Writing Refreshed


Numerous productions included in past decade of Capital Fringe Festival’s primarily draw from contemporary works or from traditional models of classical western theater. In our thirteenth-year, Capital Fringe is seeking to refresh and recharge the annual Fringe Festival with new works that continue to develop artists and audiences. Fringe will commission, workshop, produce and present several world-premiere plays.

The selected scripts will be fully developed and presented in repertory, receiving 5-7 performances during the Capital Fringe Festival July 7 – 22, 2018 in Washington, DC at Arena Stage, the Mead Center for American Theater.

Areas of interest can include the Greek/Roman/Antiquities era, World Cultures (Asia, India, Africa, South American, Caribbean, etc.), Folklore or Myth. We encourage use of these genres as inspiration, but are open to other options as well.

Stories that are from the following historical periods will not be considered: English Elizabethan, Spanish Golden Age, French Baroque, Restoration, Neo-classical, 19th, 20th, 21st century Western theatre.


November 15, 2017 - Request for Proposals open
January 2, 2018 - Proposal submissions close
Mid-January, 2018 - Finalists Selected
January 22, 2018 - Playwrights contacted
February 28, 2018 - 1st draft of scripts due
March – Early April 2018 - Dramaturgy/Workshop Period
April 30, 2018 - Performance script due
June 2018 - Rehearsals
July 7 – 22, 2018 - Performances in Capital Fringe Festival


This request is exclusively for scripts that are not yet published or finalized. Playwrights must be open to exploring dramaturgical development with Capital Fringe over the spring of 2018.

The submission deadline for the 2018 Writing Refreshed program has passed. We cannot wait to announce the scripts chosen, check back for more info in the coming months!

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