Dare to Fringe

Tickets for the Capital Fringe Festival are now on sale!

A first for Washington, the Festival will run July 20-30, with performance locations scattered around downtown. As noted by the Post last year, it’s the brainchild of Damian Sinclair, Woolly Mammoth’s director of marketing, who wondered what might happen if DC had a fringe festival along the lines of Edinburgh’s wild and famous event, which is over 50 years old.

Checking out the website, the options may be a bit overwhelming (“more than 400 performances in over 30 venues within 11 days!”), but that’s really the point of a fringe festival – you can jump right in as much or as little as you want, and chances are you’ll see more experimental theater and performing arts than you might normally, with ticket prices kept low to encourage maximum exposure.

Daily happy hours July 21-29 will be held at Poste at 5:30pm by the fringe team to help pull potential audience members together and give them tips on how to best explore the many options. Also, Avenue will host HOTSPOTs, the opening and closing parties on July 20 and 29 from 9pm on.

I’m definitely going to try to catch some over those ten days, especially the “Pop Up Dances” which will happen all over. Will DC be able to match the insanity of Edinburgh? Probably not likely its first time out, but you never know. I certainly hope that over time the Capital Fringe Festival will grow into a world-class crazy-ass drama carnival!

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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