Fort Fringe is the headquarters of Capital Fringe and houses our offices, three performance venues, bar and our scene shop. View all of the upcoming events at Fort Fringe below!
607 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
DC Eagle Pop-Up Bar - Are you MAN enough?! Join us under Fort Fringe's roof as the DC Eagle pops up their bar. DC Eagle Pop-Up bar will operate through June. Dates March 14th, March 28th, March 29th, April 11th, April 12th, April 24th, April 25th, May 2nd, May 3rd, May 9th, May 10th, May 24th, May 23rd, June 7th and June 6th. Times are always 5:30pm to 2am.
WSC Avant Bard Presents Nero/Pseudo: a scorching new glam-rock musical
Rome has burned down and Nero is toast. Then this stranger shows up. Looks like Nero, sounds like Nero—and when he rocks out, the emperor’s fans go berserk. A WSC Avant Bard world premiere, Nero/Pseudo is a hot mash-up of ancient history, glam rock, and the politics of celebrity. Book and lyrics by Richard Byrne, original music by Jim Elkington (Zincs, Horse’s Ha) and Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers).
Previews are May 2, 3, 4 and 6 at 7:30pm. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30pm. Shows from Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, June 1 with performances Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Previews and Saturday matinees are always PAY WHAT YOU CAN at the door ($10 minimum to reserve online).
We will teach, show and foolishly draw from any and all aspects of clowning: Modern, classic, circus, commedia, theatrical, verbal, silent, knockabout, slapstick, lyrical and anything/everything else we can find. So for an evening of artsy-fartsy, pie-in-the-face, clowning fun, come to the Cabaret...come see what makes a real DC clown.
Clown Cabaret returns to Fort Fringe throughout the year:
The Mutual Inspirations Festival is an annual initiative spearheaded by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures and each year features an extraordinary Czech personality who has greatly influenced and inspired others through his or her work. This year, the Festival focuses on the late Václav Havel. Capital Fringe is working with the Festival to present events showcasing the work and influence of Havel.
Film: Plastic People of the Universe (PPU)
Dir.: Jana Chytilová, 2001, 74 minutes, Czech with English subtitles
The documentary traces, over a 30-year span, the legendary Czech underground band that became a symbol of the anti-communist struggle of the seventies and eighties. Their arrest and imprisonment contributed to the origin of Charter77, a human rights manifesto. The film utilizes archival footage, musical excerpts, and interviews with the musicians and their friends, including Václav Havel and Lou Reed.
Admission is free
Jazz duo Rudy Linka and Christina Prindle
Jazz guitarist Rudy Linka, voted one of the 10 best jazz artist by readers of DownBeat magazine and founder of the Bohemian Jazz Fest in the Czech Republic, teams up with singer Christina Prindle to perform a selection of songs on the theme: "Love Story - Jazz and Spirituals that Celebrates the Complexity of Love in Music,” dedicated to the late Czech President Václav Havel. Admission is free
Film: Citizen Havel Is Rolling Barrels (Občan Havel přikuluje)
Dir.: Jan Novák, 2009, 72 min., Czech with English subtitles
In 1974, banned playwright Václav Havel worked in a brewery so that he would not be accused of social parasitism. He ended up rolling barrels and filtering beer for nearly a year even though he drove a Mercedes to work. His experiences started him down a new path in writing. He wrote his first autobiographical play Audience, in a single night. The film relates stories of the genesis, the productions and the cultural reverberations of Havel’s influential one-act
Admission is free
Theatrical Demonstration: Antiwords with Miřenka Čechová
Czech physical theater actress Miřenka Čechová‘s work S/he is Nancy Joe was named the “Best of 2012 in Contemporary Dance” by the Washington Post. She makes a special appearance at Fort Fringe in a theatrical demonstration of her original show Antiwords, inspired by Václav Havel’s Audience. During her demonstration, she will decode the theatrical language she is employing, present sequences of her work with commentary, and perform a major part of the theatrical work Antiwords. Enjoy an evening with the director as she shares her experience and insight into the nuances of physical theater.
The performances will be complemented by a select showcase of photographs by Jan Kašpar, a family friend of Havel. The photographs reveal Olga Havlová’s birthday celebrated every summer through theme parties and theatrical performances at Havel’s cottage in Hrádeček. The photographs were taken from 1975–2011 and capture most likely the last photograph of Havel at his cottage.
At the theatrical demonstration, enjoy a Pilsner Urquell beer, one of the finest beers from the Czech Republic. Working in a brewery, Havel found inspiration for his play Audience, which served as a way to release his own insight into the tumultuous circumstances under the communist regime.
HalfMad presents As You Like It
Equality and passion collide in one of Shakespeare's most forward thinking plays on the battle of the sexes. HalfMad Theatre places As You Like It among DC's own battle for equality: the Occupy Wall St. movement. Performances are Thursday - Saturday, 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
The 2014 March Madness of Comedy Finals presented by The Capital City Showcase and District Comedy
The six finalists from The 2014 March Madness of Comedy duke it out for comedy supremacy! Headlining the show is nationally touring comedian Brandon Broady.