-comedy than straight-up horror,” Keller said. “But the last three years, we’ve had kids there with no complaints.”
In between films, music videos from Metal Blade Records will play, and Keller said he called Dracula and invited him and his friends to walk around and spook guests in their cars. The haunted attraction Circle of Screams on site will be open that night with separate admission as well.
Tickets to the film festival cost $8. Making the event inexpensive and accessible was crucial to Keller.
“Growing up in the DIY punk-rock scene, I like to keep things cheap,” he said.
In previous years, the festival took place at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Twp. and Ale Mary’s and the former Iron Horse Movie Bistro, both in Scranton. But partnering with Circle Drive-in to host the films has been a dream come true, Keller noted.
“It’s unbelievable, especially since I love the drive-in and I never thought it would get to this point. It really is the perfect venue for what I’m doing, showing horror movies in October,” he said. “This is the time of year people want to get scared and have fun. And I can’t think of a better place to get together to watch these (films) with your friends. The bigger the group, the better.
“It’s also a throw-back to people from the ’70s and ’80s,” Keller added. “The drive-in was a popular place then, and for kids who have never been to a drive-in before, it’s a new, old experience for them.”
More than anything, Keller feels thrilled to watch how support for the festival has grown through the years. He’s happy to see strangers — and not just friends — coming out to the event, which encourages him to keep it going.
“I’m just really passionate about horror movies, and it’s for people with shared interests,” Keller said. “But it’s a combination of loving horror movies my whole life and wanting to do something for the local community, because people are always complaining there’s nothing going on.
“It’s just a couple hours to escape reality to get scared or laugh or however you watch horror movies.”
This year’s featured Scranton Reads book lends itself to a mix of serious and laid-back programs that draw from its classic science-fiction theme.
Readers across the region will pick up H.G. Wells’ 1897 story “The War of the Worlds” in the coming weeks as part of the annual initiative that encourages the community to read a specific book and participate in book discussions and other related events.
“First of all, it’s science-fiction, which is fun, and we haven’t done one of those in a while,” said Jessica Serrenti, spokeswoman for Scranton’s Albright Memorial Library and a Scranton Reads committee member. “But I think it’s also timely with how much media is in our hands now. ‘War of the Worlds’ is a story that just makes you wake up and focus on what’s in front of you … (and) just being aware of our surrounding.”
The joint venture between Scranton Public Library and the city started in 2002 and has featured such stories as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Red Badge of Courage.” This year’s book focuses on an alien invasion of Earth in which humans fight back using a virus. Orson Welles’s infamous October 1938 radio adaptation of the story induced a panic among people who thought an invasion actually was occurring. It has been adapted for the screen a few times as well, most recently by Steven Spielberg in 2005.
Lackawanna County Library System libraries have free copies of the book available, and Scranton Reads also will hand them out during its events and at the Dunmore Cemetery Tour on Sundays, Oct. 7 and 14, at 2 p.m. at the West Warren Street cemetery.
“People were thrilled that it was kind of timely for October with Halloween, and it’s aliens and invasions,” Serrenti said of the book selection. “They got a kick out of that. … It’s reaching kind of a varying audience in that respect.”
Scranton Reads’ programs kick off with a First Friday celebration on Oct. 5 at Albright Memorial Library that will feature artwork inspired by the book.
Other activities focus on the scientific and pandemic sides of the story, including “A Scarcity of Caskets: The 1918 Spanish Flu in Scranton” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Lackawanna County Historical Society’s Catlin House, Scranton; “The War of the Worlds: When Will the Next Pandemic Occur?” on Monday, Oct. 29, at Marywood University, Scranton; and “Survival Skills” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, also at Marywood.
Dr. Philip Jenkins of Marywood University, meanwhile, will lead a discussion of philosophical issues in the novel during Albright Memorial Library’s Socrates Café program on Thursday, Oct. 18. And “The World Is Not Coming to an End. Trust Me: A Conversation about Telling the News” will bring together local journalists for a panel discussing “fake” news and how people can better consume news on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Penn State Scranton, Dunmore.
Scranton Reads also will offer more light-hearted fare, including “War of the Worlds” film screenings and “History of the Carbondale UFO Sighting,” in which historian Robert Powell from Carbondale Historical Society examines the hubbub surrounded a supposed 1974 UFO crash there.
“Everyone has been going crazy for that,” Serrenti said. “They just think it’s such a fun idea just to see all the craziness and wariness that went around it at that time.”
Numerous county libraries will hold book discussions, too.
“Book discussions kind of allow you to keep an open mind about the interpretation of books and how others see it,” Serrenti said.
Scranton Reads events
First Friday kickoff
When: Friday, Oct. 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton
“War of the Worlds” film screening
When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Where: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton
“History of the Carbondale
When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
Where: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton
“War of the Worlds” film screening
When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Where: Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville
When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Henkelman Room, second floor, Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton
“The World Is Not Coming to an End. Trust Me: A Conversation about Telling the News”
When: Wednesday, Oct. 24,
Where: Hawk Lecture Hall: Business Building 201, Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore
“A Scarcity of Caskets: The 1918 Spanish Flu in Scranton”
When: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Catlin House, Lackawanna County Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton
“The War of the Worlds: When Will the Next Pandemic Occur?”
When: Monday, Oct. 29,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Learning Commons, Room 206, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30,
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Learning Commons, Room 206, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton
Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Taylor Public Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor; 570-562-1234
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.: Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, 1032 Green Ridge St., Scranton; 570-207-0764
Thursday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.: Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St.; 570-282-4281
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m.: North Pocono Public Library, 1315 Church St., Moscow; 570– 842-4700.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.: Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit; 570-587-3440
Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville; 570-489-1765
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.: Dalton Community Library, 113 E. Main St.; 570-563-2014.
Jeff D’Angelo had always planned to join his father’s clothing business. The South Scranton native graduated from Scranton Central High School then studied business at Lackawanna College with the intention of one day working for his dad. He did, but he also established Jeff D’Angelo’s Design Group, a “prop shop” where he is the creative artist and owner. He also works for Marywood University as the assistant chief of safety. He has two grown children and lives in the city’s Minooka section with his wife of 37 years, Diane.
Meet Jeff D’Angelo…
Q: Can you describe the work of Jeff D’Angelo’s Design Group?
A: If I’m doing a theme party, I’ll dress up and bring my actors, and we get the people involved. Part of our job is to get people dancing and make sure they have a good time. I’ll research a theme, I’ll print pictures out and look at them. I now have more than 90 themes and 10,000 props. I’ll make sketches, blow them up, put it on foam, cut it with an old-school handsaw and paint it.
Q: How did you learn about art?
A: I have no art background. I’m all self-taught. I look at different artists to see how they do it, and I try to copy their styles. There was an artist, Jack Davis, he used to work for Mad Magazine. I loved his style. My wife found out where he lived in Georgia and had him send me a birthday card. She said he was really nice. I said I needed to talk to him. I called him up and told him I was a self-taught artist and I asked him questions. He was nice enough to tell me things.
Q: How did you get interested in art, having never had formal training?
A: I always liked to draw even since I was a little kid. Whenever I went to a store and I wanted to buy a game or something, I was always attracted to the box that had artwork on it. I’d play with that toy then look at the box and try to draw what was on it. I used to color in coloring books when I was 4 or 5. I’d go around to my neighbors and rip the pages out and ask them if they wanted to buy them. I thought it was the greatest thing in the world until my mother found out. I just loved art.
Q: What is the most gratifying part about owning the design group?
A: My favorite part is when I take the finished product and people see it for the first time. I love when they say, “I didn’t know you were going to do this. It’s better than I expected.” That, to me, is the greatest compliment. The other thing I like is when people who really can’t afford art want to buy the art. If they can’t afford it and they want to buy something, they really must like it. The average guy who is just making enough money might ask me to paint him something. That’s more important to me than a millionaire asking me to decorate his room.
Q: What hobbies and interests do you have outside the business?
A: I was a golfer back in the day. I was a half-decent golfer. I have not missed a Miami Dolphins game in 13 years. My family and I make sure that wherever we are at that point, that we schedule everything around the game. My daughter, my wife and I, since we’re in Scranton, we meet every Sunday to watch the three-hour game. My son lives in South Carolina. He watches it there. We consider it like a movie because we don’t know how it’s going to end, but it’s full of excitement.
Q: Have you had time in your life that helped shape you into who you are today?
A: People will come over and say they love my stuff. I like just putting smiles on peoples’ faces. My parents taught me to be good to a janitor the way you would to a president. If your grandmother is having a 90th birthday, I’ll put the same blood, sweat and tears into somebody’s million-dollar celebration. I think that’s what shapes my life.
Photos by Emma Black
Scranton residents, meet your colorful neighbor.
Neo-expressionist artist Hunt Slonem, known for his vibrant and colorful paintings, bought the Col. Louis Watres Armory on Adams Avenue in 2015 and gave the space a multicolor makeover that includes bright wall treatments, quirky and rare items, antique furniture and dozens of his paintings. This month, his influence moves into another historic building in the Electric City when an exhibition of his paintings opens at the Everhart Museum.
On display Friday, Sept. 28, through Monday, Dec. 31, the exhibit kicks off with a artist reception today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 1901 Mulberry St. Tickets cost $50 and include light fare, cocktails and a tour of the exhibit. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-346-7186, ext. 510.
Slonem is best known for the way he combines expressionist techniques with mysticism. He focuses on animal subjects, including bunnies and tropical birds in bright colors.
It’s a rare chance to see an influential artist’s work that the public has seldom seen, museum executive director Aurore Giguet said. Slonem’s work hangs in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. Now, the Everhart joins that list.
The Scranton museum will display large-scale paintings from early in Slonem’s career that were inspired by time he spent in Mexico, enrolled at Universidad de las Americas. There, Slonem explored archaeological sites of ancient Aztec buildings, which featured colorful and gold-painted canvases as well as pre-Columbian ceremonial objects.
“Hunt uses expressive textural brushstrokes of intense color to create light, playful compositions that are calming and joyful, and you can sense that he has a spiritual connection to the work,” Giguet said. “We are excited to show a series that has been hidden and unseen for many years.”
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Slonem will sign copies of “Gatekeeper: World of Folly,” which will be for sale at the museum along with the artist’s previous books, “Bunnies” and “Birds.” “Gatekeeper” is a 300-page walkthrough of the 102,000 square feet inside the Watres Armory that Slonem has transformed into a vibrant explosion of color, prints and textures. The book also highlights rare and precious items he accumulated over the years from around the world as well as what he calls “collectorating” — or collecting and decorating — that makes his sanctuary a sensory playground. The Everhart will host a dinner with Slonem inside his colorful castle in November, and while that already sold out, Giguet said the museum is thrilled to give residents a peek inside through the exhibit and book signing, as well as the chance to meet the man himself.
“What Hunt has done to the Watres Armory is truly amazing,” Giguet said. “It is a feast for the eyes, and his new book, ‘Gatekeeper,’ really captures the lush, extravagant interiors. It is our pleasure to hold a book signing and to invite the public to meet this remarkable force of nature.”
If you go
What: Hunt Slonem exhibition and book signing
When: Preview reception today, 6 to 8 p.m.; exhibition, Friday, Sept. 28, through Monday, Dec. 31; book signing, Saturday, Sept. 29
Where: Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton
Details: For more information, call 570-346-7186.
‘American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times’
A look at the 35th president of the United States will go on display inside the Everhart Museum’s Gallery 7 from Friday, Sept. 28, through Monday, Dec. 31. The exhibit, “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times,” features a collection of photographs of President Kennedy’s public and private life. Curated from public sources to private family albums, some images are iconic, and others have never been seen before. A reception for the exhibit will take place next month.
A longer schedule aims to open up more opportunities for audiences to check out the variety of entertainment the Scranton Fringe Festival will bring to the city this month.
Expanding from five days to nine this year, the festival boasts activities ranging from improv and theater to film, dance and interdisciplinary work.
“We were trying to figure out how to have as many shows in the festival as possible with our resources available. … There’s only so many slots of time that you can put shows into, so pulling it apart like that really gives the audience a little bit more time to see things and also get involved a little bit earlier,” festival co-founder and managing director Elizabeth Bohan said.
The festival opens Saturday, Sept. 22, with the Big Gay Storyslam in Shopland Hall at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Bohan expects the 8 p.m. show to sell out.
A few other activities will take place in the days following the storyslam, with most events happening toward the end of that week. The festival will hold a free preview party Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., and close Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. with a free, all-ages wrap party.
Tickets cost $8 for festival button-holders and $12 for those without buttons. Buttons cost $5 and offer holders discounts at various local partners, which include downtown restaurants and boutiques. They are available at festival headquarters in the Leonard, 335 Adams Ave., and all button partners. For a list of partners and more information, visit
518 Lackawanna Ave.
“Artemisia’s Intent”: Thursday, Sept. 27,
6:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.; theater/solo, by the Anthropologists, featuring Mariah Freda; rated R; 60 minutes
“Here We Are in Spain’s Night (Or Late Afternoon Depending on What Day You Go) of Comedy”:
Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; improv; rated R; 60 minutes
“Goddamned”: Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; dance/movement;
rated R; 45 minutes
“Make Your Own Damn Sandwich!”: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
Preview party: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.;
rated PG; 120 minutes
“The Presented”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater, starring Chris Davis; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“I Killed the Cow”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; solo/theater, By Larissa Marten and Leia Squillace; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“My Condolences: An Experiment in Grief Presented by the New Vintage Ensemble”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater; rated R;
“#VANLIFE”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 and 9 p.m.; theater, by Chalk & Cheese Productions; rated R; 60 minutes
Artworks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave.
“The World Will Stop If We Make a Mistake”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; interdisciplinary, performed by Sarah J. Stachura and Tim McDermott; videography by Brendan Regan; rated PG-13; 45 minutes
“Sound and Song: Oveone and Over-Sung”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/musical, presented by C4 Studios; rated PG; 45 minutes
“From Plaid To Pork Chops… And Postcards To Paris”: Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29,
6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; solo, starring Jeannine M. Luby; rated R; 45 minutes
“The Hugging Army 3.0: Connect Now!”: Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
4:30 p.m.; poetry/spoken word; rated PG-13;
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave.
“A Fringe-Tastic Electric City Boogie”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.; dance/movement; 21 and older; 90 minutes
Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, University of Scranton
“Inside Mecca: Insights Along the Path of Abraham”: Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.; film by Anisa Mehdi; rated PG-13; 90 minutes
“Omega Male”: Monday Sept. 24, 6 p.m.; film, presented by the 411 Studio; created by Bob-A-Lou Productions; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Charlie Chaplin’s Body”: Tuesday, Sept. 25,
6 p.m.; film by Jeff Boam; rated R; 60 minutes
Craftsman Hall, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“Too Late for Help”: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.; comedy featuring Ellen Doyle; rated R; 60 minutes
Scranton vs. the World Comedy Festival: Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
9:30 p.m.; comedy from Laugh Out Lepkas Comedy LLC; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Crime of the Hour”: Friday, Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.; comedy hosted by Abby Deely; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
Junior Ballroom, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“Fruit of the Sea”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.;
Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
4 p.m.; musical/theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Rejects Anonymous”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, created and performed by Double D; rated R; 60 minutes
“Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater/solo, written and performed by Heather Massie; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Light // Sound”: Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; interdisciplinary/theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St.
“We Are … The Children’s Library! A Visual Arts Experience”: on display Sept. 22 to 30; visual arts; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Balloon workshop: Sunday, Sept. 23, noon;
Monday Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.; with Miss Molly Balloons; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Open mic night: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Playing Shakespeare: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 and
4 p.m.; youth acting workshop; rated PG;
90 minutes; free
The Leonard (Scranton Fringe headquarters), 335 Adams Ave.
“The Comment Section”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; theater, by David and Toni Jo Parmelee; rated PG-13; 45 minutes
“Good Joke/Bad Joke Bingo”: Friday, Sept. 28,
8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, presented by Bad Theater Fest of New York City; rated R; 60 minutes
“He’s Dead!”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater/solo, by Grace Kapacs;
rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“The Ryan Case 1873”: Friday, Sept. 28, 11 p.m.; improv/theater walking tour; presented by Live in Theater; rated PG-13; 90 minutes
“A Spectacle & Mirth Cabaret”: Saturday, Sept. 29, doors open 10 p.m., show 11; cabaret, presented by Scranton Fringe; rated R; 90 minutes
Monologues That Impress: Saturday, Sept. 29, noon; workshop, with Carlo D’Amore
Teen playwright workshop: Saturday, Sept. 29,
2 p.m.; theater/spoken word presented by Scranton Fringe Festival in partnership with the Everhart Museum; grades seven through 12; rated PG; 90 minutes
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop: Sunday, Sept. 30, noon; workshop, with Ellen Doyle
Scranton Fringe Festival Wrap Party: Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.; all ages; free
Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Big Gay Storyslam: Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; theater; rated R; 90 minutes
60X60 Dance Concert: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30,
5 p.m.; dance/movement, by Rob Voiseyo; rated PG; 60 minutes
“Rehabulous! The Lighter Side of Narcotics Recovery…”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.; theater/interdisciplinary; rated R; 90 minutes
“My Sister’s Keeper: A Poetic Stage Play”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.; theater, by Jody Austin; rated PG-13; 90 minutes
The Space at Olive, 541 Wyoming Ave.
“Harper Lee: The Secrets of a Mockingbird”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater/solo, starring Prudence Wright Holmes; rated R; 60 minutes
“Right Is the Price”: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, presented by Montrose Movie Theater; rated PG; 45 minutes
“An Interview with Peggy Guggenheim”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 and 6 p.m.; musical; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“50 Shades of Gay”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater/musical, starring Ike Avelli, Chris Williams and Jeza Belle; rated R; 60 minutes
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave.
“Golden Avatar”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.;
Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; theater, by Viva Kultura, featuring Ethan Smith; rated PG; 90 minutes
“Falkland — The War the World Forgot”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater, by Tasty Monster Productions, Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball; rated PG-13;
“Just a Penny”: Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; musical; rated PG; 60 minutes