2019 Fringe Festival


The Capital Fringe Festival is primarily a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work. The Fringe Festival takes place in July for 22 days with over 30,000 patrons. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. Named Best Theatre Festival 2013 - 2018 in the Washington City Papers Best of.

The 2019 Fringe Festival will once again take place in the Southwest DC. The 2018 Fringe Festival, our first in SW DC, our capacity filled increased by 10%. We are pleased to once again partner with several SW community organizations. Lead venue partner Arena Stage, the Mead Center for American Theater. Other confirmed locations include St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and Christ United Methodist Church, among several other new and returning venues.

Video artist, filmmaker and street projectionist Robin Bell, local Dc Artists Washington, D.C., will create Arcade. Arcade by Robin Bell will be a public interactive video arcade where audience members can play and interact with each other.

With Arcade by Robin Bell we are exploring how we interact with games in the 21st century and how in turn, we interact with each other. Through this piece, Robin will examine how we play, both individually and collaboratively and how public spaces designed for play enhance or transform this type of type of interaction.

Capital Fringe will be presenting Shakespeare’s Worst. This bold comedy is written by Mike Reiss (a four-time Emmy-winning original writer for The Simpsons) and Nick Newlin (a local actor and former Fringe Festival participant). Mike will also be presenting a talkback/book signing for his book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons in partnership with Politics and Prose.

Shakespeare’s Worst is a condensed version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, with one character serving as the narrator, providing pointed commentary on the absurdity of the plot and characters. Our production will be the first fully staged production in the US (it premiered in Bristol, UK in 2016 and had a staged reading at Utah Shakespeare last August). Puppets, physical humor, and puns abound in this fast-paced comedy that will appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Great for the whole family.

The Curated Series RFP was open from October 19’ - January 19’ For the 2019 Fringe Festival, we expanded the creative prompt to examine on what is today’s common understanding of forgiveness, trust, and how time can either unearth or leave covered progress.

In broadening the prompt, we expanded the scope of performance styles possible. The scripts and choreography chosen will be workshopped and developed over the Spring of 2019 will be announced in early March, before going into rehearsals in May/June and performed in the Cradle at Arena Stage.

Tickets on Sale & Festival Schedule will be live June 17.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. 2020 Captial Fringe Festival, our 15th Anniversary will be available in October 2019.

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