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, Fringe commissioned three new plays drawn from folklore or myth from non-western cultures.

The City Of …
Playwright: Matthew Capodicasa Director: Patrick Pearson
Featuring: Nicklas Aliff, Yesenia Iglesias, Scott Sedar

America’s Wives
Playwright: Farah Lawal Harris
Director: Jared Shamberger
Featuring: Louis E. Davis, Billie Krishawn, Karen Novack

Andromeda Breaks
Playwright: Stephen Spotswood
Director: Nick Martin
Featuring: Jeremy Hunter, Billie Krishawn

Capital Fringe will commission up to four scripts during the fall of 2018. The selected scripts will be fully developed and presented in repertory, receiving 5-7 performances during the Capital Fringe Festival July 2019 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 2018 - Request for Proposals open
January 2019 - Proposal submissions close
Mid-January 2019 - Finalists Selected
January 2019 - Playwrights contacted
February 2019 - 1st draft of scripts due
March – Early April 2019 - Dramaturgy/Workshop Period
April 2019 - Performance script due
June 2019 - Rehearsals
July 2018 - Performances in Capital Fringe Festival

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