July 7 - 29, 2018
As we enter the 13th year–our teenage years and the start of our seven-year rebellion–of Fringe in DC, we are erecting tents, embracing new partnerships, and providing a greater number outlets for artistic development. At the same time, we are feeling the pull to be closer to the water.
Due to construction on the Logan Fringe Art Space, the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival will relocate to SW DC and celebrate with our lead venue partners, Arena Stage’s Mead Center for American Theater, Blind Whino and Westminster Church, among others. In a partnership with the SW BID, Capital Fringe will erect two (2) 80-seat performance tents on 4th Street SW.
If you have questions or need to talk through the production you’re proposing for the 2018 Fringe Festival, please contact Lee Comwell, Festival Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Fringe Admin Office Monday - Friday 10am to 6pm 202.737.7230.
Applications will not be considered complete unless they are filled out fully and correctly, and with the application fee paid. No TBA or TBD productions will be accepted.
Application fee - $35 early bird discount through November 29 at 5pm.
$50 regular fee November 29 through January 16, 2018
Participation Fee - $585 - due in February
Insurance Fee - $275 - due in April
Insurance fee is only required if a certificate of liability insurance naming Capital Fringe as additionally insured is not given to Capital Fringe from the artist/company.
Applications in Fringe Run Venues are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis once complete, dependent on what we can accommodate in our venues.
Capital Fringe is accepting online submissions ONLY. Remember that the Fringe Festival is a unique producing environment. The pace is faster, the timeline is more compressed, and you have less control over factors such as venue choice, tech, ticketing, and schedule. We need you to trust that our guidelines and rules are in place to keep everything running smoothly.
If you have any problems submitting your application, please call the Fringe Office 202.737.7230 or email Lee Cromwell, Festival Producer at email@example.com.
Performances run Tuesday – Sunday. Applicants must be available during the operating hours of Fringe without conflict. Weekday shows will begin as early as 5pm and end as late as Midnight. Weekend shows will begin as early as 11am and end as late as 1am.
Capital Fringe does not have set rules in regards to production length. However, we strongly encourage productions of 75 minutes or less. Productions that are 75 minutes or shorter typically sell better that those over 100 minutes. Additionally, productions over 100 minutes may receive fewer performances depending upon venue availability. Intermissions cannot be accommodated.
Each production will be given a minimal amount of storage (which vary per venue), a technical rehearsal at their assigned venue and a performance load-in/out time scheduled according to the production’s needs. The tech rehearsal time slot is typically double the production run time and will take place before your first scheduled performance. Tech rehearsals may be scheduled during weekday times. Please keep in mind that Capital Fringe does not provide any set, props, or costumes for shows. This includes chairs and rehearsal blocks.
Ticket prices ranges between $11 to $24. The Fringe Festival offers a range of discount passes. 50 - 70% of a production’s ticket revenue is retained by the artist/company. Fringe determines the percentage using several factors that include venue assignment and number of performances.
Individuals and/or companies may only apply to produce one project in the Fringe Festival (including Find Your Own Venue). For example, you may not produce a show under your personal name and one under your company name or one under your mom’s name, etc. Capital Fringe has this rule to keep the Fringe Festival a fair producing environment for all.
Though it is possible for individual actors or crew to participate in more than one show during the Fringe Festival, Capital Fringe cannot guarantee to accommodate scheduling conflicts for people participating in multiple shows.
November 15, 2017 – January 16, 2018, 5pm EST - Application period.
November 20, 2017 at 6:30pm - How to Fringe: Interest Session at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE.
December 10, 2017 at 3pm - How to Fringe: Interest Session at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE.
February 1 through the 15th, 2018 – An acceptance survey will be sent to all official Fringe Festival productions to prep artist agreements. Signed Artist Agreements, tech riders, W-9s and participation fees are sent to artists and due back within the month of February.
March and April, 2018 – Required How to Fringe: Participant Session, in person or via Skype. One-on-one sessions are available if scheduling does not work for all.
Early April, 2018 – Venue assignments, tech specs for assigned venue, production schedule, and ticket split are emailed to all participants.
Mid-April, 2018 - Proof of Rights due.
End of April to Early May, 2018 – Marketing Form, show images and insurance payment or documentation due.
June 18, 2018 – Tickets on Sale!
Date TBA - Fringe Festival Preview
July 7 to 29, 2018 – Festival Performances happen! Tuesday – Friday from 5pm to midnight and Saturday/Sunday from 11am – 1am.
August 17, 2018 - Box Office Payments mailed to participants.