[ROCHESTER, N.Y.] Laura A. Thomas, a playwright as well as a director and actor, will take part at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival in the city’s eclectic Neighborhood of the Arts.
“This has been such a wonderful and exciting experience, a chance to expand my theatrical horizons by being a part of a brand new Fringe event and having the opportunity to be around even more of the Flower City’s talented people,” says Thomas, a volunteer director with the Rochester Fringe’s Word on the Street Theater, an interactive NOTA neighborhood festival of music, drama and dancing on Merriman Street.
Thomas joined the project in June after Word on the Street Theater producer Cassandra Kelly asked if she would lend her expertise to this inaugural event aimed at reaching out to and involving neighborhood residents who might not otherwise attend the more than 500 shows and other activities during the Sept. 10 to 21 Rochester Fringe.
Thomas is directing Summer of 1961 by Cynthia Rogers-Harrison; Sidewalks of Rochester by Barbara Murphy; and Hipster Hop Over Yourself by Justin Reilly. Many of the playwrights Thomas and others worked with had never written a play before, according to organizers of Word on the Street Theater.
A multi-talented theatrical artist in her own right, Thomas most recently had a short piece in 2018 Festival of New Theatre’s Bake-Off at Geva Theatre Center in downtown Rochester. Her other credits include acting, directing and writing plays for MMB Theatre Project 1’s Sankofa Theatre Festival, as well as for the Bronze Collective Theatre Fest.
Thomas is now developing Kinfolk, an evening of her one-act plays on relationships, as well as other full-length works.
Word on the Street Theater
Word on the Street Theater begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 with the Intersection Intervention Dance Party followed by a series of short plays in which spectators might win a walk-on role. Then the Exercise Express Flag Dance Team “ushers in peace, love, and unity” for the finale.
Merriman Street, between Atlantic and University Avenues, is the venue for the 2-hour event. Admission is free. For details on this free event, go to https://www.rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows/word-on-the-street-theater